Christopher Gardner

Christopher D. Gardner, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Program, Stanford University School of Medicine


Research Description: Dr. Gardner’s research program over the past 20 years has made important contributions to our understanding of dietary strategies to improve risk factors for diabetes and other chronic diseases. He has conducted over a dozen human trials involving over 2,000 participants. Dietary strategies have included antioxidants, omega-3 fats, soy food products, garlic, and various weight loss diets, in the form of whole foods or dietary supplements. Study outcomes have included weight, insulin and glucose dynamics, body composition, and immune function parameters. Dr. Gardner’s group specializes in adherence to study diets and assessment of adherence, among free-living, community dwelling, study participants. His group has long-standing, productive collaborations with many SDRC members, as detailed below and in the proposal. Dr. Gardner is Director of the Clinical & Translational Research Core in the Stanford DRC.

Selected relevant publications (Stanford DRC members in BOLD):

  1. Gardner CD, Wylie-Rosett J, Gidding SS, Steffen L, Johnson R, Reading D, Lichtenstein A. Non-nutritive sweeteners: Current use and health perspectives. A scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Diabetes Care 2012;35:1798-808.
  2. Gardner CD. Tailoring dietary approaches for weight loss. Intl J Obesity. 2012;2:S11-S15.
  3. McClain AD, Otten JJ, Hekler EB, Gardner CD. Adherence to a low-fat vs. low-carbohydrate diet differs by insulin resistance status. Diabetes Obes Metab 2013;15(1):87-90.
  4. Oelrich B, Dewell A, Gardner CD. Effect of fish oil supplementation on serum triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and LDL subfractions in hypertriglyceridemic adults. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis 2013; 23(4):350-7.
  5. Gardner CD, Offringa LC, Hartle JC, Kapphahn K, Cherin R. Weight loss on low-fat vs. low-carbohydrate diets by insulin resistance status among overweight adults and adults with obesity: A randomized pilot trial. Obesity. 2016;24(1):79-86.
  6. Mummah SA, Mathur M, King AC, Gardner CD, Sutton S. Mobile technology for vegetable consumption: a randomized controlled pilot study in overweight adults. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2016 4(2): e51.