Project Investigator Biography
James R. Hebert, Sc.D., M.S.P.H.
University of South Carolina Research Foundation
14 Richland Medical Park, Suite 500
Columbia, SC 29203
phone: (803) 734-4489
fax: (803) 734-5359
Dr. James J. Hebert is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia, South Carolina. He also serves as Director of the South Carolina Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program, which is based at the Hollings Cancer Center in Charleston. Dr. Hebert received his M.S.P.H. in Environmental Health and Epidemiology from the University of Washington and his Sc.D. in Nutritional Epidemiology from Harvard University.
Dr. Hebert has worked in a wide range of settings, including many contexts within the United States, Africa, and India. After working as the nutrition advisor for the United Nations in Uganda from 1983 to 1984, he worked for 3-1/2 years as Head of Nutritional Epidemiology of the American Health Foundation in New York City and then for 10 years as Associate Director of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine and Deputy Director of the University of Massachusetts Cancer Center.
Dr. Hebert's current research interests include testing the specific role of diet and related factors in causing cancer and developing and testing improved methods for measuring diet and other potentially important risk factors. Specific projects cover a broad range of risk factors and health-related outcomes and represent a wide geographic and cultural scope (currently extending from the study of African Americans in South Carolina to the study of religiously and culturally diverse groups in Western India).
In recognition of his work in diet and cancer, Dr. Hebert received the Eminent Scientist of the Year Award from the World Science Forum in 2004.