Massachusetts may become the first state to regulate sales of dietary supplements marketed as weight-loss and muscle-building aids, thanks to a bill promoted by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. … Alvin Tran, SD ’18, aggregated research that was used by the bill’s supporters at the State House events while on a practicum with STRIPED last spring. Tran, a double major in public health nutrition and social and behavioral sciences, served as Harvard Chan’s student government president last year. He hopes to build a career conducting research that will guide and influence policy, he said, and this project was a great opportunity to observe public health in action.
Alvin Tran is a second year doctoral candidate in the ScD Nutrition Program at the Harvard Chan School … In recognition of his interests in health communications, chronic diseases, and the social determinants of health, he was awarded a fellowship through the Kaiser Family Foundation to work with Kaiser Health News (KHN) in Washington, D.C. Covering the implementation of the new federal health law and attending President Obama’s second inauguration were highlights of his time working for KHN … Once he completes his studies at Harvard Chan, Alvin plans to pursue a career as a professor, pairing his passions for both teaching and research.