T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.
Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, is an author of The China Study. Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long Term Health (Campbell TC and Campbell, TM II, 2005).
With more than 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding (mostly NIH), he has authored over 300 research papers on diet, nutrition and health derived from laboratory-based experimental research and large-scale human studies in China and the Philippines. He has been advisor to several government agencies, non-government organizations and corporate bodies. He has held senior adjunct professorial positions at the University of Oxford in England and Jiao Tong University in Shanghai.
Lectures for the 2017 Cruise
Keynote Lecture: Fundamentals of a Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet
I believe that the time has come for the public and professionals alike to understand the importance of nutrition, which is not now favored in medical research and education (relatively speaking, it is almost totally ignored). I also believe that to advance our understanding of the importance of the whole food, plant-based diet, we must re-educate ourselves on the basic tenets of science. Primarily based on my own experimental research program, I will present my interpretation of the main principles of nutrition and how this frames the definition of nutrition. I will also evaluate how each of the popular diet types compares with this understanding.
Lecture: What History Tells About Our Present State of Nutrition Knowledge
During 1985-1986, I spent a year sabbatical leave at the University of Oxford (UK), primarily working with my colleagues who were principals in the diet, nutrition and disease mortality study in rural China that 20 years later led to The China Study. The findings from that survey were indicating considerable consistency with what I had been learning in the laboratory. These findings also were consistent with my membership on the small group who had written the widely disseminated National Academy of Sciences report on Diet, Nutrition and Cancer in 1982. Because this evolving knowledge was quite provocative for many people, both in science and in the policy arena, it was beginning to stir a lot of emotions, so much so that I spent much of my time in Oxford and London libraries trying to understand why our perspectives on nutrition were so antagonistic. I wrote a rather lengthy history of the period from about 1800 to 1960, when NIH research funding surged to create the present mountain of information that has led to the pills-and-procedures method of modern medicine now so common in today’s society.
Lecture: What Does the Future Foretell?
We cannot know for sure what will happen. But one fact is easy to see. Namely, we have at least three impending and momentous crises. They are: 1) the effect of food choice on our environment, 2) the effect of food choice on the cost of health care and its economic consequences, and 3) the effect of food choice on the abuse of animals and rate of species extinction. The future can either be dismal and exceptionally destructive or it can be an awakening that features our understanding of the meaning of the concept of ‘wholism' and how it relates to food and health. If the latter, the human race can discover what it truly means to be moral.
Q&A Panel: Cruisin’ for Knowledge - Using a Plant-Based Diet to Support Health and Avoid Risks with Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr, and Dr. Joel Kahn hosted by Sandy Pukel
Don’t miss this motivational, inspiring and informative Q&A with plant-based diet luminaries Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., and Dr. Joel Kahn, hosted by cruise director Sandy Pukel. This is your chance to get all your questions answered. Whether you have been practicing a plant-based lifestyle for years or are just getting your feet wet, these experts can take you to the next level. Get the real scoop on living well, eating well and taking control of your health.