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Non-Communicable Diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case for Cohort Studies

  • Michelle D. Holmes mail,

    michelle.holmes@channing.harvard.edu

    Affiliations: Channing Laboratory, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Shona Dalal,

    Affiliation: Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Jimmy Volmink,

    Affiliation: Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa

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  • Clement A. Adebamowo,

    Affiliation: Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

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  • Marina Njelekela,

    Affiliation: Department of Physiology, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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  • Wafaie W. Fawzi,

    Affiliation: Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Walter C. Willett,

    Affiliation: Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Hans-Olov Adami

    Affiliations: Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Intitutet, Stockholm, Sweden

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  • Published: May 11, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000244

About the Authors

Michelle D. Holmes
Channing Laboratory, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Michelle D. Holmes, Shona Dalal, Hans-Olov Adami
Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Jimmy Volmink
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa
Clement A. Adebamowo
Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
Marina Njelekela
Department of Physiology, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Wafaie W. Fawzi, Walter C. Willett
Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Hans-Olov Adami
Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Intitutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Corresponding Author

Email: michelle.holmes@channing.harvard.edu

Competing Interests

Hans-Olov Adami is on the Editorial Board of PLoS Medicine.

Author Contributions

ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: MDH SD JV CAA MN WWF WCW HOA. Wrote the first draft of the paper: MDH. Contributed to the writing of the paper: MDH SD JV CAA MN WWF WCW HOA.