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Floyd “Ski” Chilton, PhD

Floyd “Ski” Chilton, PhD - Research Interests

Dr. Chilton is passionate about providing solutions to help people overcome their physical and emotional suffering so they can live better, more joyful and free lives.

He has over 135 scientific publications that have provided a basic understanding of the cellular, molecular, and genetic events associated with inflammation and the diseases it causes. Dr. Chilton has over 30 years of continuous funding by the National Institutes of Health.  Most recently, his work has examined how genetic and epigenetic variations interact with human diets (especially the modern Western diet) to drive inflammation and inflammatory disorders (including cardiovascular disease and cancer) as well as psychiatric/developmental disorders (ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, and depression). Understandings from individualized and population-based nutrition provide great opportunities to help people that range from addressing racial/ethnic health disparities to creating therapeutic foods that optimize immune system and brain development around the world. Dr. Chilton has won numerous awards for this work including the Denham Harmon Outstanding Research Achievement Award from the American College for Advancement of Medicine and the 2016 Established Investigator Award at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

From a humanitarian perspective, Dr. Chilton’s work as Chairman of the Board and President of The Persecution Project and Heroes Helping Heroes, respectively, has helped provide crisis relief, education and hope for victims of civil war, AIDs, genocide and religious persecution to people around the world and particularly Africa. In Sudan, these efforts have played a key role in building sanctuaries in Darfur and the Nuba Mountains for populations attempting to escape genocide.

Dr. Chilton has also had the opportunity to impact hundreds of thousands of people lives as an author by publishing five lay books focused on nutrition, diet, and physical and mental health. These books include Inflammation Nation (Simon and Schuster), Win the War Within (Rodale), The Gene Smart Diet (Rodale) and Made to Crave Action Plan (Zondervan). His most recent book, The Rewired Brain addresses the issue of the unconscious mind, its capacity to negatively impact our lives, and how thought patterns induce genetic (epigenetic) changes that alter brain circuitry.  This in turn gives humans the capacity to rewire and change their minds and thus their lives.


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