Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care was launched in 1998. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The fields of clinical nutrition and metabolic care are divided into 15 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Section Editors for this issue.
Dwight E. Matthews
Professor Matthews received his PhD degree in chemistry from Indiana University, USA with a focus in mass spectrometry. He began his career at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in the Department of Medicine. At Washington University he developed several stable isotope tracer methods to study in vivo amino acid metabolism in humans. Several of these methods are commonly used by numerous investigators today. These studies were performed in collaboration with Dennis Bier, PhD, at Washington University and Vernon Young, PhD, at MIT. After almost a decade at Washington University, he moved to Cornell University Medical College in New York City as a tenured Associate Professor of Biochemistry in Medicine and Surgery to continue studies of metabolism. Here his focus broadened to include studies of metabolism in conditions found commonly in surgical metabolism with Steven Lowry, MD, at Cornell and energy metabolism using doubly labeled water with Steven Heymsfield, MD, at Columbia University. He also directed the Core Laboratories of the General Clinical Research Center. After a decade at Cornell, he moved to the University of Vermont in 1996 as a professor in medicine in the College of Medicine and as a professor in chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is also the director of the Mass Spectrometry Core Laboratory at the University of Vermont. In 2002 he became the Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Vermont. Professor Matthews is a world-renown expert in the development of stable isotope tracer techniques to study metabolism in humans. He has published over 150 papers in peer-reviewed in a range of journals and about 50 contributions to symposia and chapters in books.
Labros S. Sidossis
Professor Labros Sidossis received his doctorate degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, USA. He has served as an Associate Professor and Director of the Obesity Research Program at the Department of Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and a Research Associate Professor at the Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
He is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Harokopio University in Athens, Greece. Dr Sidossis' research interests include the use of tracer techniques in the study of human metabolism, the biochemical mechanisms regulating lipid metabolism in humans, epidemiology of obesity in children and adolescents, behavioral therapy of obesity, nutritional management of morbid obesity and sports nutrition. He has received grant support from the National Institute of Health, USA, Novartis, Friesland, the Hellenic Swimming Federation and the European Union. Dr Sidossis has published over 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals and numerous abstracts in scientific congresses and meetings. He has been an invited speaker and has assumed committee responsibilities, in many congresses and conferences. He is also a member of the editorial board and a journal referee in several scientific journals.
M. Isabel T. D. Correia
Dr Correia was born in Lobito, Angola before moving to Brazil where she attended the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte. She completed her training in surgery at Hospital Semper, Belo Horizonte and was awarded her PhD in Gastrointestinal Surgery at University of São Paulo. She is currently Associate Professor of the Surgical Department at UFMG, and is also the coordinator of the Nutritional Therapy Team at the Alfa Institute of Gastroenterology, University Hospital. She has been working in the field of nutrition since her residency, dedicating a large part of her time to clinical practice and, more recently, to basic research in nutritional sciences together with pharmacists from the School of Pharmacy at UFMG. Most of her research has been dedicated to malnutrition and surgery. She has edited two books: one on nutrition and sports and the other on the clinical approach of surgical patients.
When she is not teaching or working at the hospital, she can be found in the gym working out or swimming, as sport is one of her main hobbies. She is currently competing as a swimming master athlete. Other hobbies such as cooking and reading fill her remaining leisure time. She has recently finished a post-graduate course given together by the Le Cordon Bleu School of Gastronomy, Paris, as well as the Reims University on “High gastronomy and Hautes Etudes du Goût” and her memoir was “A journey into the world of taste: medicine, nutrition and gastronomy side by side in health, disease and hedonism”. She has lectured in many countries worldwide where she has made many friends whom she considers “The Nutritour Friends” and whom – together with her husband, two children and family – she considers the most precious people in her life. Dr Correia has also been the Latin American editor for Nutrition: the Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences since 2003 and participates as member of the editorial board for several other journals. She was also an active member of the Brazilian Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and the Latin American Federation of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (FELANPE).
Professor Herbert Lochs, MD, is Director of the Departement of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology at the Charité University Hospital of the Humboldt-University in Berlin, Germany. He graduated from the University of Innsbruck Medical School, Austria in 1970, and completed his residency at the Institute of Pharmacology at the University of Innsbruck with biochemical research on the composition of the catecholamine storing vesicles of the adrenal medulla as well as in vivo studies on the effect of stress on peripheral blood flow in man.
In 1973 he moved to Vienna for the internship in internal medicine and became assistant professor for internal medicine and gastroenterology at the Medical Faculty of the University of Vienna. During this time he published a number of papers on nutritional and metabolic questions in gastroenterology and intensive care medicine. In 1979 he received the Board Accreditation for Internal Medicine by the Austrian Medical Association.
Professor Lochs went on sabbatical to the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, USA from 1984 to 1986, to complete research in clinical nutrition and metabolism. This resulted in a number of publications on amino acid and peptide metabolism, a topic which he continued to work on after his return to Vienna, where he became associate professor at the Departement of Gastroenterology of the Vienna University Hospital in 1986.
Since 1994 Professor Lochs has been chairman of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Charité, Medical Faculty of the Humboldt-University of Berlin. The department has 25 scientific staff members, laboratories for metabolic research, genetics, intestinal microbiology, and intestinal permeability. The department is a tertiary referral center for gastroenterology, hepatology and endocrinology with a clinical focus on inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal oncology and diseases of the hypophysis.
The main focus of his scientific work is inflammatory bowel disease, nutrition and metabolism. He has built a productive research group in his department and published numerous papers in these fields. Furthermore he initiated a number of multi-center studies in inflammatory bowel disease as well as clinical nutrition. He and his group participated in many clinical trials in inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal oncology, hepatology and nutrition.
Professor Lochs initiated and edited the guidelines for enteral nutrition of both the German Society for Clinical Nutrition (DGEM) as well as ESPEN. He furthermore participated in writing several guidelines on inflammatory bowel disease for the German Society for Digestive Diseases (DGVS) and the European Crohn's Colitis Organization (ECCO).
Amongst others Professor Lochs was awarded the Hoechst Prize, the Anton von Eiselsberg Prize, the Purkinje Medal, the Dr Theodor Billroth Prize twice and the Austrian Cross of Honor for science and art.
He is former president of the European Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ESPEN), the German Society for Clinical Nutrition (DGEM) and the Austrian Society for Clinical Nutrition. In addition he is an active member of the German Society for Gastroenterology (DGVS), the American Gastroenterologic Association (AGA), the German Crohn's Colitis Association (DCCV), the Austrian Society for Internal Medicine, the German Society for Internal Medicine (DGIM) the German Cancer Society and the International Organization of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IOIBD).
Professor Lochs is honorary member of several medical societies – the Polish Society of Nutrition, the Hungarian Society of Clinical Nutrition and the Czech Scientific Medical Society.
Professor Lochs is author of over 270 original research publications, 73 reviews and book articles and also editor of several books.