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.
Dr Abumrad obtained her PhD in Pharmacology from the State University of New York, USA in 1978 working with Drs Helen and Jay Tepperman on the metabolic effects of high fat diets. She then completed postdoctoral training at Vanderbilt University with Dr Charles Park where she carried out studies that documented existence of a saturable protein-facilitated component in membrane fatty acid uptake. During her subsequent tenure as assistant and then associate Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Vanderbilt University, Dr Abumrad identified by affinity labeling the membrane protein CD36 as a facilitator of cellular fatty acid uptake. Her subsequent work using mice models while at the Physiology and Biophysics Department at SUNY in Stony Brook New York, helped establish the physiological importance of CD36 in facilitating the transport of fatty acids by muscle and adipose tissues and the role fatty acid uptake plays in overall energy metabolism. Her ongoing research is exploring molecular regulation of CD36 function by nutrition and genetics and the relationship to pathophysiology. She is the author of numerous publications, reviews and book chapters on fatty acid transport and utilization. She is currently Atkins Professor of Medicine and Obesity Research and of Cell Biology and Physiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri, USA.
Dr Alessandro Doria received his medical degree and his doctorate in endocrinology and metabolism from the University of Padua in Italy. He moved to the United States in 1990 for a postdoctoral fellowship at the Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston, USA during which he studied the genetic determinants of kidney complications in diabetes with Dr Andrzej Krolewski. After spending a year at Guy's Hospital in London, UK as a Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Endocrinology and Diabetes, he moved back to the Joslin Diabetes Center in 1997 where he started a research program aimed at dissecting the genetic factors modulating susceptibility to early-onset type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease in type 2 diabetes. These studies have led to the discovery of a locus linked to early-onset type 2 diabetes on chromosome 8p and to the identification of several genes involved in the modulation of cardiovascular risk in type 2 diabetes, such as CD36, adiponectin, and adiponectin receptor 1. Dr Doria is currently an Investigator in the Section on Genetics and Epidemiology as well as Director of the Genetics Core at Joslin Diabetes Center, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, USA and an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Luc Tappy graduated from Lausanne University Medical School in 1981 and completed his medical and research training at Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland, and Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, USA. He is currently Professor of the Department of Physiology at Lausanne University, and Associate Physician in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Lausanne University Hospital. His main research interests are the regulation of insulin sensitivity by nutrients, the pathogenesis of the insulin resistance syndrome, and the metabolic responses to stress and aggression.
Bettina Mittendorfer graduated from the University of Vienna in Austria with a MSc in Human Nutrition, and from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, USA with a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry. In 1999 she came to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, USA for a postdoctoral research fellowship. Currently she is Associate Professor of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences and the Director of the Nutrition and Obesity Research Center Clinical Science Research Core Laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests focus on the regulation of muscle protein and lipid metabolism with special emphasis on obesity, aging and sexual dimorphism, which she studies in vivo in human subjects by using stable isotope labeled tracer techniques.