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.
Lynette R. Ferguson
Professor Lynette R. Ferguson obtained her D.Phil. from Oxford University, UK, working on the subject of DNA damage, DNA repair and mutagenesis in yeast. After her return to New Zealand, she began working as part of the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, using mutagenicity testing as a predictor of carcinogenesis, with particular focus on the New Zealand situation. In 2000, she took on a 50% role as Head of a new Discipline of Nutrition at The University of Auckland. In more recent years, she has considered the interplay between genes and diet in the development of chronic disease, with particular focus on Inflammatory Bowel Disease, a cancer-prone condition, and also in prostate cancer. As programme leader for the multidisciplinary-multiorganisation Nutrigenomics New Zealand, she is working with a range of others to bring nutrigenomics tools and potential to the New Zealand science scene.
She has supervised more than 30 students to the successful completion of B.tech, MSc or PhD. Her laboratory regularly supervises 2–3 summer students each year. She is the author or co-author of more than 300 peer reviewed publications as chapters in books or articles in international journals. She serves as one of the managing Editors for Mutation Research: Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutation, as well as on the Editorial Boards of several other major journals.
Graduating from the University of Birmingham, UK with a BSc in Biochemistry in 1983, Philip Newsholme joined the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford, UK where he obtained a PhD in metabolic biochemistry in 1987. Following postdoctoral positions at Department of Biological Chemistry, University of California, Davis, USA and the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, UK, he moved to UCD Dublin, Ireland in 1993 to take up a lectureship in Biochemistry. He received a promotion to Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry in 2002, Associate Professor in 2007 and Head of Biochemistry in UCD Dublin in September 2008. Philip Newsholme was appointed to the position of Professor and Head of School, Biomedical Sciences at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia in September 2011, where he continues to work on pancreatic beta cell metabolism and the regulation of insulin secretion.
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.