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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Schols, Annemie; Sidossis, Labros; Hardy, Gil; Lukaski, Henry C.; Delzenne, Nathalie M.; Mullin, Gerard

Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care: November 2013 - Volume 16 - Issue 6 - p v–vii
doi: 10.1097/MCO.0b013e328365e853
Editorial introductions

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 14 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.

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Annemie Schols

Professor Annemie Schols is Professor of Nutrition and Metabolism in Chronic Diseases, and Scientific Director of NUTRIM graduate school for Nutrition, Toxicology and Metabolism at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences of Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC), the Netherlands. Professor Schols is also Leading MUMC-MOVE, one of the 4 Dutch centres for sports, physical activity and health in the Netherlands, supported by the Netherlands Research Council. The focus of Maastricht in this national initiative is in development and implementation of innovative biomedical technologies and behavioural strategies to adopt a healthy lifestyle in patients and in populations with an increased risk profile (i.e. obese children, frail elderly).

Her translational research focuses on metabolic aberrations and molecular mechanisms of cachexia and skeletal muscle weakness in chronic diseases using COPD and lung cancer as clinical models. Furthermore she conducts physiological (nutrition, exercise) and pharmacological clinical trials in this field. She has published more than 250 international scientific publications and has a Hirsch citation factor of 42.

Professor Schols serves in several scientific editorial boards and is a member of the Health Council of the Netherlands.

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Labros Sidossis

Professor Labros Sidossis received his doctorate 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 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 90 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.

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Gil Hardy

Gil Hardy PhD has joint appointments as Professor of Clinical Nutrition in the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health, Massey University and Professor of Pharmaceutical Nutrition at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he is involved with collaborative formulation, metabolic and clinical research into micronutrients, lipid emulsions and other nutraceuticals with colleagues in Australasia, the UK and Latin America. Gil trained as a biochemist, with degrees from Bristol and Cambridge Universities. He subsequently worked in Belgium and Germany before beginning post-doctoral research in the Metabolic Research Laboratory of Nobel Prize Winner, the late Professor Sir Hans Krebs in Oxford.

Professor Hardy is Vice President of the Australasian Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (AuSPEN). He has served on the Research Committee of the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), the Council of the UK Nutrition Society and was a founder member of its Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism Group. He is past Chairman of the British Pharmaceutical Nutrition Group, who in 2002 established the annual ‘Allwood-Hardy’ lecture jointly in his honour. An active member of ASPEN, AuSPEN, ESPEN and FELANPE he has lectured on nutraceuticals and pharmaceutical issues of nutrition therapy at many of their annual Congresses.

Gil Hardy is Editor of Complete Nutrition Australasia, is a Section Editor for Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, Associate Editor of Current Research in Nutraceuticals and co-edits the ‘Nutraceuticals’ column for the international journal Nutrition. In all Professor Hardy has presented approximately 200 papers, posters and educational lectures in the fields of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Nutrition. He is recognised as a world authority on the pharmaceutical and metabolic properties of Glutamine and is the founder and organiser of the internationally acclaimed Oxford Glutamine Workshops. Together with other PN enthusiasts he represents IPANEMA (International Parenteral Nutrition Education and Methodology Advancement) a charitable trust, which sponsors satellite symposia at major scientific meetings around the world.

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Henry C. Lukaski

Dr Lukaski is an adjunct Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science and Clinical Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine at the University of North Dakota, USA, and a consultant to the US and international biomedical industry. He served for 28 years as Supervisory Research Physiologist, Research Leader and Assistant Center Director at the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, and Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

His research focuses on the interaction of physical activity and micronutrients in humans, emphasizing iron, zinc, copper, magnesium, and chromium, to promote health and optimal function/performance. His work also includes development and validation of non-invasive methods to assess human body composition. He has published more than 150 technical publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 50 book chapters, 160 short communications and invited editorials, one book, professional policy statements for the American College of Sports Medicine, and presented invited lectures at more than 500 universities, research institutes, and scientific and professional societies world-wide.

Dr Lukaski is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the Human Biology Council and the Nutrition Society of Latin America. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, American Physiological Society, American Society of Nutrition, and British Nutrition Society. Dr Lukaski received numerous awards and recognition from the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service and scientific/professional groups for his contributions to the fields of nutrition and physiology, and development of young scientists.

Dr Lukaski currently is a member of three, and past member of five, editorial boards, and an editorial consultant for a variety of peer-reviewed journals in physiology, nutrition, medicine, and sport sciences. He has served and continues to provide service as an advisor in nutrition to many national and international health agencies and research organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Defense, National Aeronautic and Space Administration, Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, and International and US Olympic Committees.

As an NIH pre-doctoral trainee, Dr Lukaski received his Master of Science and doctoral degrees in physiology and nutrition from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. He served as a post-doctoral research associate with the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, and was a Visiting Scientist at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA.

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Nathalie M. Delzenne

Nathalie Delzenne is Professor at the Université catholique de Louvain. She is a lecturer in Nutrition and Biochemistry and is the leader of the research group in Experimental Nutrition at the Louvain Drug Research Institute. She is a Member of several international scientific committees (Member of the Council of the Nutrition Society as European representative, Member of the Scientific Board of the European Academy of Nutritional Science, Member of different working groups at the International Life Science Institute- Europe, Member of the International Scientific Association for the study of Prebiotics and Probiotics, and Member of the Scientific Council for several international food industries).

After a PhD in Pharmaceutical sciences obtained in 1991, she performed a post-doctoral research (Inserm, Paris and Pasteur Institute, Lille, France) devoted to analyse the effect of nutrients on gene expression in the field of obesity. Back at the Université catholique de Louvain, she started an academic carrier and her team is developing projects in order to assess the fundamental mechanisms underlying the functional effects of prebiotic-type nutrients. The current hypothesis is the involvement of intestinal peptides and inflammatory tone in the modulation of food intake and glucose metabolism upon obesity and cancer by nutrients targeting gut microflora.

She has been involved in several International European Project devoted to functional food (AIRII-CT94-1095; FAIR CT 97 3001; BIO4-CT97-2145; GLK-2000-0086; grant from international Life Sciences Institute in 1998).

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Gerard Mullin

Dr Gerard Mullin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine as well as Director of Integrative Gastroenterology Nutrition Services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, USA.

Nationally and internationally renowned for his work in integrative gastroenterology and nutrition, Dr Mullin has accumulated over 15 years of clinical experience in the field of integrative gastroenterology and earned his master's degree in nutrition while in practice. He also is former President of the Maryland and Long-Island Societies of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and in 2009 he was named by the American Dietetic Association's Honorary Member of the year. He is an Associate Editor of several nutrition and integrative medicine journals and serves on several exam committees including the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists, Certification for Nutrition Support Clinicians (Chair), the American Board of Integration Medicine (founding Board Member and Examiner). Dr Mullin was selected by Dr Andrew Weil to serve as a Senior Editor for the first book for physicians on integrative gastroenterology: Integrative Gastroenterology published by Oxford University Press in June 2011.

He is also Co-Editor on the first digestive and liver disease nutrition book for healthcare professionals: The Gastrointestinal Nutrition and Liver Disease Desk Reference published by Taylor & Francis Group in 2011. Dr Mullin also coauthored the book, The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health, published by Rodale Press in 2011.

Dr Mullin's writing and communications skills are diverse in both the medical and lay communities. He has been interviewed on radio and television and has contributed to stories in The New York Times, the Associated Press, ABC News, Good Morning America, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Martha Stewart Living, Rodale Press, Consumers Digest, Reader's Digest, Prevention, Natural Health magazine, More Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Body & Soul, Cooking Light, Women's World, Men's Health, Good Housekeeping, Glamour and more.

Dr Mullin's biography has been included in Marquis Who's Who in the World and in Marquis Who's Who in America numerous times. His contributions and discoveries have led to multiple awards and his continued selection as one of “America's Top Physicians” by the Consumer's Research Council of America since 2004.

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