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 13 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 two of the Journal's Section Editors for this issue.
Wim HM Saris
Dr. Wim H. M. Saris trained at the University of Wageningen and the Radboud University in Nijmegen and is Professor of Human Nutrition at the Health Science and Medical faculty of the University of Maastricht (Maastricht, The Netherlands). He obtained his degree in Human Nutrition in 1972 and his MD degree in 1978. He received his PhD in Medicine at the Radboud University (The Netherlands) in 1982 on the topic of aerobic power and physical fitness in children within the Department of Physiology. Thereafter he started as Associate Professor in the Department of Human Biology at the Health Science Faculty at the University of Maastricht and was appointed full Professor in 1986 and scientific director of the Nutrition and Toxicology Research Institute, NUTRIM, in 1991. At NUTRIM, 21 departments are working together on the themes of Nutrition and Nutrition Toxicology.
Dr. Saris' research program on energy and substrate metabolism spans two decades and is related to the different aspects in health and disease. Organs of interest are the muscle, adipose tissue and the gut. Energy and substrate metabolism during exercise is one the areas focusing more particularly on the role of nutrition to improve performance in athletes. Related to disease status most of his work in the last 10 years is related to obesity and diabetes: on one side this is related to the molecular mechanisms, in particular experimentally studied in humans, and on the other side how nutrition and exercise can improve the disease status. He was coordinator or partner in several European research consortia in framework 4, 5 and 6th such as CARMEN, FATLINK, FeMMES, and NUGENOB. He recently received approval as coordinator for a large scale 6th framework EU program on Diet Obesity and Genes (DiOGenes). He is a member of the Dutch Health Council and was a member for several years of the EU Scientific advisory Committee on Food (SCF) of the Commission in Brussels, which last year became the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). He served or is still active as president, chairman or member of several national and international societies and committees on nutritional and/or exercise physiological topics. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles in a large variety of journals.
Professor Labadarios is the Head of the Department of Human Nutrition of the Stellenbosch University and the Tygerberg Academic Hospital. Prof. Labadarios has developed and currently holds the directorships of the African Micronutrient Research Group, the Nutrition Support Team of the Tygerberg Academic Hospital and the Nutrition Information Centre at the University of Stellenbosch (NICUS). He is the author/co-author of more than 250 scientific publications.
Prof. Labadarios completed his studies (BSc Hons, PhD) in Nutrition at the University of Surrey, Guildford, England, and his medical studies (MB ChB) at the University of Stellenbosch. He has been awarded the Poliomyelitis Research Prize, the WF Rabe Award for exceptional achievement in Medicine, the F D du Toit van Zijl Research Medallion of the University of Stellenbosch, and the Albert Strating prize for Preventive Medicine of the South African Academy of Science and Arts.
Prof. Labadarios is an elected Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, professor extraordinaire at the University of the North, and an elected member of the J Kinney International Award Committee in Nutrition Research. Prof. Labadarios is currently the elected President of the Information Technology for the Advancement of Nutrition in Africa (ITANA), a scientific society which aims to establish networks among African nutrition professionals. He is also the President-elect of the South African Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, the Editor of the South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the African Editor of Nutrition: The International Journal of Nutritional Sciences, serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and is the co-Editor of the micronutrient section of Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care.