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 the Section Editors for this issue.
Dwight E. Matthews
Professor Matthews received his PhD degree in chemistry from Indiana University with a focus on mass spectrometry. He began his career at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, USA, 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 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 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 at the College of Medicine and as a professor in chemistry at 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-renowned expert in the development of stable isotope tracer techniques to study metabolism in humans. He has published over 150 articles in a range of peer-reviewed 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 60 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.
Miquel A. Gassull
Born on 22 January 1943, Dr Gassull is Associate Professor of Medicine at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Head of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol and Director of the Health Sciences Research Institute of the Germans Trias I Pujol Foundation in Badalona (Barcelona), Spain. He studied medicine at the University of Barcelona where he took up his first residency in the University Hospital in 1968. He has specialised in gastroenterology since 1971. In 1973 he obtained his MD degree at the University of Barcelona.
At the beginning of 1972 he took up a Research Fellow position at the Medical Research Council Unit in the Gastroenterology Department of the Central Middlesex Hospital, UK. In the years 1973–1976 he was Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and Honorary Senior Medical Registrar at the same MRC G-I unit and at the Department of Physiology at Oxford University, UK. Early in 1977, he moved back to Barcelona, Spain where he took up the position of Medical Registrar in the Department of Gastroenterology in the University Hospital, Barcelona. In 1978 he was appointed Consultant Physician at the Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge at l'Hospitalet (Barcelona). His current post as Head of Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol began in 1988 where he was also Director of Research for eight years (1990–1998). He was recently appointed Director of the newly created Health Sciences Research Institute of the Germans Trias i Pujol Foundation.
Dr Gassull has held office in Spanish, European, American and International medical organisations. He is currently President of the European Federation for the Study of Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (ECCO); member of the International Organisation for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IOIBD); and member of the Research Committee of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. He has been member of the executive Committee of the European Society Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism; Editor in Chief of Clinical Nutrition, Journal of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism for nine years and Chairman of the Spanish Group for the Study of Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis (GETECCU) for 15 years (1990–2005).
Dr Gassull's research topics include lipid absorption; dietary fibre and type II diabetes; hospital malnutrition; inflammatory bowel disease (genomics, pathophysiology, environmental factors and therapy, including gene therapy); colon cancer (genomics and nutritional risk factors) and nutrition in liver disease.
At international level he has published 170 papers; presented more than 400 papers at congress; given 270 lectures, including some major lectures and key lectures in international congresses; and written 37 book chapters. Equivalent figures for Spain are 64 published papers; 250 papers presented at congress; 200 lectures and 37 book chapters.
M. Isabel T. D. Correia
Born in Lobito, Angola, Dr Correia moved to Brazil long ago due to the war. She attended the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte and received her training in surgery at Hospital Semper in the same city. She achieved her PhD in Gastrointestinal Surgery at the University of S. Paulo. She is currently an assistant professor of the Surgical Department at UFMG, where she is also the vice-coordinator of the Educational Graduate Programme of the Medical School and the coordinator of the Nutritional Therapy Team at the Alfa Institute of Gastroenterology, University Hospital. She has been working with nutrition ever since she was a resident, dedicating a large part of her time to clinical practice and, recently, also to basic research with pharmacists at the School of Pharmacy at UFMG, in the area of Nutritional Sciences. Most of her research has been dedicated to malnutrition and surgery. She has edited one book on nutrition and sports and just a month ago co-edited a book 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, as sport is one of her major hobbies. Other hobbies such as cooking and reading fill her remaining leisure time. 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 a member of the editorial board of 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).