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.
Philip C. Calder
Philip C. Calder is Professor of Nutritional Immunology at the University of Southampton, UK. He has a first class honours degree in biochemistry from Massey University, New Zealand, a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and a DPhil in biochemistry from the University of Oxford, UK. He held a Nuffield Medical Fellowship in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford from 1987 to 1991. He is a Fellow of the Society of Biology and of the Association for Nutrition. Professor Calder has been studying the influence of dietary fatty acids on aspects on cell function and human health, in particular in relation to cardiovascular disease, inflammation and immunity, since 1987. In 1995 he was awarded the Sir David Cuthbertson Medal by the UK Nutrition Society for this work and he has been awarded the Belgian Danone Institute Chair for 2004, the Nutricia International Award for 2007, the ESPEN Cuthbertson Lecture for 2008, the Muriel Bell Award for 2009, the Louisiana State University Chancellor's Award in Neuroscience and Medicine for 2011, and the German Society for Fat Research's Normann Medal for 2012. Professor Calder served as an elected member of the Council of the UK Nutrition Society and he served on the Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism Group, Programmes and Publications Committees of that society. Professor Calder was a founder member of the Nutritional Immunology Group of the British Society of Immunology and served as the Meetings Secretary of the group. He served on the Council and on the Programmes and Science & Research Committees of the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) and on the Council of the British Nutrition Foundation. He is currently Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN). Professor Calder was President of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) from 2009 to 2012. He was Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Nutrition from 2006 to 2013 and is currently an Associate Editor of Clinical Science, of Clinical Nutrition, of Journal of Nutrition, of Lipids, and of Nutrition Research. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta Molecular & Cell Biology of Lipids, European Journal of Nutrition, Nutrition, and Prostaglandins Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids and is a Reviews Editor for Frontiers in Immunology (Nutritional Immunology). He is co-Editor of the “Lipid Metabolism and Therapy” section of Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. He was founding Editor-in-Chief of the Frontiers in Nutritional Science series of books. Professor Calder has over 500 scientific publications, his work has been cited over 18,000 times, and he was named a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in 2013.
Richard J. Deckelbaum
Dr Richard J. Deckelbaum received his education at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He now directs the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University, USA, where he is the Robert R. Williams Professor of Nutrition and also holds professorships in pediatrics and epidemiology. In addition to his ongoing basic research in cell biology of lipids and issues of human nutrition, he has been active in translating basic science findings to practical application in different populations. Dr Deckelbaum has a long professional involvement in basic research in the cell biology of lipids and issues of human nutrition. Dr Deckelbaum's research programs have been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the US Agency for International Development, and industry.
His primary interests concern human plasma, lipoproteins, the metabolism of intravenous lipid emulsions, and the cellular and gene regulatory effects of dietary fats and different types of fatty acids. His recent research has emphasized molecular mechanisms whereby omega-3 fatty acids can prevent cardiovascular disease. He has led NIH and USAID funded program projects relating to diarrheal diseases in the Mideast and the USA.
Dr Deckelbaum has published over 350 research and other publications, as well as being co-Editor of a number of books, such as Preventive Nutrition, now compiling its 5th edition. He has chaired task forces for the American Heart Association, the European Atherosclerosis Society, the Institute of Medicine, the March of Dimes, and has served on and/or chaired advisory committees of the National Institutes of Health, RAND Corporation, the U.S.A. National Academy of Sciences, and WHO. Dr Deckelbaum has coordinated working groups on “econutrition”, an evolving field integrating agriculture and ecology with food security and nutrition. He served on the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences, and is a Senior Fellow of the Synergos Institute. Among other honors, he was the recipient of the Global Health Education Consortium's Lifetime Achievement Award and a similar award from McGill University. Currently, he continues in projects related to health and science as a bridge between different populations in the Mideast, Africa, and Asia.
Peter J.M. Weijs
Dr Peter J.M. Weijs is Professor of Weight Management and Director of the Amsterdam Nutritional Assessment Center, School of Sports and Nutrition, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, and Research Director in Nutrition and Dietetics, Department of Internal Medicine, and Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He received his MSc in human nutrition and PhD in protein metabolism from Wageningen University, the Netherlands; with a short break at Metabolism Unit, Shriners Burns Institute and Clinical Research Center, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA. He received a Marie Curie European Commission Fellowship, at the Rowett Research Institute, Aberdeen, UK, and was a Vars Award Candidate. He has been a dedicated teacher in nutrition and dietetics for many years at BSc level, protein and energy metabolism at MSc level, and training PhD's in (clinical) weight management. Dr Weijs has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications on protein and energy metabolism, and body composition, dietetics, and intensive care. He is a co-author of Evidence-Based Dietetics: Principles and Practice, the author of Happy Feet, Food & Fat, Management of Body Composition, Editor of Clinical Reasoning in Dietetics, and co-author of The Molecular Nutrition of Amino Acids and Protein. He is Section Editor for Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. Dr Weijs is a board member of several Dutch Advisory Boards, and of the international Baxter Protein Advisory Board. He is principal investigator of several research consortia, including a European consortium on the role of protein in hospitalized patients.
Stephen A. McClave
Dr Stephen A. McClave is a native of Columbus Ohio, USA, though he has lived in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, and been on faculty at the University of Louisville School of Medicine for almost 30 years. Dr McClave received his M.D. from Ohio State University and completed his internal medicine residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. He finished his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, USA. Dr McClave is Professor of Medicine and Director of Clinical Nutrition at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and Director of the Nutrition Curriculum for the Introduction to Clinical Medicine Course for first and second year medical students.
He is a past-Chairman of the Medical Practice Section of ASPEN, served on its National Nutrition Week Planning Committee for four years, and was an Associate Editor for Nutrition in Clinical Practice for that society. He was on the ASPEN Board of Directors for six years and is a past-President of that group. Currently, he is Chairman and lead author of the ASPEN/SCCM Guidelines Committee, revising the 2009 Guidelines for Nutrition in the Adult Critically Ill Patient.
He is a diplomat and past-President of the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists, and has remained on their board since. He was a member of the ASGE Task Force for Enteral Nutrition, and was the past-Chairman of the ASGE Special Interest Group in Enteral Nutrition. He is co-Chairman of the STAR Assessment and Certification Enteral Nutrition Program now being developed by the ASGE. He is currently Chairman and lead author for the ACG Guidelines Committee on Clinical Nutrition. He was awarded the Honorary Lifetime Membership of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. He is a fellow of ASPEN, ACN, AGA, and the ASGE.
He is author to over 200 articles, book chapters, and medical educational videotapes. His research interests and clinical expertise involve critical care nutrition and early enteral feeding, guidelines for nutrition therapy, endoscopic techniques for enteral access, and indirect calorimetry.