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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Newsholme, Philip; Paulo Ivo Homem de, Bittencourt Jr.; Tappy, Luc; Mittendorfer, Bettina

Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care: July 2015 - Volume 18 - Issue 4 - p v–vi
doi: 10.1097/MCO.0000000000000197

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.

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Philip Newsholme

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 metabolic stimulus-secretion coupling, the regulation of insulin secretion and insulin action. His current research involves collaborations with scientists in Western Australia, Brazil, China and Ireland.

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Paulo Ivo Homem de Bittencourt Jr.

Graduating from the University of São Paulo Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences with a BSc in Pharmacy in 1989, Dr Homem de Bittencourt joined the Department of Physiology and Biophysics in the University of São Paulo where he obtained a MSc in Physiology in 1992 and a PhD in Physiology in 1995 on lipid metabolism of immune cells under the supervision of Prof Rui Curi. He took up a postdoctoral position with Prof. Maria Gabriella Santoro in the University of Rome/Italian National Research Council, Rome, Italy where he worked on the role of cyclopentenone prostaglandins for the regulation redox status in rapidly-proliferating cells. He moved to The Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil in 1996 to take up a lectureship in Physiology, where he set up a cellular physiology research group and became responsible for the teaching of physiology to medical and pharmaceutical sciences students. He received promotion to Associate Professor of Physiology of the permanent UFRGS staff in 2006 and was appointed to the position of Professor of Physiology in 2014. Since his appointment to UFRGS, Prof. Homem de Bittencourt has been investigating the role of heat shock proteins (HSPs) and the effects of HSP inducers in obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis, cancer, and exercise.

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Luc Tappy

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.

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Bettina Mittendorfer

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.

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