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Editorial introductions

Editor(s): Calder, Philip C.; Deckelbaum, Richard J.; Weijs, Peter J.M.; McClave, Stephen A.

Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care: March 2016 - Volume 19 - Issue 2 - p v-vii
doi: 10.1097/MCO.0000000000000265
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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

Philip C. Calder is Professor of Nutritional Immunology within the Human Development and Health Academic Unit of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton in the UK. He has a PhD in Biochemistry from University of Auckland (New Zealand) and a DPhil in Biochemistry from University of Oxford (UK). He is a Registered Nutritionist and a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Biology and the Association for Nutrition. He spent four years as a Nuffield Medical Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford (1987–1991) followed by four years as a Lecturer in Biochemistry in that same department (1991–1995). In 1995 he took Lectureship at University of Southampton where he was subsequently appointed to a Readership in Human Nutrition in 1998 and then to a Personal Chair in Nutritional Immunology in 2002. For over 25 years he has conducted research on the metabolism and functionality of fatty acids with an emphasis on the roles of omega-3 fatty acids in immunity, inflammation and cardiometabolic disease. He has received several awards for his work including the Sir David Cuthbertson Medal (1995), the Belgian Danone Institute Chair (2004), the Nutricia International Award (2007), the ESPEN Cuthbertson Lecture (2008), the Muriel Bell Award (2009), the Louisiana State University Chancellor's Award in Neuroscience and Medicine (2011), the Normann Medal from the German Society for Fat Science (2012), the Ralph Holman Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Oil Chemists’ Society (2015), the British Association for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition's Pennington Lecture (2015) and the British Nutrition Foundation Prize (2015). He has served on many committees of professional societies and was for three years President of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (2009–2012). He is currently Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) and President-Elect of the Nutrition Society. Professor Calder was Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Nutrition from 2006 to 2013 and he is currently an Associate Editor of Clinical Science, Journal of Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition, Lipids, and Nutrition Research. He is a member of the several other Editorial Boards of journals in the nutrition, clinical science and lipidology fields. Professor Calder has over 530 research publications (excluding abstracts), including over 250 peer-reviewed research papers and over 150 review articles in journals. His work has been cited over 20,000 times and he is listed by Thomson Reuters as a Highly Cited Researcher.

Richard J. Deckelbaum

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

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 100 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 some international Protein Advisory Boards. He is principal investigator of several research consortia, including a European consortium on the role of protein in hospital outcome.

Stephen A. McClave

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.

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