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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Pichard, Claude; Attaix, Didier; Koletzko, Berthold; Shamir, Raanan

Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care: May 2017 - Volume 20 - Issue 3 - p v–vi
doi: 10.1097/MCO.0000000000000372

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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Claude Pichard

Initially specialized in Internal medicine and Gastroenterology, Claude Pichard studied the field of clinical nutrition with the group of Prof. K.N. Jeejeebhoy (Toronto, Canada). Returning to Europe, he became Professor of nutrition and created the Division of Clinical Nutrition at the Geneva University Hospital, Switzerland.

Besides his clinical activities, he is currently teaching at the Faculties of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Sciences, as well as at the School of Dietetics. He received a number of research prizes and honorific lectures including the Arved Wretlind Lecture in 2009.

His group of research is involved in a number of subjects and he has published over 490 papers (>295 referenced in Pubmed), and presented over 480 lectures at national and international meetings. One of his recent works showing the impact of nutrition on the control of infections in ICU patients was published in The Lancet.

He is active in 11 academic societies in- and outside Europe, is the Founder (2005) and past Chairman of the European Nutrition for Health Alliance, was the President, then the Chairman of the European Society of Clinical Nutrition & Metabolism (ESPEN) until 2006, the Director of the ESPEN Life-Long Learning educational programme until 2012, and the President's advisor of the French National Institute for Agronomic Research.

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Didier Attaix

Dr Attaix completed his PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France, and postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School, USA. Dr Attaix's career at the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), France, has been devoted to the elucidation of mechanisms involved in the control of muscle mass, in both anabolic and catabolic conditions. For two decades, Dr Attaix has been head of the Proteolysis Group of the Human Nutrition Unit (INRA/Clermont University) with a major focus in ubiquitin-proteasome-dependent and lysosomal protein breakdown. Dr Attaix is also currently head of the MSc program in Human Nutrition and Health at Clermont University, and Deputy Director of the Human Nutrition Research Center (CRNH) Auvergne. The CRNH is proposing innovative nutritional and/or pharmacological strategies for preventing the deleterious effects of age-dependent diseases (cardiovascular or bowel diseases, breast and prostate cancers) or dysfunctions such as sarcopenia.

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Berthold Koletzko

Berthold Koletzko is Professor of Paediatrics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany and heads the Div. Metabolic & Nutritional Medicine at Dr von Hauner Children's Hospital, University of Munich Medical Center. Bert has authored more than 850 journal articles (Times Cited >16 000, H-index 63), 202 book chapters, and 34 books/monographies. His research is funded by the European Commission, the European Research Council, the German Research Council, and other public funding bodies.

He serves as Co-ordinator, EU FP7 EarlyNutrition Project (, Managing Director, Early Nutrition Academy (, Chair, Committee on Nutrition, German Society Paediatrics (, Chair of the Scientific Board of the German Government supported Network Young Families, Member of the German National Breastfeeding Committee, Immediate Past-President, European Society Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition (, President, Federation of International Societies of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition ( and Member of the Councils of United European Gastroenterology (, European Pediatric Association (, The International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (, and The International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation ( He is Editor in Chief of Annals Nutrition & Metabolism and of World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Associate Editor of Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metabol Care and of Monatsschrift Kinderheilkunde.

He has served as Scientific Advisor to the German Federal Government, the Innovation Initiative of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the World Health Organisation, and several other national and international organisations and governmental bodies.

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Raanan Shamir

Raanan Shamir is Professor of Pediatrics at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel, and Chairman of the Institute of Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases at Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel.

Raanan Shamir received his MD degree at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel and was trained in Pediatrics at Beilinson Medical Center in Petach Tiqva, Israel. In the early 90s, he was a fellow at the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and came back to Israel to serve as the Head of the Department of Nutrition at the Israel Ministry of Health. Following this, he held the position of Head of the Gastroenterology and Nutrition Unit at Meyer Children's Hospital in Haifa.

Prof. Shamir has published over 350 original papers, reviews and comments, book chapters and guidelines. His research has been supported by prestigious funds such as the European Community Framework Funds and the Israel Science Foundation.

His current research areas include exploring the effects of oral insulin supplementation on the intestine, pediatric nutrition, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease and childhood hyperlipidemia.

Current committee appointments include President of ESPGHAN (European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition), Chairman of the Nutrition Committee of the Israel Pediatric Association, Member of the National Council on Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases, Member of the Scientific Committee of ESPEN (European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism) and Member of the Scientific Committee of the Nutrition and Growth Network.

Prof. Shamir serves as an Editor for the Pediatric Section of Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism and was the Senior Associate Editor (2010–2013) and Acting Editor in Chief (2013–2014) of the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (JPGN). He serves as a reviewer for journals in the field of Pediatrics, Nutrition, Gastroenterology and Atherosclerosis.

Past committee appointments include: President of the Israel Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Chairman of the Scientific Committee on Milk and Human Health at the Israel Ministry of Health, Chief Scientist Office, Member of the ESPGHAN Committee on Nutrition, (ESPGHAN CoN), 2004–2012, ESPGHAN Council Member, 2005–2009, Council Member of the Israel Pediatric Association, 2008–2012, Chairman of ESPGHAN CoN, 2008–2012, Member of the General Assembly, Upper Gastrointestinal Section, Scientific Committee of the UEGF (United European Gastroenterology Federation) 2010–2013, ESPGHAN Council Member as the President of the 2014 Annual Meeting and Chairman of the Governmental Supreme Committee on Food, Israel Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Commerce and Environment (2010–2014).

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