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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Matthews, Dwight E.; Norman, Kristina; Correia, M. Isabel T.D.; Forbes, Alastair

Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care: September 2018 - Volume 21 - Issue 5 - p v–vi
doi: 10.1097/MCO.0000000000000499

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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Dwight E. Matthews

Professor Matthews received his PhD degree in chemistry from Indiana University, USA, with a focus in mass spectrometry. He began his career at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis 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 MIT. 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 of Medicine in the College of Medicine and as a Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences. He has directed core laboratories at the University of Vermont related to mass spectrometry for the Clinical Research Center, the Proteomics Core Laboratory, and currently the Mass Spectrometry Core Laboratory in Immunobiology. From 2002–2014, he was Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Vermont and is the Pomeroy Professor of Chemistry. Professor Matthews is a world-renown expert in the development of stable isotope tracer techniques to study metabolism in humans. He has published over 150 papers in a range of peer-reviewed journals and over 50 contributions to symposia and chapters in books.

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Kristina Norman

Kristina Norman gained her PhD degree in medical science from the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, after studying Nutritional Sciences in Vienna, Austria. Following a short stay at Cardiothoracic Vascular Anaesthesia & Intensive Care at the Medical University Vienna, Kristina worked at the Department of Gastroenterology at Charité University Medicine in Berlin, Germany, from 2003 to 2013. Her main research interest is in causes, effects and treatment of disease-related malnutrition in benign and malignant disease as well as causes, effects and treatment of age-related or secondary sarcopenia, and she has conducted and published several nutrition intervention studies in malnourished patients and is a co- author of the ESPEN guidelines on nutritional support for polymorbid medicine patients and of the systematic reviews on cost-effectiveness of oral nutritional supplements in hospitals, ambulatory setting and nursing homes.

In 2013, Kristina joined the Charité Research Group on Geriatrics which was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to study the impact of nutrition on healthy aging in the Berlin Aging Study II and became professor for Nutrition and Gerontology in late 2017. Since 2018 she is Head of the Department of Nutrition and Gerontology at the German Institute for Human Nutrition. Kristina is also general secretary of the DGEM (German Society for Nutritional Medicine) and member of the ESPEN faculty and ESPEN scientific committee. She is a member of the editorial board and journal referee for several scientific journals.

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M. Isabel T.D. Correia

Dr Correia was born in Lobito, Angola before moving to Brazil where she attended the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte. She completed her training in surgery at Hospital Semper, Belo Horizonte, and was awarded her PhD in gastrointestinal surgery at University of São Paulo, Brazil. She was full professor of Surgery at UFMG and is currently invited Professor of the Surgical Department at UFMG. She also coordinates the Nutritional Therapy Team at the Alfa Institute of Gastroenterology, University Hospital, Brazil. She has been working in the field of nutrition since her residency, dedicating a large part of her time to clinical practice but she has also pursued some basic research in nutritional sciences. Most of her research has been dedicated to malnutrition and surgery as well as some aminoacids and probiotics. Lately, she has dedicated most of her time to cancer patients with focus on nutrition and quality of life. She has edited two books, one on nutrition and sports and the other on the clinical approach of surgical patients.

She has published several papers in many different journals and has lectured all over the world where she has made many friends. Dr Correia has also been the deputy editor in chief for Nutrition: the Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences and participates as member of the editorial board for several other journals. She was an active member of the Brazilian Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and is past President of the Latin American Federation of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (FELANPE).

When Dr Correia is not teaching or working at the hospital, she can be found in the gym working out or swimming as sport is one of her main hobbies. Over the weekends, the best place to find her is in the mountains around Belo Horizonte riding her bike. Other hobbies such as cooking (she is an alumni from the Cordon Bleu School of Gastronomy, Paris) and reading are part of her routine.

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Alastair Forbes

In 2014 Alastair Forbes moved to take up a new position as Professor of Medicine and Academic Lead for Gastroenterology and Nutrition in the Norwich Medical School of the University of East Anglia, UK. Having spent some time as Director of Postgraduate Research in the Medical School and as Interim Deputy Head of School, he is now Director of Clinical Research for the School and holds a parallel appointment (50:50 funding) with Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where he is Chief of Research and Innovation.

He was previously Professor of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at UCL in London, UK, and before that was consultant at St. Mark's Hospital also in London. He has been Education Director for the European Society for Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN), Secretary of the British Society of Gastroenterology, and Chairman of BAPEN, the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. He is an associate editor of Clinical Nutrition. He has written more than 230 original papers, with a Scopus “h” score of 58, together with over 130 review articles, and contributions to many national and international guidelines.

Prof. Forbes’ interests lie in intestinal failure and regeneration, and in particular in the “cross-over” areas with other disciplines, hence his involvement with inherited prion disease, with spinal injury, with fatigue, and increasingly in the emerging science linking the gut microbiome with dementia and other degenerative disorders.

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