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Section Editor(s): Schols, Annemie M.W.; Sidossis, Labros S.; Delzenne, Nathalie M.; Mullin, Gerard E.; Coxam, Véronique; Lukaski, Henry C.

Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care: November 2018 - Volume 21 - Issue 6 - p v–vii
doi: 10.1097/MCO.0000000000000514

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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Annemie M.W. Schols

Annemie M.W. Schols is Professor of Nutrition and Metabolism in Chronic Diseases at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, and Head of NUTRIM School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism at Maastricht University Medical Centre. NUTRIM initiates and catalyzes translational research into nutritional and metabolic health focusing on prevention and management of chronic diseases and has an extensive PhD training programme.

Professor Schols’ translational research focus is on metabolic aberrations and molecular mechanisms of cachexia and skeletal muscle weakness in chronic diseases and cancer using COPD and lung cancer as clinical models. Based on these insights she conducts clinical trials to enhance physical functioning and quality of life of patients with respiratory disease. She was one of the first scientists evaluating efficacy and feasibility of multimodal nutritional rehabilitation strategies tailored to comprehensive metabolic phenotyping. She has published more than 350 international scientific publications and her Hirsch citation factor is 70. Professor Schols serves in several scientific editorial boards and is a member of the Health Council of the Netherlands.

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Labros S. Sidossis

Professor Labros S. Sidossis received his doctorate from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, USA. He is currently Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health, at Rutgers University, USA and Professor of Nutrition at the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Harokopio University, Athens, Greece. Dr Sidossis’ research has focused on the biochemical mechanisms regulating the metabolic responses in humans in various conditions (e.g obesity, insulin resistance, dyslipidemias, severe burn injury). He has also studied the epidemiology of obesity in children and adolescents, behavioural therapy of obesity, and is an expert in the use of tracer techniques in the study of human metabolism. He has received grant support from the National Institutes of Health, the American Diabetes Association, the National Center for Research Recourses, the Shriners Hospitals for Children, the European Union, and the industry.

Dr Sidossis has published over 140 articles in peer-reviewed journals with a Hirsch citation factor of 42. He has been an invited speaker and has assumed committee responsibilities in many congresses and conferences. He is also a member of the editorial board and a journal referee in several scientific journals.

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Nathalie M. Delzenne

Nathalie M. Delzenne is a Full Professor at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium. She is a lecturer in Nutrition Biochemistry and Metabolism and is the leader of the Metabolism and Nutrition Research Group at the Louvain Drug Research Institute at UCL. She is President of the Belgian Nutrition Society and is a member of the Scientific Board of the European Society for Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition and a former member of the board of directors of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics.

Dr Delzenne received her PhD in pharmaceutical sciences from UCL, after which she received a post-doctoral certificate in nutrition from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and she performed post-doctoral research related to nutrients-gene interactions at the Paris Inserm Unit 342, France. She has been a pioneer in the discovery of nutrients (prebiotics) targeting the gut microbiota to control nutritional disorders (obesity, cachexia, polyunsaturated fatty acid deficiencies etc.). She has published more than 300 papers and leads a large number of international projects focused on nutrition and health. For further details on her research team and activities, please visit

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Gerard E. Mullin

Gerard E. Mullin, MD, is a board certified Internist, Gastroenterologist, and Nutritionist. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine and serves as the chair of the Nutrition Advisory Committee for The Johns Hopkins Hospital, USA. Dr Mullin has accrued over 25 years of clinical experience in the fields of gastroenterology and nutrition and he earned a master's degree in nutrition while in practice in 1994.

Dr Mullin is regarded as an authority in integrative gastroenterology and nutrition and he is the author of several professional desk reference and trade books. Dr Mullin teaches medical professionals at international conferences on the role of nutrition and lifestyle and the gut microbiome in digestive health and weight control.

Dr Mullin was the youngest person to receive an honorary membership from the American Dietetic Association (now The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) in 2009. He also received the Grace A. Goldsmith award presented by the American College of Nutrition in November 2011. This special award acknowledges a scientist who is under the age of 50 years, for significant achievements in the field of nutrition.

He is a founding member and chair of the American Board of Integrative Medicine ( and serves on a number of nutrition exam committees and boards and recently served as chair for the medical practice section of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. Dr Mullin and also serves on the editorial board of numerous professional journals for gastroenterology, nutrition, and integrative medicine.

Dr Mullin has contributed to hundreds of consumer trade magazine articles who have featured his advice and professional journal papers dealing with digestive health, nutrition and wellness. Visit Dr Mullin's website to learn more.

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Véronique Coxam

Dr Véronique Coxam graduated in physiology at the Blaise Pascal University in Clermont-Ferrand, France. After her PhD, she served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Utah University, USA. She is a senior research scientist and currently lectures on many postgraduate courses in nutrition. She works at the National Institute for Agricultural Research in France (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, INRA) whose missions are to meet consumers’ needs and to guarantee them high-quality food and to contribute to integrated land development and sustainable management of natural resources.

Dr Coxam was Director associate of the large Unit for Human nutrition in Clermont-Ferrand, belonging to both INRA and the Auvergne University and is the head of the Food skeleton and metabolism group which is involved in dietary prevention of osteoporosis. Dr Coxam studies the impact of food, style of nutrition and micro/macronutrients in the maintenance of bone and cartilage biological functions and metabolic pathways. The main objective of her ongoing research is to determine the functionality of food (or composing nutrients) in different pathophysiological conditions associated with aging (inflammation, oxidative stress, metabolic stress, lipotoxicity, hormonal deregulation etc.) to prevent the decline of physiological functions and to prevent the development of bone diseases. She has published more than 120 original papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 20 books or book chapters and several patents. She has a strong expertise activity on an international level and is involved in the French Agency for Food and Safety (AFSSA).

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Henry C. Lukaski

Dr Henry C. Lukaski is an adjunct Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science and Clinical Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine at the University of North Dakota, USA, and acts as a consultant to various bodies in both the US and international biomedical industry. He served for 28 years as supervisory research physiologist, research leader, and Assistant Center Director at the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, and Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

As an NIH pre-doctoral trainee, Dr Lukaski received his master of science and doctoral degrees in physiology and nutrition from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. He served as a post-doctoral research associate with the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, and was a visiting scientist at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA.

His research focuses on the interaction of physical activity and micronutrients in humans, emphasizing iron, zinc, copper, magnesium, and chromium, to promote health and optimal performance. His work also includes development and validation of non-invasive methods to assess human body composition. He has published more than 150 technical publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 50 book chapters, 160 short communications and invited editorials, one book, professional policy statements for the American College of Sports Medicine, and presented invited lectures at more than 500 universities, research institutes, and scientific and professional societies world-wide.

Dr Lukaski is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the Human Biology Council and the Nutrition Society of Latin America. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, American Physiological Society, American Society of Nutrition, and British Nutrition Society. Dr Lukaski received numerous awards and recognition from the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service and scientific/professional groups for his contributions to the fields of nutrition and physiology, and development of young scientists.

Dr Lukaski is currently a member of three editorial boards, and a past member of five, as well as an editorial consultant for a variety of peer-reviewed journals in physiology, nutrition, medicine, and sport sciences. He has served as an advisor in nutrition to many national and international health agencies and research organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Defense, National Aeronautic and Space Administration, Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, and International and US Olympic Committees.

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