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Editorial introductions

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

Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care: November 2019 - Volume 22 - Issue 6 - p v–vii
doi: 10.1097/MCO.0000000000000609

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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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, behavioral 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 190 articles in peer-reviewed journals with an h-factor of 53 and i10-index of 129. 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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Annemie M.W. Schols

Annemie M.W. Schols is Professor of Nutrition and Metabolism in Chronic Diseases at Maastricht University, and Head of NUTRIM School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism at Maastricht University Medical Centre the Netherlands. 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.

Her own 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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Nathalie M. Delzenne

Nathalie M. Delzenne is Full Professor at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL). 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 in Brussels, Belgium. She is involved in international scientific committees (President of the Belgian Nutrition Society, Editor for the Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, member of the Scientific Board of the European Society for Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition, former member of the Board of directors of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics etc.).

After a PhD in Pharmaceutical sciences obtained in 1991, a post-doctoral certificate in Nutrition (Lausanne, CH), she performed a post-doctoral research related to nutrients-gene interactions (Paris Inserm Unit 342), she has been back at the Université catholique de Louvain. She started an academic carrier and has been pioneer in the discovery of nutrients (prebiotics) targeting the gut microbiota to control of nutritional disorders (obesity, cachexia, polyunsaturated fatty acid deficiencies etc.). She has published more than 300 papers and lead a large amount of international projects focused on nutrition and health. For further details on her research team and activities, please visit

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Henry C. Lukaski

Dr Lukaski is an adjunct Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Public Health Education, and Clinical Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine at the University of North Dakota, USA. He is also a consultant to the US and international biomedical industry. He served 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.

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 function/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 currently is a member of three, and past member of five, editorial boards, and an editorial consultant for a variety of peer-reviewed journals in physiology, nutrition, medicine, and sport sciences. He has served and continues to provide service 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.

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.

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Véronique Coxam

Dr 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 in the USA. She is a Senior Research Scientist and is currently a Lecturer at 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 (France), belonging to both INRA and the Auvergne University and the head of the Food skeleton and metabolism group which is involved in dietary prevention of osteoporosis. She is now the Deputy Head of the Nutrition, Chemical Food Safety and Consumer Behavior Division of INRA, whose main objective is to provide scientific data to improve health and well-being and to enhance the development of food better adapted to humans. Studies lie in a compromise between individual well-being and economic and socio-professional realities. The division also aims at organising a scientific community in the area of food-borne chemical risk. Increasing understanding of the consumer's needs is crucial for establishing nutritional recommendations and prevent metabolic alterations associated with aging, a major issue in our society.

She has published up to 150 original papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, almost 40 books or book chapters and several patents.

She has a strong expertise activity at the international level. She has numerous national and international collaborations with public and private partnerships (she is involved in several transversal national and international programs (ANR, European programs and networks).

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