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Editorial introductions

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

Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care: March 2020 - Volume 23 - Issue 2 - p v-vii
doi: 10.1097/MCO.0000000000000639
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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 School of Human Development and Health of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton, UK. He has a PhD in Biochemistry from University of Auckland, New Zealand, and a DPhil in Biochemistry from the 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 a lectureship at the 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 30 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), the British Nutrition Foundation Prize (2015), the Danone International Prize for Nutrition (2016) and the DSM Lifetime Achievement Award in Nutritional Sciences (2017).

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). In 2016, he completed a three-year term as Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) and started a three-year term as President 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. He is listed 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 he also holds professorships in pediatrics and epidemiology. In addition to his ongoing basic research in cell biology of lipids, he has been active in translating basic science findings to practical application in different populations. Dr Deckelbaum has a long professional involvement in issues of human nutrition. 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 and treat cardiovascular diseases. He has led NIH and USAID funded program projects relating to diarrheal diseases in the Middle East and the USA. Dr Deckelbaum's research programs have been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the United States Agency for International Development, and the private sector.

Dr Deckelbaum has published over 400 research and other publications, as well as being co-editor of a number of books, such as Preventive Nutrition, now in 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, Consortium of Universities for Global Health, RAND Corporation, the USA 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 lifetime achievement awards from the Global Health Education Consortium and from McGill University. Currently, he continues in projects related to health and science as a bridge between different populations in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Peter J.M. Weijs

Peter J.M. Weijs

Dr Ir Peter J.M. Weijs is the Professor of Nutrition and Exercise, with special reference to protein, at the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics and Department of Intensive Care Medicine of the Amsterdam University Medical Centers, the Netherlands. He is also the Professor of Nutrition and Exercise as well as the Director of the Amsterdam Nutritional Assessment Center, Faculty of Sports and Nutrition, Center of Expertise Urban Vitality, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands.

He received his MSc in human nutrition and his 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, USA. He received a Marie Curie European Commission Fellowship at the Rowett Research Institute, Aberdeen, UK, and was a Vars Award and Impact 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 PhDs in public health and clinical weight management through combined lifestyle interventions. Dr Weijs has authored over 100 publications on protein and energy requirements, combined lifestyle interventions, 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, Editor of Clinical Reasoning in Dietetics, and author of book chapters in The Molecular Nutrition of Amino Acids and Protein, Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (2020), and Sarcopenia, Molecular, Cellular, and Nutritional Aspects (2020). He is Section Editor for Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. Dr Weijs is a board member of several Advisory Boards.

Stephen A. McClave

Stephen A. McClave

Dr McClave is a native of Columbus Ohio, USA, though he has lived in Louisville, Kentucky and been on faculty at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, USA for over 30 years. Dr McClave received his MD from Ohio State University, USA, and completed his internal medicine residency and chief 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, USA. Dr McClave is a Professor of Medicine and Director of Clinical Nutrition at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He served previously as 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 American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (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. He was Co-Chairman and lead author of both the 2009 and the 2016 ASPEN/SCCM Guidelines for Nutrition in the Adult Critically Ill Patient. He is Co-Chairman of a new ASPEN committee on Physician Engagement.

He is a Diplomat and past President of the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists. He was a member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) task force for enteral nutrition and was the past Chairman of the ASGE Special Interest Group in enteral nutrition. He was the Co-Chairman and lead author for the 2016 ACG Guidelines on Nutrition Therapy of the Adult Hospitalized Patient. He was awarded the Honorary Lifetime Membership of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. He is a fellow of ASPEN, American College of Nutrition, American Gastroenterological Association, and the ASGE.

He is author of over 250 articles, 40 book chapters, and numerous medical educational videotapes (including a series of 14 videos on enteral access for the ASGE). 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.

Along with numerous academic interests, he has a healthy appreciation for a number of outdoor sports, enjoying running, biking, boating, or skiing, depending on where his travels take him.

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