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.
Anastasia Z. Kalea
Dr Anastasia Z. Kalea is Senior Teaching Fellow in Nutrition Education at the UCL Division of Medicine, UK, and an honorary Senior Associate Professor at the UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science, UK. She has over 15 years of research and teaching experience in academic institutions in the US and the UK. She is an external examiner and reviewer for undergraduate nutrition and dietetics programmes in the US, UK, and Greece.
Dr Kalea is a registered dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and has received a fellowship from the Higher Education Academy in the UK. She joined UCL in 2011 and researched the epigenetic effects of miRNAs in inflammatory diseases, cardiovascular disease and obesity. Prior to her joining UCL, Dr Kalea had been awarded a JDRF Fellowship to study vascular complications in diabetes while at Columbia University, USA, and continued her research at Northwestern University, USA. She held also a post-doctoral position at University of Maine, USA.
Her research interests focus on metabolic inflammation and their associated comorbidities, on trace mineral metabolism, and on nutrigenetics and presented her work in numerous national and international conferences. Recent research publications explored the effects of diet on autoimmune diseases (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis), and on management of obesity. Her teaching interests lie on molecular nutrition pathways, personalised nutrition and public health. Dr Kalea leads teaching for the MSc in Clinical and Public Health Nutrition, MSc in Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition, and the BSc in Nutrition and Medical Sciences. She is the Programme Director for a new MSc course in Obesity and Clinical Nutrition at UCL.
Dr Klimis-Zacas is professor of clinical nutrition and cooperating professor of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Maine, USA. As a Fulbright Senior Fellow, she aided in the establishment and curricular development of the Human Nutrition and Dietetics Program at Harokopio University, Greece, where she is a cooperating professor. She is also cooperating professor at DeFENs-Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Milan, Italy. Dr Klimis-Zacas is external reviewer and examiner for undergraduate and graduate programs, on promotion and tenure committees in the US, Italy and Greece, and grant reviewer for the Ministry of Health and Religion in Greece.
Her research and teaching have focused on lipid and trace mineral nutrition and metabolism associated with cardiovascular disease. Additionally, she has explored the role of signalling pathways and gene expression of berry bioactive compounds and berry-enriched diets on endothelial function, inflammation, and lipid metabolism as it relates to cardiovascular disease and the metabolic syndrome in pre-clinical and clinical studies. Her applied research investigations utilized nutritional interventions to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in adolescents both in the United States and in the Mediterranean region. Recently, she is researching the molecular mechanisms and genomic effects of polyphenols on endothelial cell migration and angiogenesis as it relates to diabetes mellitus, ischemic disorders and wound healing.
A Fulbright Senior Specialist and Cariplo Fellow, Dr Klimis-Zacas is the author of over 130 peer-reviewed publications, editor of books, series volumes and one patent. She is an editorial board member for The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, editor and guest editor for Antioxidants, Nutrients (MDPI) and others.
Bettina Mittendorfer graduated from the University of Vienna in Austria with a MSc in Human Nutrition, and from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, USA, with a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry. In 1999 she came to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, USA, for a postdoctoral research fellowship. Currently she is Associate Professor of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences and the Director of the Nutrition and Obesity Research Center Clinical Science Research Core Laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests focus on the regulation of muscle protein and lipid metabolism with special emphasis on obesity, aging and sexual dimorphism, which she studies in vivo in human subjects by using stable isotope labelled tracer techniques.
Olle Ljungqvist received his MD, PhD and surgical training from the Karolinska Institutet and Hospital in Sweden where he held several clinical positions in gastrointestinal surgery before being appointed Professor of Surgery Nutrition and Metabolism in 2005 at the Karolinska Insitutet. He chaired the Center for Gastrointestinal Disease at Ersta hospital 1999–2008, Stockholm before taking up his current position as Professor of Surgery at Örebro University, Sweden in 2009. Dr Ljungqvist has served as Chair of ESPEN, IASMEN as part of the International Surgical Society. He co-founded the ERAS® Society 2010 and serves as the Executive Chairman. He proposed the use of preoperative carbohydrates instead of overnight fasting, guideline recommend world-wide. His research interests are surgical stress, metabolism and nutrition and outcomes focusing on ERAS. He has published more than 200 original contributions, textbook chapter, edited textbooks, and has a current H index above 60.