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.
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, USA in the Department of Medicine. At Washington University he developed 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 M. Bier, MD, at Washington University and Vernon R. Young, PhD, at MIT. After almost a decade at Washington University, he moved to Cornell University Medical College in New York City, USA 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 labelled water with Steven Heymsfield, MD, at Columbia University, USA. He also directed the Core Laboratories of the General Clinical Research Center. After a decade at Cornell, he moved to the University of Vermont, USA 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 Vermont Genetics Network Proteomics Core Laboratory, and currently the Mass Spectrometry Core Laboratory in Immunobiology. From 2002–2014, he was Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Vermont and named the Pomeroy Professor of Chemistry. In 2019, Matthews became a Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Medicine at the University of Vermont, but continues his research activities. Professor Matthews is a world-renown expert in the development of stable isotope tracer techniques to study metabolism in humans. He has published over 170 papers in peer-reviewed in a range of journals and over 50 contributions to symposia and chapters in books.
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 the 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.
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 amino acids and probiotics. Lately, she has dedicated most of her time to cancer patients with focus on nutrition, quality of life as well as with quality improvement and safety. She has edited three books, one on nutrition and sports, the other on the clinical approach of surgical patients and the last one on the metabolic and nutrition care of the surgical patient.
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 has been 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). She is also an active member of the Brazilian College of Surgeons, responsible for the nutrition and metabolic surgical education program as well as the committee for quality improvement and safety in surgery.
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 has a Diplôme Universitaire du GoÛt, de la Gastronomie et des Arts de la Table, an official diploma delivered by the Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne and the Cordon Bleu, Paris, France), and reading are part of her routine.
André Van Gossum
Prof. André Van Gossum was appointed as Medical Physician in 1978 and as Gastroenterologist in 1983. In 1985 Prof. Van Gossum completed a one-year fellowship in Canada under the supervision of Prof. Khursheed Jeejeebhoy in Toronto General Hospital. In 1991, he presented a thesis entitled Evaluation of lipid peroxidation by measurement of breath pentane in humans.
Since 2000, Prof. Van Gossum has been serving as the Chief of the Clinic of Intestinal Diseases and Nutritional Support in the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatopancreatology and Digestive Oncology at Erasme University Hospital, Free University of Brussels, Belgium. He is a lecturer of post graduate courses in Gastroenterology and Clinical Nutrition in the Faculty of Medicine. Additionally, he runs a program on home enteral and parenteral nutrition and is the Coordinator of the Nutrition Support Team.
In 1988, Prof. Van Gossum founded the Belgian Society for Clinical Nutrition and has been an active member of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) since 2005. He was appointed as the President of the ESPEN congress, held in Brussels, Belgium, in 2005, served as the Treasurer of ESPEN from 2008 to 2012 and was elected as the Chair since 2014 to 2018.
Prof. Van Gossum is also a member of the ESPEN-HAN and CIF group and the GLIM international working group. He is currently a Consultant in the Department of Gastroenterology/Nutrition at Erasme Hospital and Institut Bordet (University of Brussels), Belgium. He is an active member of the Belgian Alliance for optimal Nutrition Care for all.
His CV includes 257 publications in peer-review journals.