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 12 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 Journal's Editors and Section Editors for this issue.
Yvon A. Carpentier
Yvon A. Carpentier completed medical school and a residency in surgery at the Free University of Brussels (ULB), Belgium. After a short training in Stockholm (Professor Arvid Wretlind) and Montpellier (Professor C. Solassol and H. Joyeux), he initiated nutritional support in Belgium in 1973. He benefited from post-doctoral Fulright and NATO fellowships to undergo research in lipid metabolism at the Rockefeller University, (Professor J. Hirsch) and in surgical metabolism at Columbia University, (Professor J.M. Kinney), New York City, USA from 1977–1978. After returning to Brussels, he became Director of the L. Deloyers Laboratory for Experimental Surgery, Free University of Brussels (ULB) and is currently Director of the Lipid Clinic, Cardio-vascular Center, Hôpital Erasme, Belgium. He is Professor of Pathological Biochemistry and of Nutrition at the ULB.
Yvon A. Carpentier was among the founders of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ESPEN) in 1979 and chairman of ESPEN (1994–1998). He has served as president of the International Confederation of Nutrition Support Organizations (ICNSO). His main research interest is in lipid metabolism and its relationship to cardio-vascular diseases and in the development of new lipid preparations. He has published over 200 papers in this field.
Yvon A. Carpentier has served as visiting professor and lecturer in Europe, the USA, Latin America, Asia and Israel. He has delivered over 250 invited and guest lectures. He has been chairing the “Nutrition and Health” group at the National Council of Nutrition, Belgium. He has also acted as chairman of the Belgian Lipid Club and of a research group on Nutrition and Health supported by the Belgian “Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique”.
Luc A. Cynober
Luc A. Cynober, PhD, Pharm.D obtained his Pharm.D degree in 1979 from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Paris XI, France. In 1985, he received his PhD in Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences from the same university. He was head of the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Cochin Hospital, Paris, France, (1997–2021), and Professor of Nutrition at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University Paris Descartes, France.
Dr Cynober is a member of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ESPEN), American Nutrition Society, American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and French Speaking Society of Clinical Biology, among others. He served from 1992–2000 as officer in the executive committee of ESPEN, and from 2001–2005 as chairman of the French-Speaking Society of Nutrition and Metabolism. In the years 1987–1992 he served as Editor-in-Chief of Nutrition Clinique & Métabolisme.
Among other awards, he has received the Pharmacy Academy Award for his PhD thesis, and the International Research Award of the French Society of Clinical Biology. Dr Cynober has presented over 140 invited lectures at international and national meetings, including the opening lecture at the Cannes ESPEN Congress 2003 and the Sir Cuthbertson lecture at the Vienna ESPEN Congress 2009. He has published more than 250 original research papers and more than 120 review papers. He is the editor of a book dealing with amino acids’ metabolism and therapy in clinical nutrition (published by CRC Press). His current major research interests relate to amino acid metabolism and therapy in critical illness, ageing and cancer.
Jürgen M. Bauer
In September 2016, Juergen M. Bauer took over the newly established chair for geriatric medicine at the Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg, Germany. In 2010 he had been appointed director of the newly formed Geriatrics Centre Oldenburg, Germany, which since 2012 forms part of the medical campus of the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. Between 2004 and 2010 he worked as assistant medical director at the Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.
His research work and academic career was supported by a four-year scholarship of the Robert-Bosch-Foundation. Before moving into the field of geriatric medicine, Juergen M. Bauer was trained in gastroenterology and as a specialist in clinical nutrition.
In recent years, Juergen M. Bauer's research interest has focused on nutrition and its relationship with functionality in older persons. He was a member of several international expert groups that worked on the definitions of sarcopenia and frailty in older persons. Between 2012 and 2015 he contributed to various consensus and research papers that focused on protein intake and amino acid supplementation in older adults.
Juergen M. Bauer is a member of several national and international medical societies including the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN). In 2010 he was honored to become a member of the ESPEN faculty. Since 2015 he is working as a co-editor of Clinical Nutrition.
From 2007 until 2015 he was a member of the executive board of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS). Since 2015 Juergen M. Bauer has been a member of the committee of the scientific advisors of the International Osteporosis Foundation (IOF) and in September 2016 Juergen M. Bauer was elected president of the German Geriatrics Society (DGG).
In 2007 Juergen M. Bauer was awarded the honorary prize of the German Geriatric Society.
Stéphane Walrand, MSc, PhD, is University Professor and Hospital Practitioner, in the University of Clermont Auvergne and Gabriel-Montpied Hospital, France. Professor Walrand graduated in 1990 with an honours degree in biological sciences. He received his master's degree in 1996 and he gained his PhD in 2000 in the specialty of clinical research, technological innovation and public health. In 2002, Professor Walrand joined the Laboratory of Molecular Endocrinology in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, as a post-doctoral fellowship under the direction of Professor Julius Brtko. He then joined INRA in 2002 as a research fellow. In 2004–2005, Professor Walrand joined the Endocrine Research Unit (Prof. KS Nair), Mayo Clinic and Foundation in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. He was appointed as Director of Research at INRA in 2010 and as University Professor and Hospital Practitioner in 2018. He has performed the function of Deputy Director of the Human Nutrition Unit (Clermont-Ferrand, France) and co-leader of the Nutrition, Metabolism and Muscle Mass team (NuTrim).
He is currently co-leader of the Diet, Muscle Health and Sarcopenia research team. The team has a long research tradition on skeletal muscle, protein and energy metabolisms, and dietary lipids and proteins, with specific emphasis on the crosstalk between skeletal muscle and adipose tissue. The research programs of the team mainly focus on the impact of the ageing process and chronic diseases on muscle anabolic responses and impaired metabolisms. The objective of the team is focused on the preservation of mobility through new strategies involving nutrition and physical activity to improve muscle function and prevent sarcopenia-related comorbidities.
Professor Walrand has collaborations with research groups in Australia, the US, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands. He has a lot of expertise on muscle metabolism in various pathophysiological conditions and under different dietary constraints. Professor Walrand was a member of the Scientific Board of the French Society of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism and is currently a member of the Scientific Board of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. He is also one of the members on the board of experts of the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety. He has lectured nationally and internationally. To his credit, Professor Walrand has published over 150 articles, which includes peer-reviewed manuscripts based on original research, abstracts and symposium presentations, reviews and numerous books and volumes.
Dr Rajavel Elango is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, and School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He is also an Investigator at the Research Institute, BC Children's Hospital, Canada, and an associate member in the Human Nutrition Program at the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia. Dr Elango obtained his PhD in Nutrition and Metabolism from the University of Alberta, Canada, and did his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.
Dr Rajavel Elango's research program focuses on the identification of the dietary requirements for protein and amino acids and protein quality of foods during key stages of growth and development, such as pregnancy and in childhood malnutrition using state-of-the-art stable isotope techniques. His research also focuses on inborn errors of metabolism, and how non-invasive stable isotope-based techniques can be used as diagnostic tools to measure effectiveness of new treatment and management modalities. Dr Elango's international nutrition research is accomplished by collaborations with research institutes located in India.
Dr Elango serves on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Nutrition, and he is a member of the American Society for Nutrition and Canadian Nutrition Society.
Dr Elango was the recipient of the 2013 Vernon R. Young International Award for Amino Acid research from the American Society for Nutrition. Dr Elango was part of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 2014 Expert Working Group on methods to assess protein quality of foods, and the FAO 2017 Expert Working Group on Protein Quality Assessment in Follow-up Formula for Young Children and Ready to use Therapeutic Foods.
Prof. François Mariotti, MEng, PhD, is Professor of Nutrition in the human biology and nutrition department at AgroParisTech, the Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences, France. He currently heads the ‘PROSPECT’ research group that studies the relations between dietary protein intake, nutritional security and cardiometabolic health, combining metabolism and physiology in clinical trials and the analysis of dietary intake of populations (at UMR PNCA, AgroParisTech, INRAE, Université Paris-Saclay, France). His main focus is on nutritional transition and plant vs animal protein sources. François Mariotti and his team have developed and implemented multiple, multidisciplinary nutritional approaches, from tracer-based methods for characterizing metabolism in clinical studies, to the study of the nutritional adequacy of diets using simulation and optimization tools on dietary survey data.
Prof. Mariotti has been the chairman of the standing committee on Nutrition at the French Agency (Anses) since 2012, where he has been closely involved in the coordination of the revision of the French food based dietary guidelines for various populations (2012–2019). He has published over 100 international publications. He is also the editor of a reference book (900 pages) on vegetarian and plant-based diets in health and disease prevention.