Editorial introductions : Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care

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Editorial introductions

Editor(s): Engelen, Mariëlle P.K.J.; van der Meij, Barbara; Koletzko, Berthold; Shamir, Raanan

Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care 26(3):p v-vii, May 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/MCO.0000000000000931
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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.


Mariëlle P.K.J. Engelen

Mariëlle P.K.J. Engelen

Dr Marië̈lle P.K.J. Engelen, PhD, is a Professor and Chancellor EDGES Fellow at Texas A&M University, College Station, USA. She currently serves as Co-Director and Head of Clinical Research for the Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity (CTRAL) at the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management, and the Department of Primary Care and Rural Medicine.

She received her MSc in Health Sciences (Movement Sciences) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. After her postdoctoral fellowships at the Depts of Respiratory Medicine and Surgery in Maastricht, she moved to the USA in 2006 and worked at the Dept. of Geriatrics, University Arkansas for Medical Sciences, USA, and Arkansas Children's Hospital, USA before moving to Texas A&M University in College Station, TX in 2012.

For over 25 years, she has conducted research in the field of clinical nutrition and metabolism in relation to functional performance during aging and in chronic (wasting) diseases and conditions associated with aging (i.e., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer, cystic fibrosis, congestive heart failure, mild cognitive impairment). Her research focuses on the (protein and amino acid) metabolic alterations underlying muscle wasting and dysfunction of the muscle, gut, and brain and involves the use of stable isotope methodologies. As such, she has conducted many acute mechanistic studies as well as nutritional intervention and exercise rehabilitation studies to restore metabolism, muscle mass, and improve physical and cognitive performance in these conditions.

She has obtained several federal research grants (including NIH) and awards for her work, and has authored over 100 original research publications and four patents. She is Associate Editor for Clinical Nutrition and Section Editor of the Translational Research in Wasting Disease section in Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism.

Barbara van der Meij

Barbara van der Meij

Dr Barbara S. van der Meij, PhD, is a senior researcher at HAN University of Applied Sciences and at Wageningen University and Research, based in Nijmegen and Wageningen, the Netherlands. She obtained her BSc in nutrition and dietetics at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands, and her MSc in Nutrition and Health at Wageningen University and Research.

From 2002, she worked as a clinical research dietitian at the Amsterdam University Medical Centre, the Netherlands, and obtained her PhD on the impact of fish oil on clinical parameters and quality of life in patients with cancer in 2013. After obtaining her PhD, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the VU University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and at Texas A&M University, Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity at the Department of Health and Kinesiology in College Station, USA. In 2016 she moved to Brisbane, Australia to work as a conjoint senior research dietitian at Mater Health Services, Australia, and Bond University, Australia. In this position, she served as a linking pin between the hospital and the university, responsible for nutrition and dietetics research, implementation of evidence-based practice, quality improvements and teaching of Master courses on nutrition and dietetics research and evidence-based practice. In 2020 she moved back to the Netherlands.

As a senior researcher at HAN University of Applied Sciences and Wageningen University and Research, she leads practice-based research on nutrition and lifestyle in cancer, aging and chronic diseases, and serves as a guest lecturer on clinical nutrition and body composition assessment. She obtained several research grants for her work and has authored over 35 original research publications. Barbara van der Meij is an active member of the faculty-wide working group on Aging and Chronic diseases at the HAN, of the academic board of the Dutch nutrition journal Voeding en Visie, and has been appointed as innovator for the HAN Center of Expertise ‘Sneller Herstel’, a collaboration between HAN University of Applied Sciences and Radboudumc in Nijmegen.

Berthold Koletzko

Berthold Koletzko

Dr Bert Koletzko is the Else Kröner-Seniorprofessor of Paediatrics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany, and at the Department of Paediatrics at Dr von Hauner Children's Hospital, LMU University Hospitals, Germany. He was trained in paediatrics at Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg-Soweto, South Africa; Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center, Moshi, Tanzania; and the Children's Hospitals of the Universities of Düsseldorf, Germany and Toronto, Canada. A focus of his work is on metabolic and nutritional modulators of child health and disease prevention.

Bert has authored 1,117 scientific journal articles (times cited 31,716, H-index 90), 246 book chapters, and 45 books/monographies. His research funding exceeded 20 million euros during the last decade and was provided by the European Union (EU) Framework Research Programmes, EU Research Council, EU Erasmus+ Programmes, EU Joint Programming Initiative, German Research Council, German Federal Ministry Education and Research, German Ministry of Health, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, US National Institutes of Health, German Academic Exchange Service, Else Kröner Fresenius Foundation, Family Larsson Rosenquist Foundation, and other funding bodies.

Bert was rated a World Expert in research on breast milk and milk (higher than top 0.01% researchers worldwide based on publications in the last decade, Expertscape 2021), and the world's top rated in the areas “infant nutritional physiological phenomena”, “child nutritional physiological phenomena” and “child nutrition science”.

Bert currently serves as: President of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation; Strategic Advisor on Nutrition and Standing Committee Member, International Pediatric Association; Chair, Secondary-Tertiary Care Council and Executive Committee Member, European Academy of Paediatrics; Chair, Committee Nutrition, German Society Pediatrics; Board of Directors Member, Biomedical Alliance in Europe; and Treasurer, United European Gastroenterology. He served as member of the grant review board for medicine, German Research Council (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), and as Chair and Deputy Chair of their Clinical Trial grant review board. He is Past President of Federation of International Societies of Paediatric, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (FISPGHAN) and of European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition (ESPGHAN).

Dr Koletzko is the Editor-in-Chief of Annuals of Nutrition and Metabolism and of World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Associate Editor of Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care and Monatsschrift Kinderheilkunde. He has been acting as Scientific Advisor to the German Federal Government, the Innovation Initiative of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the World Health Organisation, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, and other national and international governmental bodies and organizations.

Raanan Shamir

Raanan Shamir

Raanan Shamir is Professor of Pediatrics, the Lea and Arieh Pickel Chair for Pediatric Research and Chair, Eduarda and Dr. Moshe Ishay Institute for the Study of the Effects of Natural Food on Quality of Life and Human Health at the Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel, and Chairman of the Institute of Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases at Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel.

Raanan Shamir received his MD degree at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, and was trained in pediatrics at Beilinson Medical Center in Petach Tikva, Israel. In the early 90 s, he was a fellow at the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, USA, and came back to Israel to serve as the Head of the Department of Nutrition at the Israel Ministry of Health. Following this, he held the position of Head of the Gastroenterology and Nutrition Unit at Meyer Children's Hospital in Haifa, Israel.

Prof. Shamir has published more than 500 original papers, reviews and comments, book chapters and guidelines (times cited 34,419; H index:86, January 4, 2023). His research has been supported by prestigious funds such as the European Community Framework Funds and the Israel Science Foundation.

His current research areas include pediatric nutrition, nutrition and growth, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease and childhood hyperlipidemia.

Current appointments include: Member the National Academy of medical Sciences, Member of the National Council on Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases, Member of the ESPEN (European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism) Advisory Board, Member of the Scientific Committee of the Nutrition and Growth Network, Member of the UEG (United European Gastroenterology) Research Committee, Member of the Steering Committee of the ESPGHAN (European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition) Coeliac Special Interest Group, Member of the Standing Committee of IPA (International Pediatric Association) and Member of the Sustainable Nutrition Scientific Board.

Prof. Shamir serves as an Editor for the pediatric section of Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism and was the Senior Associate Editor (2010–2013) and Acting Editor in Chief (2013–2014) of the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (JPGN). He served as the ESPGHAN Chair of the publication committee of JPGN between 2019–2022. Prof. Shamir serves as a reviewer for multiple journals in the fields of pediatrics, nutrition, gastroenterology, and atherosclerosis.

Past committee appointments include: President of ESPGHAN (2016–2019), Council Member, FISPGHAN (Federation of International Societies for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition), President of the Israel Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Chairman of the Scientific Committee on Milk and Human Health at the Israel Ministry of Health, Chief Scientist Office, Member of the ESPGHAN Committee on Nutrition, (ESPGHAN CoN), 2004–2012, ESPGHAN Council Member, 2005–2009, Council Member of the Israel Pediatric Association, 2008–2012, Chairman of ESPGHAN CoN, 2008–2012, Member of the General Assembly, Upper Gastrointestinal Section, Scientific Committee of the UEGF (United European Gastroenterology Federation) 2010–2013, ESPGHAN Council Member as the President of the 2014 Annual Meeting and Chairman of the Governmental Supreme Committee on Food, Israel Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Commerce and Environment (2010–2014), Chairman of the Nutrition Committee of the Israel Pediatric Association (1996–2017), Member of the Scientific Committee of ESPEN (European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, 2013–2017).

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