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Can Nutrition Research Change Its Mind?

Alexander, Nick; Rowe, Sylvia

Nutrition Communication

The article offers an examination of recent conflict and/or confusion among nutrition science researchers and the role that conflict may play in public understanding of the science.

A look at the uncertainties in nutrition research

Nick Alexander, is the Senior Director of Media Relations at International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation, 1100 Connecticut Ave. NW, #430, Washington, DC 20036. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics at Harvard University. Mr Alexander has, for the past 6 years, followed science communication issues and the evolving challenge to public acceptance of credible science.

Sylvia Rowe, is an Adjunct Professor at Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also the President of SR Strategy, a health, nutrition, food safety, and risk communications and issue management consultancy located at 1100 Connecticut Ave NW, #1000, Washington DC. Previously Rowe served as president and CEO of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) and IFIC Foundation, nonprofit organizations that communicate science-based information on food safety and nutrition issues to health professionals, journalists, government officials, educators and consumers.

Corresponding author: Sylvia Rowe, 1100 Connecticut Ave. NW, #1000, Washington, DC 20036, (e-mail:

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.