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Achieving a Transparent, Actionable Framework for Public-Private Partnerships for Food and Nutrition Research

Alexander, Nick BA; Ohlhorst, Sarah Davis MS, RD; Meyers, Linda D. PhD

doi: 10.1097/NT.0000000000000101
Nutrition Communications

Nick Alexander, BA, is a strategic communications/media consultant and science writer with Media Concerns in Lewes, Delaware. He holds a bachelor’s of arts degree from Harvard University. A former network correspondent with ABC News, Mr. Alexander has, for the past decade, been a strategic communications and media consultant. He has during that time, collaborated with communications consultant Sylvia Rowe, MA, on a series of published journal articles regarding science communication issues, conflicts of interest management, public-private partnerships, and the evolving challenges to public acceptance of credible science.

Sarah Davis Ohlhorst, MS, RD, is Director of Government Relations for the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) in Bethesda, Maryland, as well as a Registered Dietitian. She has numerous responsibilities at ASN, including development of government relations initiatives, coordination of public affairs activities, and service as a liaison to various ASN member groups and allied organizations. Ms. Ohlhorst oversees the development of policy-oriented documents, ensuring that they appropriately reflect ASN’s scientific and policy views, and provides leadership on grants and cooperative agreements. She is coauthor on numerous peer-reviewed publications and a member of the American Society for Nutrition, Institute of Food Technologists, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). She graduated with distinction from Virginia Tech with her bachelor’s in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise in 2001 and her master’s degree in 2004.

Linda D. Meyers, PhD, is a nutrition consultant in the Washington, DC area. She has served as Senior Science Advisor for the American Society for Nutrition and is the former Director of the Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies in Washington, DC. From 1986–2001 she served as Senior Nutrition Advisor, Deputy Director, and Acting Director in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Meyers has a BA in health and physical education from Goshen College in Indiana (1968), an MS in food and nutrition from Colorado State University (1974), and a PhD in nutritional sciences from Cornell University (1978). Her research focused on population indicators of nutritional status. Dr. Meyers has received awards for her contributions to public health, including the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for Healthy People 2010, the Conrad A. Elvehjem Award for Public Service in Nutrition from ASN, the IOM’s Cecil Award, the National Academies Group Distinguished Service awards for The DRI’s Essential Guide and for the Emmy-nominated The Weight of the Nation and The Weight of the Nation: Kids film series, and the Surgeon General’s Medallion. In April 2013, she was elected a Fellow of the American Society for Nutrition.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Correspondence: Sarah Davis Ohlhorst, MS, RD, American Society for Nutrition, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814 (

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