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The American Society for Nutrition Develops Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee Focused on Ensuring Trust in Nutrition Science

The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) has announced the creation of an Advisory Committee that will focus on ensuring the public trust in academic and professional scientific societies through best practices in scientific rigor and transparency.


The Advisory Committee is charged with identifying best practices to allow effective collaborations while ensuring that ASN's activities are transparent, advance research, and maintain scientific rigor while engendering trust among all nutrition science stakeholders. The Committee will be chaired by Dr Cutberto Garza of Boston College and includes the following members:


- Cutberto Garza, MD, PhD, University Professor, Boston College (chair)


- Vinita Bali, Chair, Board of Directors, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition


- Catherine Bertini, Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, Syracuse University


- Eric Campbell, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School


- Edward Cooney, JD, Former Executive Director, Congressional Hunger Center


- Michael McGinnis, MD, Executive Officer, National Academy of Medicine


- Sylvia Rowe, President, SR Strategy, LLC


- Robert Steinbrook, MD, Professor Adjunct, Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine


- Carol Tucker-Foreman, Distinguished Fellow, Consumer Federation of America Food Policy Institute


- Catherine Woteki, PhD, Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics, US Department of Agriculture


- Patrick Stover, PhD, President, American Society for Nutrition (ex-officio member)


- John Courtney, PhD, Executive Officer, American Society for Nutrition (ex-officio member)



"Maintaining trust among all constituencies and stakeholders is paramount in ensuring that ASN and its membership are effective in carrying out ASN's mission, to develop and extend the knowledge of nutrition through fundamental, multidisciplinary, and clinical research," said ASN President Dr Patrick Stover. The Advisory Committee will meet over the next year to develop the best practices.


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