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Introducing Nutrition Business and Associate Editor, Jim Tillotson


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This month we kick off 2002 with another splendid new column that focuses on the business aspects of nutrition and vice versa. Jim's industry experience-as the former vice president of Ocean Spray Inc, as a scientist at DuPont, and as principal of his own consulting firm-will serve us well. Over the next year, he'll give us a "minicourse" in strategic business thinking on nutrition for the long haul. We think many of these ideas fit well in the public and voluntary sectors as well. Take a look at his fledgling column, and stay tuned.


In Memoriam

Robert Ullrich, who helped develop the Society for Nutrition Education's (SNE) national office when it was in Berkeley, Calif, died in December 2001 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Helen D. Ullrich, who for many years served as executive director of SNE.


Farnsworth Receives Pharmanex Prize

Norman Farnsworth, PhD, Senior University Scholar at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), recently received the first annual Pharmanex Prize for research in the field of dietary supplements. Dr Farnsworth's "entire career has been devoted to scientifically substantiating the benefits of medicinal plants," said John H. Cardellina, Past President of the American Society of Pharmacognosy and Vice President of Botanical Science and Regulatory Affairs at the Council for Responsible Nutrition. Professor Farnsworth is celebrated for developing NAPRALERT(TM), the largest relational database of world literature on medicinal plants and microbes. The database contains articles dating back to 1650 AD and each month adds about 600 articles from more than 700 journals.


Murano Appointed Undersecretary

Dr Elsa A. Murano has been appointed Undersecretary of Agriculture for Food Safety, the top food safety expert in the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Dr Murano comes to Washington from Texas A&M University, where she holds the Sadie Hatfield Endowed Professorship in Agriculture. Her research explores environmental stressors on survival, food-borne pathogens, and intervention for improving the food safety of animal products.


Awards to Lichtenstein and Blumberg

Internationally known lipid researcher, Dr Alice Lichtenstein, recently received a Special Recognition Award from the Council on Arteriosclerosis in thrombosis and vascular biology. Her colleague at Tufts University School of Nutrition, Professor Jeffrey Blumberg, has been selected to receive the National Nutritional Foods Association's Burton Kallman Scientific Award. Congratulations Alice and Jeff!


Russell to Head Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center of USDA

Tufts University announced in October the appointment of Robert M. Russell, MD, a gastroenterologist and nutrition science and policy expert, to head its Jean Mayer US Department of Agriculture's Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA). For two decades the HNRCA has served as the largest most comprehensive research institute devoted to investigating the relationship between nutrition and aging. An expert in retinoids and carotenoids, Dr Russell has published more than 200 scientific papers, 35 reviews, 50 chapters and monographs, and 3 books. Congratulations to Rob, USDA, and Tufts for a splendid choice!


Our Famous Authors

Two members of our editorial advisory board, Drs Barbara A. Bowman and Robert M. Russell, are also editors of the newest volume of Present Knowledge in Nutrition, 8th ed (Figure 1), published by the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Press. This 805-page book is an updated and comprehensive overview of nutrition science and health, including chapters on international nutrition and emerging issues. It includes chapters by other Nutrition Today editorial advisory board members, Drs Vernon Young, Virginia Stallings, and Wija van Staveren.

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Dr Carolyn Berdanier, another esteemed board member, has just completed a superb job as editor of the newest Handbook of Nutrition and Food, published by CRC Press.



All dates are 2002 unless noted otherwise.


February 16-18. International Symposium on the Role of Botanicals in Women's Health. Cook Campus Center, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ. Contact: telephone: 732-932-9271, Ext 630; fax: 732-932-8726; or visit


February 20-22. Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) International Food Safety and Quality Conference and Expo. Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Ga. Contact: James Klapthor, IFT, telephone: 312-782-8424 Ext 231; fax: 312-416-7933; e-mail:


February 23-27. First Annual Nutrition Week, San Diego, Calif. Jointly hosted by the American College of Nutrition, American Society for Clinical Nutrition, American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and the North American Association for the Study of Obesity. For more information, visit


February 27-March 1. 16th National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, Ga. For registration information, contact ASTLDPD, Attn: Sharon Kelly, 111 Park Pl, Falls Church, VA 22046-4513; telephone: 703-538-1798; fax: 703-241-5603; e-mail:


April 5-6. International Conference on Eating Disorders, University of Graz, Austria. For information, visit


April 11-13. Cardiovascular Health for All: Meeting the Challenges of Healthy People 2010. A National Conference. Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC. For details write CVH 2002, 218 Darby Rd, Havertown, PA 19083; fax: 610-853-9958;


April 17-21. National Kidney Foundation/Clinical Nephrology Meetings. Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601. For info call 800-622-9010 or visit


April 19-21. 12th Annual Advances and Controversies in Clinical Nutrition, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Destin, Fla. Contact: Mayo School of Continuing Medical Education, telephone: 800-462-9633 or 904-953-7114; e-mail:


April 20-24. American Society for Nutritional Sciences (ASNS) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, La. For information, visit


April 26. International Symposium on Antimutagenesis and Anticarcinogenesis. New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY. Contact: Mrs Barbara Krokus or Ms Kathy Woodley, Symposium Coordinators, Basic Science Bldg, Room 413, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY 10595; telephone: 914-594-3087; fax: 914-594-4163; e-mail: Barbara_Krokus or


June 13-16. Association for the Study of Food in Society. Chicago. For details visit


June 30-July 3. 10th International Multidisciplinary Food Choice Conference, Wageningen University (the Netherlands). For details visit


July 15-17. National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course. University of Minnesota. For registration info contact Kay Syme, Continuing Professional Education, University of Minnesota, 353 Classroom Office Bldg, 1994 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108-6041; telephone: 612-624-4938; fax: 612-624-6225; e-mail:; or visit The 2002 course will also offer videostreaming of selected presentations for distance education opportunities.


August 7-11. Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, University of California at Santa Cruz. For details visit


October 21-24. American Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pa. For more information, visit


Plan ahead for these upcoming international conferences:


August 8-11, 2003. The XII Biennial International Congress of the Asian Regional Association for Home Economics: Healthy Life in a Safe Environment: The Present Situation, Cooperation, and Future Action. Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Contact: Prayad Saiwichian, Faculty of Education, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand; e-mail:; fax: 66-53-809072.


October 6-10, 2003. Symposium, Applications of Gene-Based Technologies for Improved Animal Production and Health in Developing Countries. Vienna, Austria. Address enquiries to Martyn Jeggo or Harinder Makkar at e-mail: or


May 28-31, 2004. Sharing Global Perspectives, Building our Common Ground. XIVth International Congress of Dietetics. Chicago, Ill. Hosted by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and Dietitians of Canada. Watch for more information or e-mail: