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Dr Britt Burton-Freeman Joins Nutrition Today Editorial Board

Nutrition Today welcomes to our Editorial Board Britt M. Burton-Freeman, who is professor and chair of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She received her MS and PhD from the University of California at Davis in nutritional biology and did a postdoctoral in internal medicine at the University of California's Medical School at Sacramento. She has a broad background in clinical and preclinical research investigating the safety and efficacy of diet and dietary constituents, including dietary supplement-based interventions. Her current research activity focuses on plant foods, specifically fruits and nuts, and their phytochemical components, including fibers and polyphenols, on processes and mechanisms underlying obesity and cardiometabolic diseases. Her research integrates nutrition, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, and behavioral sciences using human study designs to characterize and understand physiological responses to diet during normal, stressed, and pathophysiological states. Recently, her work has focused on the reciprocal interactions of the gut metagenome with host genome in response to dietary input, specifically including dose/time response effects of foods/bioactive components, the metabolites generated and their kinetic behavior relevant to mechanisms of actionm and associated health status. Welcome, Britt.

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Guy H. Johnson, PhD, 2019 Trailblazer Award and Lecturer

Guy Johnson, PhD, president of Nutrition Solutions, is the winner of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics/Institute of Food Technologists annual Trailblazer Award and Lectureship, which will be delivered at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition in Philadelphia on October 26 to 29 this year. Guy is a highly respected nutrition scientist with broad experience in the food industry, including Gerber, Pillsbury, and other major food industry names. His consulting firm, Nutrition Solutions, is one of the most successful in working with industry to develop meaningful health claims. Currently, he also leads the Scientific Advisory Council of the McCormick Company. Congratulations, Guy!

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William Cefalu, MD, New Division Director at NIH

William Cefalu, MD, has been appointed director of the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases at the National Institute of Health's National Institute of Diabetes Digestive and Kidney Disease. He will be in charge of setting scientific priorities and decision making in the division and will interact with leaders of professional societies, layouts, organizations, and advocacy groups, as well as providing advice on congressional inquiries related to the division's mission. Dr Cefalu is a graduate of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Medical School in New Orleans. His career included many years as professor in the George Bray endowed chair at the LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and more recently as chief scientific, medical, and mission officer of the American Diabetes Association. His expertise and understanding of clinical and basic science as well as his many years as a physician caring for patients make him an ideal candidate for this position.


Borra Retires From FMI

Susan Borra, the chief health and wellness officer of the Food Marketing Institute, as well as executive director of the FMI Foundation, retired in August. Sue has been a constant and cheerful presence in the Washington, DC, nutrition community for many years, having also served for many years at the International Food Information Council as well as at FMI. She has also been a dedicated and active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and served as its president and on the board of directors. Sue looks forward to spending more time with her husband, Dr Eric Hentges, who retired last year as president of International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) for North America, at their home on Chesapeake Bay, and to do some traveling. Congratulations on a distinguished career, Sue!


Jones to Lead ILSI

International Life Sciences Institute North America is pleased to announce the selection of Dr Wendelyn Jones as its new executive director. Jones has a strong scientific background in the food, agriculture, and chemical industries and brings more than 20 years of global experience in industry and government. Under this new leadership, ILSI North America will continue its legacy of scientific integrity while developing innovative solutions for today and tomorrow's scientific opportunities and challenges.

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Jones earned her PhD in Chemistry at Vanderbilt University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in bioengineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She began her career at the US Food and Drug Administration and US Department of Agriculture, and she most recently served as a Global Leader at Corteva Agriscience. Jones' experiences in the public and private sectors will foster an engaging and productive environment within the ILSI North America community.


Congratulations, Wendelyn!


In Memoriam

Gil Leveille, PhD

Nutrition Today mourns the loss of our colleague, Dr Gilbert (Gil) Antonio Leveille. Gil received his undergraduate degree in agriculture from the University of Massachusetts in 1956 and a master's degree, and PhD in nutrition and biochemistry from Rutgers University in 1959 and a DSc (honorary) from Purdue University in 2007.


His career achievements include executive director of the Wrigley Science Institute (2004-2010), vice president of technology for Cargill's Food System Design Unit, and as a senior consultant on scientific and regulatory affairs for the company. Prior to Cargill, he spent 3 years as worldwide vice president, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, for McNeil Consumer Healthcare. In 1996, Dr Leveille founded Leveille Associates, which provided scientific and regulatory consulting services related to food, nutrition, and functional foods. He also served as an advisor to the undersecretary for research, education and economics at the US Department of Agriculture. Before forming his own company, Dr Leveille held several corporate positions, including vice president, Research and Technical Services, Nabisco Foods Group (1986-1996) director, Nutrition and Health Sciences, General Foods Corporation (1980-1986). His academic accomplishments included service as chairman, department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Michigan State University (1971-1980), and professor of nutritional biochemistry at the University of Illinois (1965-1971). Memberships included the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American Society for Nutrition (president, 1988-1989), and Institute of Food Technologists (president, 1983-1984; fellow, 1983). He also served on several prestigious committees for the National Academy of Sciences. He was the recipient of many awards including the Distinguished Faculty Award Michigan State, Chancellor's Medal, University of Massachusetts, Institute of Food Technologists' Nicholas Appert Award, the Gilbert Leveille Lectureship Award, and the Trail Blazer Award, and in 2015, the Ohio State Food Science and Technology Harris Award. He was also considered a prolific scientist with more than 300 manuscripts; 17 books and book chapters, including the Setpoint Diet; and eight patents. Our condolences to his wife Carol Leveille and children.



The Nutrition Society and Federation of European Nutrition Societies 13th European Nutrition Conference

October 15 to 18, 2019


Dublin, Ireland


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo

October 26 to 29, 2019


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

November 2 to 6, 2019


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


ASMBS-Obesity Week 2019

November 3 to 7, 2019


Las Vegas, Nevada


23rd Annual National Research Conference: "Diabetes and Pregnancy-Focus on Patient Centered Care"

November 7 to 9, 2019


Anaheim, California


* AHA Guidelines on Prescription Omega-3


* Pregnancy Outcomes Post-Bariatric Surgery


* Teenage Weight Loss