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Movers and Shakers

International Life Sciences Institute Recognizes a Dedicated Board of Trustees

At its 2008 annual meeting, the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) North America recognized the contributions of individuals leaving the board of trustees, who included the following:


* Daniel Azzara, PhD, The Hershey Company


* Dennis Bier, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine


* Ganesh Kishore, PhD, formerly of DuPont


* Susan Potter, PhD, Tate & Lyle


* Ken Smith, PhD, The Proctor & Gamble Company


* Barry Zoumas, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University.



ILSI's Board of Trustees also welcomed several new trustees:


* F. Kerr Dow, PhD, Cargill


* Ken Falci, PhD, Kellogg Company


* Robert Fisher, PhD, Tate & Lyle


* Janet King, PhD, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute


* Heidi Kleinbach, PhD, SaraLee


* Susan Offutt, PhD, US Government Accountability Office


* Elaine Wedral, PhD, Nestle (retired)



Dr Wedral was elected president of ILSI North America. We also congratulate Rhona Applebaum, PhD, The Coca-Cola Company, on being elected ILSI North America's vice president, and James Mead, Capital Blue Cross, on being elected secretary/treasurer.


ILSI Movers and Shakers Awards are given each year to members who have gone above and beyond the high standards of all members in their service. This year's recipients are Maxime Buyckx, MD, MBA, The Coca-Cola Company, and Tom Trautman, PhD, General Mills. Congratulations, Maxime and Tom!


New Horizons for Russell

Nutrition Today Editorial Advisory Board Member, Robert Russell, who is also a director of the Jean Mayer US Department of Agriculture, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, and professor of medicine at the School of Medicine and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, has announced that he is stepping down from the directorship. He will continue to be active as an editor of Nutrition Reviews and in numerous government assignments.

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As director of the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging for the last 7 years and associate director for the preceding 18 years, Dr Russell oversaw the establishment of new research laboratories through a critical period, when the role of nutrition in the prevention of chronic disease was beginning.


Dr Russell is a distinguished scientist in his own right in the field of retinoids and carotenoids and an author of hundreds of academic papers. Rob was chair of the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, president of the American Society of Clinical Nutrition, and chair of the US National Committee to the International Union of Nutritional Scientists. Rob also chaired the panel of the Food and Nutrition Board that was responsible for setting recommended daily allowances for micronutrients. He also served on scientific advisory boards for the Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF. He is the editor of Nutrition Reviews and coeditor of the text, Present Knowledge in Nutrition. Dr Russell is a fellow at the American Society of Nutrition and has received other honors, including the DSM-Roche award for his research in retinoids and carotenoids and the Kritchevsky Award for his outstanding career in nutrition science and service. Congratulations and best of luck, Rob!


Josephine Briggs, MD, Named Director of National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Josephine P. Briggs, MD, has been named the director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. An accomplished researcher and physician, Dr Briggs brings a focus on translational research to the study of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to help build a fuller understanding of the usefulness and safety of CAM practices that nearly two-thirds of the American public uses.

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Dr Briggs received her bachelor of arts in biology, cum laude, from the Harvard-Radcliffe College and her doctor of medicine degree from Harvard Medical School and had her clinical training in medicine and nephrology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and at Yale. She was a professor of internal medicine and physiology at the University of Michigan from 1993 to 1997 and then served as director of the Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health. For the last year and a half, she has been a senior scientific officer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.


National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has an annual budget of $121 million and supports CAM research at more than 260 institutions throughout the country, funds research training and career development, and provides science-based information to the public and health professionals. Dr Briggs is knowledgeable about and supportive of exploring nutrition and kidney disease.


In Memoriam

Samuel J. Fomon

Nutrition Today mourns the loss of Samuel J. Fomon, MD, 84 years old. As a professor emeritus at the University of Iowa Department of Pediatrics and a pioneer in pediatric nutrition research, his work focused particularly on factors influencing food intake and growth, and he was the author of a very well-known textbook Infant Nutrition on the subject. He was the director of the University of Iowa's internationally recognized Infant Metabolic Unit, which later evolved into the Division of Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics. After Sam's retirement, this nutrition unit was renamed the Samuel J. Fomon Division of Pediatric Nutrition. In addition to his duties in pediatrics, he became the director of the University of Iowa Graduate Program in Nutrition. In 1993, he became professor emeritus. Dr Fomon received numerous awards, including the Borden Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1966 and the McCollom Award in 1979. In 1992, he received the Bristol-Myers Squibb/Mead Johnson Award for distinguished achievement in nutrition research. The auditorium at the US Department of Agriculture Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor University in Houston was named for Dr Fomon recently as well.

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Advances and Controversies in Clinical Nutrition


April 25-27, 2008

Scottsdale, Arizona


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The 32nd National Nutrient Databank Conference Nutrient Databases Without Borders


May 12-14, 2008

Ottawa, Canada


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16th European Congress on Obesity


May 14-17, 2008

Geneva, Switzerland


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The National Restaurant Association Show


May 17-20, 2008

Chicago, Illinois


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International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids 8th Biennial International Scientific Meeting


May 17-22, 2008

Kansas City, Missouri


For more information, contact D. J. Rand, 913-381-1123


First International Congress On Nutrition and Cancer


May 19-23, 2008

Antalya, Turkey


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2008 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity


May 21-25, 2008

Alberta, Canada


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World Tea Expo


May 30 to June 1, 2008

Las Vegas, Nevada


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Obesity and Health: Modifying Behavior, Modifying Food or Using Policy to Optimize Both


June 4-5, 2008

Amherst, Massachusettes


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The IFT/ASN/IFIC Joint Task Force on Food Science and Nutrition


June 4-5, 2008

Amherst, Massachusettes


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International Food Technology Conference


June 28 to July 1, 2008

New Orleans, Louisiana


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Books Received

Fennema's Food Chemistry. 4th ed. Srinivasqan Damodara, Kirk L. Parkin, Owen R. Fennema, eds. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press; 2008.


George A. Bray. Contemporary Diagnosis and Management of Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome. Handbooks in Health Care Co; 2003. ISBN: 1931981191. $22.95.


Dun Gifford and Sara Baer-Sinnott. The Oldways Table. Ten Speed Press; 2007. ISBN: 139781580084901. $32.50.