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Nutrition Today Welcomes New Editorial Board Members

Nutrition Today is pleased to welcome 3 new editorial advisory board members, Sandra Capra, AM, PhD, FDAA; Carol Boushey, MPH, PhD, RD; and Odilia Bermudez, MPH, PhD. Each brings wonderful experience in her field to the journal.


Sandra Capra has had a long career in nutrition and dietetics, which has encompassed clinical, community, food service, management, research, and teaching roles. She is currently professor of nutrition and dietetics in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Sandra has been recognized as a leader in dietetics in Australia and has received a number of awards for this. Currently, she is the chair of the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations and is the immediate past president of the Dietitians Association of Australia. She is the author of many scientific works in nutrition and dietetics and has presented keynote and invited addresses and offered papers at national and international conferences. Sandra is also the editor of Dietetics Around the World.

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Carol Boushey is an associate professor of nutrition at Perdue University. She is also a registered dietician. She balances her research efforts in diet and behavior with her teaching responsibilities in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Carol has been responsible for 2 multisite randomized school trials, No Bones About It! and Eat Move Learn, and the first "client choice" manual and instructional video for food pantries. Her epidemiological research in the study of populations and what and how people eat complements her teaching activities wherein she trains future dietetic practitioners to evaluate the eating behaviors of individuals and groups. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Carol received her bachelor's degree and PhD from the University of Washington and her MPH from the University of Hawaii.

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Odilia Bermudez is an assistant professor at Tufts University in the Departments of Public Health and Family Medicine and at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Her current research is focused on the health, nutritional, and dietary status of population groups and relationships between diet, nutrient intake, and chronic conditions, particularly obesity, diabetes, and the metabolic syndrome of the United States' ethnically and culturally diverse population groups. In addition, she studies global health and nutrition research including dietary and nutrition assessment methodologies related to sociocultural and environmental determinants of food intake and health status of population groups. Odilia received her MPH in nutrition and maternal and child health at the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama/Universidad de San Carlos, Guatemala, and her PhD in nutrition at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Welcome Odilia, Carol, and Sandra!


Jerrilynn Burrowes, PhD, RD, Named Editor of Journal of Renal Nutrition

Nutrition Today columnist Jerrilynn Burrowes has been named editor in chief of the Journal of Renal Nutrition. She is currently on the faculty at CW Post University and also serves as the science program fellow at the North America Branch of the International Life Sciences Institute in Washington, District of Columbia, where she works on various technical issues relating to nutrition and food science. She has been an investigator and collaborator on National Institutes of Health-sponsored clinical trials of morbidity and mortality in people receiving maintenance hemodialysis during the past decade as part of the Hemodialysis Study.

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Dr Burrowes has held many leadership and advisory roles in professional organizations and societies, including the National Kidney Foundation, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Council on Renal Nutrition (CRN), the NKF/CRN of Greater New York, and the NKF of New York/New Jersey. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology/premedicine from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and master of science in foods, nutrition, and dietetics and PhD in nutrition from New York University.


Congratulations Jerrilynn!


Drewnowski Named to Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention

Nutrition Today editorial advisory board member Adam Drewnowski, PhD, has been named to the Institute of Medicine's Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention. This committee is composed of national leaders in public health, public policy, medicine, nutrition, physical activity, pediatrics, obesity prevention, social and behavioral sciences, biostatistics, and epidemiology, bringing together experience from government, academia, and the corporate sectors.

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The committee will serve as a focal point for national- and state-level policy discussions about obesity prevention among leaders and experts in this field, in government, and from other related disciplines. It will also guide the selection and refinement of focused topics on obesity prevention to be examined through workshops and studies conducted by separately appointed ad hoc committees. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the sponsor for the Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention.


Congratulations Adam!


Jack Killen Jr, MD, Named Deputy Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

John (Jack) Killen Jr, MD, was recently appointed deputy director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr Killen's 27-year career at NIH began in 1980 when he joined the National Cancer Institute's extramural clinical trials and investigational drug development program. In 1987, he moved to the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, serving first as deputy director and then director. During that time, he oversaw the establishment and evolution of many of the major HIV/AIDS research programs of the NIH and served on numerous domestic and international committees and advisory bodies relating to HIV/AIDS research.


Dr Killen earned his bachelor of arts degree from Kenyon College in 1971 and his PhD degree from Tufts University in 1975. He is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology and has pursued additional training in end-of-life care and mind-body medicine. He has received multiple awards including the NIH Merit Award, the NIH Director's Award, the US Public Health Service Special Recognition Award, and the Public Health Services Superior Service Award.


Congratulations Jack!


Zerhouni to End Tenure as Director of the National Institutes of Health

Elias A. Zerhouni, MD, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has announced his retirement from his post at NIH. Dr Zerhouni, a physician scientist and world-renowned leader in radiology research, has served as NIH director since May 2002. He led the agency through a challenging period that required innovative solutions to transform basic and clinical research into tangible benefits for patients and their families. One of the hallmarks of his tenure is the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, launched in 2003 after extensive consultations with the scientific community. The roadmap brought together all of the NIH 27 institutes and centers to fund compelling research initiatives that could have a major impact on science but that no single institute could tackle alone. Additional information about the NIH Roadmap can be found at

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Dr Zerhouni also launched new programs to encourage high-risk innovative research and focused especially on the need to support new investigators and foster their independence. During his tenure, Zerhouni worked to lower barriers between disciplines of science and encourage trans-NIH collaborations. For example, he inspired significant interdisciplinary efforts such as the NIH Strategic Plan for Obesity Research and the Neuroscience Blueprint.



Clinical Nutrition Week

January 29-February 4, 2009


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American Dietetic Association's Public Policy Workshop

February 9-11, 2009


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2009 Active Living Research Annual Conference, "Active Communities for Youth and Families: Creating Momentum for Change"

February 18-20, 2009


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Joint Conference-49th Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention and Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism

March 10-14, 2009


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