• Professor Ibrahim Elmadfa
  • Mrs Connie Diekman
  • Doctor Joyce Nettleton
  • Professor Gerard Hornstra
  • Professor Berthold Koletzko
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The steering committee

Gerard Hornstra, PhD Med
Professor Em. of Experimental Nutrition
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Prof. Hornstra (1938) studied Medicine at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Leiden University. He received his professional training in the field of Experimental Nutrition at the Unilever Research Laboratories in Vlaardingen. In 1981 he obtained a PhD degree in Medicine at Maastricht University on a thesis, entitled 'Dietary fats and arterial thrombosis'. In 1980, Prof. Hornstra joined Maastricht University where he investigated health aspect of essential fatty acids, with special emphasis on cardiovascular disease, pregnancy and early human development. After his retirement, early 2003, Prof. Hornstra continued to supervise and advise PhD students. In addition, he works as a private consultant in the area of dietary lipids in health and disease. His special scientific interest concerns the importance of essential and other fatty acids in cardiovascular disease, maternal nutrition, and infant development. Nowadays, Prof Hornstra is the chairman of the Dutch Task force ‘Choose Healthy Fat’, which aims to support a healthier fat choice in the Netherlands.
Joyce Nettleton, DSc; Specialist in seafood nutrition and science communication.
Dr Joyce Nettleton has an independent consulting practice, ScienceVoice Consulting, in Denver, CO.
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Dr Joyce Nettleton is well known for her work in seafood nutrition and omega-3 fatty acids since the publication of her first book, Seafood Nutrition, in 1985. Her third book, Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Health, was published 10 years later. Nettleton has published scientific articles on seafood composition, omega-3 fatty acids and type 2 diabetes, and mercury in seafood. She is currently editor of two science-based electronic newsletters specializing in polyunsaturated fatty acids, the PUFA Newsletter for health professionals and Fats of Life for consumers. Both are freely accessible at www.fatsoflife.com. Nettleton is a frequent guest speaker on omega-3 fatty acids and health and is often quoted in the news media about the health benefits of seafood. Nettleton holds a doctorate in nutrition science from the Harvard School of Public Health and a Masters in International Nutrition from Cornell. In 1999, she was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. When she is not eating seafood, she is chasing the black diamonds on Colorado’s ski slopes or trying to master the art of Argentine tango and Spanish.
Ibrahim Elmadfa, Professor of Human Nutrition, PhD
President of the International Union of Nutrition Sciences
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Director and professor of the Institute of Nutritional Sciences, University of Vienna, member of several international organisations/expert committees. Graduated in Nutritional Sciences and Food Technology,. PhD in Human Nutrition 1970, Giessen, Professor of Human Nutrition since 1980 in Giessen and Vienna. Author/co-author of the several books in human nutrition, antioxidants, vitamin E, frying of foods, food composition and food fortification, Austrian Nutrition Report", 1998, 2003, European Nutrition and Health Report 2004 and more than 300 publications in international scientific journals and many submissions to scientific conferences. Main research subjects/fields of expertise are: - nutrient requirements in health and disease, - food safety and quality, - bioavailability of nutrients (tocopherols, carotenoids, quinones, proteins), - monitoring of nutritional and health status in Austria, - Scientific advice (1995-2000) to the European Commission as member of the Scientific Committee on Food (vice president), working groups: nutrition and dietetic foods (chair until december 2000), novel food, upper safe limits,flavourings, - Nutrient based guidelines for the German speaking and Central European Countries (coordinating group), - Networks Nutrition Information and European Master Public Health Nutrition Member of the editorial board of several scientific journals, editor of the book series "Forum of Nutrition" (formerly Bibl. Nutr. et Dieta), Editor of "Annal. Nutr. Metabol."
Connie Diekman, MEd, RD, LD, FADA
Connie Diekman is Director of University Nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Connie Diekman, M.Ed, RD, LD, FADA is Director of University Nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Diekman is a Past President of the American Dietetic Association now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Diekman served on the Academy House of Delegates Leadership Team from 2004 – 2006 and was a member of the Academy’s Board of Directors from 2004 - 2009. Previously she served as a delegate from the state of Missouri to the House of Delegates (governing body). She is a former chair of the American Heart Association – Missouri affiliate. Diekman is also a former media spokesperson for the Academy. In this position, she has been quoted in thousands of magazines, newspapers and on the internet. She has appeared in countless radio and television interviews at the local level and on national shows, ranging from the TODAY show to the Oprah show. Diekman currently serves on several advisory panels providing her expertise in communications, especially related to nutrition and consumer behavior change. Prior to her appointment at Washington University, Diekman was in private practice working with physicians, corporations and as an instructor at St. Louis’ Fontbonne University. For seventeen years she was the voice of the “Eating Right” minute on WBBM radio in Chicago. She is a former television nutrition reporter with St. Louis’ NBC affiliate and the local FOX affiliate. Diekman has received numerous honors, including the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Fontbonne University, the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award from the Missouri Dietetic Association, the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year – Missouri, and the Dr. Arthur Strauss Award, from the American Heart Association – St. Louis. In addition to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Diekman is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and The Obesity Society. Diekman earned her master’s degree in education - counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition - dietetics from Fontbonne College (now University). She completed her dietetic internship at St. Louis’ Barnes - Jewish Hospital.
Berthold V. Koletzko, Professor of Paediatrics. MD PhD (Dr med Dr med habil)
Head Div. Metabolic Diseases & Nutritional Medicine, Univ. Munich Medical Centre, Munich, Germany.
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Training: Medical School, University Münster; Paediatric Depts. of Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg-Soweto, South Africa; Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Moshi, Tanzania; Detmold, Germany; University Düsseldorf, Germany; Hospital f. Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. Clinical and research focus: Metabolism in childhood, pregnancy & lactation, inborn errors of metabolism, clinical nutrition. Author of >700 publications. Coordinator European Early Nutrition Programming Consortium (www.metabolic-programming.org) Section editor, Clinical Nutrition, Current Opinion Clinical Nutrition Metabolism, Monatsschrift Kinderheilkunde; Editorial board member of various scientific journals. Leadership roles: Chair, Child Health Foundation Chair; Board of Directors, ISSFAL; Chair, Committee on Nutrition, German Society Paediatrics; Board of Directors, National Platform on Nutrition and Physical Activity; Board of Directors, German National Competence Network on Obesity Research; Scientific Advisor to the Federal Minister of Families, Women and Youth; Scientific Advisor, German Federal Government Network Young Families. Several Scientific Honors incl. Krebs-Award, German Society Nutrition; Harries-Prize, ESPGHAN; Swiss Society Paediatrics Corresponding member; Honorary Chair, Faculty Medicine, Free University of Brussels; Honorary Member, Polish Society Paediatric Gastroenterology Nutrition; Freedom to Discover Award, Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation.