Scientific Advisory Board

Jeffrey Blumberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Jeffrey Blumberg is a Professor in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the Associate Director of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Boston. Dr. Blumberg's research efforts are largely focused on the biochemical basis for the role of antioxidant nutrients, particularly flavonoids, and their optimal requirements for health promotion and disease prevention during the aging process via their modulation of oxidative stress status. Dr. Blumberg earned his PhD in pharmacology from Vanderbilt University. He has published over 160 scientific articles and serves on the FDA Food Advisory Committee, Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists, and scientific advisory boards for several food and pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Blumberg is on the editorial board of 10 journals including the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Journal of Medicinal Food, and Free Radical Biology & Medicine.


Clare M. Hasler, M.S., Ph.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Clare Hasler is founding executive director of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at the University of California, Davis. As executive director of the Robert Mondavi Institute, Hasler leads programming and vision-development efforts for the institute, as well as guiding fundraising activities. She also serves as the university's primary liaison to the wine and food industries. Prior to her position at UC Davis, Dr. Hasler was founding director of the Functional Foods for Health Program at the University of Illinois, Chicago and Urbana-Champaign campuses. Dr. Hasler holds a dual doctoral degree in environmental toxicology and human nutrition from Michigan State University and a master's degree in nutrition from the Pennsylvania State University. She also earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Hasler is a member of many professional societies, including the American Association of Cereal Chemists, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), American Society for Nutritional Sciences, American Association for Cancer Research, and Society of Toxicology. Dr. Hasler currently serves on the editorial/advisory boards of the Journal of Nutraceuticals, Functional and Medical Foods; Journal of Medicinal Food, Journal of Food Science; Health Ingredients & Nutrition, and Current Concepts in Nutraceutical Research. She has given more than 300 presentations over the last several years related to the topic of functional foods both nationally and internationally (20 countries) and has participated in numerous radio and television interviews for CNN, the BBC, and Dateline NBC.


David Heber, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. David Heber is Director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition and Chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He also directs the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Nutrition and Obesity Training Program at UCLA. The author of over 70 peer-reviewed scientific articles, 25 book chapters, two professional texts, and the book "What Color is Your Diet?," Dr. Heber specializes in obesity, nutrition in cancer prevention and the benefits of dietary supplements. Among his many research initiatives, Dr. Heber is overseeing the "UCLA Center for Dietary Supplements Research: Botanicals (CDSRB)" to Investigate Red Yeast, Green Tea Extract, Soy, St. John's Wort and Others.

Robin DiPasquale

Dr. Robin DiPasquale serves as the chair of the Botanical Medicine Department at Bastyr University where she administers and teaches in both the Naturopathic Medicine program and the Bachelor's of Science in Herbal Sciences program. She lectures on botanical medicine nationally and internationally to herbalists, naturopathic physicians, and medical practitioners. Dr. DiPasquale received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Bastyr University. Dr. DiPasquale sat on the Steering Committee for an NIH grant through the University of Washington, working to develop CAM curriculum within the medical school. She maintains a clinical practice in Seattle, Washington. Prior to earning her degree in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University, Dr. DiPasquale worked for 15 years as a massage therapist, homeopath and herbalist. The plants themselves have been instrumental teachers. Combining her background as an herbalist, a naturopathic physician, an educator, and an advisor within the medical community allows Dr. DiPasquale to build bridges between herbalists, naturopaths, and members of the medical profession to bring about a more cohesive understanding of healing.


Sheldon Saul Hendler, Ph.D., M.D.

Dr. Sheldon Saul Hendler is the principal author and editor of the PDR for Nutritional Supplements, whose publication was considered a watershed event. He is Clinical Professor (Voluntary) of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, Attending Physician (Internal Medicine), Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, Professor (Honorary) Biochemistry, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Editor-in-Chief , Journal of Medicinal Food (Mary Ann Liebert, Publishers) and Chairman, Vyrex Corporation , a biotechnology company . Dr. Hendler has published in the areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, cancer research, dermatology, and neurological research, among others. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Salk Institute where his research contributed to the discovery of the fine structure of the chromosome as well as to the development of the first antiviral and retroviral drugs. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Council of Archer Daniels Midland and was a member of the AARP Pharmacy Nutrition Advisory Board and the Scientific and Nutrition Subcommittee of the United States Olympic Committee. He has written several award winning books in the field of dietary supplementation, including The Doctors' Vitamin and Mineral Encyclopedia and the PDR for Nutritional Supplements. He is also an accomplished musician and composer.

Barbara Levine, R.D., Ph.D. Dr. Barbara Levine is Associate Clinical Professor of Nutrition in Medicine and the Director of the Nutrition Information Center at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She holds numerous professional memberships and is actively involved with local and national committees related to diet, nutrition and health issues. She is a founding Director of the Calcium Information Center at Weill Medical College.



Lester Packer, Ph.D.

Dr. Lester Packer is one of the world's leading researchers on natural Antioxidants. Research conducted in his laboratory led to the discovery of the Antioxidant Network. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Southern California Health Sciences Center. He is also a Professor at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has served as Professor of Physiology and of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California at Berkeley and Director of the Membrane Bioenergetics Group at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr Packer has published more than a hundred original research articles and several books on vitamin E and lipoic acid. Dr. Packer has edited more than 80 books, authored over 800 articles and is a member of eight professional societies and six editorial boards of scientific journals.


Maret Traber, Ph.D.

Dr. Maret Traber is a Principal Investigator for the Linus Pauling Institute and Professor in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. With over 140 scientific publications, including over 80 peer-reviewed scientific articles, Dr. Traber is considered one of the world's leading experts on vitamin E. Her research efforts are focused on the human vitamin E kinetics and the factors that modulate vitamin E requirements. Dr. Traber currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Nutrition and as an Associate Editor of Lipids, as well as on many other professional societies related to vitamin E, free radicals, nutrition and molecular biology.


Ronald Watson, Ph.D.

Dr. Ronald Watson is a Professor of Public Health and Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona Medical School. His research focuses on using antioxidants to prevent cancer and AIDS through immune enhancement. The author of "Nutrition and AIDS," Dr. Watson directed a National Institutes of Health funded Alcohol Research Center focusing on alcohol-immunology-AIDS interactions. Further, he collaborated with a University of Arizona colleague to develop an innovative "T-cell receptor peptide therapy" that one day may allow people infected with HIV to maintain good health without developing symptoms associated with AIDS.



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