About the Editors


Manfred James Müller, Germany

Expertise: Body composition; energy expenditure; hormonal regulation of metabolism; integrative physiology; obesity; malnutrition; prevention of overweight; public health nutrition

Current Director of the Institute of Human Nutrition and Food Science at Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany, Manfred Müller's research interests lie in the regulation of energy balance and body composition, as well as in the epidemiology and prevention of childhood obesity. The former area of research relates to MR imaging and non imaging MR technology applied in controlled feeding studies in humans, whilst the latter involves quantitative analysis of attributable risk factors involved in childhood overweight and, thus, scientifically-based measures of prevention. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed original research papers together with reviews and book chapters and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. He was the 2006 to 2009 president of the German Obesity Society (Deutsche Adipositas Gesellschaft, DAG) and, presently, is the speaker of the German Competent Network of Obesity (CNO).

Mario J Soares, Australia

Expertise: Obesity; T2DM; energy and protein metabolism; weight loss

Mario J Soares is a physician-scientist with a formal grounding in human nutrition and physiology. He is a tenured Teaching & Research Academic at Curtin University, Perth, Australia with a cross appointment as Adjunct Professor, St. John's Research Institute, Bangalor,e India. His current research focuses on calcium and vitamin D in obesity and T2DM. He has served the Nutrition Society of Australia as Chairperson of its Perth Chapter and also was the Director, Research Training of the School of Public Health, Curtin University.   

Associate Editors

Eileen Gibney, Ireland

Expertise: Personalised nutrition, dietary intake assessment, dietary intake data, metabolism, malnutrition

Associate Prof Eileen Gibney (BSc, PhD, MSc) has worked in the area of human nutrition since 1997. Graduating with a degree in human nutrition from Ulster University, she then obtained her PhD from the Dunn Nutrition Unit, University of Cambridge in 2001. She went on to complete an MSc in Molecular Medicine (TCD) in 2003. Eileen held post-doctoral positions at the University of Newcastle and Trinity College Dublin, before joining UCD as Lecturer in Nutrition in 2005. Her current research interests lie in the area of personalised nutrition, where she investigates response, including inter-individual variation in response to nutrition interventions, and develops strategies and innovative technologies for personalised dietary and lifestyle feedback. Eileen has been/is a PI on many national and international projects including; food4me, Food for Health Ireland, Insight II and FNS-Cloud. She is a Deputy Director of the UCD Institute of Food and Health and a member of the academic staff for the BSc Human Nutrition. She was Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning for the School of Agriculture and Food Science from 2015-2019, and is currently the Director of Executive Education. Eileen was a Director of the Irish Association for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (IrSPEN) from 2010 to 2019. She is currently a Trustee of the Nutrition Society of UK and Ireland. She sits on the Public Health Nutrition sub Committee in the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

Claudio Maffeis, Italy

Expertise: Obesity and its complications in children and adolescents; Energy and nutrient metabolism; Diabetes mellitus in pediatrics

Current Director of the Complex Operative Unit of Pediatric Diabetology, Clinical Nutrition, and Obesity, and the Regional Center for Pediatric Diabetes, University of Verona. Claudio Maffeis' research interests lie in child nutrition and diabetes. In particular, he focused his research on the energy expenditure and nutrient metabolism in obese children as well as on the epidemiology and risk factors of childhood obesity. He coordinated research projects of national interest and published more than 170 peer-reviewed original research papers, including reviews and book chapters, and is currently Associate Editor of Pediatric Obesity. He is a member of the Commission on Dietetic and Nutrition of the Italian Ministry of Health. He is serving in the Board of The Italian Society of Obesity and the Italian Society of Preventive and Social Pediatrics.

Anoop Misra, India

Expertise: Obesity & body composition in Asian Indians/South Asians; Nutrition strategies for weight loss & glycemic control in Asian Indians/South Asians; T2DM in South Asians/developing countries; Non-alcoholic fatty liver and fatty pancreas

Anoop Misra is presently Chairman, Fortis-CDOC Center of Excellence for Diabetes, Metabolic Diseases, and Endocrinology, New Delhi, and Director, National Diabetes, Obesity and Cholesterol Foundation, and Diabetes Foundation (India). He has received training at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, Royal Free Hospital in London, UK and at Department of Medicine and Endocrinology at Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Texas, USA. He has been advisory board member of National Program for Cancer, Diabetes, and CVD, India and has been member, Working Groups on obesity, nutrition and diabetes for Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Nutrition, National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau (India) and the WHO.  He has published more than 300 scientific papers in the National and International journals. Prof. Misra has several important scientific findings to his credit; he has lead countrywide consensus guidelines for obesity, the metabolic syndrome, physical activity, diets, and management of diabetes for Asian Indians. Dr Misra has been Awarded highest award for medicine in India Dr BC Roy award (2006) and prestigious National Honor, Padma Shree (2007). He has given 30 named orations in India and neighboring countries.

Giovanna Muscogiuri, Italy

Expertise: Vitamin D, Obesity, Insulin resistance, GLP-1, PCOS

Giovanna Muscogiuri graduated cum laude in Medicine from Catholic University, Rome in 2006 and then carried out postgraduate residency in Endocrinology and Metabolic Disease at the same University, obtaining her degree of specialization cum laude in 2012. She attended the post-doctoral fellowship at University of Texas Health science Center at San Antonio, TX – USA where she began her research in metabolic disease. Her research is on a range of nutritional topics including the study of insulin resistance, insulin secretion and GLP- 1. She is currently focused on the study of vitamin D and vitamin D related disease. She has received several awards for her scientific achievements in the metabolic research field. She has written or co-authored over 80 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and serves on the Editorial Boards of several endocrinological and/or metabolic journals.

Sumithra Muthayya, Australia

Expertise: Maternal and child nutrition; Vitamin and mineral deficiency; Food security; Micronutrients

Sumithra Muthayya is a nutritional epidemiologist, with interest and expertise in maternal and child nutrition. She is the Director of Aboriginal Health at the Sax Institute, Sydney, Australia. Using a range of epidemiological study designs, her work has addressed adverse birth outcomes and vitamin and mineral deficiency in developing countries and has informed the development of sustainable strategies and interventions for improved maternal and child health outcomes. Between 2010 and 2012, she was the global coordinator of a public-private alliance promoting large scale efforts to tackle vitamin and mineral deficiency worldwide. She played a key role in the early work towards the development of global technical guidelines for fortification of rice with micronutrients, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation. Her current interests include identifying culturally appropriate interventions to improve food security in Australian Aboriginal households and address high rates of obesity in Aboriginal children.

Philip Newsholme, Australia

Expertise: Metabolism; Insulin secretion and action; Nutritional supplementation and impact on gene expression and metabolism

Philip is currently Head of School, Biomedical Sciences at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia (September 2011 – December 2017). From January 2018 Prof Newsholme will take on academic responsibilities as a Teaching and Research Professor in the new School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at Curtin University. He obtained his B.Sc. and D. Phil. in Biochemistry from the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford, UK, respectively. His research interests are in the disciplines of metabolic biochemistry and molecular nutrition. Before taking up his present position he worked at University College Dublin, Ireland, in the fields of biochemistry, biomedical science, nutrition and sports science. He has published in excess of 100 research papers, 50 review articles, and 12 book chapters. He has previously collaborated with colleagues in the food industry via Food for Health Ireland (FHI) and in the pharmaceutical industry via AstraZeneca (Manchester, UK). He was recently a member of the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts (2012 – 2015) where he served on the Biological Sciences and Biotechnology Panel. With respect to nutrition research, Prof. Newsholme collaborates with colleagues in Food Science and Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at Curtin University with respect to generation of glucose lowering bioactive peptides derived from Western Australian lupin seeds. He has most recently contributed to the development of teaching content covering fundamental biochemical aspects of the new Curtin medical curriculum.

Mario Siervo, United Kingdom

Expertise: Obesity; Sarcopenia; Nitric Oxide; Endothelial Function; Global Health

Mario is a clinician specialised in clinical nutrition and metabolic medicine at the University of Naples Federico II in Italy. He obtained an MSc in Public Health Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD in Human Physiology and Nutrition at the University of Cambridge. He has been awarded two prestigious prizes for his contribution to nutrition research by the British Nutrition Foundation in 2013 and by the UK Nutrition Society in 2017. He has published more than 160 publications, contributed to three book chapters and co-edited two books. His research interests are in defining the role of sarcopenic obesity as a diagnostic entity and improve disease risk prediction. His other line of research investigates the role of dietary nitrate to modify nitric oxide production and impact on physiological outcomes. He has developed non-invasive, stable isotopic methods for the assessment of nitric oxide production in humans and lead a lab specialised in the determination of biomarkers of nitric oxide production using ozone-based chemiluminescence, GCMS and immunoassays.

Ana Valdes, United Kingdom

Dr Ana Valdes obtained her masters and PhD at the University of California Berkely and has worked extensively on the molecular basis of complex diseases and aging, co-authoring over 230 publications. Since 2013 she is Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham developing observational and interventional studies focusing on diet and exercise. Her recent work focuses on the role of nutrition and the gut microbiome on obesity, weight gain, postprandial responses and inflammation

Thomas MS Wolever, Canada

Expertise: Whole body human metabolism; Dietary carbohydrates in relation to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease; Insulin resistance / beta-cell dysfunction; Diabetes; Blood lipids

Thomas MS Wolever, obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Oxford University, UK in 1980, a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto in 1986 and a Doctorate in Medicine from Oxford University in 1993. My current position is Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto. I have the following cross appointments: Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto; Scientist, Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto; Member, Active Medical Staff, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto; and Member, Consulting Medical Staff, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto. My research interests are the effects of dietary carbohydrates on human physiology and metabolism. I am, perhaps, most well-known for my work on the glycaemic index which was as first developed by Dr. David Jenkins and me, along with other collaborators, while I was a medical student. I have written or co-authored over 300 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and also authored a book entitled: The Glycaemic Index: A Physiological Classification of Dietary Carbohydrate published in 2006 by CABI (www.cabi.org). In 1997 I founded GI Testing, Inc. to provide confidential GI testing services to industry. To cope with the high demand for GI testing and to enable a wider range of clinical research services to be provided, Glycemic Index Laboratories, Inc. (www.gilabs.com) was formed in 2004; a corporation of which I am President. More important than anything else, I am married with 3 children aged 26, 24 and 17 years. I enjoy orienteering, cycling and recorder playing.

Shankuan Zhu, China

Expertise: Obesity and its related chronic diseases mechanism, risk factor, screening, diagnostic standard, and prevention

Dr. Zhu is a Qiushi Professor at Zhejiang University, China Medical Board (CMB) Distinguished Professor, a Professor at Women’s Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine, and a Professor at the University of Toronto (Status Only). He is the Founding Director of Chronic Disease Research Institute, and the Chair of Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene at Zhejiang University School of Public Health. He is also the Founding Director of Obesity and Body Composition Research Center at Zhejiang University School of Medicine. Dr. Zhu served as Executive Dean and Vice Dean of Zhejiang University School of Public Health from 2009 to 2017.

Dr. Zhu graduated from Nagoya University School of Medicine, Japan, and obtained PhD in 1997, he was an Assistant Professor at Nagoya University from 1997 to 2000. From 2000 to 2003, Dr. Zhu received Post-doctoral training at Obesity Research Center of Human Nutrition Institute at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) from 2003 to 2007 at Medical College of Wisconsin and Adjunct Associate Professor from 2008 to 2010. Dr. Zhu received US China Medical Board (CMB) Distinguished Professorship Award in 2009, University Silver Medal from Heidelberg University in 2012, and the Most Cited Chinese Researchers in Medicine (Elsevier) in 2014 to 2018.

Statistical Editors

Paola Ferrario, Germany

Dr. Paola G. Ferrario is a biostatistician at the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry of Nutrition at the Max Rubner-Institut (MRI), Germany. The MRI is the Federal Research Institute of Nutrition and Food in Germany. Her recent research focuses on investigation and development of statistical methods with application in nutrition, physiology, metabolomics. She has been involved in the statistical study plan (concerning study design, sample size calculation, randomisation) and analysis of nutritional studies at the Study Centre for Human Nutrition of the MRI; she performs biostatistical consulting in her department, working together with bioinformaticians, nutritionists, chemists and physicians.

Before taking up her present position she was at the University Lubeck and the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. There, she worked on statistical analysis of genomics data in relation to cardiovascular diseases. She received her doctorate degree in mathematical statistics with focus on nonparametric approaches, local variance estimation and censored data from the University Stuttgart, Germany, while teaching statistics at the University Hohenheim. Her first publication received a nonparametric best student paper award. She was born in Italy, where she studied mathematical engineering (at the Polytechnic of Milano).

Christian Ritz, Denmark

Christian Ritz, MSc, PhD, is an Associate Professsor in statistics at the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. His research interests focus on statistical methodology linked to applications in nutrition, physiology, and toxicology, including dose-response analysis, mixed model methodology. Statistical computing is an integral part of this research. He has over 200 peer-reviewed publications; his methodological work has contributed to current understanding of some aspects of inference in mixed models. Also, his development of statistical software for dose-response analysis has been highly influential. He has been involved in most stages of design and analysis of both randomized controlled trials and observational studies.

Shahid Ullah, Australia

Dr Shahid Ullah is a Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics in the college of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University, Australia. Prior to this, he has held academic appointments in biostatistics at South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Federation University Australia and the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. His current research involves statistical and epidemiological methodology and modelling, joint modelling approach for survival and longitudinal data, machine learning, geospatial analysis, and functional data analysis for time series forecasting. Dr Ullah has been successful in his previous research and he brings an excellent skill for collaboration and consultancies with leading researchers and scientists through actively involved statistical modelling and methodology as well as facilitating teaching and contributing to research. He supervises honors, master and PhD students. He publishes in top ranking journals. His research activities have been disseminated in 101 peer reviewed publications and awarded over $1.2 million in collaborative research grants as the named Associate and Chief investigators. Dr Ullah is happy to collaborate with clinical and public health researchers across a range of fields within medicine and public health discipline and can be contacted by shahid.ullah@flinders.edu.au.

Richard Woodman, Australia

Richard Woodman holds a balanced academic position at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, performing biostatistical consulting, independent research and teaching to undergraduate, postgraduate and MD students. He is currently the director of the Flinders Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics.  Recently he has provided a lead role in establishing the methodology for the reporting of standardised in-hospital mortality ratios across Australia with the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in HealthCare (ACSQHC), the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and the National Health Performance Authority. His work covers a broad range study designs and methodology including those used in clinical trials and observational studies, and he has authored more than 180 peer reviewed journal articles. He is also a former president of the South Australian branch of the Statistical Society of Australia (SSA) and current Council member.

Social Media Editor

Li Kheng Chai, Australia

Li is a Dietitian and Research Fellow at Health and Wellbeing Queensland, and Visiting Fellow at Queensland University of Technology. She has sought experience from a variety of disciplines including clinical dietetics, nutrition research, community health promotion and education, and undergraduate teaching and supervision. Li is a strong advocate for children’s health and nutrition. Her current research interests lie in the fields of obesity, one of the primary modifiable risk factors for chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and stroke. Her research focuses on using technology to develop, deliver and evaluate nutrition and lifestyle interventions to improve population health and diet quality.