About the Editors


Richard Atkinson, USA

Richard L. Atkinson is Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Affiliate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; Adjunct Professor of Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, University of Karachi, Pakistan; Visiting Professor of Molecular Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; Executive Director of the Virginia Obesity Research Institute, Richmond, VA; and President of Obetech, LLC. He is Past President of the American Obesity Association, the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (now TOS), and the American Society for Clinical Nutrition. He is interested in obesity policy and has advocated for young investigator programs nationally and internationally. His recent research focuses on virus-induced obesity.

Ian Macdonald, UK

Ian Macdonald is Director of Research for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Nottingham University. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition for the UK Food Standards Agency, President of the (UK) Nutrition Society (2007-2010) and Chair of the Finance Committee of the International Association for the Study of Obesity. He has published over 290 peer-reviewed publications and his research interests include human metabolism and dietary alterations in health and disease; fat, carbohydrate and energy metabolism in exercise, over- and undernutrition; metabolic disturbances in obesity and diabetes; metabolic and nutritional factors affecting cognitive function; and the effects of nutrients on vascular function.

Associate Editors

M. S. Westerterp Plantenga, The Netherlands

Prof. dr. M. S. Westerterp Plantenga is Professor of Food Intake Regulation in Humans at Maastricht University, Faculty of Health, Medicine, Life Sciences, Nutrim, The Netherlands. Her research focuses on energy-homeostasis and reward-homeostasis. This encompasses the neuro-endocrinology of food-intake, energy expenditure and substrate oxidation, and the role of circadian rhythm and sleep, in the perspective of body-weight regulation and obesity. Margriet Westerterp-Plantenga participated in European projects, such as Diogenes, Full4Health, and PREVIEW. She has been a member of several editorial boards, scientific committees and of the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Health, Medicine, and Life sciences of Maastricht University.

Elizabeth Floyd, USA

Elizabeth Floyd is an Associate Professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Floyd's research interests are focused on understanding how ubiquitin-proteasome regulation of protein stability and activity influences adipocyte formation and adipose tissue biology. Her studies combining in vitro approaches with animal models have identified a specific ubiquitin ligase that regulates the relationship between adipocyte hypertrophy, induction of adipose tissue inflammation and insulin resistance in obesity. She is a member of The Obesity Society, the American Diabetes Association and the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Floyd has published over sixty peer-reviewed original articles, reviews and book chapter.

David Stensel, UK

David Stensel is Professor of Exercise Metabolism and Associated Dean for Research in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University in the UK where he has been working since 1999. Prior to this David worked for six years at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. David’s research focuses on the relationship between physical activity and health. He is particularly interested in the potential of exercise for reducing the risk of diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes as well as the role of exercise in regulating appetite and maintaining a healthy body composition. He is co-author of the textbook Physical Activity and Health: The Evidence Explained which is widely used on exercise science courses in the UK and overseas. David is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). He is on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) and the Scientific Programme Committee of BASES. Further details of David’s work may be obtained from his Loughborough University website.  

Magdalena Pasarica, USA

Dr. Pasarica is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. She is board certified in Family Medicine, with a Ph.D. in Nutrition from Wayne State University and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Endocrinology from Pennington Biomedical Research Center. She has performed clinical, translational and basic research studies in the area of pathophysiology of adipose tissue, human adult stem cells, infectobesity, obesity and diabetes mellitus type 2. She was recognized early in her career as a rising star with the “New Investigator Award” from the International Obesity Society. In addition to research, Dr. Pasarica has dedicated her career to academic medicine through her work in training undergraduate and graduate medical students in primary care, obesity, diabetes and lifestyle medicine, and performing innovative medical education research. For a complete expertise, Dr Pasarica is also a practicing physician, which includes managing patients of all ages with obesity and educating other physicians about evidence-based obesity management. As the Medical Director of the student-run free clinic at her institution, Dr Pasarica has developed an advanced obesity evaluation and management component for which the clinic received the National Innovation Award for Healthcare Provider Training and Education from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the Bipartisan Policy Center, and the American College of Sports Medicine.

Pediatric Associate Editors

Joan Han, USA 

Joan C. Han, M.D., is Associate Professor and Director of the Pediatric Obesity Program at the University of Tennessee Health Center and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. Dr. Han received her undergraduate and medical education at Harvard University and completed residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center. She received clinical research training at Nemours Children's Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and completed pediatric endocrinology fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. Her translational research focuses on the neuroendocrine regulation of energy balance and cognitive function in animal models as well as the genetic, environmental and behavioral determinants of metabolic health in the general population and in patients with rare disorders associated with obesity, including Alström, Bardet-Biedl, Prader-Willi and WAGR/11p deletion syndromes, MCR4 mutations and other defects of the leptin signaling pathway. Dr. Han has been the recipient of the Obesity Society's Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award and the National Institutes of Health Merit Award for her research on obesity.

A Pietrobelli, Italy

Angelo Pietrobelli is a Doctor in Medicine with the specialty in Pediatric Endocrinology. Currently, he is working, as Associate Professor, in the Premature Intensive Unit Care in Verona Pediatric Clinic, Verona University Medical School, Verona (ITALY). He is Associate Professor in Nutrition and also Adjunct Associate Professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA, (USA). He has also the super-specialty on Quality Control of Critical Care and Premature Intensive Unit Care. His research interests include the use of Dual energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) with pediatric samples and also other body composition measurements (e.g., anthropometrics and bioimpedance analysis). Currently he is involved in several projects related to nutrition both in premature babies and in infants, as well as prevention and treatment of Pediatric Obesity. He serves as a reviewer for many scholarly publications, including American Journal of PhysiologyJournal of PediatricsObesity, and British Journal of Nutrition. He has published over 190 peer-reviewed publications, published nationals and internationals, book chapters and reports.

Social Media Editor

Jameson Voss 

Jameson Voss is a Preventive Medicine physician and flight surgeon currently serving on active duty as the Chief of Precision Medicine for the Air Force Medical Service. He earned his Medical Doctorate and Masters of Public Health at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland.  Dr. Voss completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the National Naval Medical Center, an Instructor internship at the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, a residency in Preventive Medicine in the National Capitol Consortium, and a Service Chiefs' Fellowship at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He is currently a Fellow in the American College of Preventive Medicine and a Fellow in the Institute for the Science of Origins. Dr. Voss is an adjunct assistant professor at the Uniformed Services University and the Wright State University. 

His research awards include the 2013 American College of Preventive Medicine outstanding abstract in population health, the 2013 CAPT Richard Hooper award, and the 2014 AFMS Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research. His publications have explored the connections between human and animal obesity, microbial causes of obesity, obesity's national security implications, geospatial relationships with obesity (including altitude, urbanization, ambient temperature, and air pollution) and other epidemiology methods.

All views expressed in his role with the International Journal of Obesity are his own and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the US Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the US government.  His website is www.jamesonvoss.com, his ORC ID is https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4104-1744 and his Twitter handle is @JamesonVoss.

Statistical Editor

David Allison, USA

David B. Allison joined the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2001 where he is currently Distinguished Professor, Quetelet Endowed Professor of Public Health, Associate Dean for Science, Director of Office of Energetics, and Director of the NIH-funded Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC). He received his Ph.D. from Hofstra University in 1990. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a second post-doctoral fellowship at the NIH-funded New York Obesity Research Center at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Center. He has authored over 450 scientific publications and edited five books. He has won several awards, including the 2002 Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society (TOS) and in 2009, he was awarded the Centrum Award from the American Society of Nutrition (ASN) and the TOPS research achievement award from the Obesity Society. In 2013, he was awarded the Alabama Academy of Science's "Wright A. Gardner" award and the American Society of Nutrition's (ASN) "Dannon Institute Mentorship" award and was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) in 2007. He serves or has served on numerous editorial boards of including the European Journal of Clinical Investigation, Obesity and Plos One. 
Dr. Allison is also proud to be the founding Field Chief Editor of Frontiers in Genetics.
Dr. Allison's research interests include obesity, quantitative genetics, clinical trials, and statistical and research methodology. He also serves as a frequent consultant and expert witness in the legal setting.

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