The University of Texas Medical Branch
Dr. Doug Paddon-Jones is an Associate Professor in the School of Health Professions and the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology at The University of Texas Medical Branch. He is a Fellow of the Sealy Center on Aging and Director of the Exercise Studies for the Institute of Translational Sciences - Clinical Research Center. Dr. Paddon-Jones’ research focuses on muscle protein metabolism in humans and exploration of interventions, such as nutrition, to maintain muscle mass and function in healthy and clinical populations. He was the 2006 recipient of the Vernon R. Young International Award for Amino Acid Research.
Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions
Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili is a nurse researcher who studies the impact of nutritional status on recovery and health outcomes in older adults. She holds a B.S.N. and M.S.N. from the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing at Hunter College-City University of New York, and a Ph.D. in Nursing from New York University.Prior to joining the faculty at Drexel University in 2009, she was a tenured Associate Professor at West Virginia University. Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili publishes peer-reviewed articles on geriatric nutrition in nursing and interdisciplinary journals. She is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and Biological Research for Nursing. Dr. Di-Maria-Ghalili received the 2006 Springer Award for a Distinguished Single Work of Research in Applied Geriatric Nursing, the 2009 Distinguished Nutrition Support Nurse award from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition for her research contributions to the science of nutrition support nursing, and a Clinical Research Poster Award from the University of Pennsylvania’s 2009 Institute of Aging’s Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat. Dr. Di-Maria-Ghalili was awarded the prestigious American Academy of Nursing’s Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Claire M. Fagin Post-doctoral Fellowship and studied at the Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing 2007-2009.
The Health Geek, LLC
Suzanne Dixon, a dietitian and epidemiologist, is an author and internationally recognized expert in nutrition, chronic disease prevention, and health and wellness. Suzanne is the creator of an award-winning cancer nutrition website (sold in 2005), which was acclaimed by the New York Times and named one of Time magazine’s 50 Coolest Websites of 2005. She has received awards from the American Dietetic Association for Innovative Nutrition Education Programs for the Public, Distinguished Practice in Oncology Nutrition, and Excellence in Business Consultation. Ms. Dixon has served as an appointed member to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) nutrition sub-committee and has developed and taught nutrition coursework for the University of Michigan Medical School and alternative medicine coursework for undergraduate and graduate nutrition programs at Eastern Michigan University. She has been a frequent lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Nursing and School of Public Health. She received her training in epidemiology and nutrition at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health at Ann Arbor.
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