Professor & Schlegel Research Chair, Nutrition and Aging, Co-Chair Canadian Malnutrition Task Force
University of Waterloo, ON, Canada
Dr. Heather Keller is a nutritional epidemiologist and dietitian. Her research expertise includes nutrition risk screening, assessment and nutrition intervention for seniors in general and seniors with dementia in particular. Her research spans community and institutional sectors. She is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo and a Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging. Dr. Keller has published extensively in the area of nutrition and older adults. Her current research is focused on eating in dementia, social aspects of eating, weight loss, nutrition risk programs and interventions. She is co-chair of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force. In 2007, she received the Betty Havens Knowledge Translation Award from the Institute of Aging, CIHR. Dr. Keller engages in extensive community-involved scholarship and knowledge translations and exchanges.
Professor of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism
University of Southampton, UK
Dr. Marinos Elia is professor of clinical nutrition and metabolism at the University of Southampton and consultant physician at Southampton General Hospital. He has served on many national and international committees, has chaired a number of them, including the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) and the NICE Quality Standard Topic Expert Group on Nutrition Support in Adults. He is currently the chairman of the International Society for Body Composition, the Research and the Malnutrition Action Group (MAG) of BAPEN. In 2013, he was chairman of the NICE Evidence Update Group and the NICE Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set (CCGOIS) Review Group on Nutrition Support in Adults. He is a member of the editorial board of 6 nutrition journals, and has been editor-in-chief of Clinical Nutrition. He also led teams that developed the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST), the most widely used nutrition screening tool in the UK. He has published extensively on various aspects of nutritional biochemistry and body composition, as well as various aspects of clinical nutrition and metabolism and evidence-based medicine. He has received several national and international awards including honorary membership of ESPEN.
Research Economist, Precision Health Economics
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Dr. Julia Thornton Snider is an economist at Precision Health Economics (PHE), where she leads the firm’s nutrition research portfolio. Dr. Snider joined PHE from the UCLA Anderson Forecast, where she contributed to the highly respected quarterly economic forecast by providing expertise on the Los Angeles economy and the healthcare sector. Dr. Snider has previously worked as a researcher at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and at the World Bank branch offices in Buenos Aires and Moscow. She is an author of numerous articles and presentations, including recent publications in the American Journal of Managed Care, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics and Forum for Health Economics & Policy. She has been featured in the popular press, including the Los Angeles Times and the Daily Finance, on a variety of economic topics. Dr. Snider received her BA in economics (with honors, with distinction) from Stanford University, and her MA and PhD in economics from the University of Minnesota.
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