External Advisory Group

J_ArchProf. Jonathan Arch, Dean of Science, University of Buckingham, and Deputy Director of Metabolic Research, Clore Laboratory

Jon Arch is the Dean of Science at the University of Buckingham, UK, and the Deputy Director of Metabolic Research of its Clore Laboratory. The Clore Laboratory conducts non-clinical research into diabetes and obesity, much in collaboration with industry. The main focus of its own research is on the influence of maternal nutrition on susceptibility of offspring to obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Jon joined Beecham Pharmaceuticals in 1974, where he played a major role in the discovery of β3-adrenoceptor agonists and their receptors. He was also involved in early work on orexins and uncoupling protein-3. He moved to the Clore Laboratory in 2001, where in addition to perinatal programming, he has published on β-adrenoceptors in skeletal muscle, 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase-1, diacylglycerol acyltransferase-1 and short chain fatty acid receptors. The regulation of energy expenditure and the effects of drugs on thermogenesis remain his major interest.

Jon has consulted for various venture capital and pharmaceutical companies and was a member of the governing body of the Rowett Research Institute.

Contact: jon.arch@buckingham.ac.uk


J_BowisMr John Bowis

A former UK Health Minister and Member of the European Parliament, has agreed to help us with public health, policy, stakeholder and Commission issues

Contact: johnbowis@aol.com


B_FischerProf. Bernd Fischer, Halle, Germany

Dr. agr. (PhD in Animal Science, Bonn University) Dr. med. (MD, RWTH Aachen University) Chairman in Anatomy and Reproductive Biology, and Head of Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg Faculty of Medicine, Halle (Saale), Germany (www.medizin.uni-halle.de/iaz)

Expert in early embryo development, in metabolic and endocrine regulation of embryo development and early pregnancy. Special interests (1) prenatal programming of adult metabolic diseases, (2) disruption of embryo development and pregnancy by environmental endocrine disruptors. Prof. Fischer also performs ethical reviews for EU Framework Programmes.

Contact: bernd.fischer@medizin.uni-halle.de


A_LavianoProf. Dr. Alessandro Laviano

Alessandro Laviano, MD, is associate professor of Internal Medicine at the Department of Clinical Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. He works at the Clinical Nutrition Unit of the Sapienza University Hospital in Rome, Italy and is also an advisor to medical nutrition companies.

Dr. Laviano also holds a position of Visiting Research Assistant Professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, USA. He is an Expert Reviewer for the Framework Programs of the European Commission, Bruxelles. In the period 1994-1995, Dr. Laviano worked as a research fellow in the Surgical Metabolism laboratory at the Department of Surgery, SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse, NY, USA. In 1998 he joined the Faculty of the Medical School at Sapienza University and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007.

Dr. Laviano’s main research interests are: regulation of food intake under physiological and pathological conditions, disease-associated anorexia and cachexia, hyperphagia and obesity, impact and treatment of hospital malnutrition. He has a particular interest in the role of brain activity in the pathogenesis of cancer anorexia and cachexia, and the potential benefit deriving from the integration of a pharmacologic and nutritional approach to cancer patients

Dr. Laviano is the current chairman of the Educational and Clinical Practice Committee of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN). He is also member of the Editorial Board of several international peer-reviewed journals, including British Journal of Nutrition, Current Nutrition and Food Science, BioPsychoSocial Medicine, The Open Nutrition Journal. In the period 2005-2009, he served as European Co-Editor of Nutrition. He is currently Associate Editor of Clinical Nutrition, First Editor of British Journal of Nutrition, and Associate Editor of Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle. Dr. Laviano’s studies have been funded by private and public institutions, including the Italian Ministry of Scientific Research. He has a total of more than 130 publications across international peer reviewed journals. Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the Department of Clinical Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.

Contact: alessandro.laviano@uniroma1.it


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