Ramon A. Durazo-Arvizu
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Ramon A. Durazo-Arvizu, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His focus is applied statistics including the analysis of time to an event data (survival analysis), and the analysis of longitudinal data. In addition, his expertise includes analysis of national data bases including National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). He has developed models to explain the relationship between body mass index and mortality in blacks and whites. His more recent survival analysis relates to vitamin D and mortality rates and related relationships concerning vitamin D and parathryroid hormone levels. Dr. Durazo-Arvizu is the author of more than 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals, has received two emerging investigative professionals awards, and is a member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, The American Statistical Association, The Royal Statistical Society, and The International Biometry Society. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in applied mathematics.
J. C. Gallagher
Creighton University Medical Center
J. Christopher Gallagher, M.D. is the Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Bone Metabolism Section at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Gallagher is an endocrinologist who specializes in osteoporosis, menopause, vitamin D metabolism and treatment. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the English Board of Internal Medicine. He has participated in numerous clinical trials in osteoporosis and in menopausal women. His current research focus is dose ranging safety studies on vitamin D supplementation in older women and is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Aging and similar studies in younger women funded by the Department of Defense. In past research in the vitamin D area his group showed the impact of dietary factors such as calcium and caffeine on bone loss in elderly women and its interaction with the vitamin D receptor and studies showing that vitamin D metabolites can reduce falls in the elderly. Dr. Gallagher also receives clinical trial funding from Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratoris, AMGEN, and Unigene to test several prescription drugs and therapies under development. He has authored or co-authored more than 190 articles including 93 peer-reviewed journal articles, 10 book chapters, review articles and presentations at meetings. He is a Past President of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS).He is the recipient of several awards including the Vitamin D Research Career Award from the International Vitamin D Society and the Creighton University Distinguished Career Award. Dr. Gallagher received his medical degree from Manchester University Medical School in England and his training in bone and vitamin D research at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Mineral Metabolism Unit in Leeds, England and at the Endocrine Research Unit at the Mayo Clinic.
Richard L. Gallo
University of California, San Diego
Richard L. Gallo, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Chief Division of Dermatology, University of California, San Diego and Chief of the Dermatology Section of the VA San Diego.. Dr. Gallo’s major research interests are innate immune defense systems in skin by host defense peptides and glycosaminoglycans as well as mechanistic, diagnostic and therapeutic implications of these molecules in human skin disease. He has written extensively on issues related to the physiology and pathology of skin immunology and is responsible for several landmark discoveries in the role of host defense peptides in human health including uncovering important functions for Vitamin D in the immune system. He has been elected to the board of directors of the Association of Professor of Dermatology and in 2006 received the Montagna Award from the Society of Investigative dermatology and in 2007 received the CE.R.I.E.S. Dermatology Research Award from the Centre de Recherches et d'Investigations Epidermiques et Sensorielles.. Dr. Gallo is a member of the American Dermatology Association and the American Society of Clinical Investigation. He has authored or co-authored more than 125 peer-reviewed articles and has received numerous NIH research grants and research support from the Veterans Administration. Dr. Gallo received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in radiation biology and biophysics.
Glenville Jones, B.Sc., Ph.D. is Craine Professor and Head, Department of Biochemistry, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada. His research focus is vitamin D metabolism and mechanism of action. He has published more than 175 peer-reviewed journal articles related to vitamin D metabolism, vitamin D-related cytochrome P450s, and the analysis of vitamin D metabolites. He employs unique transfected cell models and knockout mouse models to study the activation or breakdown of calcitriol or retinoic acid with the long-term goal of establishing the structure and function of the cytochrome P-450 enzymes involved in the complex metabolic pathways of calcitriol or retinoic acid. His laboratory has been supported by grants from the Canadian Institute of Health Research for over 30 years. Dr. Jones serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the not-for-profit Vitamin D External Quality Assessment Scheme and on the Scientific Advisory Board of Cytochroma Inc, an applied genomics and drug discovery company focused on cytochrome P450 genes and the function of the proteins encoded by those genes in order to address unmet medical needs. He holds one non-competitive grant from Cytochroma Inc to study calcitriol analogs and cytochrome P450 inhibitors used for the treatment of renal disease. Dr. Jones is a member of several societies including the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation, the Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences, and the Canadian Society for Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is the recipient of a Vitamin Career Achievement Award from the international Vitamin D community. He also sits on the Scientific Program Organizing Committee of the 14th Workshop on Vitamin D, is a member of the expert panel on “The Relationships of Vitamin D and Calcium Intakes to Nutrient Status Indicators and Health Outcomes” for the Tufts Evidence Based Practice Center, and is a member of the Genzyme Speaker’s Bureau. Dr. Jones received his Ph.D. from Liverpool University, England.
Christopher S. Kovacs
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Christopher S. Kovacs, M.D., FRCPC, FACP is Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology, Health Sciences Centre, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. Dr. Kovacs’ main research focus is calcium and bone metabolism during pregnancy, fetal development, and lactation. His laboratory is exploring the hormonal regulation of mineral transfer across the placenta, and maternal skeletal mineral loss during lactation and recovery post-weaning. In 2003 he received the Young Investigator Award from the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism and the Gold Medal in Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In 2002 he was awarded the Antoni Nalecz Award from the Canadian Society for Endocrinology and Metabolism. Dr. Kovacs is on the editorial boards of Journal of Bone and Mineral Research and Endocrinology and peer reviewer for a wide range of professional publications including Endocrinology, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Pediatrics, and Journal of Women’s Health. He has twice served as Chair for NIH Special Emphasis Panels, is a charter member of the NIH Skeletal Biology Development and Disease Study Section, and is on the Board of Directors of the Society for Advances in Mineral Metabolism. Dr. Kovacs received his medical degree from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
JoAnn E. Manson
Harvard Medical School
JoAnn E. Manson, M.D., Dr.P.H. is Professor of Medicine and the Elizabeth Fay Brigham Professor of Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and Co-Director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at BWH. An endocrinologist and epidemiologist, Dr. Manson is actively involved in women’s health research including several large-scale clinical trials and observational studies of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. Her research has focused on the role of reproductive and hormonal factors, lifestyle variables such as diet (including vitamin D, calcium, omega-3s, and folic acid) and physical activity, and novel plasma and genetic markers as predictors of CVD, diabetes, and cancer. Dr. Manson is Principal Investigator of the Boston Center for the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), the CVD component of the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study, the Women’s Antioxidant and Folic Acid Cardiovascular Trial, the proposed Vitamin D and Omega-3 Trial, and other studies. She has published more than 600 articles in medical/scientific journals. Dr. Manson is the recipient of numerous awards, including the “Woman In Science Award” from the American Medical Women’s Association, the Postmenopausal Cardiovascular Health Research Award from the North American Menopause Society, the International Menopause Society’s Henry Burger Prize, and others. She is a member of the Association of American Physicians, the American Medical Association, the Endocrine Society, the North American Menopause Society, the American College of Physicians, the American Diabetes Association, American College of Endocrinology, the American Heart Association, and other professional societies. She also serves on a number of editorial and advisory boards, including the Board of the North American Menopause Society and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of Nutrition Action HealthLetter, and Harvard Health Letter. Dr. Manson received her A.B. from Harvard University, her M.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and her Dr.P.H. from Harvard School of Public Health.
Susan T. Mayne
Yale University School of Medicine
Susan T. Mayne, Ph.D. is Professor in the Division of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, and Associate Director of the Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her primary research interests are in the area of nutritional epidemiology of chronic diseases, and especially nutrition and cancer prevention. She is trained in nutritional biochemistry, epidemiology, and clinical trials, and has a strong research interest in biomarkers of nutritional status for epidemiologic research. Dr. Mayne's program of research emphasizes the role of dietary factors in the etiology of several major cancers. Her work involves both observational studies and intervention trials, with a particular emphasis on carotenoids. Dr. Mayne has received a number of research awards and grants. She is currently a member of the IOM Food and Nutrition Board (2007-2010) and has served as a member of the following IOM committees: Panel on Antioxidants and Related Nutrients for Dietary Reference Intakes (1997-2000), Committee on Examination of the Evolving Science for Dietary Supplements (2001-2002), and Planning Committee For Dietary Reference Intakes Review Workshop (2007-2008). She is also a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the U.S. National Cancer Institute, and a recent member of the External Review Committee for the Breast Cancer Alliance, and a member of several professional societies including the American Society of Preventive Oncology and the American Society for Nutrition. Dr. Mayne received her Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry from Cornell University followed by post-doctoral training in chronic disease epidemiology at Yale University.
Clifford J. Rosen
Maine Medical Center Research Institute
Clifford J. Rosen, M.D. is Senior Scientist at Maine Medical Center’s Research Institute. He is the Former Director of the Maine Center for Osteoporosis Research and Education an affiliate of St. Joseph Hospital, a Center which he started more than 15 years ago. He previously conducted more than 15 NIH and pharmaceutical sponsored clinical research trials, as well as currently overseeing three investigator initiated NIH funded translational projects. He is Past President of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) 2002 – 2003, and served 5 years as the first editor in Chief of the Journal of Clinical Densitometry as well as Associate Editor of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. Dr. Rosen is currently the editor in chief of The Primer on the Metabolic Bone Diseases and Disorders of Mineral Metabolism, and is now serving a 4 year term on The Advisory Council for the National Institutes of Arthritis Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and the FDA Endocrinologic and Metabolic Advisory Committee. He is also a member of several professional societies including the Endocrine Society, the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research, and the American Federation of Clinical Research. He is a Professor of Nutrition at the University of Maine and works as a Senior Staff Scientist at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor Maine studying insulin like grown factors and skeletal remodeling in mice. His work includes more than 305 manuscripts in a variety of journals including Nature Medicine, New England Journal of Medicine, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Rosen received his medical degree from the State University of New York, Syracuse.
Sue A. Shapses
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
Sue A. Shapses, Ph.D. is Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University. Prior to this she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery/Division of Biochemistry at Columbia University. Her research focuses on nutritional aspects of calcium metabolism critical to normal growth and maintenance of skeletal tissue, with a focus on both the mineralized and extracellular matrix of bone in conditions of aging and disease states. An important aspect of her work addresses bone turnover and bone mass relative to how nutritional intake influences the development of osteoporosis. Calcium absorption (using stable isotopes) and bone-regulating hormones and cytokines are examined in her work so as to explore mechanisms of regulation. Dr. Shapses currently receives research support from the NIH in the area of the nutritional regulation of bone turnover, and also from Johnson and Johnson in the area of obesity prevention and treatment. She is a registered dietitian and board certified with the American Dietetic Association. Dr. Shapses received her Ph.D. from Columbia University.