BUENA PARK, Calif., Nov. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- With the addition of three new members to its Scientific Advisory Board, the Nutrilite Health Institute of Amway is gaining expertise in the areas of healthy aging, weight management and traditional Indian medicine.
The three new Board members are:
- Bradley J. Willcox M.D., M.Sc., a professor and director of research at the Department of Geriatric Medicine in the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii.
- Eric Ravussin, Ph.D., director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center and associate executive director for clinical sciences at Louisiana State University.
- Padma Venkatasubramanian, Ph.D., a professor and advisor at the School of Life Sciences at the Institute of Transdisciplinary Health Sciences & Technology in Bangalore, India.
"The new members significantly strengthen and broaden our Board. Their diverse perspectives will be invaluable as we develop plans for research to support new product ideas," said Keith Randolph, PhD, technology strategist for the Nutrilite Health Institute and chair of the Nutrilite Scientific Advisory Board.
Dr. Willcox brings a focus on healthy aging, longevity, nutrition, genetics, clinical research and epidemiology. He is principal investigator of the NIH-funded Kuakini Hawaii Lifespan and Healthspan studies and co-principal investigator of the Okinawa Centenarian Study. He is widely published in the genetic, environmental and clinical aspects of healthy aging and is on the editorial board of the Journals of Gerontology. Dr. Willcox is also author of the New York Times best-selling book on healthy aging, The Okinawa Program.
Dr. Ravussin specializes in weight management, metabolism and biometric assessment. He is an internationally recognized translational investigator in obesity and diabetes research. He studies the molecular basis of obesity and its coexistence with other chronic conditions. His latest focus is the impact of calorie restriction on human biomarkers of aging and longevity. Dr. Ravussin has published more than 450 peer-reviewed papers in numerous scientific journals.
Dr. Venkatasubramanian is an expert in microbiology, biochemistry and the translation of Ayurveda into contemporary applications. She was key in establishing the Research and Development Center at her university, where they are using transdisciplinary tools to make India's traditional health knowledge contemporary. She developed and holds a patent on a field diagnostic kit to authenticate medicinal plants. She also developed 25 contemporary nutraceutical & cosmeceutical products, including herbal drinks and soups and Ayurvedic cookies. Her work and leadership in new transdisciplinary approaches resulted in several research publications and recognition.
The Scientific Advisory Board is now composed of 12 leading scientists in the fields of nutrition, health and genetics from around the world. The board helps guide the future of Nutrilite™, the world's number one selling brand of vitamins and dietary supplements*, lending knowledge and expertise into the brand's research and development.
To learn about other Nutrilite Scientific Advisory Board members, visit Amway's YouTube Channel.
Nutrilite™, exclusively by Amway, is the world's #1 selling brand of vitamins and dietary supplements* developed for personal daily vitamin and mineral nutrition, heart health, strong bones and weight management. Backed by 80 years of science and research, the Nutrilite™ team has perfected a proprietary "seed to supplement" practice to preserve quality and maximize the consistency, efficacy and safety of its products. The Nutrilite™ brand is the only global vitamin and mineral brand to grow, harvest and process plants on its own certified organic farms*, located in the United States, Mexico and Brazil. The Nutrilite™ Global Phytonutrient Report, commissioned by the Nutrilite™ Health Institute, provides an examination of global fruit and vegetable intake, availability and potential impacts on health. More information at: globalnews.amway.com/global-phytonutrient-report.
*Source Euromonitor International Limited. www.euromonitor.com/amway-claims
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