Scientific Advisory Board

 

 

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD

All Nutrilite scientific research is guided by the prestigious Scientific Advisory Board. This ten-member board includes leading scientists in the fields of nutrition, health, and genetics from around the world.
 

The Scientific Advisory Board helps guide the future of the Nutrilite® brand, lending their expertise and knowledge of the rapid changes in their specific fields directly into the research and development process at Nutrilite.

SAM REHNBORG, PH.D

SAM REHNBORG, PH.D

PRESIDENT NUTRILITE HEALTH INSTITUTE
Buena Park, California, USA 

“Throughout our 80-year history, Nutrilite has taken the lead in nutritional sciences and the use of phytonutrients. By staying true to our commitment of combining the best of nature with the best of science, we have become a global leader in health and wellness.”

Specialties

Dietary habit of native cultures

Plant-based nutrition

Optimal health

Education

Ph.D., Biophysics, University of California at Berkeley, California, USA

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, California, USA

Recent positions

President & Chief Executive Officer: Nutrilite Products, Inc.

Junshi Chen, M.D.

SENIOR RESEARCH PROFESSOR

“Quality is key. In the supplement industry, the quality of products often varies. Nutrilite makes every effort to control the quality. In terms of research, Nutrilite has achieved significant development and outstanding results in recent years. That’s the key to the company’s long-term success.”

Specialties

Nutrition

Food Safety

Education

M.D., Beijing Medical College, Beijing, China

Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Professor, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York USA

Recent positions

Associate Professor, Professor, and Deputy Director: Institute of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine

Senior Research Associate, Deputy Director: Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, Institute of Health, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences

Publications

Dr. Chen has authored numerous books, papers, and articles for scientific and medical journals.

Vasily Isakov, M.D., Ph.D.

PROFESSOR OF GASTROENTEROLOGY, CHEIF DEP. GASTROENTEROLOGY & HEPATOLOGY, INSTITUTION OF NUTRITION OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES
Moscow, Russia

“The only way to guarantee phytonutrients is to consume food supplements, in which the concentration of phytonutrients are confirmed and tested and guaranteed. Nutrilite has a very high reputation among Russian consumers. For myself, I’m interested in the quality of products, but also in educating people. For me, it’s very important that the company promotes their products and helps people understand how to achieve optimal health. Nutrilite has a lot of educational programs that encourage not just using food supplements, but also teaches people to change their lifestyle, change their physical activity and change their nutritional habits.”

Specialties

The role of nutrition in pathogenesis

Treatment of gastrointestinal and liver diseases

Education

M.D., Russian State Medical University, Moscow, Russia

Ph.D., Gastroenterology, Russian State Medical University, Moscow, Russia

Doctor of Medical Science in Gastroenterology, Russian State Medical University, Moscow, Russia

Recent positions

Chief of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Moscow, Russia

Institute of Nutrition, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Vice-president: Russian Scientific Society of Gastroenterologists, Moscow, Russia

Publications

Dr. Isakov has authored and co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, numerous abstracts, books, book chapters, and monographs. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Russian Edition, and as an editorial board member of the Best Practice & Research Clinical Gastroenterology, Experimental and Clinical Gastroenterology, Vaprosy Pitaniya.

Richard Johnson, M.D.

TOMAS BERL PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE; CHIEF OF THE DIVISION OF RENAL DISEASES AND HYPERTENSION; ADJUNCT PROFESSOR: UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER, HEALTH SCIENCES

“Nutrilite is a unique company in our industry, because it’s one of the few companies that is actually trying to understand the science behind phytonutrients and nutraceuticals. Their scientists are actively testing compounds, and seek out scientific evidence that the nutraceuticals are effective. This separates Nutrilite from many companies that just label a bottle and say the product may be useful. Amway and Nutrilite are trying to establish the science behind nutraceuticals.”

Specialties

Renal pathology

Diabetes

Hypertension

Education

M.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Recent positions

Chief of Nephrology, and J. Robert Cade Professor of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Chief of Nephrology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA

Faculty at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

Publications

Dr. Johnson has published more than 450 articles, and has lectured in more than 30 countries. He authored The Sugar Fix (Rodale, 2008).

Kenneth Kornman, Ph.D.

PRESIDENT AND CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER: INTERLEUKIN GENETICS
Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

“Nutrilite has a very unusual structure, in that it starts with a core of good agriculture, organic farming and products that are more than individual nutrients: they are plant-based products. In the scientific community, we know it is hard to extract an individual nutrient. Even though there are some exceptions, we know that these plant-based diets have a lot of healthy components to them. Nutrilite is one of the world’s experts in terms of capturing the good parts of a plant-based agricultural product. The second component is how Nutrilite uses professional grade discovery technology in order to take those plant-based products and match them to real needs in terms of biologic targets that influence supplement health.”

Specialties

Nutrigenomics

Inflammation

Education

Ph.D., Microbiology/Immunology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

D.D.S., Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

M.S., Periodontics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

B.A., Economics, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA

Recent positions

Lecturer: Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Department Chair and Professor: University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Hoyoku Nishino, M.D.

PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, KYOTO PREFECTURAL UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE
Kyoto, Japan

“I have been working with Nutrilite for a very long time. Nutrilite has held science in high regard from the very beginning, and has always been willing to provide the highest quality possible. I think it is remarkable that it has kept these policies throughout the years. It feels good to work with such a partner. Throughout its history, Nutrilite has been a pioneer and a leader in the field of supplements. Now that Nutrilite products are widely offered around the world, I hope it (continues) to lead the industry. I strongly believe that this company is more than capable of doing that.”

Specialties

Diet

Cancer prevention

Cancer-preventive effects of specific phytonutrients

Education

M.D., Kyoto Prefectural University, Kyoto, Japan

Recent positions

Professor, Oncological Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Kyoto Prefectural University, Kyoto, Japan

Counselor: Japanese Cancer Association

Secretary: Vitamin Society of Japan

Publications

Dr. Nishino has authored numerous books, papers, and articles.

Artemis Simopolous, M.D.

PRESIDENT, CENTER FOR GENETICS, NUTRITION AND HEALTH, WASHINGTON, D.C., USA; PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF NUTRIGENETICS / NUTRIGENOMICS
Washington, D.C., USA

“Whenever I think of Nutrilite, I wish I had met Carl F. Rehnborg, because he had enormous powers of observation. In addition to the vitamins and minerals generally found in plants, Carl observed other substances as well. At that time, people hadn’t paid much attention to these other substances. Of course, today we refer to them as phytonutrients, which are nutrients in plants. This is now a major area of research as well as knowledge and application. The whole issue of supplementation is here to stay, therefore it becomes very important that supplements are scientifically produced, and continuously tested. Because Nutrilite does this, I believe that what Nutrilite does and what I do is very much one and the same.”

Specialties

Genetics, especially issues surrounding genetic screening

Nutritional aspects of genetic and endocrine disorders in children

Nutrition and fitness

Omega-3 fatty acids and evolutionary aspects of diet

Education

M.D., Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA

Recent positions

Founder: The Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health, Washington, D.C., USA

Founder: International Society of Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics, Washington, D.C., USA

Co-Chairman and Executive Secretary: Joint Sub-Committee on Human Nutrition Research, Executive Office of the President, The White House, Washington, D.C., USA

Publications

Dr. Simopolous has authored more than 300 articles, papers, and books.

Thomas Slaga, Ph.D.

PROFESSOR OF PHARMACOLOGY; ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, SAN ANTONIO CANCER INSTITUTE; DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE FOR CHRONIC DISEASE PREVENTION, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER
San Antonio, Texas, USA

“The best effect you get from supplementation is when it supplements a good diet. So, Nutrilite promotes optimal health, which is a healthy diet and the supplementation to boost and optimize it.”

Specialties

Cancer and nutrition

Education

Ph.D., Physiology and Biophysics, University of Arkansas Medical Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

B.A., Biology and Chemistry, College of Steubenville, Ohio, USA

Recent positions

Interim Director: San Antonio Cancer Institute, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Scientific Director: AMC Cancer Research Center, Denver, Colorado, USA

Deputy Director: University of Colorado Cancer Center, Denver, Colorado, USA

Publications

Dr. Slaga has authored numerous books, papers, and articles.

Young-Joon Surh, Ph.D.

CHIEF AND PROFESSOR, NATIONAL RESEARCH LIBRARY OF MOLECULAR CARCINOGENESIS AND CHEMOPREVENTION COLLEGE OF PHARMACY, SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Seoul, South Korea

“I hope that Nutrilite will celebrate not only 80 years, but also 100, and even 120 years, and that the science from the Nutrilite Health Institute develops right along with the longevity and history of the Nutrilite® brand.”

Specialties

Cancer prevention through dietary phytonutrients

Education

Ph.D., Toxicology/Oncology, McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

M.S., Biochemistry, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea

B.S., Pharmacy, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea

Recent positions

Assistant Professor: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Post-doctoral Fellow: Division of Toxicology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Editorial Board Member: Carcinogenesis, Mutation Research, Cancer Letters, Food and Chemical Toxicology, Genes and Nutrition, Biofactors, Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition and Asia-Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention

Publications

Dr. Surh has authored numerous books, papers and articles.

Gary Williamson, B.S., Ph.D.

FRSC CHAIR OF FUNCTIONAL FOOD, SCHOOL OF FOOD SCIENCE AND NUTRITION, UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
Leeds, England, UK

Specialties

Metabolism and health effects of dietary polyphenols and phenolic acids

Education

Ph.D., Biochemistry, Sheffield University, Sheffield, England, UK

B.S., Biochemistry, Sheffield University, Sheffield, England, UK

Recent positions

Head of Nutrient Bioavailability: Nestle Research Center, Lausanne, Switzerland

Head of Phytochemicals Group: Institute of Food Research, Norwich, England, UK

Senior Scientific Officer, Head of Biotransformation Group: Institute of Food Research, Norwich, England, UK

Publications

Dr. Williamson has published more than 330 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and has written 25 book chapters. His work has been granted seven patents.