Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Neonatology and Perinatal ResearchUniversity of Colorado Hospital and Children's HospitalAurora, Colorado
Roberto Berni Canani, MD, PhD, is a professor of pediatrics and coordinator of the Food Allergy Unit at the University Federico II of Naples, Italy. He graduated cum laude with a degree in medicine and surgery and was awarded a PhD in Pediatric Sciences.
Dr. Berni Canani is internationally recognized as an expert in pediatric gastroenterology, food allergy and nutrition. He has developed an interdisciplinary research team and integrated clinical program to better understand the pathogenic mechanisms of food-induced diseases. His research involves the pathophysiology of food allergy, including the systemic and local immune response, intestinal microflora, and mechanisms of oral tolerance. At his clinic?which features specialized teams created by Dr. Berni Canani for specific disorders?his young patients benefit from innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to their care.
Dr. Berni Canani is vice president of the Italian Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and a member of many other national and international scientific societies. He is the author of more than 150 scientific papers, as well as numerous book chapters and reviews. He has received several awards for his research in pediatric gastroenterology. He is past associate editor of the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, and associate editor of World Journal of Gastroenterology.
Michael S. Caplan, MD, is chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at NorthShore University Healthsystem, and clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from that institution. He completed an internship and residency in pediatrics, followed by fellowship training in neonatology at Northwestern University?s Children?s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Dr. Caplan is chief scientific officer and medical director of clinical trials at NorthShore University Healthsystem. His own research activities, funded by a variety of public and private sector grants, include the study of the pathophysiology of neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis and the design of specific strategies to prevent the disease, as well as studies involving the identification of factors in human milk that influence neonatal outcomes.
Dr. Caplan?s academic responsibilities include teaching medical students, pediatric residents and fellows. He serves on several departmental, hospital, and medical school committees, as well as a number of external national and international committees.
Dr. Caplan has authored several books and book chapters, peer-reviewed articles and abstracts, and he is a reviewer for more than 20 prestigious medical journals including Pediatrics, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Pediatrics, and JAMA.
Rafael Jiménez-Flores, PhD, is the JT ?Stubby? Parker Endowed Chair in Dairy Foods and a professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at The Ohio State University (OSU). He received his MS degree from Cornell University, and his PhD degree in food science and agricultural chemistry from the University of California, Davis.
At OSU, Dr. Jiménez-Flores develops and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses focused on dairy foods, and engages in dynamic research and outreach programs. His research work has involved developing novel methods for dairy processing, characterization of the milk fat globule membrane, surface interactions of milk components and lactic acid bacteria, spore incidence in dairy processing plants, and biological activity of milk components.
Dr. Jiménez-Flores has developed strong relationships with representatives of the dairy foods industry. He serves as vice president of the American Dairy Science Association, an international organization of educators, scientists and industry representatives, and has held a number of other board, committee and editorial positions with the organization.
Dr. Rafael Jiménez-Flores holds six patents, has authored 10 book chapters and more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles. He was the recipient of the prestigious International Dairy Foods Association Research Award in Dairy Foods Processing.
Bo Lönnerdal, PhD, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Nutrition and Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis. He received his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Uppsala in Sweden, and the University subsequently awarded him an honorary doctorate.
Dr. Lönnerdal is a world-renowned expert in infant nutrition. He has an active research program and has mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students, as well as scientists from all over the world. His research focuses on bioactive components in breast milk, the effect of breast milk on the infant, and mechanisms underlying the protection against infection. With collaborative projects in Peru, China, and Sweden, Dr. Lönnerdal?s research includes the micronutrients iron and zinc, how they are secreted into milk and how these components are utilized by the infant.
Dr. Lönnerdal has published more than 500 scientific articles, as well as a number of books and book chapters. He is a member of the American Society of Nutrition, the European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and the International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation. He serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals, World Health Organization expert advisory panels, and as a scientific advisor to manufacturers of infant formula.
Camilia R. Martin, MD, MS, is an associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and associate director of the NICU at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at Children?s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She was awarded a fellowship in perinatal-neonatal medicine at Boston Children?s Hospital and earned a masters degree in epidemiology from Harvard University School of Public Health.
Dr. Martin is an internationally recognized expert in neonatal nutrition. Her research focuses on the impact of nutrition on health and disease in premature infants, and its effect on short-term morbidities and long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes. Dr. Martin?s state-of-the-art translational research allows for the rapid assessment of potential therapies that can be brought from the bench to the bedside.
Dr. Martin?s academic responsibilities involve teaching residents, clinical and research fellows. She has authored or edited several textbooks and is an ad hoc reviewer for more than a dozen prestigious medical journals. Dr. Martin is a frequently invited speaker at both national and international events, and her peer-reviewed and other educational material has been published extensively in print and other media.
Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, MD, PhD, is a professor of pediatrics and director of clinical research at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She received her medical degree from Collegium Medicum Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland, where she also completed an internship. Dr. Nowak-Wegrzyn completed pediatric residencies at Polish-American Children?s Hospital in Cracow, and the University of Maryland in Baltimore. She was awarded a fellowship in allergy and immunology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Nowak-Wegrzyn received her PhD degree from the University of Warmia and Masuria in Poland.
Dr. Nowak-Wegrzyn has an international reputation as an expert in pediatric food allergies, anaphylaxis and food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES), and her clinic is a national referral center. She is the principal investigator for a number of clinical trials, and her research interests include egg and milk allergy, food-induced anaphylaxis treatment and risk factors, diagnostic issues in food allergy, and FPIES. She chaired a multinational workgroup that published the first international consensus guidelines for the diagnosis and management of FPIES.
Dr. Nowak-Wegrzyn has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences throughout the world; has contributed numerous book chapters and reviews; and developed several CME webinars for clinicians. She serves as an editor for Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Clinical and Experimental Allergy, World Allergy Organization Journal, and Practical Medicine-Pediatrics, a leading Polish medical journal.
Research ConsultantVisiting Research Faculty, Drexel University, Department of Nutrition SciencesPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania