Built of highly educated and dedicated researchers and doctors with experience in topics such as pediatrics, gastroenterology (such as gut bacteria and IBD), and infant nutrition. Our board members have had past executive roles in companies such as Mead, Johnson, Abbott Nutrition, and other leading infant nutrition societies. Some of them currently serve in leading medical centers and academic institutes such as Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Tel Aviv University. You can read more about each of their specialties and backgrounds below.
Former Vice President, Global Medical Affairs at Mead Johnson Nutrition. Pediatric gastroenterologist at Boston Children's Hospital, Senior Lecturer in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Prof. Vanderhoof is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist in Boston, at Boston Children's Hospital, a Senior Lecturer in Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School, and Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He was Vice President, Global Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, for Mead Johnson Nutrition, published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, reviews and chapters in books in various areas of Pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition, served as President of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and on the Editorial Boards of numerous scientific and clinical journals.
Yvan Vandenplas did his medical studies at the ”Vrije Universiteit Brussel” and trained in pediatrics (1981‑1986) at the same University. He became Head of the Unit for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition in 1987 and is Head of the KidZ Health Castle, at the University Hospital Brussels (UZ Brussel) and has the Chair of Pediatrics since 1994. He has more than 500 publications listed in Medline. His main interests are infant nutrition (probiotics, prebiotics, protein, cow's milk allergy), gastro-oesophageal reflux (diagnostic procedures, treatment) and functional gastro-intetsinal disorders. He is now associate editor of the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.
Prof. Shamir is the Chairman of the Institute of Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases at Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel, and is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel. He is the past President of the European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN), published more than 250 original papers, reviews and comments, book chapters and guidelines, and serves as an Editor for the pediatric section of Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, is the Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (JPGN), and serves as a reviewer for journals in the field of Pediatrics, Nutrition, Gastroenterology and atherosclerosis.
Dr. Bo Lönnerdal has an active research program in pediatric nutrition at University of California, Davis. He has mentored a large number of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral scholars and visiting scientists from all over the world.
He received his master’s and doctorate degrees in biochemistry from University of Uppsala in Sweden, and has been professor at UCD since 1980.
Dr. Lönnerdal’s research has focused on bioactive components in breast milk, the effect of breast milk on the recipient infant and mechanisms underlying the protection against infection. His research includes the micronutrients iron and zinc; how they are secreted into milk and how they are utilized by the infant. He has extensive collaborative projects in China, Peru and Sweden.
His honors include:
1977 Henning Throne Holst's Award in Nutritional Physiology
1986 St. Göran’s Annual Lecture in Nutritional Physiology, Karolinska Institute
1987 Underwood Memorial Lecture in Trace Element Research
1990 Borden Award, American Institute of Nutrition
1991 International Award for Modern Nutrition
2000 Honorary Doctorate (Honoris causa) in Medicine, University of Uppsala,
2002 Macy-Györgi Award for research on human milk and lactation
2004 Gabriel Bertrand Prize and Medal for research on trace element metabolism 2012 Lucille Hurley Lectureship 2012
2015 ASN Fellow 2015
2019 Robert Suskind & Leslie Lewinter-Suskind Pediatric Nutrition Lifetime
Achievement Award, ASN
Dr. Lönnerdal has published more than 600 scientific articles, book chapters and books and is currently a member of the American Society of Nutrition (ASN), the European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) and the International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML). He is on the Editorial Board of several scientific journals and he has served on several Expert Panels for the WHO.
Olle Hernell is professor emeritus and former head of pediatrics at the department of Clinical Sciences, Umeå University, Sweden. He is a former member of the committee of Nutrition as well as the Council of the European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) and former chair of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences´ National Committee on Nutrition and Food Sciences. He is one of the founders and the present CMO of Lipum AB.