Scientific & Nutrition Advisory Council

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The Advisory Council is comprised of leading experts in the fields of science, nutrition, and health.

This council is the backbone of Seafood Nutrition Partnership’s science-driven guiding principle.

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Tom Brenna, PhD
Director

Tom Brenna, PhD

Dr. Tom Brenna is professor of pediatrics, of chemistry, and of nutrition at the Dell Medical School and the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, and recently Professor Emeritus at Cornell University. He has served on numerous international policy groups, including the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

Sara Baer-Sinnott
Advisory Council

Sara Baer-Sinnott

Sara Baer-Sinnott is President of Oldways, a nonprofit food and nutrition education organization, with a mission to guide people to good health through heritage.

Susan Carlson, PhD
Advisory Council

Susan Carlson, PhD

Dr. Susan E. Carlson is the AJ Rice Professor of Nutrition and University Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She does clinical trials of DHA supplementation in pregnancy and childhood.

Linda Chaves
Advisory Council

Linda Chaves

Linda Chaves is the founder of Chaves Strategies, a consultancy working on seafood and health, international trade, aquaculture, ecolabeling and certification, and industry advocacy. She previously worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Marine Fisheries Service.

Jose Fernandez, PhD
Advisory Council

Jose Fernandez, PhD

Dr. José Fernández is a Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at University of Alabama at Birmingham.

William Harris, PhD
Advisory Council

William Harris, PhD

Dr. Harris is an internationally recognized expert on omega-3 fatty acids and how they can benefit patients with heart disease. He has over 190 publications relating to omega-3 fatty acids.

Captain Joseph R. Hibbeln, MD
Advisory Council

Captain Joseph R. Hibbeln, MD

Dr. Joseph Hibbeln is Acting Chief, Section of Nutritional Neurosciences in the Laboratory of Membrane Biophysics & Biochemistry at the National Institutes of Health.

Bruce Holub, PhD
Advisory Council

Bruce Holub, PhD

Dr. Bruce Holub is University Professor Emeritus, Department of Human Health & Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph. He is the founder of the DHA/EPA Omega-3 Institute.

Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD, FAHA, FNLA, FASN, CLS
Advisory Council

Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD, FAHA, FNLA, FASN, CLS

Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton, a world-renowned expert and national leader in food and nutrition, is Distinguished Professor of Nutrition in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University.

Bill Lands, PhD
Advisory Council

Bill Lands, PhD

Dr. Bill Lands is a renowned Omega-3 expert, was Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois, where he studied the metabolism of fats, phospholipids, and prostaglandins.

Scott Nichols, PhD
Advisory Council

Scott Nichols, PhD

Dr. Scott Nichols is the founder and principal of Food’s Future, LLC, which works to accelerate aquaculture’s contribution to our future food supply.

Norman Salem, Jr., PhD
Advisory Council

Norman Salem, Jr., PhD

Dr. Norman Salem, Jr. serves as corporate scientist at Royal DSM N.V. He is one of the world's leading researchers on DHA and the functions of polyunsaturated fatty acids and lipids.

Michael Tlusty, PhD
Advisory Council

Michael Tlusty, PhD

Dr. Michael Tlusty is Associate Professor of Sustainability and Food Solutions at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Gretchen Vannice, MS, RDN
Advisory Council

Gretchen Vannice, MS, RDN

Gretchen Vannice is a registered dietitian and independent nutrition research and communications consultant. She authored the Omega-3 Handbook: A Ready Reference Guide for Health Professionals.

In Memoriam: Dr. Sheila Innis June 1953 – February 2016

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Sheila Innis. She was a tireless proponent of the nutritional needs of babies, children and expectant mothers and she dedicated her life to improving our understanding of pre-natal and infant nutrition. Sheila was internationally recognized for her tremendous contributions to the field. We will sincerely miss Sheila.
Sheila Innis, PhD

Sheila Innis, PhD

Dr. Sheila Innis is a Professor in the Division of Neonatology with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia and a Director of Nutrition & Metabolism Research Program at Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI). She is a world renowned expert on essential fatty acids, with pioneering studies on n-3 fatty acids and brain development, and clinical studies relating maternal diet to placental and breast milk fat transfer, and the impact of diet in child development and health.