G.F.F. adds new scientific specialty to advisory board

by Josh Sosland
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WASHINGTON — Richard Mattes, a distinguished professor of nutrition science at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., has joined the scientific advisory board of the Grain Foods Foundation.

Richard Mattes

An expert in hunger and satiety as well as drivers of food intake and food preferences, Dr. Mattes directs Purdue’s Public Health Program and Ingestive Behavior Research Center. A prolific researcher, he has authored more than 245 publications, and he will help G.F.F. understand new and existing science around the obesity epidemic, background the group said will be especially useful as it develops messaging, programs and new research ideas, as well as responses to the pending 2015 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

“Dr. Mattes joins the Grain Foods Foundation at a pivotal time for nutrition science,” said Christine Cochran, executive director of the Grain Foods Foundation. “There is more information out there than ever before and the Foundation relies heavily on its network of experts to help sharpen our programming for scientific accuracy and relevance.”

Dr. Mattes expressed support for the G.F.F. scientific advisory board.

“While the food industry is often criticized for its approach to science, third-party advisory boards help marry a variety of interests, ultimately leading to successful partnerships that are dedicated to improving population health,” he said.

The seven other members of the scientific advisory board have expertise ranging from cardiology to obstetrics to exercise physiology. Current advisory board members include: Glenn Gaesser, (chairman), professor of exercise science and health promotion and director of the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center at Arizona State University; Shelley Case, celiac nutrition expert and author of “Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide”; Marion J. Franz, director of nutrition and health professional education at the International Diabetes Center in Minneapolis; Sylvia Klinger, founder of Hispanic Food Communications; Julie Miller Jones, professor emeritus at St. Catherine University; Suzanne Steinbaum, attending cardiologist and director of Women and Heart Disease, Lenox Hill Hospital; and Bruce Young, Silverman Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York University School of Medicine.
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