Professor Benjamin Caballero has over 20 years of experience as a scholar, researcher and leader in the area of child health and nutrition. He obtained his MD from the University of Buenos Aires and his PhD (in neuroendocrine regulation) from MIT. He started his faculty career at Harvard Medical School and moved to Johns Hopkins in 1990 to found the Center for Human Nutrition. Dr. Caballero is a recognized expert on the nutritional needs of children and adults, and on nutrient requirements in undernourished populations. He has focused on the problem of childhood obesity in the US and in developing countries and explored the impact of dietary transition and globalization on health indicators. He is an active participant in key scientific committees advising the US government on issues of diet and health. Dr. Caballero is an active leader in the area of global health, specifically on diet, lifestyle and disease risk. Awards include the Ancel Keys Prize for achievements in international public health.
Paul Finglas, Head of the Food Databanks National Capability and Research Leader in Food and Health, Institute of Food Research, UK
Fidel Toldrá holds a PhD in Chemistry and is Research Professor at the Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de Alimentos (CSIC) located in Paterna (Valencia, Spain) where he leaders the group on Biochemistry, technology and innovation of meat and meat products. He was a Fulbright postdoctoral scholar at Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana, 1985-86) and visiting scientist at the University of Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin, 1991 and 1995), and the Institute of Food Research (Bristol, UK, 1987). Prof. Toldrá has filed 11 patents, published over 330 manuscripts in scientific journals and >152 chapters of books. He holds an h index of 65. His research interests are focused on food biochemistry and the development of new analytical methodologies, focusing on the improvement of food quality, safety, nutrition and health. Prof. Toldrá is the Editor-in-Chief of Trends in Food Science and Technology and Associate Editor of Meat Science; he was Editor-in-Chief of Current Nutrition & Food Science and section Editor of the Journal of Muscle Foods. He is a member of the Editorial Board of 18 journals including Food Chemistry, Current Opinion in Food Science, Journal of Food Engineering, Food Analytical Methods, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, and Food Science & Human Wellness, among other. Prof. Toldrá is the Editor of book serial Advances in Food & Nutrition Research (Academic Press/Elsevier). He has edited/Co-edited more than 56 books and was an Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Food and Health (2015, Academic Press/Elsevier). Prof. Toldrá has received many awards, being the most recent the 2010 Distinguished Research Award and 2014 Meat processing Award, both of the American Meat Science Association, 2015 Dupont Science Award, 2019 Award for the Advancement of Agricultural and Food Chemistry of the American Chemical Society and ANICE 2019 Award to Innovation from the National Association of Spanish Meat Industries. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFOST) and a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). Prof. Toldrá served at Panels on Food Additives and on Flavorings, Enzymes, Processing aids and Food contact materials of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA, 2003-15) and was Chairman of the Working groups on Irradiation (2009-10), Processing Aids (2011-14) and Enzymes (2010-15). In 2008-09 he joined the FAO/WHO group of experts to evaluate chlorine-based disinfectants in the processing of foods.