Schiff Nutrition International, Inc., (NYSE: WNI), announced today it has appointed three new members to its recently-established Scientific Advisory Board: Dale Bredesen, MD; Michael A. Fischbach, Ph.D.; and Charles N. Serhan, Ph.D. Dr. Richard H. Carmona, 17th Surgeon General of the United States, currently serves as chair of the Scientific Advisory Board.
Tarang Amin, president and chief executive officer of Schiff Nutrition, stated: “The Scientific Advisory Board has been established to play a key role in our efforts to lead innovation. These three additions strengthen and diversify the expertise from which to draw as we pursue new product development. We look forward to the guidance of Dr. Bredesen in aging and age-associated diseases, Dr. Fischbach in probiotics and Dr. Serhan in inflammation. This is all complemented by Dr. Carmona’s background as one of the world’s leading experts in public health.”
Dale Bredesen, MD is Professor and Founding President of the Buck Institute for Age Research, the nation’s only independent research institute focused on aging and age-associated disease, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurology, UCSF. Dr. Bredesen is a member of the National Advisory Council on Aging, the Society for Neuroscience, and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He has co-authored over 180 scientific papers and three books. He received his undergraduate degree from Caltech and his MD from Duke University School of Medicine.
Michael Fischbach, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at UCSF and a member of the California Institute of Quantitative Biosciences. Fischbach is a recipient of the NIH Director's New Innovator Award, a Fellowship for Science and Engineering from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, a Medical Research award from the W.M. Keck Foundation, and the Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research from the Global Probiotics Council. Fischbach worked at Harvard University in the laboratories of Christopher Walsh and David Liu and spent two years as an independent fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital coordinating a collaborative effort based at the Broad Institute to develop genomics-based approaches to the discovery of small molecules from microbes. Fischbach received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University.
Charles N. Serhan, Ph.D. is the Simon Gelman Professor of Anaesthesia (Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology) at Harvard Medical School, a Professor in the Department of Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and an Affiliate Faculty Member of MIT. Dr. Serhan was appointed to the Harvard Faculty in 1986 and has served as Senior Biochemist in Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital since 1992. An author of 346 publications, he has received a number of awards and honors, including a MERIT Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and an honorary degree from Harvard University. Dr. Serhan received degrees in Biochemistry from Stony Brook University, Experimental Pathology and Medical Sciences at the New York University School of Medicine, as well as post-doctoral training in Physiological Chemistry at the Karolinska Institute Medical University in Stockholm, Sweden.
About Schiff Nutrition
Schiff Nutrition International, Inc. develops, manufactures, markets and distributes branded and private label vitamins, nutritional supplements and nutrition bars in the United States and throughout the world. Schiff’s portfolio of well-known brands includes Schiff Move Free®, Schiff® Vitamins, Schiff MegaRed®, Schiff Mega-D3®, Tiger's Milk®, Schiff Sustenex®, and Schiff Digestive Advantage®. To learn more about Schiff, please visit the web site www.schiffnutrition.com.
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