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Scientific Advisory Board


Giovanni Appendino, Ph.D.

Born in Carmagnola (TO), September 1, 1955 and graduated at the University of Torino in 1979. University Lecturer in 1983 (University of Torino); Associated Professor in 1998 (University of Torino); Full Professor from 2000 to present at the Università del Piemonte Orientale, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Visiting scientist at the University of Gent (Belgium) in 1985 (Laboratory of Organic Synthesis, Prof. Pierre De Clercq).



Liz Applegate, Ph.D.

Dr. Liz Applegate, a nationally renowned expert on nutrition and fitness, is a faculty member of the Nutrition Department and the Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of California, Davis.  She has received the Excellence in Education Award, the Excellence in Teaching Award, Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award from the University of California, and the 2016 United States Department of Agriculture Food and Agriculture Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award.



Sandy Bigelow, Ph.D.

Sandy Bigelow is a research and development professional with more than 20 years of experience in leading global technology responsibilities in the food and nutrition industries. He has a proven track record of envisioning, designing, and implementing strategies to meet global research and development, regulatory, and marketing challenges. Sandy is a Board Certified Toxicologist with proven ability to craft product opportunities based on the safety and efficacy of novel proprietary, bioactive ingredients.



Jeffrey B. Blumberg, Ph.D., FASN, FACN, CNS-S

Dr. Jeffrey Blumberg is a Professor in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and also serves as the Senior Scientist in the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. His research is focused on the biochemical basis for the role of antioxidant nutrients and their dietary requirements in promoting health and preventing disease during the aging process via changes in status of oxidative stress, glucoregulation, and inflammation. He has published more than 350 scientific articles and serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals. Dr. Blumberg was included in 2015 Thomson Reuters’ List of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds (top 1% of cited researchers in his field, 2002-2014). In 2016, he was the recipient of the ASN Mary Swartz Rose Senior Investigator Award for outstanding research on the safety and efficacy of bioactive compounds for human health.



Venket Rao, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Dr. Rao completed his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Food Science from Oregon State University, USA. After being a Full Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, he currently holds the position of Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Rao served as the Co-director, Program in Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto, till his appointment as Professor Emeritus. He worked closely with representatives of the food industry and government regulatory agencies and coordinated issues relating to national and international food safety and establishing regulatory guidelines and standards of identity for food safety. Another major issue was to develop regulatory frame work for making health claims for foods.



Susan K. Silva, M.D.


Dr. Silva graduated with Honors in Chemistry from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and earned a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of California, Davis where she served as president of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society. She has been awarded for outstanding clinical expertise, surgical skill and research including excellence in Plastic Surgery. She serves on the National Educational Faculty for Botox® Cosmetic and is a National Advisor for Sculptra®. Specialties include skin cancer surgery and cosmetic enhancement using Botox® and dermal fillers such as Restylane® and Radiesse®. She is an expert in laser treatment of wrinkles, acne scars, vessels and brown spots. Her expertise in laser skin resurfacing (both ablative and non-ablative) completes her comprehensive approach to skin rejuvenation.


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