Johanna DWYER, USA

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Johanna DWYER
Tufts University Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Dr. Johanna Dwyer is Professor of Medicine (Nutrition) and Community Health at the Tufts University Medical School, and Professor of Nutrition at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She is also Senior Scientist at the Jean Mayer/USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. Her major research interest is in flavonoids, population based nutrition surveys, and nutrition policy. Dr. Dwyer is the Director of the Frances Stern Nutrition Center at Tufts Medical Center which is one of the oldest dietetic internship programs and outpatient nutrition clinics in the USA. She served as Dietetic Internship Director there from 1974 to 2009.

From 2003-2011, Dr. Dwyer served part time as Senior Nutrition Scientist, Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health. She now serves as a Scientific Consultant in the same capacity where she is responsible for several large projects, including studies of dietary supplement motivation and use, development of an analytically substantiated dietary supplement database and other dietary supplement databases, development of research on the assessment of dietary supplement intake and other topics, including national population-based surveys.

Dwyer received her D.Sc. and M.Sc. from the Harvard School of Public Health, an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin, and completed her undergraduate degree with distinction from Cornell University. She is the author or coauthor of more than 250 research articles and 300 review articles published in scientific journals on topics including dietary treatment of end-stage renal disease, the role of dietary flavonoids in health; preventing diet-related disease in children and adolescents; maximizing quality of life and health in the elderly; vegetarian and other lifestyles, and databases for bioactive substances other than nutrients. She also serves as the editor of Nutrition Today.

Dr. Dwyer has served on many committees, including the 2000 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee. She served as a member of the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences, was elected member of the Institute of Medicine National Academy of Sciences in 1998, and served as Councilor of the Institute of Medicine from 2001-2003. She received the Conrad V Elvejhem Award for public service in 2005 from the American Society for Nutrition Sciences, the Alumni Award of Merit from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2004, the WO Atwater award in 1996, the Medallion Award of the American Dietetic Association in 2003 and was recently honored with the Dean’s Medal from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

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