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Our Scientific Team

Dennis M. Bier, M.D.

Professor of Pediatrics and DIRECTOR of the USDA/ARS

Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine

Dennis M. Bier, M.D., is Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine.  He is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine (USA), a Fellow of the American Association for the ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE  and a Fellow of the American Society for Nutrition.

He has served as EDITOR of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and as ASSOCIATE EDITOR of The Annual Review of Nutrition. Additionally, Dr. Bier was CHAIRMAN of the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council, National Academies of Science (USA).

He has served as PRESIDENT of the American Society for Nutrition (with Dr. Naomi Fukagawa), the American Society for Nutritional Sciences, the American Society of Clinical Nutrition, and the NIH General Clinical Research Centers Programs Directors Association.

In addition, he has been a Councilor of the American Pediatric Society, a member of the FDA PEDIATRIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE,  the FDA FOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE,  and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee.

Dr. Bier has authored nearly 300 scientific publications. For his scholarly contributions, he has received numerous awards from professional societies, academic institutions and the Federal government.

Dr. Angelo Mojica
Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., C.E.C.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Angelo Mojica has earned a Bachelor’s degree in dietetics, a Master’s degree in public Health, a Culinary Arts degree and has recently completed a Doctor of Public health degree in health leadership and holds the distinction of being the only Certified Executive Chef and Registered Dietitian to practice at the Doctoral level. He has worked for nearly twenty 27 years in foodservice management in a variety of acute and long term care settings. Angelo is fortunate to have worked at such prestigious institutions as UNC Health Care, Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins Medicine. He has taught at several universities including his most recent position at the UNC Gillings School of Global Health.

Angelo is a leader that is dedicated to his team. He is enthusiastic about health care and passionate about food. His persistence in striving toward the goal of elevating hospital food and service has led to a variety of industry leading programs. Angelo believes that hard work and fun can mutually exist. His decisions are driven by a simple principle: team members must hold one another accountable for the highest standards and treat each other with unwavering respect.

Professor Giovanni Scapagnini, MD, PhD

Born and raised in Italy, Professor Scapagnini, MD, PhD graduated from the School of Medicine and Surgery, University of Catania, and obtained a PhD in Neurobiology.  Professor Scapagnini is an internationally recognized expert in biological and molecular mechanisms of ageing and neurodegenerative disorders, with particular focus on nutrient activated signalling pathways related to lifespan regulation.


Dr. Scapagnini has conducted research with the Institute of Pharmacology, University of Catania; Visiting Scientist with Department of Surgical Research, Northwick Park Institute for Medical Research, Harrow, UK; and with Laboratory of Adaptive Systems, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD, USA. Dr. Scapagnini has been Research Assistant Professor at the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute, West Virginia University; at Johns Hopkins University, Rockville, MD and Research Assistant Professor at the Institute of Neurological Sciences, Italian National Research Council. Visiting professor at the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD founded by the famous Dr Robert Gallo, with whom Scapagnini was involved in the testing of polyphenols. He is an acknowledged expert on polyphenols and other dietary molecules.


Currently he holds Academic positions as Full Professor of Clinical Nutrition, at the Department of Medicine and Health Science, University of Molise.  He is Vice-President, Founder and Member of Board of Directors of the Italian Society of Nutraceuticals SINUT. Founder and Scientific Director of Italian ONLUS Foundation “Garda Valley”, Calzedonia Group.   During the last 20 years has been an invited speaker to more than 300 national and international congress, in the scientific area of functional nutrition and biology of ageing. He is author of 175 scientific publications in peer-review journals, 50 book's chapters and 41 patents.

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