Editorial Advisory Board

These distinguished industry experts guide us in serving our readers through the years with trusted, timely coverage.
Mark Blumenthal

The American Botanical Council (ABC) is a leading, independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to disseminating accurate, reliable, and responsible information on herbs and medicinal plants. Blumenthal is editor and publisher of HerbalGram, an international peer-reviewed quarterly journal. For six years, he served as an adjunct associate professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy, teaching the course Herbs and Phytomedicines in Today’s Pharmacy. He has appeared on more than 400 radio and television shows and has written more than 500 articles, reviews, and book chapters for many major publications. Recently, he was awarded Natural Health Magazine’s Hall of Fame Award for “…opening America’s eye to the healing powers of herbs.” For more than 35 years, he has been a leader for those concerned with establishing more-rational regulations for herbal and natural-product manufacturing, and education on alternative medicines.

George A. Burdock, PhD

George A. Burdock, PhD, founder of Burdock Group, is an internationally recognized authority on the safety of food ingredients, personal care products, and dietary supplements. Dr. Burdock has more than 25 years of experience dealing with regulatory issues related to product safety and risk assessment. He also has over 40 publications in scientific journals and has published three books: two editions of Fenaroli's Handbook of Flavor Ingredients, and the Encyclopedia of Food and Color Additives. Dr. Burdock is coauthor of the chapter "Food Toxicology" in the current and previous editions of Casarett and Doull's textbook Toxicology, the standard textbook and reference book in the field of toxicology. Dr. Burdock is a diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology, a fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and a member of the American Chemical Society, the Society for Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, the Society of Toxicology, the American College of Toxicology, and the Institute of Food Technologists.

Lauren Clardy, BSc

Lauren Clardy is the founder and president of NutriMarketing (Santa Rosa, CA), a nutraceutical marketing and business development consultancy focused on innovation and strategy and helping companies turn new technologies and scientific breakthroughs into winning products and concepts. Clardy is responsible for some of the most successful brands on the market and was an early leader in the areas of functional ingredients and science-based nutraceuticals, consumer products, and nutrition. She has nearly 30 years of marketing and commercial experience in nutraceuticals, including in raw materials and bioactive ingredients, dietary supplements, functional foods, cosmeceuticals, and contract manufacturing. As an innovator in nutraceutical marketing, she has worked for companies ranging in size from startups to multinational corporations, and provides expert marketing solutions and business strategies for market leaders and technology visionariesin the B2B and B2C markets.Clardy held previous key executive positions for major nutritional companies, including Hain Celestial Foods, Nordic Naturals, Lichtwer Pharma GmbH, Renaissance Herbs, and Kraft Foods. She earned her BSc in nutrition from the University of California, Davis, with a concentration in marketing.

Dallas Clouatre, PhD

Clouatre is a prominent industry consultant in the United States, Europe, and Asia, as well as a sought-after speaker and spokesperson. He earned his AB from Stanford University and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. A Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, Clouatre is a regular contributor to medical journals and various health publications. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including SAM-e: The Ultimate Methyl Donor, Anti-Fat Nutrients (4th edition), two chapters in Tocotrienols: Vitamin E Beyond Tocopherols (Taylor & Francis, 2009), and a chapter entitled “Grape Seed Extract” in the Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements (Marcel Dekker, 2nd edition, 2010). He is also a founding partner of Glykon Technologies Group LLC and a consultant to Jarrow Formulas.

John R. Endres, ND

Endres is the chief scientific officer for AIBMR Life Sciences Inc., a leading natural products and functional ingredients consulting firm. He heads a team of highly experienced technical staff comprising naturopathic physicians, nutritionists, biotechnologists, PhD scientists, and library information scientists. He is the author or coauthor of several peer-reviewed academic publications and book chapters, and is a frequent contributing author for the natural products industry trade journals. Endres received a baccalaureate degree in German and philosophy from the State University of New York at Albany and the Julius Maximillians Universität in Würzburg, Germany. In 2004, he earned a board-certified doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. He is a current member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and is licensed as a primary care physician in Washington State. At Bastyr University, Endres conducted research screening complex botanical extractions for their ability to inhibit the growth of a variety of cancer cell lines.

Kim Kawa, BSc

Kimberly Kawa is a natural products specialist at SPINS (Schaumburg, IL), where she uses her BSc in nutrition and dietetics and her experience in community health in the ongoing development of the SPINS Product Library. Kawa came to SPINS after spending two years at Fruitful Yield, a natural food store. First, she worked as team lead and assistant supplement buyer and later was promoted to assistant manager. Prior to her time spent at Fruitful Yield (NOW Foods), Kawa worked for Dr. Keith Berndtson at Park Ridge Multi Med, an integrative medicine clinic in Park Ridge, IL. She landed the position of retail supplement inventory coordinator and clinical nutrition program assistant after spending 600 hours interning with a leading specialist in her field, Susan Allen, RD, CCN. At Park Ridge Multi Med, Kawa gained valuable insight into functional nutrition. At SPINS, her focus is on vitamins and supplements, and she supports coding initiatives and identifies industry trends related to the segment.

Douglas “Duffy” MacKay, ND

Douglas “Duffy” MacKay, ND, is senior vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN; Washington, DC). MacKay is a licensed naturopathic doctor and was a co-owner and practitioner in a family-owned New Hampshire complementary and alternative medicine private practice for seven years. In addition to his hands-on experience as a practitioner in the field of integrative medicine, he spent eight years working as a medical consultant for two companies in the dietary supplement industry, including four years as an executive with Nordic Naturals, in charge of clinical research. He previously served as technical advisor for Thorne Research. MacKay has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and serves on the editorial board of two peer-reviewed publications, Alternative Medicine Review and the official publication of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Natural Medicine Journal. He earned his BS in marine sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his ND from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR. He is licensed in the state of New Hampshire.

Irfan Qureshi, ND

Qureshi is chief regulatory officer for Vitamin Research Products. He earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Washington, as well as a degree in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. While attending Bastyr University, he pursued further training in South Asia, studying the indigenous Unani system of medicine. Upon graduation, Qureshi practiced naturopathic medicine in Singapore, where he became a noted health columnist for Singapore’s Business Times. He is a current member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), and has maintained a private medical practice in SeaTac, WA, specializing in chronic diseases and autism. Among his prior positions, Qureshi served as vice president of technical and regulatory affairs for AIBMR Life Sciences, a natural-products consulting firm. Qureshi is a frequent contributor to various industry trade journals. He has also served as author or coauthor of several peer-reviewed publications.

Harry B. Rice, PhD

Rice is the vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs for the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED). He has worked in the ingredient, dietary supplement, functional food, and consumer packaged goods industries for more than 10 years. Prior to joining GOED, he spent over six years at Cargill Inc., involved in the development and execution of global regulatory and scientific strategies for a wide range of functional ingredients. Rice earned an MS and PhD in nutrition from The Pennsylvania State University and a BS in dietetics from Miami University (Ohio).

Andrew Shao, PhD

Shao has an extensive background in human nutrition research and expertise in nutrition policy and dietary supplement regulatory affairs and product development. Prior to joining Herbalife Ltd. as vice president of global product science and safety, he served as senior vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). Before joining CRN, Shao was involved in scientific affairs for General Nutrition Corp. (GNC). Prior to that, he worked in research and development for Kemin Health (formerly Kemin Foods). He has authored or coauthored more than 30 peer-reviewed papers, abstracts, trade journal articles, and industry position papers on topics ranging from nutrient risk-assessment to Current Good Manufacturing Practices. He holds a PhD in nutritional biochemistry and a MS in human nutrition science from Tufts University, and BA in biology from Brandeis University.

Maged Sharaf, PhD

Maged Sharaf, PhD, is chief science officer at the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA; Silver Spring, MD), where his duties include helping to set quality standards for the botanical products industry and providing guidance and advice to AHPA member companies, related organizations, government agencies, scientific publications, and the popular press. Before joining AHPA, Sharaf assumed several responsibilities at the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), including: director, Foods, Dietary Supplements, and Herbal Medicines; principal scientific liaison and senior scientific liaison (botanicals), Standards Development; manager of analytical services and scientist, Verification Programs; coordinator, Quality Control Laboratory; and chemist IV-project leader, Research and Development Laboratory. During his tenure at USP, he developed the Herbal Medicines Compendium, a resource of public standards for herbal ingredients used in traditional and herbal medicines. He co-developed the Dietary Supplements Compendium, a resource of public standards and guidelines for the dietary supplement industry. He developed botanical standards for inclusion in the United States Pharmacopeia-National Formulary (USP-NF). He participated in building the Dietary Supplement Verification Program, as a public health program, and the Dietary Ingredient Verification Program as a support program for the dietary supplement industry. Before USP, Sharaf was an associate professor and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in pharmacognosy and pharmaceutical sciences. He has preceding experience conducting bioanalytical assay development and validation, and human bioequivalence studies in support of the pharmaceutical industry; quality control testing of finished dosage forms; dosage-forms manufacturing; and retail pharmacy. Sharaf has a PhD and a master in pharmacognosy, and a bachelor in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.

Brian Tanzer, MS, CNS

Brian Tanzer, MS, CNS, is part of the department of scientific and regulatory affairs at the Vitamin Shoppe Inc., responsible for the research, formulation, and claims substantiation for all the Vitamin Shoppe brand products. Prior to joining the Vitamin Shoppe, Tanzer spent four years at Reliance Vitamin Co. as head of research and technical services. Tanzer studied biology and chemistry at St. Johns University in New York. He has an MS in nutritional sciences from Brooklyn College, The City University of New York, and is a board-certified nutrition specialist (CNS). Tanzer also spent several years as an instructor in the department of health and nutrition sciences at Brooklyn College, The City University of New York, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in nutritional sciences and clinical nutrition. He is a member of the American College of Nutrition, the American Society for Nutrition, and the New York Academy of Sciences.

John E. Villafranco

John E. Villafranco is a partner in the advertising and marketing practice at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP (Washington, DC). Villafranco provides litigation and counseling services, with a focus on advertising law matters and consumer protection. Named 2011 D.C. Advertising “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers, Villafranco is highly respected for offering comprehensive legal advice that emphasizes risk analysis and sound business practices for corporations involved in advertising and marketing. On the regulatory side, clients tell US Legal 500 he “consistently provides good advice and service.” An editor-in-chief of the ABA Consumer Protection Law Developments treatise and author of numerous articles on advertising law, Villafranco is an authority on a range of issues involving consumer protection law. He is past chair of the ABA Antitrust Section Consumer Protection Committee and past chair of the ABA Consumer Protection Conference, 2007, 2009.

Lu Ann Williams

Lu Ann Williams is head of research at Innova Market Insights. She started her career in The Netherlands over 20 years ago with Wolters Kluwer before moving to leading science publisher Elsevier. For more than 20 years, she has been involved in the international food industry, where she serves as a consultant to some of the world’s largest food and beverage companies on product development and marketing strategies, trends analysis, open innovation projects, and technology scouting. Williams comes from Augusta, GA (USA). She graduated from Georgia Tech and received her MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Williams is an expert in trends driving the food and beverage industry. She is an active global technology scout and a frequent speaker at industry events. She leads a team of analysts at Innova Market Insights that tracks new trends in more than 70 countries. She is also responsible for driving innovation of the market intelligence tools Innova Market Insights creates.