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Originally Published NO July/August 2010
Founder and Executive Director
American Botanical Council
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.
EAS Consulting Group
With formidable expertise in food-product regulation, Campbell spent 35 years working at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) where, among other roles, she served as acting director in the Office of Food Labeling at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Much of her role at FDA involved developing regulations for food, including an instrumental role in writing the regulations under the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) in the 1990s. Campbell also helped develop current FDA policies on claims under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act and the FDA Modernization Act of 1997. Campbell participated in the NAFTA Technical Working Group on Packaging and Labeling as head of the U.S. delegation, and in several Codex Alimentarius committees. She also served as a U.S. delegate to the Codex Committee on Food Labeling.
Dallas Clouatre, PhD
Cofounder, Glykon Technologies
Consultant, Jarrow Formulas
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.
Audra Davies, BSc, MSc
Director, Nutrition Product
In her 18-year career in the nutrition industry, Davies has largely focused on product formulation and performance substantiation for products based on bioactive materials. At Nutrilite, she leads the discovery, formulation, and substantiation efforts for food, beverage, and supplement products based on plant materials. She also leads R&D support for the Nutrilite Health Institute Center for Optimal Health and chairs the Nutrilite Health Institute scientific advisory board. Davies holds several patents related to formulation and functionality of natural plant materials and has authored several publications on plant chemistry. In addition, she has partnered with California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, to coordinate a conference series dedicated to phytochemicals, and with Tufts University and Interleukin Genetics on an international conference series focusing on nutrigenomics.
Steven Dentali, PhD
Chief Science Officer
At the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), Dentali's roles include helping 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. He is a United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) convention delegate and a member of the USP Committee of Experts, Dietary Supplements-General Chapters. He is also editorial board chair of AOAC and secretary of the AOAC Presidential Task Force on Dietary Supplements. An advisory board member of the American Botanical Council and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, Dentali also chaired the Product Quality Working Group of the National Advisory Council for the Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health from 2005 to 2007. He was trained as an herbalist prior to earning his doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences.
Daniel Fabricant, PhD
Global Government and
Natural Products Association
At the Natural Products Association (NPA), Fabricant represents the interests of the natural-products industry to the both the U.S. government and foreign governments on legislative, policy, and regulatory matters. He is the association's voice regarding scientific, technical, regulatory, and legislative topics with the media. Fabricant is responsible for overseeing NPA's scientific and regulatory programs, including the association's Natural Certification for Personal Care and Home Care and its dietary supplement Current Good Manufacturing Practices certification program. Fabricant has been published in numerous scientific journals and serves on a number of editorial boards and National Institutes of Health study sections. A member of the American Society of Pharmacognosy, he earned his PhD in pharmacognosy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where, since April 2009, he serves as an adjunct professor. He earned his BSc in chemistry from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.
Steven Foster Group Inc.
Foster is one of the most respected international names in the field of botanical photography. He serves as chair of the board of trustees of the American Botanical Council and is associate editor of the association's HerbalGram publication. Foster is the author or coauthor of 17 books, including National Geographic's Complete Guide to Medicinal Herbs (2010) and A Desk Reference to Nature's Medicine (with Rebecca Johnson, 2006), which was voted a 2007 New York Public Library "Best of Reference" publication. Foster is the senior author of three Peterson Field Guides, including A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs (with Dr. James A. Duke, 2nd edition, 2000); A Field Guide to Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs (with Christopher Hobbs, 2002); and A Field Guide to Venomous Animals and Poisonous Plants of North America (with Roger Caras, 1995).
Irfan Qureshi, ND
Chief Regulatory Officer
Vitamin Research Products
Qureshi 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.
Andrew Shao, PhD
Senior Vice President,
Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Council for Responsible Nutrition
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 the Council for Responsible Nutrition, he 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.
Kerry R. Watson, CNC
SPINS Product Library
Watson has worked in the natural products industry for more than 13 years and with market researcher SPINS for six years, where she plays a leadership role in the SPINS content-development team. Her industry experience includes managing the supplement department at a local natural foods store and starting her own nutrition-consulting practice in San Francisco, where she met with clients to help them achieve better health through diet and nutritional supplementation. Watson is certified as a nutrition consultant, diet counselor, and nutritional educator through Bauman College. She attended the California School of Herbal Studies located in Forestville, CA, and graduated at the top of her class in 1998, with certificates in Foundations, Therapeutics, and Clinical Herbalism. Her mentors include the respected master herbalists and authors James Green and David Hoffman.