for Clinical Nutrition, and the Bristol Myers Squibb/Mead Johnson Award for Distinguished Achievement in Nutrition Research. He was elected to the IOM in 1994 and became a university professor at Tufts in 2001. He was chair of a March 2003 World Health Organization Consultation on Guidelines for Food Fortification.

STEVEN A. ABRAMS, M.D., is a professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center. He received a B.S. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.D. from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Abrams’ research centers on the metabolism of nutritionally important minerals, including calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. He is a member of numerous professional associations, including the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, the American Society for Nutritional Sciences, and the Society for Pediatric Research, and he is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Abrams served on the Dietary Reference Intakes Panel on Calcium and Related Nutrients and the Subcommittee on Upper Reference Levels of Nutrients.

GARY R. BEECHER, Ph.D., recently retired as a research chemist of the Food Composition Laboratory at USDA’s Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center. He has over 30 years of professional research experience in the response of biological systems to dietary alterations and in the analytical chemistry of biological and food systems. Dr. Beecher’s recent work has been on the absorption and metabolism of dietary carotenoids. His group has also developed analytical techniques for food carotenoids and flavonoids, analyzed a wide variety of foods for these constituents, and compiled data into food composition databases for use by professionals and the public. Dr. Beecher was cochair of the Symposium on Healthy Diets and Food Trade: The Role of Food Composition Data at the International Congress of Nutrition in July 1997. He also served on the Dietary Reference Intakes Panel on Dietary Antioxidants and Related Compounds.

CATHERINE M. CHAMPAGNE, Ph.D., R.D., is a professor-research and chief of Nutritional Epidemiology/Dietary Assessment and Counseling at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She is also the coordinator of the Women’s Nutrition Research Program at Pennington. Dr. Champagne’s research includes the Delta Nutrition Intervention Research

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