Cindy D. Davis, Ph.D., is the director of grants and extramural activities in the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at NIH. In this position she actively engages and encourages partnerships with other NIH institutes and centers to facilitate funding of grants that are of high relevance to ODS mission and goals. Before coming to ODS in November 2011, Dr. Davis was a program director in the Nutritional Sciences Research Group at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), where she had worked since 2002. Prior to NCI, she was a research nutritionist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, where her research focused on the effect of trace minerals on cancer susceptibility. Dr. Davis has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and 11 invited book chapters. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, and Nutrition Reviews. Dr. Davis received her Ph.D. in nutrition with a minor in human cancer biology from the University of Wisconsin. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Laboratory of Experimental Carcinogenesis at NCI.
Sharon Donovan, Ph.D., R.D., is professor and Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair in Nutrition and Health at the University of Illinois. She was the first recipient of the Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair at the University of Illinois. She served as director of the Division of Nutritional Sciences Interdisciplinary Graduate Program from 1999 to 2009. Her research focuses on pediatric nutrition, with an emphasis on optimization of neonatal intestinal development. She compares the biological effects of human milk and infant formulas on intestinal function in human infants, in neonatal piglets, and in various models of intestinal disease. Dr. Donovan has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, review articles, and conference proceedings. She is the recipient of several awards in recognition of her research, including the Mead Johnson Award and the Norman A. Kretchmer Award from the American Society for Nutrition. Dr. Donovan received her B.S. and Ph.D. in nutrition from the University of California, Davis, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at Stanford University School of Medicine.
George C. Fahey, Jr., Ph.D., is professor emeritus of animal sciences and Kraft Foods endowed professor emeritus of nutritional sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he has been a faculty member since 1976. His area of research is carbohydrate nutrition, including work on dietary fibers, oligosaccharides, resistant starch, and novel polysaccharides. An overarching theme of his program is gastrointestinal tract health and the role of carbohydrates in the improvement of indexes of gut health. Glycemic control and its relationship to diabetes constitute