UA Nutrition Expert Douglas Taren Named Editor-in-Chief of International Journal Nutrition Reviews

Aug 15, 2018

Douglas L. Taren, PhD, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of public health at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, has been named editor-in-chief of the journal Nutrition Reviews.

Dr. Taren is an internationally recognized expert in nutrition, maternal and child health, and global health, with a special emphasis on decreasing health disparities within low-income populations and countries. His research background encompasses clinical, methodological, epidemiological, and supplementation studies and translational research.

Dr. Taren’s studies and teaching experience in maternal and child health have been conducted in several Latin American, Asian and African countries with funding from numerous organizations, including the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

His research has focused on food security programs with organizations such as Save the Children, Counterparts International, TANGO International and the World Food Program. 

Dr. Taren has worked on improving programs that prevent and treat vitamin A deficiency in Nepali pregnant women and young children, and effectiveness studies on decreasing mother-to-child HIV transmission in Kenya. He also worked on improving dietary assessment methods and community-based programs to decrease childhood obesity. Dr. Taren is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for the Spoon Foundation.

He has served on the editorial boards of three journals, including Frontiers in Nutrition: Nutrition Methodology, Public Health Nutrition, and Nutrition Today and has authored and edited more than  200 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts, books and book chapters.

Ranked sixth among 81 nutrition and dietetics journals, Nutrition Reviews is a monthly, international, peer-reviewed journal covering emerging topics in nutrition science, food science, clinical nutrition and nutrition policy.

In a news release issued by the publisher International Life Sciences Institute, Dr. Taren said, “I have always looked to Nutrition Reviews as a source for scientifically sound information on current nutrition issues as it was the first journal that I subscribed to as a nutrition student. I am honored to have been selected and I look forward to working with a strong editorial and publication staff as we extend the 76-year history that Nutrition Reviews has been in publication.”

Dr. Taren is currently project director for the Western Region Public Health Training Center at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. The center provides free training and continuing education to the public health workforce in Region 9 of the Health Resources & Services Administration, which includes the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii and the U.S. Associated Pacific Islands.

About the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Established in 2000, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona Health Sciences is the first nationally accredited college of public health in the Southwest. Today the college remains the only accredited college of public health in the state of Arizona with campuses in Tucson and Phoenix. The college enrolls more than 1,100 students per year across degree programs at the bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctoral levels. Through research, education and community engagement, the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health continues to find solutions to public health problems in Arizona, the Southwest and globally. For more information: (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter)

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs approximately 4,000 people, has approximately 800 faculty members and garners more than $140 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram)

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