Navindra P. Seeram, Ph.D. is assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition and adjunct assistant professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. His doctorate, in natural product chemistry, was obtained from the University of the West Indies and he conducted postdoctoral research at the Bioactive Natural Products and Phytoceuticals Laboratory at Michigan State University. In addition to his membership in numerous professional societies, Dr. Seeram serves on several scientific advisory boards and on editorial boards of scientific journals. His research has been widely reported in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and trade magazines and he is regularly invited to speak at national and international scientific conferences. He has 15 years of experience in phytochemicals and his research interests are currently focused on the evaluation of foods, spices, and herbal medicines in laboratory, animal, and human studies, for the prevention and treatment of chronic human illnesses such as cancer and heart disease.
Risa N. Schulman, Ph.D. is dedicated to the prevention of chronic disease using natural compounds found in plants and foods, and the empowerment of the individual to take control of his or her health and well-being. As the former director of research for POM Wonderful in Los Angeles, California, she built and managed an international team of researchers studying the health effects of pomegranates, making significant contributions to the development of the field, including 11 publications by the team in 3 years. At Wyeth's Solgar Vitamins, she developed plant-based nutritional supplements, patenting one formula, and managed claim substantiation for 450 products. She acted as guest curator for an exhibit on plant-based medicines in conjunction with Bristol-Myers Squibb at the New Jersey Museum of Agriculture in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Schulman's field experience includes studies of plants and ecosystems
on land and underwater in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Israel, and across New England. She has authored over 120 pieces designed to communicate scientific research to nonacademic groups with the American Botanical Council, currently serving as an expert reviewer. The numerous medical audiences she has spoken to include those at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, California; the International Conference on Mechanisms of Action of Natural Products; and annual meetings of the American Dietetic Association, American Association of Family Practitioners, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and Pri-Med. She is the founder and former chair of Generation Health, a women's health education organization in New York City. Dr. Schulman is currently president of Schulman Scientific Consulting Inc., a business focused on planning, understanding, and communicating science, and is visiting assistant professor, Department of Clinical Nutrition, at UCLA in Los Angeles.
Originally from Trumbull, Connecticut, Dr. Schulman earned a B.S. for a double major in biology and environmental science from Tufts University, an M.E.S. in environmental science from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in plant biology from Rutgers University.
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