Helmut Heseker; Ph.D.
Dr. Heseker is currently a Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Paderborn in Germany. Earlier, he spent six months as a visiting scientist at Jean Mayer HNRCA at Tufts University Tufts University, Boston (MA) working on the risks and benefits of folic acid fortification. Dr. Heseker is Vice-President of the German Nutrition Society. His research is on one side focussing on the nutrition and health situation of children and youth and the prevention of obesity (including healthy life-styles) as well as on nutrition and health education. Dr. Heseker is the principal investigator of a large F&D project to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity of children and youth in the area of Paderborn, starting with an intensive counseling of midwifes, gynecologists and of pregnant women, parents, nursery teachers and pediatrians. On the other side his research includes nutrient requirements in health and disease and the development of food based dietary guidelines. He also serves as member of the German Committee on Dietary Reference Intakes. Dr. Heseker has published more than two hundred original papers in scientific journals in German (many of them with English summaries) or in English, including reviews, textbook chapters and full papers presented at national and international scientific conferences. He is member of the editorial board and reviewer of several scientific journals. Dr. Heseker holds a Ph.D. degree from Justus Liebig University in Giessen and a diploma in human nutrition.