National Childhood Obesity Foundation®
Foundation Board of Advisors

Dennis M. Bier; M.D., B.S.

Dr. Bier is a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the USDA Children's Nutrition Research Center, and Program Director of the NIH General Clinical Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Bier currently serves as President of the American Society of Nutritional Sciences, Associate Editor of the Annual Review of Nutrition, a member of the Pediatric Advisory Committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and a member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Nutrition and Electrolytes of The United States Pharmacopeial Convention. He is a member of the McDonald's Corporation Global Advisory Committee, Mars Inc. Nutrition Research Council, and the Gerber Company's Physician Advisory Committee. Earlier, Dr. Bier was Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at Washington Univer sity School of Medicine. He has been President of the American Society of Clinical Nutrition, President of the NIH General Clinical Research Centers Programs Directors Association, Editor-in-Chief of Pediatric Research, Chairman of the USDA Human Studies Review, Councilor of the American Pediatric Society, Chairman of the NIH Nutrition Study Section, and Chairman of the Kellogg Grain Nutrition Board. Dr. Bier has also served as a member of various other scientific advisory panels, including the HHS/USDA Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, the IOM Food and Nutrition Board, the FDA Food Advisory Committee, the Medical Science Advisory Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the Task Force and Steering Committee of the Pediatric Scientist Development Program, and the Advisory Board of the National Stable Isotopes Resource at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Even earlier, Dr. Bier was a member of the Committee on Prevention of Obesity in Children and Youth responsible for the report "Preventing Childhood Obesity, Health in the Balance", recently released by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He has authored approximately 240 scientific publications and, for his research work, he has received the E.V. McCollum Award from the American Institute of Nutrition, the Grace A. Goldsmith Award from the American College of Nutrition, the General Clinical Research Centers Award for Excellence in Clinical Research from the NIH, and the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Bier holds a M.D. degree from New Jersey College of Medicine in Jersey City, NJ and a B.S. degree from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. He is licensed to practice medicine in the states of California, Missouri, and Texas.


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