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The Dietary Science Foundation’s scientific advisory
board has a new member

06/05/2019

The Dietary Science Foundation’s scientific advisory board has met to discuss which projects the foundation will support next. We would like to take the opportunity to introduce you to a new board member and to tell you about a few changes.

The Dietary Science Foundation’s goal is to finance large, high quality studies that can form the basis for treatment guidelines in healthcare. We are therefore very pleased to be able to present a new member of the board: Sten Anttila (bottom row, middle).

Between 2011-2018 Sten Anttila worked at the Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services (SBU). This authority has the task of assessing the scientific basis of healthcare, and Sten Anttila was a project manager for systematic reviews of research. Among other things, he led a review of the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, where one of the conclusions was that a ketogenic diet (a very strict form of low-carbohydrate diet) can be used to treat children with epilepsy, in cases where drugs don’t help control the seizures. Since the beginning of this year Sten Anttila works at Formas, a Swedish research council for sustainable development, where he produces systematic reviews about environmental issues. His expertise in laying the scientific foundation for evidence-based care makes Sten Anttila a great asset for the Dietary Science Foundation.

Jonas Lindblom switches to deputy member

Another change in the scientific advisory board is that previous board member Jonas Lindblom is now a deputy member. He left his position as a regular board member when he took employment at the consulting company Parexel Acess Consulting last year. The Dietary Science Foundation wants to keep him on the board, because his extensive experience in scrutinizing scientific studies in general and dietary studies in particular (he was project manager for  the SBU reviews “Dietary treatment of obesity” and “Dietary treatment of diabetes”) has been very useful in the assessment of various applications.

Otherwise, the Scientific Advisory board is the same as it was, and you can see everyone in the picture above. Top row from the left: Magnus Simrén, professor of gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Gothenburg and senior consultant at Sahlgrenska University Hospital; Nina Rehnqvist, specialist in cardiology, associate professor of internal medicine at the Karolinska Institute and former chair of the SBU committee, where one of the duties is to decide which projects the authority will work with; Kerstin Brismar, professor of diabetes research, specialist in internal medicine, endocrinology and diabetology and consultant at Sophiahemmet Hospital. Bottom row from the left: Ann Fernholm, PhD in molecular biotechnology and founder of the Dietary Science Foundation; Sten Anttila and Jonas Lindblom.

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