A team of leading nutrition science, food science, and public health experts make up the Guiding Stars Scientific Advisory Panel. Each one brings a unique perspective to the Guiding Stars algorithm. Together they maintain its integrity to meet evolving national and international dietary standards — not to mention their own high standards.
Scientific Advisor, PhD, MPH, RD, LD
Leslie’s area of expertise is in nutrition, clinical nutrition and more specifically on how key nutrients such as choline and DHA may enhance fetal and infant development. She also has keen knowledge on how dietary requirements for choline are influenced by factors such as gender, menopausal status, and genotype. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Leslie graduated from the University of North Carolina with a MPH in Nutrition. She earned her PhD from Columbia University in Biology and a BS magna cum laude with honors in Genetics from the University of Georgia.
Scientific Advisor, MD, MPH, MS
Board-certified in both Internal and Preventive Medicine, Jeremy is a faculty member at the Harvard School of Public Health, from which he also received MS degrees in Epidemiology and Public Health Policy. In his role at Harvard, he designs and evaluates healthcare delivery systems, with his work directed at improving health at both the individual and community levels. From helping patients change dietary habits and lifestyle behaviors to working with the medical profession and the community-at-large, Dr. Nobel is committed to making the healthcare system as effective as possible. Dr. Nobel graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania.
Scientific Advisor, PhD, FACN, FASN, CNS
Jeffrey is a Senior Scientist and Director of the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, as well as a Professor in Tuft’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. His research focuses on the role of antioxidant nutrients in promoting health and preventing disease during the aging process. Dr. Blumberg is also dedicated to implementing sound nutrition science into public health policy and has served on committees with several leading agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration.
Scientific Advisor, MS, MBA, PhD
Clare is the Executive Director of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at the University of California, Davis. After having received a dual PhD in Environmental Toxicology and Human Nutrition from Michigan State University, she completed her post-doctoral training at the National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health. An expert in the science, regulation and marketing of nutraceuticals, Dr. Hasler developed the country’s first university-based program on functional foods — foods that have a medicinal effect on human health.
Scientific Advisor, M.Sc.
Kelley leads the activities of her own nutrition, science and regulatory company, NutriTech Consulting in Winnipeg, Canada. Upon completion of an advanced degree in nutrition, she began a career focused on the development and marketing of healthy foods and dietary ingredients. Kelley has spent more than twenty years working with government agencies, trade associations, the media and industry. She is a frequent guest on talk shows, provides presentations on Canadian health products globally and publishes extensively on healthy foods and dietary supplements. Kelley has been instrumental in adapting the Guiding Stars nutrition rating algorithm to specifically meet the dietary standards of Canada.
Alison M. Duncan
Scientific Advisor, Ph.D., R.D.
Alison M. Duncan, Ph.D., R.D. is a Professor and Associate Director of Research at the Human Nutraceutical Research Unit, in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences (HHNS) at the University of Guelph. Following an undergraduate degree in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph, she completed training to become a Registered Dietitian in Toronto, a M.Sc. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Minnesota. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in functional food and nutraceuticals and coordinates the M.Sc. coursework program in HHNS. Her research interests relate to the biological effects of functional foods and nutraceuticals on chronic disease-related endpoints evaluated in human intervention studies, with a particular focus on the agri-food-health continuum. Alison has also been instrumental in adapting the Guiding Stars nutrition rating algorithm to specifically meet the dietary standards of Canada.
Scientific Advisor, MS, RD, LD
Kitty has dedicated her career to helping businesses, public relations agencies, trade associations and the media navigate the ever-changing nutrition landscape. She is the president of NutriComm Inc., a consultancy specializing in food and nutrition communications. Kitty is also an adjunct faculty member of Southern Maine Community College’s Dietetic Technology Department. Playing a very active role in the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Kitty is serving a second term as President of the state’s most prominent group of nutrition and dietetic professionals.