MonaVie Scientific Advisory Board
Mark Macdonald (Nutrition and Fitness Expert) - USAExpand
Macdonald is a leading authority on nutrition and wellness, and the author of the New York Times bestselling book Body Confidence. As founder of the Venice Nutrition Program—which has been licensed by hundreds of health facilities, doctors’ offices, fitness studios, and health professionals nationwide—Macdonald knows what it takes to lose weight the right way and achieve life-long body confidence. He opened the first Venice Nutrition Consulting center in Venice Beach, California, more than a decade ago, and it has since grown to more than 500 centers throughout the U.S. Macdonald is a regular contributor to CNN/HLN and Dr. Oz, a National Ambassador to the American Diabetes Association, Chair of the International Board of Nutrition and Fitness Coaching, and a top presenter for IDEA, the world’s largest fitness organization.
"It's an incredible honor to be added to MonaVie's Scientific Advisory Board,” Mark said. “For over 20 years I have dedicated my life to empowering others and showing people what is truly possible with their health. As an educator, expert, and motivator I'm clear that partnerships are the key to changing the course of the international health crisis. MonaVie has been on the front line since its creation on developing cutting edge products designed with a specific purpose—products that are focused on enhancing one’s health and truly ‘filling in the gaps’ of where most of us fall short in our daily nutritional needs. Together we will continue making a significant difference and helping people take their body and health to the next level."
Dr. Jun Nishihira (Medicine, Biochemistry) – JapanExpand
During his entire career, Dr. Jun Nishihira has been involved in a broad spectrum of life science research, from molecular biology to protein structure. Dr. Nishihira is currently the Professor of the Hokkaido Information University, Department of Medical Management of Informatics in Japan. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers on a wide variety of basic and clinical medicine, including cytokines, inflammatory bowel diseases, inflammatory skin disorders, and rheumatoid arthritis.
In the last several years, he has incessantly contributed to the establishment of clinical trials for functional foods in Hokkaido, in which he carried out nearly 30 clinical trials in collaboration with the ministry of agriculture and fishery of Japan, the Hokkaido municipal government, the city of Ebetsu, and various food industries. In this role, he has been profoundly involved in the research of nutrition and health and acting as a leading scientist for the development of functional foods, mostly for diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and digestive tract disorders.
After he obtained a medical degree from the Hokkaido University School of Medicine (Sapporo, Japan), Dr. Nishihira did his clinical training at the Hokkaido University hospital, where he specialized in hematology (study of blood and blood diseases) and immunology (study of the immune system). Following his clinical training, he joined a basic medical research company and focused on infectious diseases and immunology at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After returning to Japan, he obtained a Ph.D. in lipid biochemistry from Hokkaido University and became a lecturer and later an associate professor of the Department of Biochemistry of Hokkaido University’s medical school.
“The field of health and food in Asia has rapidly grown during the past decade. Hokkaido, a northern-most island of Japan, is rich in resources of agriculture and fishery. Currently, I have been very much involved in the research and development of value-added functional foods originating in Hokkaido. I feel quite fortunate to be working with MonaVie, an international leading company of functional foods. I am delighted to join MonaVie as a scientific advisor. In this particular role, I will be able to contribute not only to the success of MonaVie in Japan and Asia, but also to the development of Hokkaido.”
Dr. Hervé Rogez (Food Science) – BrazilExpand
Dr. Hervé Rogez obtained a BSc and MSc in Chemical Engineering and Agricultural Industries (1992), and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences and Bioengineering (1999) from Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. Dr. Rogez is currently a professor at the Federal University of Para (UFPA) in Brazil, a reviewer of national and international journals, and a visiting professor at Université Catholique de Louvain.
Dr. Rogez has a tremendous amount of experience in science, technology, and engineering plant matrices rich in bioactive compounds, especially phenolic compounds. He studies the interactions of phenolic compounds with their natural environment, the processes of extraction, concentration, and purification, as well as the cracking of phenolic compounds, their analysis techniques, the validation of their in vivo use (in the context of the development of functional foods) and their technological applications.
He has been studying açaí since 1995 and is recognized as a worldwide authority on acai processing, having accumulated a multi-disciplinary knowledge about this traditional food.