Scientific Advisory Board
Experts In Their Field.
For more than four decades, Dr. Michael Balick has studied the relationship between plants and people, the field known as ethnobotany. Most of his research is in remote regions of the tropics, where he works with indigenous cultures to document plant diversity, knowledge of its traditional utilization and evaluation of the potential of botanical resources for broader application and use—while ensuring through legal mechanisms that benefits from such work are shared with local communities.
In his explorations of the diversity and uses of the plant kingdom, Dr. Balick has led or participated in over 70 scientific expeditions, authored over 150 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, and authored or edited 23 scientific and general interest books and monographs, most recently, Rodale’s 21st Century Herbal: A Practical Guide for Healthy Living Using Nature’s Most Powerful Plants. He received his Ph.D. degree in Biology from Harvard University and was a student of Prof. Richard Evans Schultes, the legendary Amazonian ethnobotanist who is considered the “father” of modern ethnobotany.
Dr. Balick has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors in recognition of his accomplishments, including the Distinguished Economic Botanist Award of the Society for Economic Botany; accorded the High Title of Luhk En Kairoir Dolen Katau Nett, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia; the Rachel Carson Award of the Natural Products Association; the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; the International Scientific Cooperation Award of The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and is also a Fellow of the AAAS; a Frontiers of Science Awardee, Society of Cosmetics Chemists; and the Janaki Ammal Medal for Ethnobotany by the Society of Ethnobotanists.
Dr. Edward M. Hallowell M.D., Ed.D.
Edward Hallowell, M.D., Ed.D. (Honorary), is a child and adult psychiatrist, NY Times bestselling author, world-renowned speaker and leading authority in the field of ADHD. He was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School from 1983 to 2004, graduated from Harvard College and Tulane School of Medicine, and is the founder of The Hallowell Centers for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Boston, New York City and San Francisco. These Centers offer comprehensive mental health diagnostic and treatment services to patients and their families.
Dr. Hallowell is best known for the ground-breaking books he co-authored with Dr. John Ratey, Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction, which have sold millions of copies. With decades of experience working with people who have ADHD, Dr. Hallowell has long argued that ADHD is too often misunderstood, mistreated, and mislabeled as a “disability” and that the gifts of this condition are easily lost amid negative comments.
Dr. Hallowell is a highly recognized public figure, appearing on numerous national television programs including Oprah, Dr. Oz, 20/20 Dr. Phil, 60 Minutes, CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and The View. He has been interviewed for The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, the Los Angeles Times, and many other leading publications.
Dr. Jun Nishihira graduated from Hokkaido University School of Medicine (1979). After he obtained Medical Degree (MD) from the Hokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan), he received a clinical training at the Hokkaido University hospital, where he specialized in Hematology and Immunology. Following the clinical training, he joined a basic medical research, focusing on infectious diseases and immunology in Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake-Forest University, Winston Salem, NC (1984-1985). After returning to Japan, he obtained Ph.D. (Biochemistry) from the Hokkaido University and became a lecturer and later associate professor of Department of Biochemistry of the medical school, specialized in Inflammation and Immunology.
During his entire research career, he has been involved in a broad spectrum of life science from molecular biology to protein structure. He is currently Professor of Hokkaido Information University (2006-current). He published more than 200 hundred peer-reviewed papers relevant to a wide variety of basic and clinical medicine, e.g., cytokines, inflammatory bowel diseases, inflammatory skin disorders, and rheumatoid arthritis.
He also contributed to the establishment of clinical trial system 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, and Ebetsu city. In this field, he is profoundly involved in the research of nutrition and health, mostly for diabetes, obesity, hypertension and digestive tract disorders.
Dr. Davis has been a licensed veterinarian for over 20 years, and a board certified specialist in veterinary internal medicine since 1999. He earned a PhD in physiology from Johns Hopkins University in 1999, and has been employed as a research physiologist and clinical expert in exercise physiology at Oklahoma State University since 1998.
Dr. Davis has been recognized as the Sigma Xi Young Investigator at OSU in 2004, the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence in 2005, and was the Oscar Schalm Endowed Lecturer at the University of California-Davis in 2005.
Dr. Davis has received over $8 million in research funding to study the effects of exercise stress in animal models, particularly racing sled dogs and military explosive detection dogs. This work has resulted in detailed metabolic studies of the occult effects of stress, including mechanistic descriptions of the effects of occult stress on various organ systems.