Simin Meydani – Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
Dr. Simin Nikbin Meydani, D.V.M., Ph.D., has served as the Director of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University since 2009. She is Professor of Nutrition and Immunology at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the Tufts Graduate Program in Immunology. Dr. Meydani’s scientific interests include the impact of nutrition on the aging process and age-associated diseases; role of nutrition on immune and inflammatory responses and predisposition to infectious diseases in developed and less developed countries, on which she has published more than 300 papers.
Her honors include: American Aging Association, Denham Harman Lifetime Research Achievement Award; American Society of Nutrition (ASN) Herman Award in clinical nutrition; ASN Lederle Award in Human Nutrition Research; Fellow of the Hedwig van Amerigen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine; American College of Nutrition Grace Goldsmith Award; International HERMES Vitamin Research Award; International Nutritional Immunology Group Award; Iowa State University Lifetime Achievement Award and; Tufts University Outstanding Faculty Award (1995, 1997).
She serves/has served the academic/clinical community as: Vice-President and President elect of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN); President of the American Aging Association; member of the ASN strategic oversight committee, member of NIH Geriatric Rehabilitation Study Section, Aging Systems and Geriatrics Study Section, and Cellular Mechanism of Aging and Development Study Section; member of USDA Human Nutrient Requirements for Optimal Health Program Grant Review Panel; member of United Nations FAO/WHO Expert Panel on Nutritional Requirement of the Elderly, and Joint Expert Committee on Fats and Oils in Human Nutrition; Welcome Visiting Professorship at Iowa State University; member of NIH-funded Consortium Lipid Maps Scientific Advisory Committee, NIA Primate Calorie Restriction Project Advisory Board, External Advisory Committee for the UCLA Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center; Co-chair, Development Committee International Society for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine; New York Academy of Sciences, the Tufts Institute Monitoring and Evaluation Group; and has served as member of the editorial boards of several journals.
Dr. Meydani holds a D.V.M. degree in Veterinary Medicine from Tehran University, a master’s degree in Nutrition from Colorado State University, and a Doctor of Nutrition degree from Iowa State University.