Back to top


Belury voted chair-elect of Nutritional Sciences Council

Janet Kiplinger Ciccone
August 26, 2016

Martha Belury, the Carol S. Kennedy Professor of Human Nutrition, Department of Human Sciences, was voted chair-elect of the Nutritional Sciences Council of the American Society of Nutrition for 2016 through 2018.

The American Society of Nutrition is a participating society in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. As the largest nutrition society in the world, its mission is to develop and extend knowledge of nutrition through fundamental, multidisciplinary and clinical research. In addition, the society advocates for nutrition research in the public and private sector.

“The college is proud to have one of our faculty from biomedical nutrition to be elected by her peers to lead the largest council in ASN,” said Dean Cheryl Achterberg, also a professor of human nutrition. “I know Martha will focus the council on developing new collaborative partnerships between ASN and other scientific organizations and industries in nutrition, dietetics and food science.”

The Nutritional Sciences Council represents interests in the areas of basic molecular, animal, human and population research, translational nutrition research and education.

Congratulate Professor Martha Belury on Facebook! 

Known for making news headlines

Belury_martha Martha Belury


Belury, who is an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), is recognized for her expertise on how specific dietary fats and oils impact obesity risk, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, mood disorders and certain cancers.

Her studies make news headlines in numerous publications around the world for their impact on people’s lives.

Her study last year, “Skipping meals is linked to belly fat gain,” captured the interest of major media, including CBS News, Men’s Journal, MSN, Prevention, Shape, U.S. News & World Report and the UK’s prominent Daily Mail.

In another study, Belury’s research showed that women who eat a single, high-fat meal after a stressful life event can gain nearly 11 pounds each year. More than 60 news outlets and blogs reported those results, including Shape and ABC News.

Significant academic achievements

Since 1995, Belury has received continuous grant funding from federal agencies such as National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture and NASA. One of her current studies examines how omega-6 fatty acids improve cardiometabolic health.

Another looks at the role of adiponectin, a protein hormone produced and secreted by fat cells, in preventing muscle wasting often caused by cancer.

She has written more than 100 scientific papers published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals. One paper was named the most cited in the 70-year history of Nutrition Reviews, the journal of the International Life Sciences Institute.

She has won numerous awards, including a recent honor for her translational research from the American Society for Nutrition.

Belury has been invited to share her research by groups ranging from the American Diabetes Association at their annual meeting, where she presented “Metabolism and Stress:  You Just Don¹t Get Over It, to the Department of Internal Medicine at the Wexner Medical Center, where she discussed the “Good News about Old Oils in Energy Metabolism” at their Grand Rounds.


Suggested Stories