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About Fergus Clydesdale

Dr. Fergus Clydesdale currently serves as Distinguished University Professor and Director of the University of Massachusetts Food Science Policy Alliance. He was Distinguished University Professor and Head in the Department of Food Science and Director of both the Strategic Research Alliance and the Strategic Policy Alliance in the Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1988-2008. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Toronto and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. He has published some 375 scientific articles and has coauthored or edited twenty books. He has served on numerous committees including those of the National Academy of Sciences, FASEB, The U.S. Senate, IFT, ILSI‑NA, Codex Alimentarius, the Keystone committee on National Policy on Diet and Health, the Keystone Roundtable on Food and Nutrition, the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences (1994-2000 and 2007-2013) and the Food Advisory Committee of the FDA where, among other duties, he served as Chair of the FDA Working Panel to evaluate Olestra. As well he served 3 terms as chair of the Food Forum of the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences, served on the National Academy IOM Committee on the Use of DRI’s in Nutrition Labeling, appointed by HHS to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and by NIH to an Advisory Panel, was a member of the NAS Food Safety Oversight Commission, serves on the IFT/SFO council and as Chair of the IFT Expert Committee on Functional Foods (2004-05). He currently serves on several advisory and editorial boards, was appointed as a subject matter expert (consultant) on research priorities for the CFSAN subcommittee for FDA's Science Board, 2009, is Past Chair of the Institute of Food Technologists' Expert Panel on Food Safety and Nutrition, Editor of Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Life Sciences Institute and Chair of the Board of Trustees of ILSI-NA. He is the recipient of the University of Massachusetts Distinguished Teaching Award and has received many other honors including; the IFT's William V. Cruess Award for teaching, their Babcock Hart Award for research, the Tressler Award, the IFT Carl R. Feller's award and CAST's Charles A. Black Award for scientific communication. He also received the Institute of Food Technologists highest honor ‑ the Nicholas Appert Award, was inducted as an Honorary Member of the “L'Association Internationale Nicolas Appert” named a Lifetime National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, received the Distinguished Faculty Award from the University of Massachusetts Alumni Association (2007) and was awarded the Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lectureship sponsored by ARS/USDA (2008). He was selected as a Plenary Speaker at the 50th Anniversary Meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists, the keynote speaker at the 1987 meeting of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology, a Plenary Speaker at the 75th Anniversary of the Finnish Meat Institute in Helsinki, the Eighth International Congress in Food Science and Technology in Toronto and the Fourteenth South African International Congress on Food Science and Technology to name a few of many major presentations. He has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists, a Fellow of ASN (2010), an honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology, a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology, a Centennial Visiting Professor by the Tokyo University of Fisheries and served as President of Phi Tau Sigma, the Food Science Honors Society. His research involves the study of scientific policy and regulation and the use of technology to optmize nutritional bioavailability, physiological effects, food quality, food acceptability, overall health and quality of life. This interest provides a unique perspective since it combines Policy , Regulation, Food Science, Nutrition, Public Health and Consumer acceptance.

Positions

Present Director of the Food Science Policy Alliance, University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Present Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • 2008, Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lecturship
  • 2007, Recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award, University of Massachusetts Alumni Association
  • 2006, Elected as a Fellow to the International Academy of Food Science and Technology
  • 2005, Appointed to an NIH Advisory Panel
  • 2004-2005, Names Chair of the IFT Expert Committee on Functional Foods
  • 2004, Named a lifetime National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2005, Appointed to the Advisory Committee on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  • 2003, Named Distinguished Professor, University of Massachusetts
  • 2001, University of Massachusetts endowed the F.M. Clyesdale Professorship
  • 1999, Inducted as an Honorary Member in "L'Association Internationale Nicoles Appert"
  • 1997 - present, Member of the IFT Cheif Research Officer's Food Council
  • 1997, Named the Ernest Newberry Memorial Lecturer for the 14th International SAAoST Congress in Pretoria, South Africa
  • 1996, Named a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition
  • 1995, Recipient of the Carl R. Fellers Award
  • 1993, Named the Centennial Visiting Professor by the Tokyo University of Fisheries
  • 1993, Named the G. Malcolm Trout Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University
  • 1993, Recipient of the Charles A. Black Award
  • 1992, Elected President of Phi Tau Sigma, the National Food Science Honors Society
  • 1989, Recipient of the Nicholas Appert Award
  • 1987, Elected to an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Techonology
  • 1986, Named the Ethal Austin Martin Distinguished Lecturer
  • 1986, Donald K. Tressler Award for Outstanding Contributions to Food Science and Technology and Their Communication to both Scientific Peers and the Public
  • 1985, Named the F.W. Tanner Lecturer by the Chicago Section of the Institute of Food Techonologists
  • 1984, Recipient of the Babcock Hart Award, presented by the Institute of Food Technologists "to honor a person who has distinguished himself/herself by research contributions to food technology which have resulted in improved public health through some aspect of nutrition or more nutritious foods"
  • 1983, Recipient of the Lectureship Award from the Philadelphia Section of the IFT for "Dedicated Service and Outstanding Contributions to Food Science and Technology"
  • 1983, Recipient of the Third Annual Ethel Austin Martin Visiting Professorship in Human Nutrition at South Dakota State University
  • 1979, Elected to Fellow of the Institute of Food Techonologists
  • 1978, Distinguished Food Scientist Award
  • 1976, William V. Cruess Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 1972, University of Massachusetts Distinguished Teaching Award


Contact Information

Room 228 Chenoweth Lab
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01002
413-545-5838