Ronald Ross Watson, Ph.D., Technical Director
Dr. Watson is the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board and Technical Director of the Managing Board. He has edited 60 books, mostly in nutrition and food sciences. He presently directs or has directed several NIH funded biomedical grants relating to immune function and cardiovascular effects. Dr. Watson was Director of a National Institutes of Health funded Alcohol Research Center for five years, whose goal was to understand the role of alcohol-induced immunosuppression and disease resistance in animals. He is an internationally recognized Complementary and Alternative Medical researcher, nutritionist and immunologist. Dr. Watson also initiated and directed other NIH-associated work at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He is a professor at the College of Public Health. He completed his Ph.D. degree in 1971 in Biochemistry from Michigan State University. His postdoctoral schooling was completed at the Harvard School of Public Health in Nutrition and Microbiology, including a two-year postdoctoral research experience in immunology. Professor Watson is a distinguished member of several national and international nutrition, immunology, and cancer societies, having published 450 research papers and reviews. He has a patent pending for a dietary supplement and has worked extensively for decades on the role of nutrient supplements in immune regulation, recently studying Pycnogenol in heart disease therapy. He is the panel manager of the research team reviewing grants in bioactive food for the USDA.