Driving Innovation through Scientific Expertise

The Nature's Bounty Co.’s Scientific Advisory Council is made up of prominent scientists and researchers external to The Nature's Bounty Co., who play a key role in the Company’s product innovation and scientific advancement. It is comprised of some of the most respected medical and nutrition experts in the field, who have been carefully evaluated and selected based on their knowledge and how it could be leveraged by or applied to our business. These individuals represent expertise in a variety of disciplines, including Nutrition Epidemiology, Alternative Medicine and Herbs, Food Science, Sports Nutrition, Probiotics and Prebiotics, Vitamins and Minerals and Fatty Acids.

Chaired by Dr. David L. Katz, founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, the group provides tactical insight into nutrition and health trends, assists The Nature's Bounty Co. in advancing its global scientific efforts, and provides guidance and feedback on new product development and innovation, among other things.

Members of the The Nature's Bounty Co. Scientific Advisory Council are:

David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP

is the Chair of the The Nature's Bounty Co. Scientific Advisory Council. He is founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Editor in Chief of the Journal Childhood Obesity, Chief Science Officer for NuVal LLC and director of the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital. A two-time diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Board Certified Specialist in Preventive Medicine /Public Health, he is recognized globally for expertise in nutrition, weight management, and the prevention of chronic disease.


Tom (J. Thomas) Brenna, PhD

is a Professor of Human Nutrition, Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and Food Science and Technology at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester (NY) School of Medicine and Dentistry. His is an expert in the fatty acids area.


Diane L. McKay, PhD, FACN

is the Director of the Graduate Certificate Program, an Assistant Professor in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and a Scientist in the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University in Boston. She specializes in food science and is often quoted in popular media, including National Public Radio, U.S. News and World Report, Good Housekeeping, CNN.com and other outlets.


David Nieman, DrPH

is a Professor in the College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University and the Director of the Human Performance Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, NC. Dr. Nieman is a pioneer in the research area of exercise immunology.


Aviva Romm, MD

is a Board Certified Family Physician, midwife, herbalist, and the creator of Herbal Medicine for Women, a distance-learning course with over 900 students around the world. An internationally respected authority on botanical and functional medicine for women and children, with 30 years of clinical experience, she is the author of 7 books on natural medicine, including Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health, and winner of the American Botanical Council’s James Duke Award.



Susan Hazels Mitmesser, PhD

is the Director of Nutrition and Scientific Affairs at The Nature's Bounty Co. and serves as the The Nature's Bounty Co. representative on the Council. She provides strategic scientific leadership for innovation and new product development and ensures the scientific integrity of all brands and products. Dr. Mitmesser is also an Adjunct Professor in the College of Family Medicine at Stony Brook University.