Meet the Team: External Advisors

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Laura Saslow, PhD

Laura Saslow has a PhD in Psychology from University of California Berkeley, was a postdoc at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, and is now an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Michigan. She holds a K01 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to optimize her online, very low-carbohydrate diet program for adults with type 2 diabetes. In addition, she is researching the impacts of a very low-carbohydrate diet for adults with type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, hypertension, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or polycystic ovary syndrome, such as testing the impact of a very low-carbohydrate version of the Diabetes Prevention Program.  Last year, she served on the Nutrition Scientific Review Committee of the American Diabetes Association, for which she reviewed clinical trial evidence for eating patterns for type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and prediabetes. Overall, she is interested in the self-management of chronic diseases using both diet and lifestyle interventions, and is excited to work with Dr. Sethi Dalai's research to improve psychological well-being, in part, by supporting metabolism.

Eric C. Westman MD, MHS

Dr. Westman is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University. He is Board Certified in Obesity Medicine and Internal Medicine, and founded the Duke Keto Medicine Clinic in 2006 after 8 years of clinical research regarding low carbohydrate ketogenic diets. He is Past-President and Master Fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association. He is an editor of the textbook: Obesity: Evaluation & Treatment Essentials, and author of the New York Times Bestseller The New Atkins for a New You, Cholesterol Clarity, and Keto Clarity. He is co-founder of the company Adapt Your Life, which is based on low carbohydrate concepts.

Aseem Malhotra, MD

Dr Aseem Malhotra is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Lister Hospital in Stevenage, UK. He is a founding member of Action on Sugar and was the lead campaigner highlighting the harm caused by excess sugar consumption in the United Kingdom, particularly its role in type 2 diabetes and obesity. In 2015 he co-ordinated the Choosing Wisely campaign by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges as lead author in a BMJ paper to highlight the risks of overuse of medical treatments. In the same year he became the youngest member to be appointed to the board of trustees of a UK health think tank, The King's Fund advises the government on health policy. Aseem is a frequent expert commentator in print and broadcast media and he has written numerous articles and publications including in the BMJ, BJSM, BMJ Open Heart, JAMA Internal Medicine, The Guardian and Observer, BBC online, Huffington Post, The Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and the Washington Post. He is international guest editor of the journal of evidence based healthcare. In 2016 he was named in the Sunday Times Debrett's list as one of the most influential people in science and medicine in the UK in a list that included Professor Stephen Hawking. His first book co-authored with Donal O' Neill, The Pioppi Diet, has become an international best seller.

Robert Lustig, MD

Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L. is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, and the Institute for Health Policy Studies at University of California, San Francisco.  Dr. Lustig’s career has focused on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system, and the pathogenesis of chronic metabolic and mental health diseases. He is one of the leaders of the “anti-sugar” and “real food” movements to improve global health. Dr. Lustig is also the Chief Science Officer of Eat REAL, a non-profit dedicated to reversing childhood obesity and diabetes by impacting the global food supply. He is also on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Nutritious Minds, a London psychiatric consultancy; and MindHealth360, a metabolic/mental health platform. Dr. Lustig graduated from MIT in 1976, received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in 1980, completed his pediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 1983, and his clinical fellowship at UCSF in 1984. Dr. Lustig is the author of 200 academic works, and of the popular books “Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease”, the “Fat Chance Cookbook”, and “The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of our Bodies and Brains.”