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Scientific Advisory Board

Albion is pleased to have a Scientific Advisory Board consisting of top educators and scientists on mineral nutrition as well as key physicians in specific disciplines who understand the importance of using mineral nutrition supplements. These experts represent a wide variety of knowledge, understanding, and expertise in mineral utilization by the body. It is Albion’s desire to incorporate the latest trends, research, and application of organic mineral forms for the improvement of human health.

Albion is honored to benefit from the contributions of the distinguished members of this Board, which facilitates Albion’s objective to stay up-to-date on the most advanced scientific knowledge of minerals in order to apply that knowledge for the benefit of human health.

The Board’s mission is to work with Albion products, developing a deeper understanding of both the superior mineral form and its application to real human conditions in both the structure and function of the human body. Its members endeavor to make themselves available to engage the industry as a whole so that their knowledge can be more accessible.

Our esteemed board members contribute to our body of scientific research and understanding as well as influence decisions about research, product development, and innovation for the ultimate benefit of human health.

Below is a brief profile of each member of Albion’s Scientific Advisory Board.

Jonathan Bortz, MD. Jonathan Bortz, MD earned his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed his internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio and his fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1995, he founded the Bortz Diabetes Control Center—a full service, integrated, multidisciplinary diabetes clinic as well as a clinical research center.

Dr. Bortz worked in private practice as an endocrinologist for 15 years before entering the pharmaceutical industry a decade ago and now is an independent consultant to the pharmaceutical and nutritional industries. He has served for many years as Medical Affairs Consultant to Albion, and is now the chairman of Albion’s Scientific Advisory Board.

Robert J. Cousins, PhD. Robert J. Cousins, PhD received his doctorate in nutritional biochemistry from the University of Connecticut in 1968 and is the Boston Family Professor of Nutrition and Eminent Scholar at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He has also served as director of the Center for Nutritional Sciences at the University of Florida since 1987.

Among many other honors, Dr. Cousins was named winner of the 23rd Annual Bristol-Myers Squibb/Mead Johnson Award for Distinguished Achievement in Nutrition Research. He has been recognized for his major contributions to micronutrient research, specifically his wide-ranging and continuing focus on the metabolism and function of zinc in the body, including its critical role in the immune response system. Today, using nutritional genomics, he continues to explore zinc status and transport and zinc's regulatory role in the immune system.

Robert P. Heaney, MD. Dennis Goodman, MD, FACC is the Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Integrative Medicine & Wellness program at New York University in New York. He received his medical degree from the University of Cape Town School of Medicine in South Africa. He is board certified in cardiology, internal medicine, integrative medicine and four other cardiology subspecialties.

Dr. Goodman has received numerous awards and recognition, was recently named one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly, and is a sought-after international speaker who has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. Dr. Goodman has published many peer-reviewed articles and is the author of Magnificent Magnesium, Your Essential Key to a Healthy Heart and More, an acclaimed and informative guide on the clinical relevance of magnesium.

Bo Lönnerdal, PhD. Bo Lönnerdal, PhD earned several degrees in biochemistry, genetics, nutrition, and organic chemistry at University of Uppsala, Sweden. He became a Professor of Nutrition & Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis in 1980.  Dr. Lönnerdal has an active research program at UC Davis in pediatric nutrition, centered on bioactive components in breast milk and the mechanisms underlying the protection against infection.
Dr. Lönnerdal specializes in researching the iron, zinc, copper and selenium nutrition of children, as well as trace element metabolism; his current research is focused on how nutrients are secreted into milk and how they are utilized by the infant.  He has extensive collaborative projects in Bangladesh, China, and Sweden. He has published more than 500 scientific works and has received numerous awards honoring his work in nutritional physiology and trace element research.

Robert Rountree, MD. Robert Rountree, MD received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill in 1980 after graduating magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He completed a residency in family and community medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, after which he was certified by the American Board of Family Practice.  

Dr. Rountree is the Chief Medical Officer for Thorne Research, a world leader in the development and manufacturing of pure, high-quality nutritional and botanical supplements. In 2002, he opened Boulder Wellcare, a private practice specializing in individual healthcare consulting. He has coauthored numerous books on Integrative and Nutritional Medicine and has lectured all over the world to professional and public audiences. Bob is passionate about the outdoors, wild nature, and the preservation of biodiversity.