Dr. Juan A. Rivera Dommarco

Director, Research Center in Nutrition & Health, National Institutes of Public Health Mexico

Dr. Juan A. Rivera is the Founding Director of the Center for Research in Nutrition and Health at the National Institutes of Public Health and he is Professor of Nutrition in the School of Public Health of Mexico. He is also an adjunct professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., and in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. Dr. Rivera earned both his master’s and doctorate degrees from Cornell University in International Nutrition with minors in Epidemiology and Statistics.

Dr. Rivera has published more than 200 scientific articles, book chapters, and books, and made more than 300 presentations and conferences in scientific events. His research interests include the epidemiology of stunting (under-nutrition and obesity); the short- and long-term effects of under-nutrition during early childhood; the effects of zinc and other micronutrient deficiencies on growth and health; the study of malnutrition in Mexico; and the design and evaluation of politics and programs to improve nutritional status of populations.

Dr. Rivera is a former director of Nutrition and Health at the Nutrition Institute of Central America and Panama (INCAP). In 1999, he served as President of the Health Sciences Committee at the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT). He is a National Researcher Level III and a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the Mexican Academy of Sciences, the Latin American Society of Nutrition, and the American Society of Nutrition.

Dr. Rivera is Vice President of the International Zinc Nutrition Consultative Group. He is a member of the group of experts of the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and a member of the International Nutrition Foundation in Boston and the National Council for the Evaluation of Politics of Social Development (CONEVAL). Dr. Rivera is also a member of the Organ of Government of the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition “Salvador Zubirán;” the Scientific Consulting Committee of the Carso Health Institute; the Academic Council of the Human Nutrition Institute at the Guadalajara University Health Sciences Center; and the Publishing Committee of the Mexican Public Health Journal.

Dr. Rivera served as president of the International Nutrition Council of the American Society for Nutrition, representative of Latin America at the board of the International Union of Nutritional Scientists (IUNS), and member of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).

Dr. Rivera has been honored with the 2010 International Hippocrates and the Scopus Award 2010 in the area of Health Sciences, also the Kellogg International Nutrition Prize 2009 awarded by the American Society for Nutrition.