Physicians Offer Expert Advice on Food Biotechnology
Technologies, such as food biotechnology, have become an important part of agriculture. However, many myths and misperceptions about food biotechnology have led to questions about its safety and benefits for the public. The video segments below were developed to help clarify the facts on food produced through biotechnology and to address some of your most common questions. In the videos, physicians who are leaders in their field discuss the following topics as they relate to food biotechnology: Safety; Allergies; Children; Benefits; and Labeling. These physicians have relevant background in these areas, as well as knowledge of the safety and health research around food biotechnology.
Is there a link between foods produced through biotechnology and allergies?
What are the benefits of food biotechnology?
Are foods produced through biotechnology safe for children and pregnant women?
Should genetically engineered foods be labeled?
Are there any proven health risks associated with biotech food?
Suzanne S. Teuber, MD, professor at University of California, Davis School of Medicine, specializes in allergy and clinical immunology with a particular interest in food allergies of all types. Her research is in the area of characterization of tree nut and seed allergens, as well as investigation of cross-reactivity among nuts, seeds and legumes. She is the training program director for the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program at UC Davis.
Dr. Teuber completed her medical training at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She is certified with the American Board of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Wesley Burks, MD is Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina Medical School and Physician in Chief of the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. He also is president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (2012-13).
As an international leader in the development of immunotherapy for food allergy, Dr. Burks has always maintained an active translational food allergy research program. His research has been funded by the NIH since 1989 and he has published more than 250 scholarly book chapters and articles, including publications in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Lancet, and the New England Journal of Medicine. In addition, he is currently on the editorial board of three peer-reviewed journals, Pediatrics, the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and the International Archives of Allergy and Applied Immunology.
Dr. Burks recently received the Bret Ratner Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for his contributions to the field. He received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine and completed a fellowship in allergy and immunology at Duke University Medical Center.
Laurie Green, MD is a founding partner of the Pacific Women’s OB/GYN Medical Group in San Francisco, California. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, she completed her internship in Internal medicine at Stanford University Hospital, and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Green is past president of the California Academy of Medicine and past president of the San Francisco Gynecological Society. She is a member of the Susan G. Komen Foundation Board of Directors and was recently elected to serve as President of the Harvard Medical Alumni Association.
In addition to maintaining a private practice, Dr. Green has a passion for medical communications and has served as a medical correspondent for a local television station in the CA Bay area.
Ronald Kleinman, MD is the Physician in Chief of the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Chief of the Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Charles Wilder Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. His major areas of research interest include gastrointestinal immunology, nutrition support of infants and children, and nutrition and public health policy. Dr. Kleinman is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, chapters, monographs and textbooks. He has been a member of the Medical Advisory Group on Diet and Nutrition Guidelines in Cancer for the American Cancer Society, National Cholesterol Advisory Committee, and the Board of Trustees for the Global Child Nutrition Foundation and Project Bread. Dr. Kleinman served as Chair of the Committee on Nutrition for the American Academy of Pediatrics and is editor of the 4th, 5th and 6th editions of the Academy’s Pediatric Nutrition handbook. He consults for the Grain Food Foundation, Sesame Street Foundation, Beech Nut, and General Mills. Dr. Kleinman earned his MD from New York Medical College, and completed his residency and chief residency in Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and his fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
Additional Resources on Food Biotechnology:
- “What’s for Lunch?” (Video)
- Questions and Answers About Food Biotechnology
- Fact Sheet: Benefits of Food Biotechnology
- Backgrounder on Food Biotechnology
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