Dr. Harris' research has focused on understanding the role of omega-3 fatty acids in lowering risk for cardiovascular disease. In his 40-year career, he has been the principal investigator on five omega-3-related NIH grants. He currently has 300 omega-3-related publications and has co-authored three American Heart Association Advisory Statements on omega-3 (and omega-6) fatty acids and heart health.
“It’s a great honor to receive the highest recognition that the American Society of Nutrition bestows for those scientists who have contributed significantly to the science of nutrition," said Dr. Harris in a press release. "There have been only 400 people elected as Fellows in the last 70 years, so this is a rather select group. Further, it validates the scientific contribution that I’ve made to the omega-3 field and recognizes its importance."
In 2004, Dr. Harris and his colleague, Clemens von Schacky, M.D., developed (and continue to validate) the “Omega-3 Index” (a measure of EPA and DHA in red blood cells) as a new risk factor for cardiovascular (and perhaps neurocognitive) disorders. In 2009, he founded OmegaQuant Analytics, LLC, to offer fatty acid testing services to researchers, healthcare providers, and consumers.
Related: People News April 2020: UNFI, Applegate, and More IUpdated Suggestions for Omega Balanced Fatty Acids and Exciting New Fish Oil Studies OmegaQuant, Standard Process Offer Omega-3 Testing Kits for Healthcare Practitioners“We are delighted to recognize these extraordinary individuals as Fellows of the American Society for Nutrition,” said ASN President, Richard D. Mattes, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D. “Over the course of their careers, their discoveries and contributions have not only advanced the science and practice of nutrition, but also inspired countless professionals who have followed in their paths.”
The ASN Class of 2020 Fellows will be honored during NUTRITION 2020 LIVE ONLINE, ASN's virtual meeting, and recognized at the Fellows, 50-Year Members and Past Presidents Luncheon during the American Society for Nutrition’s flagship meeting, Nutrition 2021 in Boston July 10-13, 2021.