About the Author
Susan Raatz, PhD, MPH, RD is a Research Nutritionist at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, Grand Forks, North Dakota; she is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and a Scientist (adjunct) at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, in Fargo, North Dakota. Dr. Raatz completed a BS in Dietetics at Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan, an MS in Nutrition at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, an MPH in Epidemiology and a PhD in Human Nutrition at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Dr. Raatz is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a Fellow of The Obesity Society and she serves as an assistant editor for Lipids, a journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society. She has had an extensive career in clinical nutrition practice and in the performance of nutrition research. Prior to her current position at the USDA, Dr. Raatz was a research nutritionist in the General Clinical Research Center at the University of Minnesota and an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. Her current research focuses on the role of dietary macronutrient distribution in the promotion of optimal health and the prevention of chronic diseases including the evaluation of fish and fish oil intake in satiety. Dr. Raatz has a particular interest in the effect of fish and fish oil intake on human health and disease prevention and she has worked with fish oil supplementation and bioavailability, intake of farmed salmon, and dietary intake of fish and fish oil for disease prevention. Doug Bibus, MS, PhD is founder and President of Lipid Technologies, LLC, an analytical and consulting group that focuses on fatty acid and lipid analysis and integration of lipid nutrition in biotech and food applications. Dr Bibus is considered one of the top omega 3 experts in the world. He studied under and collaborates with Dr. Ralph T. Holman, who coined the term "omega 3" and discovered the metabolism and definitive essentiality nature of omega 3. His research interests include the role of essential fatty acids in human and animal nutrition, the role of omega 3 fatty acids in the down regulation of the inflammatory response and the application of fatty acids in the treatment of disease. Other ongoing research has or is examining the role of omega 3 and fatty acid nutrition and its implications in the treatment of depression, schizophrenia, Tourette's syndrome, cystic fibrosis, Crohn's disease, heart disease, arthritis, critically injured and adult respiratory distress patients and in patients with autoimmune disorders. Dr. Bibus has also recently developed an Omega 3 blood test to identify levels of omega 3 in the blood. Dr. Bibus is a member of the American Oil Chemists' Society, the American Chemical Society, the Society for Critical Care Medicine and the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids. He has been the recipient of the American Oil Chemists' Honored Student Award and a two-time winner of the American Chemical Society's Award in Analytical Chemistry. Doug is also a board member for the American Oil Chemists' Society and also serves on that society's Foundation board. In addition to presenting at numerous professional meetings, Dr. Bibus is a sought after lecturer and author in the area of human and animal health. He holds a BS from Mankato State University, Mankato, Minnesota; an MS in nutrition and a PhD in nutritional biochemistry from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Dr. Bibus also serves on the faculty of The Center for Spirituality and Healing at University of Minnesota.