Steve Nugent, PsyD, PDD, MA,CNC
Chairman
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Mannatech’s Senior Global Wellness Director, Dr. Steve Nugent has more than 38 years of experience in Integrative Medicine. He has tested more than 6,000 dietary supplement products and formulated more than 100. He is internationally recognized as an expert in his field and has been teaching consumers and health care professionals for more than 30 years. Dr. Nugent is Mannatech’s most requested speaker worldwide. He has earned multiple degrees, graduating with top honors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His areas of studies include psychology (health and wellness, leadership, organizational, neuropsychology), biological anthropology, nutrition science and business administration.

Dr. Nugent has served as President of the International Association of Complementary Medicine and is President Emeritus of the American Naturopathic Medical Association (ANMA). He was awarded the Servant’s Heart Award by Mannatech Associates in 2007. Dr. Nugent was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, served his country with honor as a United States Marine, and has been a resident of Texas for nearly two decades.

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Azita Alavi, BSc(Hons), MPhil, PhD
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Dr. Alavi has been a major researcher and educator in the area of Glycobiology – at University College and St George’s Medical School, at the University of London – for almost three decades. Her particular interests in the importance of glycans and the glycosylation events involved in healthy human function have led to many important discoveries. As both a speaker, and also the main co-organizer of major international glycobiology conferences, Dr. Alavi has endeavored to promote and expand the field of glyco-immunology as well as initiate international scientific and clinical collaborations in this field. She has published an extensive list of peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, abstracts and letters, as well as a number of key reviews. She has also acted as peer reviewer for a number of grant bodies and scientific and clinical journals.

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Richard Bloomer, PhD
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Dr. Bloomer joined the faculty of The University of Memphis as an Assistant Professor in 2004, having held prior positions at Duke University Medical Center and Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He currently holds the rank of Professor and serves as Directors of the School of Health Studies, the Cardiorespiratory/Metabolic Laboratory and the recently established Center for Nutraceutical and Dietary Supplement Research. Dr. Bloomer maintains an active research agenda, having received external funding as the principal investigator for more than 35 projects since 2005, totaling well over $2 million. As a result of his active research agenda, he has been lead or co-author on close to 150 peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters. In 2013 he co-authored the book, The Daniel Cure which highlights his research with the dietary restriction model known as the Daniel Fast. Dr. Bloomer has particular expertise in the area of oxidative stress and antioxidant therapy, as well as in the use of dietary ingredients for purposes of improving cardio-metabolic health. He has served as a consultant to a variety of nutraceutical and dietary supplement companies and has been an invited guest on radio programs nationwide to discuss his research.

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Francesco Marotta, MD, PhD, MACG
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Dr. Marotta has practiced experimental and clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology globally for over 30 years. During this time, he has deepened his research and clinical studies in oxidative stress, aging, functional food and nutragenomics in the U.S., South Africa and Japan, leading to extensive publications. Dr. Marotta also carried out intensive functional genomics studies in UK and South Korea on nutritional intervention and was awarded a Genomic Pioneer Awards in 2008 in India. His main vision is centered on clinically oriented experimental studies and pilot clinical investigations probing the effectiveness of functional foods and nutraceuticals, towards the implementation of a global health preventive medicine strategy. Dr. Marotta serves on the Advisory Board Panel of the Center for Life Science at Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan and on the Ministry of Science Kazakhstan. Soon he will serve as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Nutrition at Sichuan University, China. Dr. Marotta is the co-founder of the not-for-profit association ReGenera Research group for Aging Intervention and is the Chief Medical and Scientific Officer of Milano Medical, a clinical center in Milan, Italy dedicated to preventive medicine and research.

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Emma Roca, PhD
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Dr. Emma Roca has a Master’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and she has finished her thesis in Biomedical Engineering. She has been an elite ultra-distance athlete for over 20 years, she was the World Champion in adventure racing in 2010 and one of the top 5 ultra-endurance runners of the world in the past years. Dr. Roca is also a professional firefighter and mother of three children. Her special interests are preventative actions for health and well-being, physical activity, proper rest and nutrition. From 2012 she leads an ambitious research program (SUMMIT) with amateur and professional runners to evaluate the impact of marathons and ultramarathons on biochemical, genetic, cardiac and physiological functions. She works with different hospitals and universities as a consultant and external researcher, such as Sant Pau Hospital, Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-UPC, and in Electronic and Biomedical Instrumentation-IEB group.

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Stephen Boyd, B.Sc., M.D., PhD
Vice-Chairman
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Dr. Boyd earned his B.Sc. with honors in Chemistry and his Ph.D. in Thermodynamics from the University of Glasgow, UK. This was followed by a post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Applied Thermodynamics at the State University of New York. He then spent four years in industrial research in Canada before returning to university to study medicine at the University of Toronto.
After receiving his M.D., Dr. Boyd practiced Family Medicine in Ontario before serving as Medical Director for Ortho Pharmaceuticals. He returned to the U.S. in 1980 and spent twelve years practicing Family Medicine, becoming Head of his hospital’s Department of Family Medicine, before resuming his career in pharmaceutical and nutritional clinical research and education. He served as the Medical Director of Mannatech from 1997 to 2011. Throughout his career, Dr. Boyd spent 15 years practicing medicine, with a focus on wellness and health maintenance, and over 20 years in pharmaceutical and nutritional clinical education and research with three companies, in Canada and the U.S. Dr. Boyd is currently a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, UK.

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