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The People Behind Herbalife

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The Mark Hughes Cellular & Molecular Nutrition Lab

Herbalife is advancing dietary supplement research and development through several venues. In 2003, Herbalife awarded a grant to the University of California, Los Angeles* (UCLA) Centre for Human Nutrition to establish the Mark Hughes Cellular and Molecular Nutrition Laboratory to further advance research in human nutritional science.

The Product and Science Centre opened in 2006 at our facility in Torrance, Calif. Here, scientists and researchers conduct testing on new ingredients, delivery methods and products for both nutrition and skin care products. In August 2007, the company awarded a research grant to the National Centre for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.

The grant will allow NCNPR scientists to identify and study the biologically active chemicals found in botanicals, which may be used in the development of future dietary supplements and skin care products for Herbalife. We are currently conducting eight clinical studies with major universities to benchmark the efficacy of various products.

*The University of California as a matter of policy does not endorse specific products or services.


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Y. Steve Henig, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Henig is Herbalife’s chief scientific officer with responsibility for the company’s product development, and research and quality functions, including licensing, safety, and R&D.

He also leads


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Louis Ignarro, Ph.D, Nutrition and Scientific Advisory Boards

Louis Ignarro, Ph.D., is a member of Herbalife’s Nutrition and Scientific Advisory Boards (NAB, SAB). The NAB is made up of leading experts around the world in the fields of nutrition and health who educate and train Herbalife independent distributors on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.The SAB advises the company on advancements in the field of nutrition science.

Ignarro has made exceptional contributions to science. His efforts were recognized with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1998 for his discovery of nitric oxide and its range of benefits to the human body. His work has since led to additional research by scientists around the globe on nitric oxide. After working with Herbalife to develop Niteworks™, a dietary supplement designed to boost the body’s own production of nitric oxide, Ignarro became a member of the Company’s Scientific Advisory Board.


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David Heber, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.N. Chairman, Nutrition and Scientific Advisory Boards

David Heber, M.D. serves as chairman of Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board made up of leading health and nutrition experts, and the company’s Scientific Advisory Board comprised of world—renowned scientists whose work furthers the field of nutrition science. The boards support the company’s internal product development team by providing expertise on obesity and human nutrition and educating and training Herbalife independent distributors on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.

He directs the National Cancer Institute (NCI) funded clinical research unit and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) nutrition and obesity grants at UCLA.

For five years, he also directed the NIH-funded UCLA Centre for dietary supplement research in botanicals.


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Alla Pogozheva, M.D.

Alla Pogozheva, M.D. is a member of Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board, based in Russia. The board consists of experts around the world in the fields of nutrition and health who educate and train Herbalife independent distributors on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.

Pogozheva is currently professor and head of the cardiovascular pathology department of the Nutrition Clinic at the Institute of Nutrition of the Russian Academy of Medical Science and Research in Moscow.

Pogozheva has practiced at the nutrition clinic since 1977 and specializes in the fields of obesity and cardiovascular health. She currently directs the food product test center at the Institute of Nutrition which specializes in evaluating the efficacy and results of tests on a range of specialized dietary products. She has published extensively on nutrition science and supplementation both in Russia and abroad with more than 250 papers in her name. She is a regular contributor on health and obesity issues in the national media.


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Anoop Misra, M.D.

Dr. Anoop Misra is a member of Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB), based in India. The NAB is made of leading experts around the world in the fields of nutrition and health who educate and train Herbalife independent Distributors on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.

Misra is director and head of the diabetes and metabolic diseases department and a senior consultant in internal medicine at Fortis Group of Hospitals, New Delhi. He is former professor of medicine and diabetologist at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, where he received his medical degree. Misra has also been on the faculty of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Royal London Medical School in the U.K.

He has been published in more than 150 scientific papers in international journals; received multiple awards including the highest award for medical science in India, the Dr. B. C. Roy Award; and has served as the personal physician of two Prime Ministers of India. He is a reviewer for several prestigious international journals including "The Lancet" and "Circulation."


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Julián Álvarez Garcia, M.D.

Julián Álvarez García, M.D., is a member of Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board, made up of leading experts around the world in the fields of nutrition and health who educate and train Herbalife independent distributors on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.

Alicante-based Álvarez specializes in sports medicine and physical education. Over the past 20 years he has advised a number of professional and Olympic sports teams in triathlons, mountain biking, football and basketball. He currently manages sports medicine at the Mediterranean Clinic of Neurosciences.

He has also acted as advisor to the Association of Olympic Sportsmen and Women at the Atlanta Olympics 1996, served as manager of medical services to the Spanish Federation of Weight Lifters from 1992 to 1995, and held responsibility for the Spanish Olympic team at the Mediterranean games in France in 1993. From 1995 to 2000 he was the head of the medical services at the International High Performance Altitude Training Center in Sierra Nevada (Granada-Spain), and from 2000 to 2002


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Lazlo Halmy, M.D., Ph.D., DMSci

Lazlo Halmy, M.D., Ph.D., DMSci, is a member of Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board, based in Hungary, made up of leading experts around the world in the fields of nutrition and health who educate and train Herbalife independent distributors on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.

In addition to his medical practice, he has conducted scientific research into a number of different areas of human metabolism, including nutrition, obesity and hypertension since 1968.

In 1995 he won the Hungarian Nutritional Society prize for his work on the short and long term effects of Herbalife’s Formula 1 meal replacement and multi vitamin and mineral supplement, concluding that food supplementation plays a vital role in a weight management program. More recently his research has focused on the effects of Herbalife’s Shapeworks™ meal replacement program on body weight and fat composition.


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Joaquim Caetano, M.D.

Dr. Joaquim Caetano is a member of Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB), based in Portugal. The NAB is comprised of leading experts around the world in the fields of nutrition and health who educate and train Herbalife independent Distributors on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.

Caetano is an internal medicine specialist with a focus on sports medicine. He has served as the technical director of clinical pathology laboratory for Clinica Medicil since 2000. He also currently serves as head of the Health Technical Bureau of the Portuguese Army’s Department of Health Services and holds the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel Doctor in the Portuguese army.


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Patricio Kenny, M.D.

Patricio Kenny, M.D., is a member of Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board, based in Argentina. The board is made up of leading experts around the world in the fields of nutrition and health who educate and train Herbalife independent distributors on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.

Kenny is an adolescent and young adult gastroenterologist. He currently serves at the Buenos Aires British Hospital, as director of the Centre for Adolescent and Young Adult Digestive and Nutritional Diseases. Additionally, he is a faculty member at the Argentine Catholic University, serving as associate professor of paediatric gastroenterology and nutrition.

Kenny has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and serves as a reviewer for Argentine Archives of Paediatrics Journal and is a former member of the editorial board of GI Journal.


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Linong Ji, M.D.

Dr. Linong Ji is a member of Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB), based in China. The NAB is made of leading experts around the world in the fields of nutrition and health who educate and train Herbalife independent Distributors on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.

Ji is the director of endocrinology department at the People's Hospital of Peking University in China and a co-director of the Peking University Diabetes Center. He is also the president of the Endocrine and Metabolic Physician Society under the Chinese Physician Association, chief editor of Chinese Journal of Diabetes, vice-president of the Chinese Diabetes Society and a delegate of the International Diabetes Federation Western Pacific Region (IDF-WPR). Ji’s studies are focused on clinical work in endocrine and research in molecular genetics of diabetes mellitus and its treatment.


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Marion Flechtner-Mors, Ph.D

Marion Flechtner-Mors, Ph.D., based in Germany, is a member of Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board, made up of leading experts around the world in the fields of nutrition and health who educate and train Herbalife independent distributors on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.

Flechtner-Mors is currently head of the clinical nutrition research unit and obesity research group in the department of gastroenterology, endocrinology, nutrition and metabolism at the University of Ulm, Germany. She specializes in healthy nutrition and the relationship between obesity and associated metabolic disorders. She has undertaken substantial experimental research focusing on this subject, specifically the alleviation of obesity through energy-restricted diets, low-calorie diets, meal replacements and medication. Her work is dedicated to developing and evaluating long-term weight-loss programs and preventative strategies for nutrition-related disorders.


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Luigi Gratton, M.D., M.P.H.
Vice President, Medical Affairs and Education

As vice president, medical affairs and education, Luigi Gratton, M.D. coordinates the strategic management and direction of Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board to ensure Distributors have a thorough understanding of products, ingredients and their benefits. In addition, he manages the day-to-day operations of the Medical Affairs and Education Department, assuring all Distributor and medical inquires receive a quick and accurate response.

Gratton, a physician specialist in family medicine and clinical physician at the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition in the risk factor obesity program, works closely with Distributor trainers around the world to ensure the dissemination of accurate product information. He also speaks at major Herbalife events, enhancing Distributors’ knowledge about Herbalife products.


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Rocio Medina, M.D.

Rocio Medina, M.D., located in Mexico, is a member of Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB). The NAB is comprised of leading experts around the world in the fields of nutrition and health who educate and train Herbalife independent distributors on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.

The board is chaired by David Heber, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Medina is a professor of nutrition and obesity at University of Monterrey (U.D.E.M.).

She also has been in private practice since 1994. She is co-founder of the Colegio de Médicos Cirujanos y Profesionales en Nutriología Clínica y Obesidad, A.C. (Medical College of Surgeons and Professionals in Obesity and Clinical Nutrition) at Nuevo León, and vice-president of the colege. Additionally, Medina is a member of the National Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO), since 2004. Previously, she served as medical coordinator of the Ministry of the Preventive Police Force of Monterrey.


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Nataniel Viuniski, M.D.

Nataniel Viuniski, M.D. is a member of Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board, based in Brazil. The board is made up of leading experts around the world in the fields of nutrition and health who educate and train Herbalife independent distributors on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.

Viuniski is a pediatrician and nutritional expert whose main areas of interest are weight control and childhood obesity. He is also advisor to the Health and Education Ministry for Childhood Obesity, professor of human nutrition in graduate courses and director of nutrition service for Unimed Hospital, Rio Grande do Sul. He is the author of “Childhood Obesity – A Practical Guide” as well as other books and articles.


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Chakarg Pongurgsorn, M.D., Ph.D.

Pongurgsorn is deputy director of research of the College of Sports Science and Technology at Thailand’s Mahidol University. He also serves as a clinical instructor in the rehabilitation medicinedepartment atFaculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University.

In addition to his teaching duties, Pongurgsorn is a member of the advisory board of the Physical Activity Promotion Committee of Thailand’s Ministry of Health, medical consultant to the Thai National Rythmic Gymnastic Team, and a consulting physician at Bumrungraj Hospital’s wellness center. He has also served as his country’s team doctor in multiple Special Olympics, female national volleyball, and other sporting events.


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Ralph Rogers, M.D., Ph.D., FECSS, FACSM, FFSEM

Dr. Ralph Rogers is a member of Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB), based in U.K. The NAB is made of leading experts around the world in the fields of nutrition and health who educate and train Herbalife independent Distributors on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.

A senior consultant in sports and musculoskeletal medicine and exercise physiology, Rogers is based in Birmingham, where he established and continues to run the most (Medical & Orthopaedic Sports Therapy) clinic. He is also physician to Walsall Football Club, former sports physician to Warwickshire Country Cricket team and, most recently, medical advisor to the Trinidad &Tobago World Cup football team, among others.

Rogers has also worked with three large regional police forces in the UK as a musculoskeletal consultant and runs corporate wellness programs for companies throughout England. He is currently the clinical director of a musculoskeletal and sports medicine service in the NHS.

Educated in the U.S., Belgium and Scotland, the former outstanding collegiate lacrosse player and Ju—Jitsu black belt is currently a research fellow, School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure at the University of Wolverhampton. Rogers has also held research posts at Birmingham City Hospital, University Hospital of Leuven in Belgium; and research and teaching posts at the Free University of Brussels, and University of Maryland.


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Ryuzaburo Tanino, M.D.

Ryuzaburo Tanino, M.D. is a member of Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board, based in Japan. The board is made up of leading experts around the world in the fields of nutrition and health who educate and train Herbalife independent distributors on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.

Tanino has contributed extensively to the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. As a member of the board of directors of the Japan Association of Aesthetic Medical Inc., he is committed to solving social issues regarding plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Tanino graduated from Keio University School of Medicine. After completing his internship at the Keio University Hospital, he became an assistant in the department of plastic surgery at the university and a resident at the surgery and orthopedics departments of Toranomon Hospital. In 1975, he began a new post in the department of plastic surgery, Tokai University School of Medicine, and in 1998, became a professor of the department. In 2000, he was appointed as director of the Tokai University Hospital and at the same time as president of the Junior College of Nursing and Medical Technology. His fundamental principle is "the fusion of science and humanism," which was originally addressed by Shigeyoshi Matsumae, the founder and first president of Tokai University.


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Shih-Yi Huang, Ph.D.

Shih-Yi Huang, Ph.D. is a member of Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB), based in Taiwan.

The NAB is made of leading experts around the world in the fields of nutrition and health who educate and train Herbalife independent Distributors on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.

Huang currently chairs and is a professor at Taiwan’s Taipei Medical University, School of Nutrition and Health Sciences. He is an expert on metabolism, with a focus on how nutrients can improve mental health. He is also a specialist of vitamins and phytochemicals.

Huang has been published extensively on the usage and effects of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as other areas of nutrition. He also serves on the boards of the Taiwan Nutrition Society and Taiwan Obesity Society.


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Nikolaos Sitaras, M.D.

Nikolaos Sitaras, M.D., is a member of Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board, based in Greece. The board is made up of leading experts around the world in the fields of nutrition and health who educate and train Herbalife independent distributors on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.

Sitaras is currently associate professor of pharmacology at Athens University Medical School.

He is a practicing physician, author and lecturer, with an interest in digestive health and nutrition. Sitaras has published extensively on the subject of genetic disorders and nutrition and, since 2002, has focused on the effects of dietary supplements in healthy over—50 population.


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Jean de la Tullaye, M.D.

Jean de la Tullaye, M.D., based in France, is a member of Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB), made up of leading experts around the world in the fields of nutrition and health who educate and train Herbalife independent distributors on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.

Tullaye completed his medical degree in Grenoble, France, and went on to specialize in nutrition and sports biology. For the past eight years he has been an associate professor at the University of Montpellier I, France. It was here that he created the teaching module ‘Nutrition, Food and Health’ within the pharmaceutical faculty.

In 2000 he established his own consultancy specializing in research, development and communication in the field of nutrition and health. Prior to this, he created and developed the Human Nutrition Department of Sanofi Research, a division of Sanofi—Aventis Pharmaceutical. Among his responsibilities, Tullaye was scientific advisor to the cosmetic department, working with brands such as Yves Saint Laurent and Fendi.


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Yoshio Yoshimoto, M.D.

Yoshio Yoshimoto, M.D. is a member of Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board, based in Japan. The board consists of leading experts around the world in the fields of nutrition and health who educate and train Herbalife independent distributors on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.

Yoshimoto is an active researcher, author and presenter specializing in the fields of endocrinology, bone metabolism, dementia and calcium, as well as microorganism-applied environmental medicine. He is the former director of the National Hyogo-Chuo Hospital, and played a critical role in the preparation for the foundation of College of Nursing Art and Science, Hyogo University, which opened in 1993 as the first public college specializing exclusively in nursing. After the opening of the college, Yoshimoto taught medicine as a professor in the nursing department and the graduate school.