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Hydration Science

Welcome to the Hydration Science section, home to a global community of healthcare and scientific professionals with a common interest in health and hydration. Here you’ll find a series of resources that can help you learn more.

The Experts

Meet the experts

Prof. Stavros A. Kavouras

Prof. Stavros Kavouras, PhD, FACSM, FECSS from Arizona States University, USA

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Prof. Stavros Kavouras, PhD, FACSM, FECSS from Arizona States University, USA

Dr Stavros Kavouras is a Professor of Nutrition at Arizona State University and Director of the Hydration Science Lab. His Lab is studying the mechanisms by which water intake impacts health and performance. His current research is focusing on the effect of water intake on glucose regulation and its implication on children’s hydration and obesity. Dr Kavouras is the author of more than 120 peer review articles, 5,500 citations (h-index 39), and he has given lectures in 29 countries. He is a section Editor of the European Journal of Nutrition, Associate Editor of Behavioral Medicine and Frontiers in Nutrition. Dr Kavouras is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine & the European College of Sports Science as well as elected member of the American Society of Nutrition, the Obesity Society, and the American Physiological Society

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Prof. Ivan Tack

Professor of Physiology, Head of the Clinical Physiology Department, Toulouse Medical School, Paul Sabatier University, France

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Professor Ivan Tack, MD, PhD is a nephrologist, Head of the Dpt of Clinical Physiology in Rangueil hospital since 2006 and Chairman of the Dpt of Physiology at Paul Sabatier University – Toulouse School of Medicine, France.

He experienced a post doctoral fellowship at University of Miami School of Medicine, Dpt of Nephrology (USA) working on pathophysiology of diabetic nephropathy.

His clinical activity mostly focuses on water and electrolytes disorders, inherited tubular diseases and metabolic impact of nutritional disorders, including renal stone diseases and osteoporosis.
Concomitantly he is involved in experimental research (INSERM Unity 1048, Toulouse) with a focus on early protection from renal diseases based on in vivoexperimental modelling (main models: diabetic nephropathy, post-hemorrhagic acute kidney injury, renal stone disease in murine).

He has authored/co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed scientific articles and regularly contributes to the development of French Health High Authority program. Professor Tack is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, American Physiological Society and also collaborates with Danone Nutritia Research since 2007 as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board (Water Division).

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Prof. Jürgen König

Jürgen König is Professor of Human Nutrition and Director of the Department of Nutritional Sciences of the University Vienna, Austria.

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Jürgen König is Professor of Human Nutrition and Director of the Department of Nutritional Sciences of the University Vienna, Austria. He was member of the Scientific Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to foods (ANS) of the European Food Safety Authority from 2008-2014 and responsible for exposure assessment in this panel and its associated working groups. His research focuses on methods of dietary surveys and exposure assessment, on the influence of genetic variation on micronutrient metabolism, and on hedonistic determinants of eating behaviour. He has a Masters degree in Human Nutrition and a PhD in Human Nutrition from the University of Giessen and worked as postdoc, senior scientist and Professor for Human Nutrition at the University of Vienna in Austria and the Massey University in New Zealand.

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Dr. Joan Gandy

Dr. Joan Gandy is a freelance dietitian and researcher based in London, UK. Joan has many years’ experience as a researcher and educator.

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Dr. Joan Gandy is a freelance dietitian and researcher based in London, UK. Joan has many years’ experience as a researcher and educator. She is passionate about dietitians generating and using evidence to enhance practice. Joan chaired the BDA’s Research Interest Group and was a member of the BDA’s Research Committee; she was the BDA’s first Research Officer. Joan is a past Editor in Chief of the Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics, Editor of the 5th Edition (and forthcoming 6th Edition) of the Manual of Dietetic Practice, published in association with the BDA and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Nutrition & Dietetics. Currently her main area of interest is hydration, in particular population surveys of fluid and beverage intake and public health. She is a member of the Liq.In 7 Expert Group and the ILSI (Europe) Expert Group on Adequate Methodologies for Recording Fluid And Water Intake At Population Level.

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Prof. Homero Martinez

Homero Martinez is a clinical pediatrician (Mexico) with a Ph.D. in International Nutrition (Cornell University) and posdoctoral training in Medical Anthropology (University of Florida and University of Connecticut) and Epidemiology (Johns Hopkins University).

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Homero Martinez is a clinical pediatrician (Mexico) with a Ph.D. in International Nutrition (Cornell University) and posdoctoral training in Medical Anthropology (University of Florida and University of Connecticut) and Epidemiology (Johns Hopkins University). Dr. Martinez’s research has focused on different aspects of public health nutrition, including different micronutrient deficiencies, life-style interventions to prevent overweight and obesity, nutritional and hydration management of children with acute diarrhea, and nutritional interventions for people living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Martinez has also been involved with the design, collection, and analysis of large-scale epidemiological surveys. Dr. Martinez has held various teaching positions, and has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles, 54 book chapters, and edited 13 books, with over 2,500 citations to his work.

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Dr. Isabelle Guelinckx

Isabelle Guelinckx (PhD, MSc, RD) is a scientist who joined the Hydration & Health Department of Danone Nutricia Research four years ago to focus her research interest on the nutritional assessment of fluid intake and the health benefits of water.

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Isabelle Guelinckx (PhD, MSc, RD) is a scientist who joined the Hydration & Health Department of Danone Nutricia Research four years ago to focus her research interest on the nutritional assessment of fluid intake and the health benefits of water. Isabelle acquired the theoretical knowledge on how to conduct scientific research with a first master and PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the Catholic university of Leuven, Belgium and a second master at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands. During the clinical research of her doctoral thesis, she assessed the impact of lifestyle advice on gestational weight gain of obese pregnant women. To acquire further practical knowledge, she completed a professional bachelor in Dietetics and Nutrition at the Catholic College Leuven, Belgium. With this academic background, Isabelle is convinced about the importance of nutritional assessment. This she will enthusiastically illustrate you with scientific data focussing on fluid intake. Moreover she will aim to deliver you some practical take-home messages for your practise or research.

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Annemieke van Ginkel-Res, RD

President of the European Federation of the Association of Dietitians, The Netherlands

Pauline Douglas, RD, BDA

BSc Dietetics, PgCHEP, MBA, MIHM, FHEA, FBDA, RD.

Pauline has over 25 years of Clinical and academic experience in dietetics. As a clinical dietitian she worked in the area of nutritional support for surgical and oncology patients in a large teaching hospital.

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Pauline Douglas graduated from Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh with a degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Pauline has over 30 years of clinical and academic experience in dietetics. She has an MBA in Health and Social Care Management. She worked in Belfast City Hospital, a large teaching hospital, as a clinical dietitian in the area of nutritional support for surgical and oncology patients. for many years before going to Ulster University where she is currently Senior Lecturer; Clinical Dietetics Facilitator.

Her research at the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) is focused on nutrition and hydration education.

A particular interest of Pauline’s is in healthy hydration and she leads on the European Healthy Hydration Awareness Campaign (EuHHAC) which is specifically focussed on giving dietitians the knowledge, skills and tools to inform their practice and so be facilitators of change.

Pauline is Vice Chair of NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health which is an award-winning, interdisciplinary think-tank, training academy and knowledge network anchored in Cambridge and with principal hubs in Cambridge, London, Ulster and Parma. Its international networks extend from North America, through Africa and South Asia to Australasia. 

To date Pauline has published scientific papers, edited several books and been author and contributor to a significant number of policy papers at national and international impact level.

Pauline is a visiting scholar of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. She is past Chairman of the British Dietetic Association and is a European and International representative for BDA. She currently sits on the Executive Committee of the European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians.

Research Interests

  • Nutrition and hydration education
  • Professionalism
  • Professional regulation

Teaching Interests

  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Nutrition and hydration education
  • Interprofessional learning and education
  • Professional practice-based learning