The SDG Impact of COVID-19: The view of Dr Debasis Bagchi, Director of Scientific Affairs at Victory Nutrition International

5th October 2020

In advance of World Food Day, RELX’s Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, Dr Márcia Balisciano, talks to Dr Debasis Bagchi, Director of Scientific Affairs at Victory Nutrition International.

Each year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) celebrates World Food Day on October 16th to commemorate is founding in 1945. World Food Day 2020 is calling for global solidarity to help all populations to recover from the crisis, and to make food systems more resilient and robust so they can withstand increasing volatility and climate shocks, deliver affordable and sustainable healthy diets for all, and decent livelihoods for food system workers. In support of this years theme - 'Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together' - Elsevier presents a curated special issue of 40 journal articles and book chapters focussed on increasing food security and sustainability. 

Debasis Bagchi, PhD, MACN, CNS, MAIChE, received his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry in 1982. He is the Director of Scientific Affairs at VNI Inc., Lederach, PA, an Adjunct Faculty in Texas Southern University, Houston, TX, and an ex-Faculty in the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX. He served as the Chief Scientific Officer at Cepham Inc, Belmont, NJ, from June 2013, till Dec 2018. He served as the Senior Vice President of Research & Development of InterHealth Nutraceuticals Inc, Benicia, CA, from 1998 till Feb 2011, and then as Director of Innovation and Clinical Affairs at Iovate Health Sciences, Oakville, ON, till June 2013.

Dr. Bagchi received the Master of American College of Nutrition Award in October 2010. He is the Past Chairman of International Society of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (ISNFF), Past President of American College of Nutrition, Clearwater, FL, and Past Chair of the Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods Division of Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Chicago, IL. He serves as a Distinguished Advisor on the Japanese Institute for Health Food Standards (JIHFS) and is also a Member of the Study Section and Peer Review Committee of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Bagchi has 376 papers in peer reviewed journals, 42 books and 20 patents. He is a Member of the Society of Toxicology, Member of the New York Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Nutrition Research Academy, and Member of the TCE stakeholder Committee of the Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH. Dr. Bagchi is also the Associate Editor of the Journal of Functional Foods, Journal of the American College of Nutrition, and Archives of Medical and Biomedical Research, and is serving as the Editorial Board Member of numerous peer reviewed journals, including Antioxidants & Redox Signaling, Cancer Letters, Food & Nutrition Research, Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods, The Original Internist, and other peer reviewed journals.