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Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is responsible for the operations of the Center and is made up of global representatives from Abbott and also those from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Center’s Directors also are members of this committee. The committee’s key responsibilities include:

  • Setting of goals, priorities and strategic vision
  • Approval of solicited projects to be funded
  • Review of directed research, which will occur at Abbott’s nutrition business headquarters
  • Appointment of the External Advisory Committee

Hakim Bouzamondo, MD, MSc, MBA

Chair, CNLM Executive Committee

Divisional Vice President, Global Research & Development

Hakim Bouzamondo is Divisional Vice President of Global Research and Development Abbott Nutrition. He is responsible for pediatric, adult and performance nutrition product development, innovation, education, clinical and preclinical research. He joined Abbott in 2014 as Divisional Vice President of Global Scientific & Medical Affairs. In this role, he was responsible for developing and managing an integrated Medical & Scientific Affairs organization worldwide and strengthening relations between all of the affiliate departments, enhancing the quality of research conducted and collaboratively engaging with multiple functions, including commercial, regulatory, supply chain, public and government affairs, assuring Abbott Nutrition’s status in the marketplace. Hakim redefined the division’s science research platforms and created a user experience team to better address rapidly evolving consumer needs.

Before joining Abbott, Hakim spent 15 years in the pharmaceutical and the consumer packaged goods industries. He held various positions of increasing responsibility, contributed to the development of drugs in multiple therapeutic areas, managed the launch of diabetes compounds and led the life cycle management of major $1B+ cardiovascular brands.

Hakim is a medical doctor by training. He received an MSc degree from and completed his pharmacology post-doctoral trainings (pharmacokinetics, clinical pharmacology, pharmaco-vigilance and psychoactive drugs pharmacology) at Paris University. He also completed an executive MBA from Ashridge Business School in the United Kingdom. Dr. Bouzamondo and his family are currently living in Chicago.

David Cockram, PhD, RD

Senior Director, Global Regulatory Science and Innovation

David Cockram is Director of Global Regulatory Science and Innovation at Abbott Nutrition, leading the team accountable for development and commercialization of novel ingredients and nutritional products for people of all ages.  He joined Abbott in 1987, and spent the first part of his Abbott career in progressively responsible nutrition research and development positions, designing, studying and commercializing medical food products for people with a variety of conditions.

Prior to joining Abbott, he was a research dietitian and clinical dietitian.  He holds a PhD from The Ohio State University in Nutrition and completed his dietetic internship/Master’s at Rush Presbyterian St Luke’s Medical Center/Rush University.  He is an author or inventor of 25 scientific papers, book chapters, webinars, and patents.

Larry W. Williams, MD

Senior Medical Director
Abbott Nutrition Research and Development

Dr. Williams is based in Columbus, Ohio and charged with medical oversight of pediatric products globally. 

He is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine and has had postgraduate training in pediatrics at Duke and at Washington University in St. Louis.  His career included time as a general pediatrician prior to a return to academia and a fellowship in pediatric allergy and immunology at Duke.  He has held pediatric faculty positions at the University of Arkansas for Health Sciences and at Duke (with tenure).   His work has included patient care and research in the areas of food allergy, asthma, and genetically determined immunodeficiency diseases.  He was Vice-Chair of the IRB and Director of the American Lung Association Asthma Clinical Research Center at Duke prior to joining Abbott.  He has over 65 medical publications and more than 40 published or presented abstracts.  He has been a reviewer for multiple journals including  New England Journal of MedicinePediatricsJAMA,  and Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology.

Beth McQuiston MD, RD

Abbott Diagnostics
Medical Director

Beth is a board certified neurologist and registered dietitian who is a Medical Director for Abbott Diagnostics.  Prior to her work at Abbott, Beth integrated her holistic perspective and nutrition training into the care of many different types of neurology patients.  Beth has participated in the evaluation of a number of neuroscience related biomarkers to be used in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease. Her current areas of focus include biomarkers for use in traumatic brain injury and/or sepsis.

Beth completed her training at the University of Chicago, Rush University Medical Center and Harbor UCLA Medical Center.  She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and has written a variety of articles for peer-reviewed and patient-focused journals as well as chapters for books, including Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease.

John W. Erdman Jr., PhD

University of Illinois
Emeritus Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition
Professor of Internal Medicine
Professor of Nutrition, Division of Nutritional Sciences

Dr. Erdman is Emeritus Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Professor of Internal Medicine and Professor of Nutrition in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana. 

Dr. Erdman's training and expertise encompass the nutritional and physiological biochemistry of man and animals.  He has authored over 175 original research articles on these subjects and has over 300 total publications including other articles and chapters.  He is a member of a variety of professional organizations including the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and the American Heart Association (AHA).  He is past President of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences (now ASN), has been elected Fellow for ASN,  AHA and IFT.  He has been extensively involved with the Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences (NAS), where he served on the FNB for 9 years, 6 as Vice Chair.  Among other committees of the FNB, he served as Chair of the Standing Committee on the Scientific Evaluation of Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) and Chair of the Committee on Military Nutrition Research.  Recently this committee published the report "Nutrition and Traumatic Brain Injury". 

For his extensive contributions to the NAS, he was named as Lifetime National Associate of the NAS in 2001 and was elected as a Member of the Institute of Medicine, NAS in 2003.  Other honors include: receipt of the Samuel Cate Prescott Award for Research and the William Cruess Award for Teaching from IFT: the Borden Award from ASN; being named as an Original Member in Agricultural Science by ISI as an Highly Cited Researcher (top 0.05%); and several University of Illinois Excellent and Outstanding Teaching awards.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of ILSI- NA.  Dr. Erdman is past Executive Director of the Mars Science Advisory Council and is currently Executive Director of the Wrigley Science Institute which is a part time position.  Dr Erdman received his BS, MS, MPh, and PhD in Food Science from Rutgers University.

Rod Johnson, PhD

University of Illinois
Professor, Department of Animal Sciences
Director, Division of Nutritional Sciences

Rodney Johnson is Professor of integrative immunology and behavior in the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences and Director of the Division of Nutritional Sciences. His research investigates neuroinflammation and its effects on brain and cognitive development and aging. A special focus is on how diet influences the communication between the immune system and brain. 

Rod earned a B.S. from Truman State University and a MS and PhD from the University of Illinois. After postdoctorate training at Iowa State University, he joined the UIUC faculty in 1993. Rod has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers, been principal investigator on extramural research grants totaling more than $8.2M, and is a University Scholar.

Gene E. Robinson, PhD

University of Illinois
Director, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
University of Illinois Swanlund Chair
Professor, Department of Entomology

Gene Robinson is the Director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and Professor of Entomology with affiliate appointments in the Department of Political Science, the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, the Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology and the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He received his PhD from Cornell University and was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Ohio State University. Gene’s research group studies the mechanisms and evolution of social behavior, using the honey bee as the primary model. The research is integrative, involving perspectives from evolutionary biology, behavior, neuroscience, molecular biology and genomics. 

Gene has authored or coauthored approximately 250 publications. He pioneered the field of sociogenomics, spearheading the effort to gain approval from NIH for the sequencing of the honey bee genome, and heads the Honey Bee Genome Sequencing Consortium. His honors include: University Scholar, G. William Arends Professor of Integrative Biology, and Center for Advanced Study Professor at the University of Illinois; Certificate of Distinction from the International Congress of Entomology; Burroughs Welcome Innovation Award in Functional Genomics; Founders Memorial Award from the Entomological Society of America; Fulbright Senior Research Fellow; Guggenheim Fellow; Fellow, Entomological Society of America; Fellow, Animal Behavior Society; Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences; and election to the US National Academy of Sciences.

Martha U. Gillette, PhD

University of Illinois
Center for Advanced Study Professor
Alumni Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Martha Gillette is Professor and Past Head of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology in the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Medicine, and Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, with affiliate appointments in the Department of BioEngineering, the Neuroscience Program, Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (MNTL), Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, and the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was leader of the Restorative Neuroscience Translational Research Thrust of the Division of Biomedical Sciences.

She received her PhD from the University of Toronto where she was a National Research Council Fellow. Her postdoctoral training was in neuroscience at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Martha leads two research groups. The first seeks to understand cellular substrates that regulate neuronal states, signal processing by the brain, and the consequences for animal behavior. This research is integrative, involving cell and molecular biology, cellular metabolism, neurophysiology, and behavior. Her discoveries have important health applications: malfunctioning of the circadian timing system results in brain and organ dysfunctions, which manifest as clinical disorders of sleep, metabolism, and mental health. She also is engaged in cross-disciplinary research bridging campus excellence in cellular neuroscience, nano-scale analytical chemistry, and materials engineering. She heads a group developing neuroengineering approaches to study the development of neuronal complexity and plasticity.

Martha is author of over 100 publications. She has mentored > 50 graduate and post-doctoral trainees, the majority of whom are women, and received the Outstanding Advisor Award for medical scholar training. She has served in numerous advisory capacities to the NIH, and in executive positions in professional societies. Her honors include: Beckman Scholar, Center for Advanced Study Fellow, University Scholar, Alumni Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, and Center for Advanced Study Professor at the University of Illinois; Fellow, American Associate for the Advancement of Science; and Women in Neuroscience Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award.