Monday Muscle Seminar M&Ms: Ronenn Roubenoff

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Ronenn Roubenoff

Global Head Translational Medicine Discovery & Profiling
Global Head, Musculoskeletal Translational Medicine
Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research


Dr. Roubenoff received his MD from Northwestern University and trained in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was Chief Resident in Medicine. He completed concurrent fellowships in Rheumatology and in Clinical Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins, receiving a Master of Health Science degree. He then trained in Nutrition at Tufts University with Irwin Rosenberg, MD, and in Immunology with Charles Dinarello, MD. He was Chief of the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia (NEPS) Laboratory, and Director of Human Studies at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, where he is currently Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Nutrition. Subsequently, Dr. Roubenoff became Sr. Director of Molecular Medicine at Millennium Pharmaceuticals and then Sr. Director, Immunology Research and Development, at Biogen Idec, where he led the Translational Medicine and Early Development efforts for the Immunology group. In 2009, Dr. Roubenoff was appointed Global Head of Musculoskeletal Translational Medicine at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR), heading early clinical development for musculoskeletal and mobility disorders. In 2019 he was appointed Global Head of Translational Medicine Discovery & Profiling at NIBR.

Dr. Roubenoff has done pioneering work on the interactions of nutrition, exercise and hormonal and immune regulators of metabolism in aging and chronic disease, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and HIV infection. He is an internationally recognized authority on sarcopenia, aging, translational medicine, and the use of biomarkers in drug development. He has published over 270 papers in the medical literature as well as writing for lay audiences. He is co-author of a New York Times Bestselling book on exercise and nutrition treatment of arthritis. Dr. Roubenoff has served on many NIH study sections, WHO committees, American Society for Nutrition Committees, Animal Care and Use and Institutional Review Committees, and as a reviewer for journals, foundations, and charities. He has won multiple awards, including membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha and Delta Omega honor societies; Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology; the Robert H. Herman Memorial Award of the American Society for Nutrition; the American College of Rheumatology Senior Scholar Award; Tufts University Distinguished Faculty Award; Teacher of the Year at Johns Hopkins Medical School; and the Oliver Smith Award for Extraordinary Service and Caring at Tufts Medical Center.

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Date: 31 May 2021

Time: 00:00 - 00:00

Location: Visioconference

Monday Muscle Seminar - M&M's

Ronenn Roubenoff