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Center for Human Nutrition

Benjamin Caballero, PhD, MD

Dr. Caballero is Professor of International Health and Pediatrics, and director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also chairs the Nutrition Advisory Committee of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Caballero is a member of the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, of the Standing Committee for Dietary Reference Intakes, and of the Nutrition and Metabolism Study Section of the National Institutes of Health. He serves on the Executive Council of the Society for International Nutrition Research (of which he was president in 1999-2001) and of the American Society of Clinical Nutrition, and is a member of the Nutrition Committee of the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. He is also a member of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences, the North American Society for the Study of Obesity, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served as scientific advisor for numerous national and international organizations, including USDA, FDA, PAHO, WHO, IAEA, UNICEF, and others.

Dr. Caballero is the editor-in-chief of the 10-volume Encyclopedia of Food Sciences and Nutrition, and a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the Latin American Archives of Nutrition. He has authored over 100 scientific publications. His research has focused on childhood malnutrition, obesity, protein and energy requirements, and on the emerging problem of diet-related chronic diseases in developing countries.

Dr. Caballero received his medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and his PhD in neuroendocrine regulation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. He trained in pediatrics at the Buenos Aires Children’s Hospital, and completed his training in clinical nutrition at the Harvard/MIT Clinical Nutrition Training Program in Boston.

His areas of research interest include childhood obesity, protein-energy malnutrition in children, and the health effects of socioeconomic and nutrition transitions in developing countries.