Berthold V. Koletzko, M.D., Ph.D.

Berthold V. Koletzko, M.D., Ph.D.Scientific Advisory Board Member

Koletzko is professor of Pediatrics and head of the Division of Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine at Hauner Children’s Hospital, University of Munich Medical Center, in Munich, Germany. Following work at pediatric departments in South Africa and Tanzania, he qualified in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital, University of Düsseldorf, Germany. He worked as a post-doc in clinical nutrition and metabolism at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Canada.

Koletzko’s research focuses on metabolism and nutrition in childhood, pregnancy and lactation, metabolic diseases and clinical nutrition. He has co-authored more than 750 publications and received numerous awards and honors. He serves as coordinator of Collaborative Research Programmes, including the Early Nutrition Programming of Adult Health project (, the Multidisciplinary Early Modification of Obesity Risk Project and the EU Research Network on Malnutrition and Outcome in Hospitalized Children.

Scientific leadership roles include editor, Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism; associate editor, Current Opinion Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care; chair, Committee on Nutrition of the German Society of Pediatrics; chair, Child Health Foundation; scientific advisor, Forum Early Childhood Advancement of the German Federal Family Minister, Managing Council, National Platform on Nutrition and Physical Activity; chair, Scientific Board of the Federal Government Network for Young Families; scientific advisor, Committee on Environment, Health and Consumer Protection of the European Parliament; past-president, German Society for Nutritional Medicine; and past-chair, ESPGHAN Committee on Nutrition.

Select Publications:

Larqué E, Demmelmair H, Gil-Sánchez A, Prieto-Sánchez MT, Blanco JE, Pagán A, Faber FL, Zamora S, Parrilla JJ, Koletzko B. Placental transfer of fatty acids and fetal implications. Am J Clin Nutr 2011; in press

Nettleton JA, Koletzko B, Hornstra G. ISSFAL 2010 Dinner Debate: Healthy Fats for Healthy Hearts. Annotated Report of a Scientific Discussion. Ann Nutr Metab 2011;58, in press

Sijben JW, Goedhart AC, Kamphuis PJGH, Calder PC, Frédéric G, Koletzko B. Is it prudent to add n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids to paediatric enteral tube feeding? Clin Nutr 2010; Dec 20. [Epub ahead of print]

Glaser C, Lattka E, Rzehak P, Steer C, Koletzko B. Genetic variation in polyunsaturated fatty acid metabolism and its potential relevance for human development and health. Matern Child Nutr 2011;7 Suppl 2:27-40.

Lattka E, Rzehak P, Szabó É, Jakobik V, Weck M, Weyermann M, Grallert H, Rothenbacher D, Heinrich J, Brenner H, Decsi T, Illig T, Koletzko B. Genetic variants in the FADS gene cluster are associated with arachidonic acid concentrations of human breast milk at 1.5 and 6 mo postpartum and influence the course of milk dodecanoic, tetracosenoic, and trans-9-octadecenoic acid concentrations over the duration of lactation. Am J Clin Nutr 2011;93:382-391.

Koletzko B, Lattka E, Zeilinger S, Illig T, Steer C. Genetic variants of the fatty acid desaturase gene cluster predict amounts of red blood cell docosahexaenoic and other polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnant women: findings from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. Am J Clin Nutr 2011;93:211-219.

Glaser C, Demmelmair H, Sausenthaler S, Herbarth O, Heinrich J, Koletzko B. Fatty acid composition of serum glycerophospholipids in children. J Pediatr 2010;157:826-831.

Rzehak P, Thijs C, Standl M, Mommers M, Glaser C, Jansen E, Klopp N, Koppelman GH, Singmann P, Postma DS, Sausenthaler S, Dagnelie PC, van den Brandt PA, Koletzko B, Heinrich J; KOALA study group; LISA study group. Variants of the FADS1 FADS2 gene cluster, blood levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids and eczema in children within the first 2 years of life. PLoS One 2010;5:e13261.

Koletzko B, Goulet O. Fish oil containing intravenous lipid emulsions in parenteral nutrition-associated cholestatic liver disease. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care 2010;13:321-326.

Glaser C, Demmelmair H, Koletzko B. High-throughput analysis of fatty acid composition of plasma glycerophospholipids. J Lipid Res 2010;51:216-221.

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