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WASHINGTON— The Sugar Association announced today that Courtney Gaine, PhD, RD, has been named Vice President of Scientific Affairs for the organization. She brings nearly a decade of experience in nutritional sciences, as well as important leadership qualities.

Dr. Gaine previously served as senior science program manager at The North American branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI North America), a public, non-profit scientific foundation that advances the understanding and application of science related to the nutritional quality and safety of the food supply. Prior to that, Dr. Gaine held the position of project director, nutrition and wellness, at the non-profit organization Convergence. The goal of the Convergence nutrition and wellness project is to improve the nation’s health by effectively promoting more healthful eating and lifestyles.

Having obtained her Ph.D. in nutritional sciences and biochemistry and bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Connecticut, Dr. Gaine was also a co-captain of the UConn Women’s Basketball Team (1998-1999).

“Dr. Gaine’s diverse portfolio of experience in the field of health and nutrition, combined with her appreciation for science-based solutions and her demonstrated leadership qualities are an excellent fit for this position,” said Andy Briscoe, president and CEO, The Sugar Association. “We feel very fortunate to have found someone of Dr. Gaine’s caliber. Her energy and expertise will play key roles in helping us meet the many challenges we face, as well as assisting us in furthering our association goals for the sugar industry.”

“I am encouraged to join an organization whose objectives are so rooted in scientific fact, particularly at this critical time when the need for access to such facts, by consumers and lawmakers, is overwhelming.” said Dr. Gaine. “I feel strongly in my ability to use my education and professional background to help shape evidence-justified policies and health objectives that will benefit American consumers.”

Dr. Gaine succeeds veteran Executive Vice President and Chief Science Officer, Charles Baker, Ph.D, who will continue as a consultant to the organization.

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