March 17, 2014
José Fernández, PhD, has been selected as a participant in the Dannon Institute’s 2014 Academic Mid-Career Nutrition Leadership Institute. Created as a complement to the Nutrition Leadership Institute established in 1998, the intensive three-day training program—held in the Chicago area June 15-18, 2014—will provide an opportunity for faculty who have completed their terminal degree training 10 to 20 years ago to determine desirable characteristics of senior leaders and to explore and develop their capabilities, skills, and personal fit for leadership roles.
The main interest of the Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Nutrition Sciences is the identification of genetic and environmental contributors to health disparities in obesity, diabetes, and related comorbidities. Dr. Fernández is also interested in the development and applications of statistical methods to gene discovery, the identification and implementation of opportunities for integrating research and education, and the development of educational opportunities and programs to improve clinical and research training.
He serves on the editorial board for the journal Ethnicity and Disease and the International Journal of Obesity. Dr. Fernández has been the recipient of many awards, including the UAB President’s Faculty Diversity Award (2007), the UAB Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring (2010), and the UAB School of Health Professions Joseph F Volker Outstanding Faculty Award (2012).