About MB Clinical Academy
MB Clinical Academy (MBCA) is the educational arm of Midwest Biomedical Research’s Center for Metabolic and Cardiovascular Health. The mission of MBCA is to provide high quality and up-to-date educational materials for clinicians, students and research professionals who would like to improve their knowledge and skills related to management and/or investigation of cardiometabolic health issues. MBCA produces educational content in the forms of audio and video presentations, seminars, workshops (web-based and in-person) and various publications, including books, manuals and white papers.
Kevin C Maki, PhD, CLS, FNLA, FTOS, FACN
Kevin C Maki, PhD is the Founder and Chief Science Officer for the Midwest Biomedical Research’s Center for Metabolic and Cardiovascular Health. He specializes in the design and conduct of clinical studies in human nutrition, metabolism and chronic disease risk factor management. Dr Maki also holds Adjunct Faculty positions teaching Biostatistics and Applied Epidemiology at DePaul University and the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the National Lipid Association, The Obesity Society and the American College of Nutrition, as well as a certified Clinical Lipid Specialist and member of the Board of Governors of the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology.
Dr. Maki has participated in more than 250 clinical trials and observational studies as an investigator, consultant or statistician, and published more than 200 scientific papers, books and book chapters. He earned a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Public Health, and an MS in Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiovascular Health from Benedictine University.
Mary R Dicklin, PhD
Mary R Dicklin, PhD is a Senior Scientist for the Midwest Biomedical Research’s Center for Metabolic and Cardiovascular Health. Dr. Dicklin has more than 20 years of experience as a Clinical Research Scientist and Medical Writer with several research organizations. She has published or provided writing services for more than 100 scientific articles, abstracts and book chapters, and is a member of the National Lipid Association. Dr. Dicklin’s research has primarily focused on lipid metabolism and the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. She earned a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and completed post-doctoral training in Lipid Metabolism at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.
Orsolya M Palacios, RD, PhD
Orsolya M Palacios, RD, PhD is a Clinical Nutrition Scientist for the Midwest Biomedical Research’s Center for Metabolic and Cardiovascular Health. Dr Palacios has more than 10 years of experience as a nutrition scientist and registered dietitian designing, managing and leading nutrition research studies, as well as translating the science into meaningful applications for the biomedical and food industries. Her research has primarily focused on the effects of nutrition on human metabolism and metabolic dysfunction. Dr Palacios has also designed and taught university courses focusing on molecular biology, physiology and nutrition science both in the US and abroad. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Society for Nutrition. She earned a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Notre Dame, and completed her dietetics training and degree at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Cathleen E. Maki, RN, MSN
Cathleen E. Maki, RN, MSN is the Vice President of Operations for Midwest Biomedical Research. Ms. Maki has more than 30 years of experience as a registered nurse, including having worked as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. For the past 15 years, she has managed nutrition research studies, including oversite of clinical trial investigative sites. Her research experience has primarily focused on the effect of nutrition on human metabolism and metabolic dysfunction. Ms. Maki has also developed and taught university and industry-based courses focusing on nursing education, largely in the areas of cardiovascular and pulmonary critical care. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Loyola University, Chicago and completed additional graduate training there to become a certified and licensed Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.
Veda D Navsariwala, PhD
Veda D Navsariwala, PhD is a Nutrition Scientist at Midwest Biomedical Research’s Center for Metabolic and Cardiovascular Health. Dr Navsariwala received an MS in Nutritional Science from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and a PhD in Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her academic research has focused on carotenoid metabolism, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. She also worked as a postdoctoral fellow at UIC where she studied the role of selenium in prostate cancer using molecular biology techniques. Her publications include scientific articles, book chapters and abstracts in various areas of nutrition science.
Kristen N Smith, PhD, RDN, LD
Kristen N Smith, PhD, RDN, LD is a Senior Nutrition Scientist for Midwest Biomedical Research’s Center for Metabolic and Cardiovascular Health. Dr. Smith has more than 12 years of experience as a registered dietitian working in disease prevention and in behavioral intervention for the management of eating disorders. Her professional niche has been defined through her work in nutrition translation – the creation of useable and practical health and wellness messages for all audiences. Dr. Smith has provided a broad range of nutrition consultation services to research organizations, food companies, the pharmaceutical industry, and school districts. Her research has focused on the wide-reaching effects of nutrition on human health and its roles in the prevention and management of diseases. Kristen is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She earned a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Kentucky and she completed a PhD in Nutrition Science, as well as a Dietetics internship, at the University of Minnesota.