ABOUT THE AUTHOR

As a youth, Dr. Dennis Jones won a State Scholarship and a College Exhibition to Downing College, University of Cambridge, where he studied Medical Sciences and Chemistry, specializing in Pathology. Having obtained his first Cambridge degree and an external professional qualification in Chemistry, he remained in Cambridge to conduct research in Nutritional Pathology and Histochemistry (which resulted in his Doctorate), and was appointed to a University position with responsibilities for teaching and research in Nutrition. While in this post, he played a fundamental role in helping to establish one of the first Nutrition courses open and oriented to medical students.

After 5 years of teaching, he moved to Holland, initially as Head of Anti-Atherosclerosis Research for the pharmaceutical company, Organon. His duties in this company were later expanded to include development projects ranging from neuromuscular blockers and psychoactive drugs (including appetite control agents) through to natural substances, synthetic hormones and low calorie diets. In fact, at his instigation, Organon licenced a concept for a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) from Dr. Alan Howard, and Dr. Jones spent several years conducting research on the concept and developing it into a practical diet programme. Although the development was completed, Organon decided that nutritional products did not fit with their marketing skills and objectives, and the programme, including all the research results and the product formulations, was given back to Dr. Howard. This diet programme later became known as . . . . . . . . .
The Cambridge Diet!

Upon leaving Organon, Dr. Jones moved to France as Director of Research and Development for UPSA, a French pharmaceutical company, finally moving in 1980 to Western Canada as Executive Director of the POS Pilot Plant Corporation, a company that specializes in research into food engineering. Later, after spending nearly 3 years as Director of Research, Development and Quality Control with Frank W. Horner Inc., a pharmaceutical company in Montreal, he started his own consultancy company, which provided services to the pharmaceutical and food industries and to Government agencies. While working as a consultant, he developed the original 40:30:30 nutrition bars for Dr. Barry Sears; these bars have since become world-renowned as the Balance bars and the Zone bars. His consultancy operation also brought him into contact with Bariatrix (a developer and manufacturer of nutritional products), for whom he developed the first high-protein, low-carbohydrate nutrition bars. Several patents have been granted to Dr. Jones as inventor for these bars. The association with Bariatrix became permanent and Dr. Jones was appointed their Vice President, Scientific Affairs.

In addition to further refining his nutritional expertise in the treatment of weight problems, and the development of novel nutritional products, Dr. Jones also discovered the interesting and beneficial properties of a group of natural alkaloids present in Citrus species, a discovery for which he has been granted a number of patents. He remains active in nutritional research and product development, and envisages some exciting advances in the treatment of obesity by nutritional and nutraceutical means in the near future.

Dr. Jones is a former Member of three Canadian Government Committees, the Expert Committee on Human Nutrition, the Expert Committee on Plant Products (which he chaired for 9 years) and the Canada Committee on Food, and has served on various other official Government Committees in this general area in both North America and Europe. He is a member of several learned societies, including the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Biology.

During his career, Dr. Jones has developed food, dietary supplement and pharmaceutical products which have grossed several billion dollars in sales, but more importantly, have resulted in very considerable health benefits for consumers. He believes in the educational role of the media, and in addition to having had his own series of radio shows on both music and science in Canada, he has written scripts for educational programmes and been a guest on many talk shows.

Dr. Jones believes that scientists have a responsibility to the public; when involved in "selling" scientific concepts to the layperson, scientists and nutritionists must "tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth", and they must do it in a way that the layperson understands, and can interpret correctly.


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