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February 13, 2018

Dear Members of the Tufts Community,

It our sincere pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. Sarah Booth as Director of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Center for Research on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts. Dr. Booth has served in this role in an interim capacity for the past 15 months, demonstrating strong leadership during a challenging period in the Center’s history.  We would like to thank the search committee for their hard work and dedication in this process.

In addition to her role as Director of the HNRCA, Dr. Booth will continue to serve as senior scientist and director of the HNRCA’s Vitamin K Laboratory. She will also retain her faculty role as professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

Prior to assuming the Interim Director role, Dr. Booth served as associate director of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. She earned her Ph.D. in Nutrition at McGill University and is a member of the American Society for Nutrition.

Dr. Booth’s main scientific interests include the absorption, transport and metabolism of vitamin K and the role of its metabolism in the prevention of chronic disease. She uses research from animal studies and human clinical trials to develop an evidence base toward the possibility of setting an estimated average requirement (EAR) of vitamin K for adults.  In addition to her extensive work in the fields of nutrition and aging, Dr. Booth has a longstanding and distinguished affiliation with Tufts, the Friedman School, and the HNRCA.

The HNRCA is the largest research center in the world studying nutrition and healthy and active aging. With over 250 scientists, trainees and staff and 17 research labs, the HNRCA covers a wide range of nutrition and age research projects.  This unique collaboration between the USDA and Tufts allows us to bring about direct impact on nutritional recommendations and requirements, public policy, and clinical healthcare.

A vital institution like the HNRCA requires a talented Director with an inspiring vision. We are confident that Sarah will drive the mission and goals of the HNRCA, and will continue to be an invaluable member of the Friedman faculty. Please join us in congratulating her on this permanent appointment to the HNRCA Director role, which she will assume immediately.

Best wishes,

Anthony P. Monaco

David R. Harris
Provost and Senior Vice President