Dr. Robert Heaney is an internationally recognized expert in the field of bone biology and calcium nutrition. He has worked for over 45 years in the study of osteoporosis and calcium physiology, and has published more than 300 original papers, chapters, monographs, and reviews in scientific and educational fields. He is a frequently invited editorial writer for the major medical journals, including JAMA, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Annals of Internal Medicine, Clinical Chemistry, Metabolism, and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. He serves on numerous nutrition industry scientific advisory panels.
Dr. Heaney was a member of the Panel on Calcium and Related Nutrients involved in the development of the new Dietary Reference Intakes for these nutrients, and his laboratory has done bioavailability testing for many of the major food companies in North America. His professional honors and awards include two that recognize his research in calcium physiology and calcium requirements in humans: honorary membership in the American Dietetic Association (1990) and election to Fellowship in the American College of Nutrition (1993) He is also the recipient of the Frederic C. Bartter Award of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (1994) and the Best Scientific Paper Award of the American College of Nutrition (2001). He has received three awards in 2003: the Scientific Prize of the Institut Candia (France) for his contributions to raising awareness of calcium and its health benefits; the E.V. McCollum Award of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition in recognition of his contributions to nutritional science and medicine; and the McCollum International Lectureship of the American Society of Nutritional Sciences.