UW School of Pharmacy congratulates Professor Lingtak-Neander Chan on his election as a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (ACN) in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of nutrition science. Being selected as a Fellow is unusual for pharmacists. “I am honored to represent UW and the profession of pharmacy in this field, as there are only a handful of pharmacists who have been elected as fellows of the ACN,” said Lingtak.
Lingtak, who was recently promoted to Professor of Pharmacy in the School of Pharmacy, serves as interdisciplinary faculty of nutritional sciences in the Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Washington. He received BS degrees in toxicology and pharmacy, and a post-baccalaureate PharmD degree, followed by residency training in clinical pharmacy.
He was formerly a faculty member of the College of Pharmacy and College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His areas of interest include absorption kinetics in patients with bariatric surgery, and nutritional and antioxidant therapy in critically ill patients. He has been appointed as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. He is currently completing his term as Vice Chair for the Specialty Council on Nutrition Support Pharmacy of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Beginning June 2016, he has also started his 2-year term as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. In 2014, Lingtak’s unique blend of pharmacy and nutritional expertise was highlighted in stories appearing in UW Health Sciences NewsBeat, “On-demand intravenous fluids questioned IV products in short supply, yet hangover cure businesses open,” and on KOMO News about teens overdosing on caffeine powder, “Parents lobby against caffeine powder: ‘It’s poison in a jar.’”
The American College of Nutrition was founded in 1959 with the mission to enhance nutrition and metabolism knowledge among physicians and professionals from all disciplines with a common interest in nutrition and to promote the application of such knowledge to the maintenance of health and treatment of disease. One of the primary activities of the ACN is to hold annual scientific conferences to help researchers and clinicians alike navigate the cutting edge science and practice of nutrition. The ACN accepts no funding from for-profit companies, and publishes the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.