Dale A. Schoeller, PhD


Dr. Dale Schoeller received his BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his PhD, also in Chemistry, from Indiana University.  He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Argonne National Laboratory in the Klein Laboratory and then joined the faculty of the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago.  He joined Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997.

Dr. Schoeller, Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, is best known as the first to use the doubly labeled water method for the measurement of energy expenditure in humans.  He has performed extensive research in human obesity.  This includes studies of the role of physical activity and energy intake in the etiology of obesity, comparison of obesity treatments to improve efficacy, and development of improved methods for measuring body composition. He has also been instrumental in identifying systematic reporting errors in questionnaire-based assessments of energy intake and physical activity and is currently investigating novel stable isotope biomarkers of dietary intake. He continues to study the interaction between energy expenditure and weight control and recently began to investigate obesity prevention in children.

Dr. Schoeller received the Mead Johnson Award from the American Institute of Nutrition (1987) for his development of the doubly labeled water method for human use; the Herman Award (2000) from the American Society of Clinical Nutrition for his research in human obesity, and the Atwater Award from the USDA/ARS (2005) for his contributions to understanding human energy requirements. He has served as Treasurer and, later, President of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition.

Dr Schoeller has attended the annual meetings of the Obesity Society and has been a member since the society was small enough to meet in the facilities of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. He has been able to participate as it grew from a modest group of specialty investigators into a major society drawing members from a wide range of disciplines. Dr. Schoeller has served as a member of the Awards Committee and later the Membership Committee.  During the past two years, he has served as Secretary/Treasurer and as a member of the Executive Committee, as well as the Obesity Week Steering Committee.

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