The International Nut and Dried Fruit Council awarded its 2012 Golden Nut Award for excellence in research to Dr. Joan Sabaté, professor and chair of the nutrition department at Loma Linda University School of Public Health. The award recognizes researchers who have contributed significantly to nutritional knowledge related to nuts and/or dried fruits.
“According to the selection committee, the Loma Linda University School of Public Health nutrition department is the research group with the most scientific publications on nuts and the highest impact factor in the world,” says Dr. Sabaté.
Dr. Sabaté became the second School of Public Health faculty member to earn the Golden Nut Award. In his landmark 1991–92 study on walnuts and heart disease risk factors, Dr. Sabaté established for the first time the link between nut consumption and the lowering of blood cholesterol, with results published in 1993 by the New England Journal of Medicine.
[Photo: Dr. Sabaté speaks during the World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress, where he received the Golden Nut Award for excellence in research.]