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Dr. Reza Rastmanesh

Nutritionist, Ph.D

Brief Biography:

Dr. Reza Rastmanesh was an assistant professor in Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, clinical nutrition and dietetics department since 2004 to 2010, where he leaded human studies on novel approaches to weight loss, ranging from mixed psychological approaches to traditional and herbal medicine and supplements. He has two theories for weight loss involving melatonin, sleep, appetite, and thermoregulation. He has also other established theories in other medical situations including retinal neovascularization, ocular situations and dermatology. For the past 10 years he has been working on molecular, sociomedical and biomedical levels in diabetes management and obesity control. Research interest: Novel molecular and psychological approaches for weight loss, capsaicin, melatonin. He is now and independent researcher with no university affiliation.


Academic positions:

Summary of Positions Held:
Since Feb 2004 to 2010 Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Assistant Professor (tenured): Duties Include: Research, conducting lectures for students of
Undergraduate and postgraduate students. Now, he is not a university affiliation

Visiting Medical Research Officer/ Ph.D. Candidate in Nutrition, Duties included: Conducting experiments, research and analysis of data for a specific research project examining the effects of omega-3 fatty acid and EPA/DHA on NO-induced and cytokine-induced beta cell apoptosis in NOD mice. Conducting other experiments, research and data analysis as required by supervisor (Professor Nikolai Petrovsky: Flinder's University, Australia).
2003Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Lecturer (Ph.D. candidate) – Nutrition Sciences and Diet Therapy, Duties Include: Research, conducting lectures for students of undergraduate and postgraduate.
2002Iranian Ministry of Information and Technology:

Duties include: Specific project – providing a proposal of “Health Information System” (HIS) in English
2000 Iranian National Committee for Disabled Sportsmen Sydney, Australia

Duties include: Sports Dietician (Nutritional counseling, pre-exercise diets and post exercise recovery diets, etc). This collaboration has lead to a paper "Nutritional Knowledge and Attitudes in Athletes with Physical Disabilities. Journal of Athletic Training.2007; 42 (1):99–105. Reza Rastmanesh, et al. 2000
Channel 4 – Iranian National Television

Producer/Medical Researcher, Duties include: Providing an education documentary for medical practitioners. Documentary included research into nutrition and diet therapy in disease. I researched, completed and produced all 30 episodes of the documentary
1999-2000Endocrine Research Centre- Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences

Research Scientist (Ph.D. candidate), Duties included: Providing in-depth research and analysis of data on a variety of medical research specially endocrinology. Conducting experiments, analyzing medical data, and publishing medical articles. Assisting with administrative duties in the laboratory as required.


Research interests:

• Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences Award for Outstanding Student-Researcher (1998-1999).
• Parliament's Best Award for the Islamic Republic of Iran Year book (1999),
• President's Award for the Best Student of the Country (2004),
• Micronutrient Initiative's Award for the Book Translation (2003), ESPEN 2008 Travel Award (2008).

Professional Memberships
• Member of Persian Language Academy
• Member of Young Iranian Writers
• Member of National Ergonomics Committee
• Member of Iranian Young Writers Association
• Member of Iranian Outdoor Climbing Association
• Member of Iranian Nutritional Association
• Member of Education Development Office, Faculty of Nutrition


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