NSRI is comprised of a dedicated team of researchers and medical professionals committed to providing consumers with the latest information on nutritional supplements and the many benefits of their use.
Jack F. Bukowski, MD, PhD is the Chief Scientific Officer for the Nutritional Science Research Institute (NSRI). Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Dedicated to the study of the human immune system for the over 30 years, Dr. Bukowski began his research career in 1974, while still an undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University. He continued his research throughout the years, first a trainee, then ultimately as faculty member at Harvard Medical School. In late 2001, Dr. Bukowski, although still maintaining a part time research post at Harvard, left the university to accept a full-time position as a medical director in the pharmaceutical industry. It was there that he discovered that a partnership between academia and industry was the key to successfully achieving substantial advances in immunology.
In late 2005, Dr. Bukowski resigned his full-time post to become a founding member of NSRI. This decision was based on widespread encouragement from colleagues, business partners, friends and family to incorporate his impressive immunology research discoveries into developing products to promote better health.
Dr. Bukowski’s primary focus has been on a part of the immune system called the innate immune system, which makes people naturally resistant to disease. Without vaccinations or being exposed to a disease, our innate immune system somehow possess the ability to prevent us from getting sick with colds, flu, other infections, and cancer. Dr. Bukowski has spent the majority of his career researching this part of the immune system and the specific factors that cause some people’s innate immune systems to function better than others.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, while studying how the innate immune system is activated, his laboratory discovered, quite by accident, that certain molecules found in the diet can significantly boost innate immunity. It was determined that nutrients found in certain foods and beverages, especially tea, could actually induce our innate immune systems to fight off cancer more effectively, as well as battle the viruses, bacteria, and parasites that cause colds, flu, and other infections. This monumental discovery led to a renowned study, published in 2003, proving that drinking five to six cups per day of tea boosts, by 500 to 1500%, the ability of an innate immune system component to make interferon gamma. Interferon gamma enables the elimination of virus, bacteria, and parasites that cause illness such as colds, flu, pneumonia, and diarrhea, and have also been found to kill cancer cells.
Dr. Bukowski has authored over 100 research articles, abstracts, and review articles. He has been a reviewer for many scientific journals, and has been on study sections for the NIH and Arthritis Foundation. He is a practicing rheumatologist.
Dr. Susan S. Percival
Susan S. Percival, PhD is a Professor of Nutritional Sciences in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Her educational background includes a Master’s of Science degree from the University of California, Davis, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin. She did postdoctoral research in the department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Texas A&M University. From 1978 to 1981 she was tenure track faculty at the University of Rhode Island prior to an educational leave to pursue her doctorate. She recently came back from a sabbatical leave at the National Institutes of Health with the Nutritional Sciences Research Group at the National Cancer Institute. At the University of Florida, she was Undergraduate Coordinator for over 700 undergraduate students from 1994 to 2002. She currently teaches a course on Dietary Supplements and a course on Nutrition and Immunity.
Dr. Percival is a member of several professional organizations including the American Society for Nutrition and the Institute of Food Technologists. She served on a committee to “Develop a Framework to Evaluate the Safety of Dietary Supplements” from 2001 to 2004, and, more recently on a committee “Mineral Requirements for Cognitive and Physical Performance of Military Personnel”, Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. She was been a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Nutrition for 6 years and previously served as an IFT Scientific Lecturer.
Her current research deals with how dietary components influence immunity. Experimental models in cell culture, mice and in humans reveal that certain dietary components including bioactive compounds from fruits and vegetables, trace elements, botanicals, red wine, and green tea affect specific branches of immunity. These plant bioactive food components work not only through their antioxidant capacity, but also through their ability to affect intracellular signaling pathways.
Dr. Fung-Lung Chung, MD, PhD is currently a senior faculty member of the Department of Oncology at Georgetown University, providing service as a member of the LCCC Cancer Genetics and Epidemiology Program.
Before joining Georgetown University Medical Center, Dr. Chung was the Chief of Division of Carcinogenesis and Molecular Epidemiologist and the Program Leader of Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis at the American Health Foundation Cancer Center (a NCI-designated Laboratory Cancer Center) of the Institute for Cancer Prevention in Valhalla, New York. He conducted research at the American Health Foundation Cancer Center for 23 years.
Dr. Chung has served on various NIH Scientific Review Committees and was a regular member of the NIH Chemical Pathology Study Section (1990-94) He was a member of the Senior Advisory Board of the Institute for Cancer Prevention (1995-2004). He also served as a Program Leader of the Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis Program in the AHF Cancer Center.
Dr. Chung has served on the editorial board for several journals, such as Chem. Res. Toxicol., Oncology Reports, and Mol. Nutrition and Food Res. Additionally, he has been a guest lecturer for special topics courses at other universities, such as Ohio State, New York Medical College and Rutgers.
Derrick M. DeSilva Jr., M.D. is a practicing Internist at the Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, NJ.
As an adjunct professor at JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ, Dr. DeSilva Jr. has lectured on various topics in medicine, nationally and internationally, and is an avid member of the following associations:
• The American Medical Association
• The American Diabetes Association
• The American Heart Association
• The Society of Internal Medicine
• President of the American Nutraceutical Association
• Vice-President of Medical Spa Professional Alliance
Dr. DeSilva Jr. has his own radio talk show called “Ask the Doctor” , which airs on WCTC Radio in New Jersey (1450 AM),as well as his own television show, “Your Natural Health”, which airs on News 12 New Jersey. He has also authored and published the following books:
• Coping with Lyme Disease – published by Henry Holt, 1993
• Ask the Doctor – published by Interweave Press, 1997
Besides radio, his national television exposure has been attained in hosting medical segments on CNN and appearing as a guest on numerous national television programs, including ABC Night Line.
Dr. Derrick DeSilva Jr. has been instrumental in the formulation of over 100 different natural products and has been honored with the following recognition:
• Who’s Who in NJ – 1993
• The National Who’s Who – 1996
• Named by New York Magazine (June 2001) as One of the Best Doctors in New York Metro Area
• Named by New Jersey Monthly Magazine (Nov. 2001) as One of The Best Doctors in New Jersey
• Beginning in November 1996 through August 2003, was named by Castle Connolly publishing as one of the best Doctor’s in the NY Metropolitan area
R. Mimi Secor, MS, M.Ed, FNP-BC, FAANP, is a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in women’s health for 33 years and is a National Consultant, Speaker and Radio host on ReachMD educating advanced practice health care professionals and consumers around the country and world.
She is President Emerita/Senior Advisor of NPACE, Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education in Natick, Massachusetts. NPACE offers regional and national conferences for advanced practice clinicians.
Ms Secor is a Visiting Scholar at Boston College, a Guest Lecturer at Mass General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and lectures at other NP programs in New England, US & Canada
For 12 years Ms Secor owned and operated an independent practice (Nurse Practitioner Associates) for 12 years in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Ms. Secor earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts in 1995 and her Master’s Degree in Education from Antioch University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1979
She is a member of many professional organizations including the National Honor Society – Sigma Theta Tau, AANP, ANA, MARN, MCNP (a founder), ARHP, NPWH, and the American College of Clinicians (ACC) a National Organization for NPs/PAs
Ms Secor has received several awards (in Patient Care and Education), has published numerous articles, book chapters and recently co-authored a textbook, Advanced Health Assessment of Women: Skills and Procedures by Springer Publishing. Her Media experience includes numerous radio, TV and newspaper/magazine interviews including Good Morning America, WBZ in Boston, local radio stations across the country, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Bridal Guide, Cosmo Girl, and other national magazines.
Her interests include prevention of illness, infectious diseases, women’s health and NP/PA professional issues.