Brian Dixon, PhD: Executive Director of Health and Science Education
Background: Dr. Dixon earned his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Oregon State University where he focused his research on the underlying molecular and biochemical mechanisms of the aging process and the therapeutic potential of R-alpha lipoic acid.
Dr. Dixon went on to do his post-doctoral work at the Linus Pauling Institute evaluating the bioavailability of lipoic acid in young and elderly adults and its role in ameliorating deficits known to occur with age. He has authored scientific, peer-reviewed manuscripts on topics such as cancer, antioxidants, cellular signaling, gene regulation, stress coping mechanisms, weight management, sports nutrition, recovery following intense exercise, role of nutrition in recovery from surgery, inflammation, immunity, the aging process, and research on nutrients such as glutathione, vitamin D, plant polyphenols, and other phytonutrients. Dr. Dixon has also authored a book chapter examining the role of dietary antioxidants and cardiovascular disease in the elderly and has been a co-inventor on no fewer than seven patents submitted in his time at USANA.
Dr. Dixon joined USANA’s department of research of development in January of 2009. As an integral member of USANA’s scientific staff, Dr. Dixon’s main role was to facilitate and manage all human clinical studies conducted at, and funded by, USANA. In November of 2014, Dr. Dixon was asked to head up the newly formed Department of Health and Science Education as its executive director where he continues to speak internationally and grant regular media appearances educating on the importance of nutrition for optimal health.
“Nutrition has always been close to my heart. I’ve seen first-hand the power of proper nutrition—and even individual nutrients—in preventing, slowing, or even reversing detrimental changes that can occur in our cells. I joined the USANA scientific team for one reason and one reason only; their unyielding and uncompromising edict to produce the highest quality, science-based health products in the industry.”