Alexander Schauss, PhD, FACN, Senior Director

Alexander Schauss, PhD, FACN, Senior Director

Alexander Schauss, PhD, FACN, is the Senior Research Director of Natural and Medicinal Products Research, and CEO at AIBMR Life Sciences, in Puyallup, Washington, USA, with offices in Bloomington, Indiana, Seattle, Washington, and Puyallup, Washington. As lead scientist, Dr. Schauss has worked on projects in 44 countries for AIBMR to support research activities for over 500 companies or institutions. He earned his undergraduate, graduate (summa cum laude), and doctoral degrees at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque and, California Coast University in Santa Ana, respectively, completing post-graduate studies or continuing education at the University of New Mexico, the University of Washington at Seattle, University of Washington at Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Stanford University, Georgia State University, University of Georgia, and California State University - Fullerton.

Dr. Schauss has studied nutrition and botanical medicine since 1969, when he performed his first clinical trial on the use of high dose oral vitamin C and its effects on opioid receptors in the treatment of heroin addiction; a landmark study that attracted the attention of two-time Nobel Laureate, Dr. Linus Pauling. Since then he has held a number of academic positions, including Clinical Professor of Natural Products Research and Adjunct Research Professor of Botanical Medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon; Senior Director of the Southwest College Research Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona; Associate Professor of Research at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Tempe, Arizona; Director, Institute for Biosocial Research, City University, Seattle; and, Lecturer in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at Bastyr University in Seattle.

He has been a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) Advisory Council (AMPAC); a member of the Ad Hoc Developmental Planning Committee of the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS); a reviewer of botanical standards and information monographs for the U.S. Pharmacopoeia Convention (USP); and, a reviewer for the International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) database, maintained through an interagency partnership with the Food and Nutrition Information Center, National Agricultural Library, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Currently, he serves on one of the expert panels of USP through 2015.

In 1985, Dr. Schauss was appointed to represent the United States as a voting member to the World Health Organization (WHO) Study Group on Health Promotion, based on the recommendation of the Director General of WHO, Dr. Hafdan Mahler, leading to his confirmation by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Nutrition, the Society for Experimental Biology in Medicine, the Society for Food Science and Technology, the American College of Toxicology, a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (FACN), International Society of Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, the American Chemical Society, International Society for Horticultural Science, African Medical Plants Standards Society, and Society of Toxicology. He is also an Emeritus Member of the New York Academy of Sciences, former Chairman of the Food Policy Council of the National Council for Public Health Policy, an Honorary Founding Member of the British Society of Nutritional Medicine, and Emeritus Executive Director of the American Preventive Medical Association.


In 2005, Dr. Schauss received the Linus Pauling Lecture Award "for contributions to the medical sciences" from the American College for the Advancement of Medicine. In 1996 he was an official NGO member of the US FDA delegation to the Codex Meeting on Special Nutritionals held in Bonn, Germany.

Besides having chaired and served on numerous Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) self-affirmation expert panels, since 1991 Dr. Schauss has chaired the Safety Subcommittee of the Compliance and Labeling Integrity Committee (ComPLI) of the Natural Products Association (NPA), the nation's largest natural products trade association, founded in 1935. ComPLI oversees the association's GMP certification program, its TruLabel Program, and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding quality and purity standards for nutraceutical products sold by over 10,000 members of the association.

He was recently appointed Associate Editor of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, along with John Hoffer, MD, PhD, FRCPC, at McGill University, Canada. From 1979 to 1992, Dr. Schauss served as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Biosocial and Medical Research. Currently, he reviews manuscript submissions for 21 peer review journals.

He is the author or co-author of over 200 publications that have appeared in a diverse range of scientific journals, including: Atherosclerosis, Experimental Gerontology, Toxicology, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Food Chemistry, Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, Renal Failure, Food and Chemical Toxicology, International Journal of Neurology, International Journal of Toxicology, Nutrition Research, Biological Trace Element Research, Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, Journal of Medicinal Food, and, the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

Besides being the author/co-author of 23 books in the fields of nutrition and botanical medicine, some of which have been published in numerous languages, Dr. Schauss has contributed nearly 30 chapters to a wide range of edited works, including chapters in all editions of the Textbook of Natural Medicine (Elsevier Science: Oxford, UK); the review chapter on tocotrienols in the definitive work, Tocotrienols: Vitamin E Beyond Tocopherols (CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL), and the forthcoming second edition, on the safety of tocotrienols; culinary spices in cancer chemoprevention, in Bioactive Foods and Extracts - Cancer Treatment and Prevention (CRC Press, Taylor & Francis: Boca Raton, FL); three chapters in Bioactive Foods in Promoting Health (Academic Press: Oxford, UK); and chapters in such forthcoming works as: Botanical Foods in Cancer Treatment and Prevention (Academic Press: Oxford, UK); Dried Fruits - Phytochemicals and Health Applications (Blackwell/Wiley & Sons: Chichester, UK); and, Bioactive Foods as Dietary Interventions for Arthritis and Related Inflammatory Diseases (Elsevier: Oxford, UK). 

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