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Bill Lands

Bill Lands

BILL LANDS Volunteer (Born: July 22, 1930, Chillicothe, Missouri) was Professor of Biochemistry in Medical Schools at the University of Michigan (1955-1980) and the University of Illinois (1980-1991) where he studied the metabolism of fats, phospholipids, and prostaglandins. He authored as Lands, WE (and recently as Lands, B) over 300 papers and the book, Fish, Omega-3 and Human Health, 2nd Edition, updated in 2005 from the 1985, Fish and Human Health. One of the world's 1000 most cited scientists in 1965-1978, he received numerous awards including the 1969 Glycerine Research Award, the 1979 Verhagen Lectureship at Rotterdam University, honorary membership in the Australian Rheumatism Association, the Pfizer Biomedical Research Award (1985), the AOCS-Supelco Lipid Research Award (1997), the ISSFAL Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), AOCS-Holman Lifetime Achievement Award (2010) and selection as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine and the American Society for Nutrition. After retiring from university teaching, he directed the basic research program at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (1990-1997) and served there as Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director (1997-2002). He was a director of Omega Protein, Inc. (1998-2014). He has a wellness site at and a community informal education site at He is now writing as Lands, B, and is fully retired.

Recent Publications:

Lands B. Highly unsaturated fatty acids (HUFA) mediate and monitor food’s impact on health  Prostaglandins Other Lipid Mediators 2017, in press

Lands B, Bibus D, Stark KD. Dynamic Interactions of n-3 and n-6 Fatty Acid Nutrients. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids 2017 in press.

Strandjord SE, Lands B, Hibbeln JR. Validation of an equation predicting highly unsaturated fatty acid compositions of human blood fractions from dietary intake. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 2017, in press. 

Lands B. Benefit-Risk Assessment of Fish Oil in Preventing Cardiovascular Disease. Drug Saf. 2016 Sep;39(9):787-99. doi: 10.1007/s40264-016-0438-5.

Lands B. 2016.  Fatty Acids: Essential Fatty Acids. In: Caballero, B., Finglas, P., and Toldrá, F. (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Food and Health 2016 vol. 2, pp. 615-622. Oxford: Academic Press.

Lands B. Cholesterol: The Most Misunderstood Marker.  In  Handbook of Cholesterol: Biology, function and role in health and diseases. (ed. Ronald Watson, PhD and Fabien De Meester PhD)  Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers; 2016

Lands B. Omega 3 Fatty Acids Counterbalance Actions of Omega-6 Fatty Acids. In Fish and Fish Oils in Health and Disease (editors: Susan Raatz, Doug Bibus)  2016  Elsevier    

Lands B. Omega-3 PUFAs Lower the Propensity for Arachidonic Acid Cascade Overreactions. Biomed Res Int. 2015;2015:285135. doi: 10.1155/2015/285135.

Bibus D, Lands B. Balancing proportions of competing omega-3 and omega-6 highly unsaturated fatty acids (HUFA) in tissue lipids. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 2015 Aug;99:19-23. doi: 10.1016/j.plefa.2015.04.005.

Clark C, Lands B. 2015. Creating Benefits from Omega-3 Functional Foods and  Nutraceuticals. Food and Nutrition Sciences, 6:1613-1623

Lands B.  Choosing foods to balance competing n-3 and n-6 HUFA and their actions. OCL, DOI: 10.1051/ocl/2015017.

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