She just happens to be the world's leading authority of Omega-3 fatty acids. She did much of the foundation work and most researchers are either in awe of her work or are so far back behind her that they still don't understand what it's all about. She is recognized the world over.
You can find all kinds of so-called "experts" who are writing reports about Omega-3 fatty acids. But all too often they are dancing on the hot stove top like a drop of water without the fundamentals. The basic fundamental is that the measure for the Omega-3 deficiency is not in terms of absolute quantity in a body, but it's relative balance to the other equally important essential fatty acid family that's in the body which is the Omega-6 fatty acid. Therefore, unless scientific reports work with the balance, they are not getting to the core of the problem or the solution. Most reports do not discuss the balance!!!! I've even spoken to the authors of some of those reports and they just plain don't have the basic understanding. Why? Because that is the way humans are. Some are leaders and most are followers in the dark.
The fundamentals go back to the origin of life. All oceanography books start with the birth of oceans which lead to the origin of life. The first sustainable life form was a green one-celled plant. Then animals evolved that ate the plants and other animals. And so on. Not even one animal on earth is sustainable as they are all totally dependent on the green plant at the bottom of their food chain. The first animals did not have to make Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids because they were always in the green leaf and nearly all animal bodies have followed in that form since. Consequently, unless our food can be traced to the chemical composition of the green leaf, animal bodies are in trouble. This is why eating the grain you love is damaging to your health. Also the same with nuts. Yes, both have some Omega-3s in them, but their balances are horrible and as a food they lead to body failure rather than better health.
Who is she? That's like saying "Who the hell is George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, or John Adams?" In comparison to how those men rank in U.S. history, that's how she ranks in global nutritional circles. I have telephonic relationships with numerous scientists and researchers and they look up to her like some kind of Goddess. Here's more:
Background from http://www.reachmd.com/Dr. Artemis P. Simopoulos is the founder and president of the Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health, a nonprofit educational organization in Washington, DC, since 1990. Dr. Simopoulos was a founding member of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) in 1991, secretary/treasurer of ISSFAL from 1991 to 1998, and a member of the editorial board of the ISSFAL newsletter from 1994 to 2000. She is the founder and president of the International Society of Nutrigenetics/ Nutrigenomics (ISNN) and founder and chair of the World Council on Nutrition, Fitness and Health (WCNFH) since 2005.
A graduate of Barnard College in New York, with a major in chemistry, and a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine, she is a physician and endocrinologist whose research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was on the nutritional aspects of genetic and endocrine disorders, evolutionary aspects of diet and fatty acids, and the importance of a balanced ratio of omega-6/omega-3 fatty acids in health and disease and in growth and development. She is the author of The Omega Diet (HarperCollins, 1999) and has edited numerous books and journal supplements, in addition to publishing over 300 scientific papers. She has been the editor of the Karger series World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics since 1989. She is the founder and president of the International Society on Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics (www.isnn.info).