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Our Lead Experts

Meet some of the researchers behind our cocoa flavanol research program.

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Our experts are leading the Mars Edge cocoa flavanols research program, with decades of experience in nutritional science and epidemiology. Partnering with a global network of leading research institutions and organizations, our researchers are working to advance our understanding of cocoa flavanols and human health.


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Dr Hagen Schroeter, Chief Science Officer

Hagen is the Chief Science Officer at Mars Edge, leading Mars’ scientific contributions related to cocoa flavanols and the Cocoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS). Based at the University of California, Davis, where he is an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Nutrition, he specializes in biomedical research into polyphenols and flavanols in the context of health, nutrition, and aging.

Prior to joining Mars in 2006, Hagen was a Research Associate and Assistant Research Professor at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Davis. He has authored and co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed research papers, published in prominent scientific journals, on cocoa flavanols and the efficacy and safety of bioactive food constituents in the fields of medicine, nutrition, and biochemistry.

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Dr Javier Ottaviani, Research Associate

Javier is a Research Associate at Mars Edge and the Director of the Mars Edge Core Laboratory at the University of California, Davis. He oversees strategic and operational biomedical and nutritional research activities and manages Mars’ external relationships related to the work of the Laboratory.

Javier focuses on the role of nutrition and dietary bioactive compounds in health, at an individual and population level. His current projects include investigating the effects of cocoa flavanols on healthy aging and vascular health. Javier also holds a position as an affiliated faculty in the Department of Nutrition at University of California, Davis.

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