Norman Hord serves as Head of the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. He holds the position of Celia Strickland and G. Kenneth Austin III Endowed Professor of Public Health and serves as the Past Board Chair of the Association of Nutrition Departments and Programs.
Dr. Hord supervises a research program that focuses dietary nitrate and nitrite in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular and skeletal disorders that are associated with endothelial nitric oxide (NO) deficiency. Dietary nitrate and nitrite contributes to endogenous NO production from nitrate-nitrite-NO pathway, a newly identified pathway for endogenous bioactive NO production. In this context, foods rich in nitrate and nitrite may prove to be an effective strategy for cardiovascular disease prevention. Through his grant funded research program, he has published research in nutrition, cancer research, cell biology and dietetics journals.
Dr. Hord served as Chair of the Diet and Cancer Research Interest section of the American Society for Nutrition, seventeen year faculty member for the Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention at the National Cancer Institute and grant reviewer for National Institutes of Health, USDA and U.S. Department of Defense/ American Institute of Biological Sciences grant review panels.