Susan Jebb is Professor of Diet and Population Health in the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, having previously led a research group at the MRC Human Nutrition Research unit in Cambridge. She is a nutrition scientist and has a particular interest in the role of dietary factors in the aetiology and treatment of obesity and its related metabolic diseases. Susan has a particular interest in the translation of scientific evidence into policy and practice. She is Chair of the Public Health Responsibility Deal Food Network, a member of the Department of Health Obesity Review Group and one of the Chairs of the NICE Public Health Advisory Committees. She was the lead Scientific Advisor for the influential Foresight report on obesity. Susan is a long standing member of the UK ASO and former Chair.
Geltrude Mingrone, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Catholic University of Rome, Italy is the Founder and Executive Director of the European Chapter of the American College of Nutrition and Member of the Board of the European Group for the study of Insulin Resistance (EGIR) and of the European Food Safety Autority (EFSA) in the nutrition panel. Mingrone is also Partner in the 5th Framework Programme EGIR-RISC “Relationship between insulin sensitivity and cardiovascular disease”. (RISC) QLG1-CT-2001-01252. Mingrone has published more than 280 scientific papers in international journals, such as New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, J Clin Invest, Diabetes, Diabetologia, Am J Physiol, etc and has expertise in the effects of bariatric surgery on glucose metabolism, insulin sensitivity and secretion, 24h energy expenditure using the Calorimetric Chamber.
Jean-Michel Oppert, MD, PhD, is Professor of Nutrition at University Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris. He is the Head of the Department of Nutrition, Heart and Metabolism Division, Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital, Paris, which focuses on the management of severe and complex obesity cases. His current research interests include the measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in health and disease, the investigation of environmental determinants of physical activity and eating habits, and the study of behavioural and physiological changes associated with surgery-induced weight loss. He has been or is involved in EU projects centred on obesity and/or physical activity such as Nugenob, HOPE, SPOTLIGHT, ALPHA (DG SANCO), METACARDIS. He is founding member (2005-12) of the Steering Committee of the Health Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA)-Europe network supported by WHO Europe. He is past president (2009-12) of the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO).
Wim H.M. Saris (1949) MD, PhD, Professor of Human Nutrition at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Science of the Maastricht University, The Netherlands. In 1992 he initiated the Nutrition and Toxicology Research Institute NUTRIM and was the scientific director until 2005. In 2005 he part-time joined DSM as Corporate Scientist Human Nutrition, The Netherlands. He is author or co-author of 7 books and over 400 scientifically refereed articles dealing with topics like nutrition, obesity, type 2 diabetes, exercise physiology, cancer cachexia, functional foods and nutrigenomics. He served many national and international committees among others the Dutch Health and Nutrition Council and the Scientific Committee on Food (SCF now EFSA) of the European Commission in Brussels and the European Technology Platform (ETP) initiative “Food for Life” Since 2010 he leads of the EU Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) “ Healthy diet for a healthy life”.
In 2002, Arya M. Sharma was recruited from the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, to a Canada Research Chair (Tier1) in Cardiovascular Obesity and Management at McMaster University. In 2007 he accepted a position as Professor and Chair in Obesity Research and Management at the University of Alberta, where he is also the Medical Director of the Alberta Health Services Provincial Obesity Program. In 2005, he spearheaded the launch of the Canadian Obesity Network, which, with well over 9000 members, has remarkably transformed the landscape of obesity research and management in Canada. He is also Past-President of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons. His research focuses on an evidence-based approach to managing obese patients and includes the development of the Edmonton Obesity Staging System. Dr. Sharma has authored or co-authored more than 350 publications and has lectured widely on the aetiology and management of hypertension, obesity, and related cardiometabolic disorders. Dr. Sharma is regularly featured as a medical expert in national and international TV and print media including the CBC, CTV, New York Times, and MSNBC. Dr. Sharma maintains a widely-read blog where he regularly posts his ideas and thoughts on obesity prevention and management.