Kelly Brownell is Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, and is Professor of Public Policy. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Duke Global Health Institute. In 2006 Time magazine listed Kelly Brownell among “The World’s 100 Most Influential People” in its special Time 100 issue featuring those “.. whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world.” Brownell was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine in 2006 and has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association, Graduate Mentoring Award from Yale, the James McKeen Cattell Award from the New York Academy of Sciences, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Purdue University, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Rutgers University, and the Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology from the American Psychological Association. Dr. Brownell has published 15 books and more than 350 scientific articles and chapters. He has served as President of several national organizations, including the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, and the Division of Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Brownell has advised the White House, members of congress, governors, world health and nutrition organizations, and media leaders on issues of nutrition, obesity, and public policy. He was cited as a “moral entrepreneur” with special influence on public discourse in a history of the obesity field and was cited by Time magazine as a leading “warrior” in the area of nutrition and public policy.
Dr Marjaana Lahti-Koski from Finland is Director in Health Promotion and Patient Affairs at Finnish Heart Association (FHA) and Adjunct Professor in Public Health at Helsinki University. Her past posts include; Senior Researcher at National Public Health Institute, Finland (1995-2004) and Research Fellow (post doc) at University of Sydney (July 2002-June 2003). Marjaana Lahti-Koski graduated in nutrition (MSc) from the University of Helsinki in 1990. Her PhD (public health, University of Helsinki) in 2001 was an epidemiological work on obesity among adults in Finland. Still obesity research is one of her main interests. She has publications in the field of obesity and public health nutrition and memberships in several working groups, including Board Member of the Finnish Association for the Study of Obesity (2004-2010) and Member of EASO’s Prevention and Public Health Task Force since 2008. She has been Board Member of National Nutrition Council since 2005 in Finland.
Ellen Aagaard Nohr
Ellen Aagaard Nohr is professor in reproductive epidemiology and midwifery sciences at University of Southern Denmark. On top of a clinical background as midwife, she has done extensive research in weight gain and obesity in pregnancy, studying the short- and long-term consequences for both mothers and children. Most of her research is based on the Danish National Birth Cohort, which was also used in her work for the American Institute of Medicine where she provided important evidence for the current guidelines for gestational weight gain.
Andreu Palou is currently Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), in Palma de Mallorca, Spain since 1987, and Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Nutrition and Biotechnology (LBNB) at UIB, and Chair of the research team on Nutrigenomics (30 researchers involved, including 12 doctors as permanent staff). Member of the Governing Board of the “CIBER de Fisiopatología de la Obesidad y Nutrición (CIBEROBN)”, research organism of excellence that is an initiative of the “Instituto de Salud Carlos III” (Spain). His main topics of research are in the field of Molecular Nutrition, more specifically, the mechanisms of body weight regulation (the problem of Obesity), the relationship between diet and genetics (Nutrigenomics and Personalized Nutrition), and the relationship between diet and disease in connection with Food Safety (since 1983). He has been President of the Scientific Committee of AESAN (Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition) (2003 2010) and Vice-President of the Scientific Panel on Nutrition of the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority, European Food Safety Authority) (2002-2009) He is also member of various committees and institutions on the Food Safety and Human Nutrition. He has been Director of some 50 projects and contracts for research and development in the last 10 years, funded by the Spanish government, the European Union, and other public and private agencies. Among those which are currently under development, he is the Coordinator of the Large Collaborative European project BIOCLAIMS (Biomarkers of Robustness of Metabolic Homeostasis for Nutrigenomics-derived Health CLAIM Made on Food, 2010-2015), within the 7th framework program of the European Union.
Thomas N. Robinson, MD, MPH, is the Irving Schulman, M.D. Endowed Professor of Child Health at Stanford University. A Professor of Pediatrics and of Medicine, in General Pediatrics and the Stanford Prevention Research Center, he also directs the Center for Healthy Weight at Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Dr. Robinson originated the solution-oriented research paradigm and directs the Solutions Science Lab at Stanford. He is known for his pioneering obesity prevention and treatment research, including innovative stealth interventions. His research applies social cognitive models of behavior to interventions for children and families in real world settings. He is published widely in the scientific literature and a frequent appointee to expert and advisory panels for leading national and international scientific and public health agencies and organizations. Dr. Robinson also teaches undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford, and practices Pediatrics at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. He received his B.S. and M.D. from Stanford University and his M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley. He trained in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital, Boston and Harvard Medical School.
Kate Steinbeck is the Medical Foundation Chair in Adolescent Medicine at the University of Sydney, Australia and is an endocrinologist and adolescent physician. Her obesity research interests include the management of adolescent and young adult overweight and obesity, and the Prader Willi Syndrome. She is the chief investigator on the ARCHER rural cohort study on the effects of puberty hormones on adolescent health and wellbeing – a study which will also provide new data on puberty hormones, body composition and inflammation. She is a past president of the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society and an Associate Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity, University of Sydney. She chairs the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Specialist Advisory Committee for Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine.