Joseph Lau, M.D., is professor emeritus in the Center for Evidence-based Medicine within the School of Public Health and was the co-director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) designated Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) at Brown. Prior to Brown, he was professor of medicine and professor of clinical and translational science at the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center. He directed the Tufts EPC from 1997 until 2012 and led the production of over 80 evidence reports, technology assessments, and comparative effectiveness reviews under contract with the AHRQ. He has served as a member of an FDA advisory committee, and as a member of an FAO/WHO workshop. He served as a member on two Institute of Medicine committees including Framework to Evaluate the Safety of Dietary Supplements and Standards for Clinical Practice Guidelines. He received his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed a fellowship in clinical decision making and medical computer science at the New England Medical Center.
Bruce Y. Lee
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Bruce Y. Lee, M.D., M.B.A., is Associate Professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Executive Director of the Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) at Johns Hopkins (www.globalobesity.org), and Director of Operations Research at the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) as well as Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Dr. Lee has over 15 years of experience in industry and academia in systems science and developing and implementing mathematical and computational methods, models, and tools to assist decision making in public health and medicine. He has been the Principal Investigator for projects supported by a variety of organizations and agencies including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), UNICEF, the Global Fund, and USAID. His previous positions include serving as Senior Manager at Quintiles Transnational, working in biotechnology equity research at Montgomery Securities, and co-founding Integrigen, and serving as an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where he founded PIHCOR (Public Health Computational and Operations Research), which is now based at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Lee has authored over 180 scientific publications (including over 90 first author and over 35 last author) as well as three books: “Principles and Practice of Clinical Trial Medicine”, “What If… ? : Survival Guide for Physician’s, and “Medical Notes : Clinical Medicine Pocket Guide”. He is an Associate Editor for the journal Vaccine and Deputy Editor for PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Forbes. He and his work have garnered attention in leading media outlets such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Time, CBS News, Businessweek, U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg News, Reuters, and National Public Radio (NPR). Dr. Lee received his B.A. from Harvard University, M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He completed his internal medicine residency training at the University of California, San Diego.
Joanne R. Lupton
Texas A&M University-College Station
Joanne R. Lupton, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor Emerita, from Texas A&M University, where she was a faculty member for 31 years prior to retiring in 2015. She chaired the Macronutrients Panel for the Dietary Reference Intakes, Food and Nutrition Board, that determined the intake values for protein, carbohydrates, fats, fiber and energy for the US and Canada and she also chaired the National Academy panel to determine the definition of dietary fiber. She was a member of the 2005 US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. She is currently serving a second term on the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Lupton spent one year at the US Food and Drug Administration helping to develop levels of scientific evidence required for health claims. While there she was appointed to the Commissioner’s Task Force for Better Nutrition and received a Commissioner’s Special Citation for her work. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2010 and is a lifetime associate of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Lupton has mentored more than 100 MS and Ph.D. students while at Texas A&M, and received the Dannon/American Society for Nutrition mentoring award in 2004. In 2007 she received the Texas A&M University distinguished achievement award for research. In 2010 she received the ASN\General Mills Bell Institute innovation award in nutrition. Dr. Lupton is Past President of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), the nutrition research organization. Her research is on the effect of diet on colon physiology and colon cancer with a particular focus on dietary fiber and n-3 fatty acids. She has received the Vahouny Medal for her research on dietary fiber. She translates basic research on diet and colon physiology to science-based public policy, and has consulted with individuals in Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan and elsewhere on the definition of dietary fiber and establishing dietary guidance systems in those countries. Her undergraduate degree is from Mt. Holyoke College and her Ph.D. in Nutrition is from the University of California at Davis.
Sally C. Morton
Sally C. Morton, Ph.D., is the Dean of the College of Science at Virginia Tech, and holds the Lay Nam Chang Dean’s Chair. Her research focuses on evidence synthesis and patient-centered comparative effectiveness research. Previously, Morton served as chair of the Department of Biostatistics in the Graduate School of Public Health and director of the Comparative Effectiveness Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh, vice president for statistics and epidemiology at RTI International, and head of the RAND Corporation Statistics Group. Morton was president of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and chair of Section U (Statistics) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and she is a Fellow of both organizations. She is a member of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Methodology Committee, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Evidence-based Practice Center Program Methods Steering Committee. She has served on several National Academy of Medicine committees, the Census Scientific Advisory Committee, and the National Academy of Sciences Committee on National Statistics. Morton holds a PhD in statistics from Stanford University.
Nicolaas P. Pronk
Nicolaas P. Pronk, Ph.D., is vice president for Health Management and chief science officer for HealthPartners, Inc. Dr. Pronk is also a senior research investigator at the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research; adjunct professor for Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; visiting research professor in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health; member of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services; and founding and past-president of the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion. His research expertise lies in the areas of population health improvement, the role of physical activity in health, and the impact of multiple health behaviors on health outcomes. Dr. Pronk is particularly interested in improving population health in context of the employer setting, the integration of health promotion with occupational safety and health, and the integration of health promotion, behavioral health, and primary care. He is senior editor of the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) Worksite Health Handbook, 2nd ed. (2009) and the author of the scientific background paper for the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan for Business and Industry. Dr. Pronk received a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from Texas A&M University and completed postdoctoral studies in behavioral medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh.
Susan B. Roberts, Ph.D., is Director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory, Professor of Nutrition and Co-Director of the Obesity Research Cluster in the Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and Professor of Psychiatry and Scientific Staff Member in Pediatrics in the Tufts University School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, U.K., and did postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before moving to Tufts in 1987. Her research focuses on determinants of weight regulation, including dietary composition factors such as glycemic index, protein and fiber, and behavioral factors in weight control. In addition to her work in the U.S. she has conducted studies in the U.K., China, Brazil, The Gambia and Guinea Bissau. She has published over 240 research papers in research journals including the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA, and has an H –index of 61. Dr Roberts was the 2009 awardee of the E.V. McCollum award of the American Society for Nutrition to recognize the creativity and importance of her work on weight regulation, and the 2016 W.O. Atwater Lecturer for important contributions to nutrition and health worldwide.
A. Catharine Ross
The Pennsylvania State University
A. Catharine Ross, Ph.D., is professor and occupant of the Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair of Nutrition in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University. As a nutritional biochemist, Dr. Ross has studied cellular factors involved in the biosynthesis and transport of vitamin A molecules. Her focus has been on the interaction of cellular retinoid-binding proteins and enzymes that esterify retinol for transport, storage, and oxidation with the intent to link biochemical findings with nutritional studies to better understand how vitamin A homeostasis is regulated by dietary status and metabolic conditions. She also investigates the role of retinoids in immune function, principally antibody production. Dr. Ross has received numerous awards, including the Mead-Johnson Award and the Osborne and Mendel Award from the American Society for Nutrition. She is active within a range of professional societies, including the American Association of Immunologists, Sigma Xi, and the American Physiological Society, and has served on a number of committees for the American Society for Nutrition and the Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology. Dr. Ross is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She chaired the committee on Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin D and Calcium and served on the Food and Nutrition Board panel on Micronutrients for the Dietary Reference Intakes, and the committee on Opportunities in the Nutrition of Food Sciences. Dr. Ross is also a member of the Food and Nutrition Board. Dr. Ross received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in biochemistry and molecular and cell biology.
Barbara O. Schneeman
United States Agency for International Development
Barbara O. Schneeman, Ph.D., is higher education coordinator for United States Agency for International Development (USAID).. In this role, Dr. Schneeman works with the higher education community to improve awareness of USAID opportunities and increase engagement avenues for the agency. Previously she served as the director of the Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements at the Food and Drug Administration from 2004 to 2013. In that position, she oversaw the development of policy and regulations for dietary supplements, labeling, food standards, infant formula, and medical foods and served as U.S delegate to two Codex committees (Food Labeling and Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses). From 1976-2004, she was a member of the nutrition faculty at University of California, Davis and is currently emeritus professor of nutrition. She has been a visiting scientist at University of California, San Francisco, and Assistant Administrator for Nutrition in the Agricultural Research Service of USDA. Professional activities include participation in Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committees (1990 and 1995) and the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, among others. She is recognized for her work on dietary fiber, gastro-intestinal function, and policy development in the area of food and nutrition. She received her B.S. degree in Food Science from the University of California, Davis, Ph.D. in Nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley, and postdoctoral training in gastro-intestinal physiology at Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California.
Martin-José J. Sepulveda
Martin J. Sepúlveda, M.D., M.P.H., is an IBM fellow and vice president of Health Industries Research for the IBM Corporation. He leads a global team of health industry subject matters experts guiding applied research in diverse disciplines for health care systems solutions and transformation in mature and rapid growth countries worldwide. Before this, he served as IBM vice president for Integrated Health Services and led health policy, strategy, health benefits design and purchasing, occupational health, wellness and health productivity for IBM globally. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He was elected an honorary member of the American Academy of Family Medicine and serves on the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund Commission for a High Performance Health System, the Council on Health Research for Economic Development, and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice. He is chair of the Global Business Group on Health and the Institute for Health Benefits Innovation Research at the Employee benefits Research Institute. He received his M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from Harvard University. He completed residencies in internal medicine at the University of California San Francisco Hospitals, Occupational/Environmental Medicine at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, trained in the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and completed a fellowship in internal medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.