Keynote Speakers

Professor Annie Anderson

Professor Anderson a Public Health Nutritionist with extensive experience in designing, implementing and evaluating lifestyle intervention trials whilst based at the Universities of Cambridge, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Dundee. She is director of the Centre for Public Health Nutrition and co-director of the Centre for Research into Cancer Prevention and Screening at the University of Dundee.


Her work includes activities at an international level through the UICC (International Union against Cancer) Taskforce on Cancer Prevention and she was an observer for UICC on the WCRF/AICR Review on Food, Nutrition and Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer (2004-2007). At UK level she has been an expert scientific member of the UK Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) since 2000, advisor to the UK Food Standards Agency (Nutrient Profile committee and the Low Income Diet and Nutrition Survey) and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on Maternal and Child Nutrition.


During 2008 - 2010 she has been responsible for leading work on health and sustainability for the development of the Scottish Government Food and Drink policy.


Professor Abby King

Professor King is Professor of Health Research & Policy and Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. A recipient of the Award for Outstanding Scientific Contributions in the Area of Health Psychology from the American Psychological Association, Professor King's research focuses on the applications of behavioral science theory and ecological models to the development, evaluation, and dissemination of public health interventions aimed at chronic disease prevention and control. In addition to her internationally recognized work in the physical activity and aging area, her current research focuses on expanding the reach and generalizability of evidence-based interventions through the use of state-of-the-art communication technologies; examining person-environment interactions to enhance health; and applying community-based participatory research perspectives to address health disparities among disadvantaged populations. She has served on a number of government taskforces in the U.S. and abroad, including current membership on the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services' Scientific Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020 (Healthy People, 2020). Dr. King has been the recipient of a number of National Institutes of Health research grant awards in this area. She is an elected member of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.


Professor Anthony J McMichael

Professor Tony McMichael (MBBS, PhD), epidemiologist, currently holds an NHMRC Australia Fellowship at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, Canberra. He was previously Professor of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1994-2001), and had previously developed and led the Diet, Nutrition and Disease research group in the CSIRO Division of Human Nutrition. He is an advisor to the World Health Organization on environment, climate change and health, a long-time contributor to health risk assessment for the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Chair of a reference panel for the WHO-based Tropical Diseases Research Program, and Honorary Professor of Climate Change and Health at the University of Copenhagen. His most recent books are Human Frontiers and Disease: Past Patterns, Uncertain Futures (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and (as senior editor and author) Climate Change and Human Health: Risks and Responses (Geneva: WHO, 2003).


Professor James F. Sallis

James F. Sallis, Ph.D is Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University and Director of Active Living Research, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His primary research interests are promoting physical activity and understanding policy and environmental influences on physical activity, nutrition, and obesity. He has made contributions in the areas of measurement, correlates of physical activity, intervention, and advocacy. His health improvement programs have been studied and used in health care settings, schools, universities, and companies. He is an author of over 450 scientific publications, on the editorial boards of several journals, and one of the world's most cited authors in the social sciences. Dr. Sallis has received awards from the American College of Sports Medicine, Society of Behavioral Medicine, and American Psychological Association Division of Health Psychology. His current focus is using research to inform policy and environmental changes that will increase physical activity and reduce childhood obesity. Dr Sallis frequently appears in major media outlets, and Time Magazine identified him as an "obesity warrior".


Professor Jaakko Tuomilehto

Jaakko Tuomilehto, MD, MPolSc, PhD is Professor of Public Health at the University of Helsinki, Finland.


He initiated the Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study, the landmark study for the primary prevention of type 2 diabetes, and also the large collaborative DECODE and DECODA studies (Diabetes Epidemiology: Collaborative Analysis Of Diagnostic Criteria in Europe/Asia) on the prevalence and outcomes of hyperglycaemia. He was the chairman of the planning committee, and is the chairman of the evaluation and research group, for the national Finnish Programme for the Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes (2003-2010). He has served as a member of several national and international committees and is also a member of numerous scientific societies including the International Diabetes Epidemiology Group (past President).


He has published over 1070 peer-reviewed original articles and has served on the advisory boards of many scientific journals. He ranks among the 15 most cited researchers (during the last 10 years) in clinical medicine worldwide with h-index of 102.


He has been presented with a number of prestigious awards including: UNESCO - Hellmut Mehnert Award on aetiology and prevention of diabetes, Castelli Pedroli Prize from the EASD, the Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Epidemiology from the American Diabetes Association, the Peter Bennett Diabetes Epidemiology Award from the International Diabetes Epidemiology Group.


Professor Melanie Wakefield

Professor Melanie Wakefield is a behavioural scientist with a population-based perspective. She is Director of the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer at the Cancer Council Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. She has honorary professorial appointments at the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney, and at Deakin University. Prior to her current appointment, she held research positions in Chicago, USA; in Adelaide, South Australia; and in Nottingham, England. Her centre conducts applied behavioural research to guide the development and evaluation of cancer prevention programs, including mass media campaigns in tobacco control, skin cancer prevention and obesity prevention. She is internationally known for her research on the effects of tobacco control policies and mass media campaigns on smoking behaviour, supported by NIH and Australian government sources. Her research includes both experimental studies of advertising exposure and a range of population survey designs to assess population-wide campaign effects on smoking. More recently, she has worked collaboratively to extend some of these research methods to skin cancer prevention and obesity prevention. She serves as an Expert Advisor to the World Health Organisation on tobacco control issues pertaining to public education and is Deputy Editor of the international journal Tobacco Control.


The Keynote Debate and its Speakers


A feature of the 2011 conference will be a Keynote Debate on the proposition that "We should invest our nutrition and physical activity promotion efforts on youth rather than the ageing population". Two expert teams will debate this proposition - those speaking for the proposition will be Jim Sallis, Karen Campbell and Louise Baur, and those speaking against the proposition will be Abby King, Adrian Bauman and Tony Worsley.


Team speaking for the proposition:


Professor James F. Sallis

James F. Sallis, Ph.D is Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University and Director of Active Living Research, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His primary research interests are promoting physical activity and understanding policy and environmental influences on physical activity, nutrition, and obesity. He has made contributions in the areas of measurement, correlates of physical activity, intervention, and advocacy. His health improvement programs have been studied and used in health care settings, schools, universities, and companies. He is an author of over 450 scientific publications, on the editorial boards of several journals, and one of the world's most cited authors in the social sciences. Dr. Sallis has received awards from the American College of Sports Medicine, Society of Behavioral Medicine, and American Psychological Association Division of Health Psychology. His current focus is using research to inform policy and environmental changes that will increase physical activity and reduce childhood obesity. Dr Sallis frequently appears in major media outlets, and Time Magazine identified him as an "obesity warrior".


Dr Karen Campbell

Karen Campbell is a Senior Researcher in the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. With a background in dietetics and health promotion Dr Campbell undertook her Masters in Public Health and then a PhD which focussed on home environment correlates of young children's eating behaviours. Karen conducted the first Cochrane systematic review of obesity prevention in children in 2002 to better understand what worked in obesity prevention but also to highlight how underserved this important area was. She continues to update this review biannually and is also undertaking a Cochrane review of interventions to promote fruit and vegetable consumption in 0-5 year olds. Her intervention research focuses on the continuum of opportunities for obesity prevention between pre- pregnancy and early childhood and with her colleagues at Deakin has just concluded The Melbourne Infant Feeding, Activity and Nutrition Trial (InFANT) Program, an early obesity prevention intervention targeting first-time parents and their new infants.


Professor Louise Baur

Louise Baur AM PhD FRACP is Professor in the Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health (and also the Sydney School of Public Health) at the University of Sydney, and Director of Weight Management Services at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, the main paediatric institution in Sydney. She is Obesity Theme Leader for the University of Sydney's new Centre for Obesity, Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease and is also a Co-Director of the Prevention Research Collaboration based at the University. Louise's research interests include the prevention of childhood obesity, the antecedents of obesity and the metabolic syndrome in childhood, the complications of paediatric overweight and obesity and the effective management of obesity and related disorders in a variety of clinical settings.


Louise is Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, and is a Founding Director of the Australasian Child & Adolescent Obesity Research Network, established in 2002. In 2010 Louise Baur was made a Member of the Order of Australia "for service to medicine, particularly in the field of paediatric obesity as a researcher and academic, and to the community through support for a range of children's charities".


Team speaking against the proposition:


Professor Abby King

Professor King is Professor of Health Research & Policy and Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. A recipient of the Award for Outstanding Scientific Contributions in the Area of Health Psychology from the American Psychological Association, Professor King's research focuses on the applications of behavioral science theory and ecological models to the development, evaluation, and dissemination of public health interventions aimed at chronic disease prevention and control. In addition to her internationally recognized work in the physical activity and aging area, her current research focuses on expanding the reach and generalizability of evidence-based interventions through the use of state-of-the-art communication technologies; examining person-environment interactions to enhance health; and applying community-based participatory research perspectives to address health disparities among disadvantaged populations. She has served on a number of government taskforces in the U.S. and abroad, including current membership on the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services' Scientific Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020 (Healthy People, 2020). Dr. King has been the recipient of a number of National Institutes of Health research grant awards in this area. She is an elected member of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.


Professor Adrian Bauman

Adrian Bauman is the Sesquicentenary Professor of Public Health in the School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia. He is Director of around 20 researchers in the University of Sydney Prevention Research Collaboration. He has research interests in physical activity and health, physical activity epidemiology, and interventions to promote healthy lifestyles. His recent work is in physical activity advocacy, in policy research, and in translating and disseminating the public health evidence base for action.




Professor Tony Worsley

Tony Worsley has held senior academic appointments in several universities and CSIRO-Australia. Until recently he was Senior Research Advisor at the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, and before that he was Professor of Public Health Nutrition and Head of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University. He has been a member of the Australian Academy of SciencesŐ Nutrition Committee; Co-Executive Editor of Appetite, and the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. He has wide experience in the evaluation of public health nutrition programs, and in the promotion and maintenance of behaviour change. His current research involves several overlapping areas including behavioural and nutritional epidemiology, food and nutrition policy research, health and nutrition promotion.


© International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2011.