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2012 Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers Announced
ISBNPA meeting organizers are pleased to announce the following six individuals will keynote the 2012 Annual Meeting.  Each will bring unique perspectives on behavioral nutrition and physical activity trends and issues to their keynote presentations and subsequent discussions.

Molly S. Bray, PhD
Professor, Department of Epidemiology
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Bray is a nationally recognized expert and a featured speaker on the genetics of obesity, energy balance, and exercise response.  She is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, with a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and a PhD in Human and Molecular Genetics.  She also serves as the Director of the Heflin Center for Genomic Science Genomics Core Laboratory at UAB.  Dr. Bray’s research focuses on the relationship between energy balance and lifestyle factors such as exercise, nutrition, and circadian patterns of behavior.   Her recent findings related to how the timing and quality of energy intake affect weight gain and metabolic health have been featured on national and international news programs and a myriad of websites and popular news media.  Dr. Bray also currently leads one of the largest genetic studies of exercise adherence established to date, the Training Interventions and Genetics of Exercise Response (TIGER) study, with a total planned cohort of more than 5,000 individuals.  Dr. Bray's research has included investigations of aerobic fitness and resting and exercise energy expenditure in children and adolescents, circadian studies of feeding and metabolic response, and clinical studies of morbidly obese adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery.  Dr. Bray has published extensively in a wide range of peer-reviewed journals and her work has been featured in national and international scientific meetings.

Pedro C. Hallal, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil

Pedro C. Hallal is an Associate Professor at the Federal University of Pelotas, in Brazil. He currently holds a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award and was a previous Royal Society fellow. In spite of his young age, Pedro has published over 225 scientific articles so far, including some in top scientific journals such as the Lancet and the British Medical Journal. His current H-index is 25 and he was the youngest person ever to be nominated to the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. Pedro is leading a group of 30 researchers from our field in the preparation of a series of five articles on physical activity to be published in the Lancet around the dates of the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London.

Robert Kaplan, PhD
Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
National Institutes of Health

In February of 2011, Robert M. Kaplan, Ph.D. joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of the Director  as Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences and Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR). 

Prior to working for government, Kaplan was Distinguished Professor of Health Services at UCLA and Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine where he was PI of the California Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Improvement Center.  He led the UCLA/RAND health services training program and the UCLA/RAND CDC Prevention Research Center. He was Chair of the Department of Health Services from 2004 to 2009.  From 1997 to 2004 he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, at the University of California, San Diego.

He is a past President of several organizations, including the American Psychological Association Division of Health Psychology, Section J of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Pacific), the International Society for Quality of Life Research, the Society for Behavioral Medicine, and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.  He is a Past Chair of the Behavioral Science Council of the American Thoracic Society.  Dr. Kaplan is a former Editor-in-Chief of Health Psychology and of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.  He is the author, co-author or editor of more than 18 books and approximately 470 articles or chapters. The ISI includes him in the listing of the most cited authors in the world (defined as above the 99.5th percentile).    In 2005 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences.

Cheryl L. Perry, PhD
Professor and Regional Dean, The Rockwell Distinguished Chair
in Society and Health

The University of Texas School of Public Health,
Austin Regional Campus

Dr. Cheryl Perry is Professor, Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science, University of Texas School of Public Health, and the Rockwell Distinguished Chair in Society and Health. She also serves as Regional Dean of the Austin Regional Campus of the School of Public Health.  She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living.

Dr. Perry joined the University of Texas, School of Public Health in September 2006, after having been on the faculty at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, for 26 years. Dr. Perry has 35 years of experience in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of school and community programs for young people, particularly in the areas of tobacco and alcohol use, eating, and physical activity. As Regional Dean, Dr. Perry has been responsible for the development of the Austin Regional Campus of the UT School of Public Health; that campus now has 17 faculty members and over 140 graduate students.

Dr. Perry serves as the Senior Scientific Editor for the forthcoming 2012 Surgeon General’s Report on youth and tobacco use. She served in this same capacity for the landmark 1994 Surgeon General’s Report. She is currently co-Principal Investigator of Project ACTIVITY, funded by the Fogarty International Research Collaboration, conducting tobacco use prevention and cessation in the slums in New Delhi.  Dr. Perry previously served as Principal Investigator of multiple large community trials funded by NIH, including Project Northland, D.A.R.E. Plus, The Child and Adolescent Trial for Cardiovascular Health (CATCH), and 5-A-Day Power Plus. She has over 270 publications in the scientific peer-reviewed literature in the area of child and adolescent health. Dr. Perry received the Distinguished Woman Scholar Award from the UT Health Sciences Center in Houston in 2009. In 2006, she received the Prevention Science Award from the Society for Prevention Research and in 2005, was recognized as one of the 100 Most-Cited Researchers in Tobacco-Related Research from the journal Tobacco Control.

Dr. Perry received her B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles, her M.A. in Education from the University of California, Davis, and her Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University.

K. Srinath Reddy, MD, DM, MBBS
President, Public Health Foundation of India

Prof. K Srinath Reddy, as President of the Public Health Foundation of India, is playing a major role in strengthening training, research and policy development in the area of Public Health in India. Formerly head of the Department of Cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Prof. Reddy is a global leader in preventive cardiology, who has worked to promote cardiovascular health, tobacco control, chronic disease prevention and healthy living across the lifespan.  He has served on many WHO expert panels and chairs the Science and Policy Initiatives Committee of the World Heart Federation. He is presently chairing the High Level Expert Group constituted by the Government of India for developing a framework for Universal Health Coverage in India. Professor Reddy chairs the Core Advisory Group on Health and Human Rights for the National Human Rights Commission of India and is also a member of the National Science and Engineering Research Board of Government of India.  Appointed in 2009 as the first Bernard Lown Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, he is also an adjunct professor of the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University and Honorary Professor at the Sydney Medical School. He is a Foreign Associate Member of the Institute of Medicine (US National Academies).

Juan A. Rivera, M.S., Ph.D
Director, Center for Research in Nutrition and Health
National Institute of Public Health in Mexico and
Professor of Nutrition, School of Public Health of Mexico

Juan A. Rivera, M.S., Ph.D. is the Founding Director of the Center for Research in Nutrition and Health at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, Professor of Nutrition at the School of Public Health of Mexico and Visiting Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  He is former Director of Nutrition and Health at the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP). 

His research interests include the epidemiology of undernutrition and obesity, the effects of undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies on physical growth, health and performance and the design and evaluation of policies and programs to improve the nutritional status of populations, including obesity prevention.

He has over 250 publications including peer review articles, books and book chapters and over 420 conferences, lectures and presentations. He was President of International Nutrition Council at the American Society of Nutrition and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the Mexican Academy of Sciences, and the Latin American Society of Nutrition. He has received a number of awards including the Kellogg International Nutrition Research Prize 2009, from the US American Society for nutrition and the Scopus 2010 Prize in the category of Health Sciences, granted by Publishing Group Elsevier in Mexico.