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Lawrence J. Cheskin, MD, FACP
Home Institution: The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Phone: 410-502-0145

Dr. Lawrence J. Cheskin is the founder and Director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center (JHWMC). Dr. Cheskin is an Associate Professor of Health, Behavior & Society, with joint appointments in the Center for Human Nutrition at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and in Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is also former director of the Gastroenterology Division, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Dr. Cheskin is the principal investigator on several research grants and is a frequent contributor to research and popular articles on weight management.

Timothy H. Moran, PhD
Home Institution: The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Phone: (410) 955-2344 

Dr. Tim Moran is Paul R. McHugh Professor, Vice Chair, Director of Research of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Director of the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory. He is the Co-Chairs of the JHGCCO Finance and Development Committee. His research porgam is aimed at identifying the roles of various neural signaling pathways in the controls of food intake and body weight and how these systems go awry in obesity and eating disorders.  Specific projects have focused on: brain/gut peptides as feedback mediators of satiety and how signals arising from these peptides interact with hypothalamic signaling systems mediating overall energy balance, interactions between exercise and food intake, how alterations in cellular energy availability and production result in signals that modify food intake, and how developmental and epigenetic factors can produce long term alterations in neural signaling that bias the organism’s long term metabolic phenotype. We conduct experiments at multiple levels using cell and rodent models as well as nonhuman primates and normal and patient populations. This work has resulted in over 280 original data articles, reviews and book chapters. 

Joel Gittelsohn, PhD, MSc
Joel Gittelsohn
Home Institution: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Phone: 410-955-3922

Dr. Joel Gittelsohn is a Professor in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Gittelsohn is a medical anthropologist who has integrated qualitative and quantitative approaches to better understand culture-based beliefs and behaviors regarding dietary patterns, and how these factors have influences the success or failure of dietary and lifestyle modification strategies. He has applied these methods and interventions for the prevention of obesity and diabetes among different indigenous and ethnic groups, to nutrient deficiencies of Nepalese children and women, and to improve infant feeding in diverse settings (The Gambia; Hartford; Peru). Dr. Gittelsohn is one of the country's leading researchers in the design and evaluation of food store-based interventions to increase access and point of purchase promotions for healthier eating. He is the architect of the Baltimore Healthy Stores project, and similar projects in the Marshall Islands, on Apache and Navajo reservations, and with First Nations (an indigenous Canadian population). These projects work to provide culturally acceptable healthy options in small food stores, which typically have little selection.

Thomas A. Glass, PhD
Tom Glass

Home Institute: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Department of Epidemiology
Phone: 443-287-4832

Dr. Glass is a professor at the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Glass is a social epidemiologist with broad interests in the role of social and behavioral factors in population health. He has conducted research on social support, social networks and social engagement and how they impact health and functioning in older adults. He has conducted intervention studies in older adults to improve functioning. He is working to develop and test a new real-time data acquisition system to measure social, physical, and cognitive function using sensors. His other recent work explores the characteristics of the built and social environments and how they impact a variety of health outcomes including obesity. He is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity Project 1 and the Co-Director of the Education and Training Core.  He also directs the Baltimore Neighborhood Research Consortium for the advancement of neighborhood research in the Baltimore area.

Tak Igusa, PhD
Tak Igusa

Education and Training Core Director
Home Institute: Johns Hopkins University
Department of Civil Engineering
Phone: 410-516-6650

Dr. Igusa is a professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He is also the Founding Director for Education and Research of the Johns Hopkins Systems Institute, as well as Director of the Education and Training Core at Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity. He received an AB in Applied Mathematics from Harvard and a PhD in Civil Engineering from Berkeley and was on the faculty at Northwestern University before returning to Baltimore in 1999 as a professor at Johns Hopkins. His research interests are in the application of mathematical modeling to understanding systems in public health, civil infrastructure, and medicine. His interests also include system dynamics modeling, agent-based modeling, modeling frameworks for predicting the onset of chronic disorders, systems modeling of the causes of obesity and non-communicable diseases, community resilience, structural dynamics, acoustics, and applications of statistics and probability theory to problems in civil and mechanical engineering, and more recently in atmospheric science.

Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA
Bruce Lee
Home Institution: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Phone: 443-287-6705

Dr. Lee recently joined the Department of International Health and is the Director of Operations Research at the International Vaccine Access Center at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  His research focuses on public health operations, including developing economic and operational models that help decision makers tackle a variety of problems of global importance.
Previously, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where he founded and directs the Public Health and Infectious Diseases Computational and Operations Research (PHICOR), which is now headquartered at Johns Hopkins.  He is the Scientific Lead for the HERMES Project and the RHEA Project. His funding has included grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
His previous positions include serving as Senior Manager at Quintiles Transnational where he led teams that developed economic and operational models for a variety of clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries, working in biotechnology equity research at Montgomery Securities, and co-founding Integrigen, a biotechnology/bioinformatics company.
Dr. Lee has authored over 150 scientific publications (including over 80 first author and over 35 last author) as well as three books: Principles and Practice of Clinical Trial Medicine, What If? Survival Guide for Physicians, and Medical Notes: Clinical Medicine Pocket Guide. He is an Associate Editor for the journal Vaccine and Area Series Editor for the Wiley Series on Modeling and Simulation. He and his work have garnered attention in leading media outlets such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Businessweek, U.S. News and World Report, Nature Medicine, 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 is board-certified in Internal Medicine, having completed his residency training at the University of California, San Diego.

Sheryl Siegmund, MS
Sheryl Siegmund
Home Institution: The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 
Phone: 410-502-8935 

Sheryl Siegmund is the JHGCCO Center Manager. She provides financial, contractual, and administrative leadership for the Center. Sheryl has a BS from Towson University in Psychology, an MS in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University, and received her Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) in 2009. Sheryl has seven years experience with the Division of Nephrology in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she managed pre and post-award activity and played a key role with the division’s financial planning and personnel training.  At the Center, Sheryl assists with the creation and implementation of operational procedures, manages the Center’s pre and post-award activity, monitors compliance and is the point person for budgetary and contractual development and maintenance.  In addition, she also supervises Center administrative and support staff and manages recruitment of new Center members including trainees, staff and faculty.