Finance and Development Committee
Lawrence J. Cheskin, MD, FACP
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
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
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
JHGCCO FDC Member
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
Education and Training Core Director
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.
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.
Sheryl Siegmund, MS
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.