Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)
Boyd Swinburn MBChB, MD, FRACP
Dr. Boyd Swinburn is the Alfred Deakin Professor of Population Health and Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University in Melbourne. Dr. Swinburn trained as a specialist endocrinologist in Auckland and his research career began with metabolic and clinical studies at the National Institutes of Health in Phoenix, Arizona and at the University of Auckland. He was also the Medical Director of the National Heart Foundation in New Zealand from 1993 to 2000. Dr. Swinburn major research interests are centred on obesity prevention, particularly in children and adolescents, and efforts to reduce the ‘obesogenic’ environment. He has developed and supported a number of community-based demonstration projects in the Barwon-South West region of Victoria and these are linked to similar projects in Melbourne, Auckland, Fiji, and Tonga. He established the WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention and Related Research and Training and has input into global strategies on obesity issues through WHO and the International Obesity TaskForce. He also has research interests in the socio-cultural determinants of obesity, the health economics of obesity interventions, policy issues related to obesity and the definitions of obesity.
Terry T-K Huang, PhD, MPH, CPH
Terry Huang is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Promotion at the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Huang was Director of the Obesity Research Strategic Core at NICHHD where he played a leading role in developing new national research directions and funding priorities. Dr. Huang authored the RFA that led to the establishment of JHGCCO and the childhood obesity systems modeling network, Envision. He is currently one of the leading proponents on the integration of systems science and chronic disease prevention. He leads a national and global agenda on systems science education and research in public health, with a particular focus on childhood obesity, systems-oriented prevention strategies, and the translation of science to policy. Dr. Huang has published and lectured extensively on these topics. For his work with the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research, which he co-founded, Dr. Huang received the DHHS Secretary’s Innovation Award in 2010 and the NIH Director’s Award in 2011. In 2013, Dr. Huang was named a UNMC Distinguished Scientist. Dr. Huang holds a PhD in Preventive Medicine and a Master of Public Health Degree in Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Southern California, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from McGill University.
Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH
JHGCCO- SAC Liaison; Rapid Response Pilot Core Co-Director
Dr. Kumanyika has an interdisciplinary background and holds advanced degrees in social work, nutrition, and public health. She is a professor of epidemiology (Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and Department of Pediatrics), and the Associate Dean for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School Of Medicine. Her research focuses on identifying effective strategies to reduce nutrition-related chronic disease risks. She has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on several multi-center and single-center randomized clinical trials or observational studies related to salt intake, other aspects of diet, or obesity. Many of her studies have evaluated interventions to promote healthy eating and physical activity in African American children or adults in clinical or community-based settings. In 2002, she founded the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN), a national network that seeks to improve the quantity, quality, and effective translation of research on weight issues in African American communities. Dr. Kumanyika is engaged in research collaborations that involve the use of systems science approaches to study complex public health problems. Her current research is funded by the NIH, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Aetna Foundation. She is also Chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention, Co-Chair of the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF), and a member of the World Health Organization’s Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG) diet and health subcommittee.
Nancy Butte, PhD
Dr. Nancy Butte is a Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Butte is an internationally recognized expert in the field of energy metabolism with a focus on childhood obesity. Her current research focuses on environmental and genetic factors contributing to childhood obesity in the Hispanic population, and the development of community-centered childhood weight management programs. Her past research determined energy requirements of infants, children and adolescents, as well as reproductive women. Throughout her studies, she has employed state-of-the-art methodology to measure energy expenditure, physical activity and body composition. She has co-authored 180 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Butte has served as a consultant for US government and international agencies (IOM, NIH, USDA, NCHS, FAO, WHO, USAID, IAEA). Her pediatric studies on the total energy expenditure and energy cost of growth were used to establish US and FAO/WHO energy requirements of infants and children.
Chunming Chen, MD
Dr. Chunming Chen was founding President of the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine (now the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and designed the current National Nutrition Surveillance System in China. Dr. Chen has been the Director-General of the Department of Health and Epidemic Prevention of the Ministry of Health of China and has been deeply involved in public health activities in China. As a member of the WHO Expert Panel on Nutrition during 1979-2002 and widely involved in nutrition studies in China, she has been actively participating international nutrition activities. She was elected as the Vice Chairperson of the FAO/WHO International Conference on Nutrition held in 1992 and has been the director of the International Life Science Institute (ILSI) Focal Point in China since its establishment in 1993 till January 2004, which is working on scientific information for addressing nutrition and food safety issues in China. She has been nominated as the Fellow of International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) in 1997, and was awarded Gopalan Award by the Nutrition Society of India at the 9th Asian Congress on Nutrition in 2003. Professor Chunming Chen is a board member of GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition) started in 2002. She has been a member of the Reference Group for WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health for NCD Prevention.
Jamie F. Chriqui, PhD, MHS
Dr. Jamie Chriqui is a Senior Research Scientist in the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Director of Policy Surveillance and Evaluation for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-supported Bridging the Gap national research program. She has over 22 years’ public health policy research and analysis experience with the past 12+ years focused specifically on obesity-related policy research to examine the impact of public policies on communities, schools, and individual healthy eating and active living behaviors as well as weight outcomes. As part of the Bridging the Gap project, she directs the largest ongoing nationwide evaluation of the congressionally-mandated school district wellness policies and their impact as well as overseeing the compilation of state laws nationwide related to beverage and snack taxation, school environments, and related obesity issues. She is a member of several national research and advocacy obesity-related advisory boards as well as a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee to Accelerate Progress in Obesity Prevention and the Committee to Evaluate Progress in Obesity Prevention.
David Levy, PhD
Dr. David Levy is a Professor of Economics in the Merrick School of Business and earned his PhD from UCLA Dr. Levy has written numerous government reports on tobacco control policy, alcohol control policy, alcohol and drug brief interventions and treatment, and cost outcome analysis. Dr. Levy has been the principal investigator of grants from the National Institutes of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). He has been overseeing the design and development of the SimSmoke tobacco policy simulation model for the last six years. Dr. Levy is also Senior Scientist for the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE). He is currently a principal investigator on a nine year grant from the NCI CISNET group that examines the impact of tobacco control policies on lung cancer rates and a grant from European Union developing SimSmoke models for 15 countries in Europe. He recently completed a contract with the Bloomberg Foundation developing models for the 18 largest nations in the world and a grant from the RWJF to develop an obesity model of policies directed at sugar sweetened beverages.
Dr. Tim Lobstein is Director of Policy and Programs at International Obesity Task Force - International Association for the Study of Obesity (IOTF-IASO) in UK. He was formerly executive director of the London-based non-profit organization The Food Commission, and its sister organization The Food Information Trust and the European coordinator of the International Association of Consumer Food Organizations, an alliance that attends Codex and OECD meetings on food-related issues. He is also a specialist consultant on food policy for several decades and is the author of several textbook papers on obesity and food policy issues. He has been principal investigator in two EC-funded research projects and WP leader of several others.
Aviva Must, PhD
Dr. Aviva Must is the Morton A. Madoff Professor, Chair of Public Health and Community Medicine and Dean of Public Health and Professional Degree Programs at Tufts University. Dr. Must’s research focuses on the epidemiology of obesity across the lifespan with a particular interest in physical and psychosocial health consequences during adolescence. Her current projects explore bidirectional associations of child mental health with obesity, and effects of early obesity on tooth eruption. Additional research foci include the development of valid survey measures and surveillance systems for pediatric obesity and proximal modifiable behaviors (nutrition, physical activity, sedentary behavior). Dr. Must’s recent efforts have been directed towards developing the descriptive epidemiology and health promotion for children with special health care needs, a population of youth who have been underserved by preventive health efforts.
Michael S. Rendall, PhD
Dr. Michael S. Rendall is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at University of Maryland and the Director of the Maryland Population Research Center. Previously, Dr. Rendall was at the RAND Corporation where he was a Senior Social Scientist, Director of the Population Research Center and Postdoctoral Program in Population Studies, and Associate Director of the Labor and Population Division. His methodological work has included evaluation of data quality in fertility, family structure, and international migration; elderly poverty measurement; new statistical methods for combining survey and population data; and new methods for the simulation of cohort lifetimes and population dynamics. His substantive work has included exploration of relationships of socio-economic inequality and social policy to fertility, household structure, and migration. His current research topics include migration between Mexico and the United States over the 1990s and 2000s, migration and social-demographic outcomes of New Orleanians following Hurricane Katrina, and modeling the development of obesity across U.S. childhoods.
Juan A. Rivera, PhD
Dr. Juan A. Rivera is the Founding Director of the Center for Research in Nutrition and Health at the National Institute of Public Health and a Professor of Nutrition in the School of Public Health of Mexico. He is also an adjunct professor in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University; Atlanta, Ga. Dr. Rivera is a former director of Nutrition and Health at the Nutrition Institute of Central America and Panama (INCAP). He has been president of the International Nutrition Council of the American Society for Nutrition, representative of Latin America at the board of the International Union of Nutritional Scientists (IUNS) and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the Mexican Academy of Sciences, the Latin American Society of Nutrition and the American Society of Nutrition.Dr. Rivera’s research interests include the epidemiology of stunting and obesity; the study under- and over-nutrition and their determinants in Mexico; and the design and evaluation of strategies, policies and programs to prevent childhood malnutrition and in general to improve the nutritional status of populations.
Dr. Thomas N. Robinson is the Irving Schulman, MD Endowed Professor in Child Health and Professor of Pediatrics and of Medicine in the Division of General Pediatrics and the Stanford Prevention Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Director of the Center for Healthy Weight at Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. Dr. Robinson focuses on "solution-oriented" research, developing and evaluating health promotion and disease prevention interventions for children, adolescents and their families. His research is largely experimental, conducting school-, family- and community-based randomized controlled trials to test the efficacy and/or effectiveness of theory-driven behavioral, social and environmental interventions to prevent and treat obesity and eating disorders, improve nutrition, increase physical activity and decrease inactivity, reduce smoking, reduce aggression, reduce children's television and media use, and to demonstrate causal relationships between hypothesized risk factors and health outcomes. Dr. Robinson received both his BS and MD from Stanford University and his MPH in Maternal and Child Health from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine's Committees on Prevention of Obesity in Children and Adolescents and Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity, and is principal investigator on numerous prevention studies funded by the National Institutes of Health.