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Two of GOPC’s Faculty Travel to Mexico


Dr. Bruce Lee and Dr. Joel Gittelsohn traveled to Mexico City for the 10th Annual Nestle Nutrition Conference.

The Nestle Nutrition Conference was held on November 12th – 13th, 2014 and was featured around “Research Perspectives for Prevention of Diabetes, Nutrition, Environment, and Lifestyles.”  The Opening Ceremony included Mercedes Juan-Lopez, MD, the Minister of Health for Mexico, David Kershenobich-Stalnikowitz, MD, PhD, General Director of the National Institute of Medical Science and Nutrition Salvador Zubiran, Mexico, Marcelo Melchior, President and CEO of Nestle Mexico, and Jose Campillo-Garcia, Executive President of the Mexican Health Foundation.

Sessions were moderated by Ernestina Polo-Oteyza, M.S., and Olivia Arvizu-Martinez, M.S. of the Nestle Nutrition Fund and Pedro Arroyo-Acevedo, M.D., Ph.D. of the National Institute of Geriatrics, Mexico.  Mauricio Hernandex-Avila, MD PhD, Dean and General Director for the National Institute of Public Health, gave an introductory talk on “Diabetes in Mexico: Public Health, Society, and Economics”.   The next topic covered was “Foods, Obesity, and Diabetes – Are All Calories Equal” by Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, Dean for the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University.  

Once the topic of nutrition wrapped up, it was time for environment and to lead was Ernestina Polo-Oteyza from the Nestle Nutrition Fund from the Mexican Health Foundation.  Dr. Reid Ewing, Director of the Metropolitan Research Center at the University of Utah spoke about “Built Environment: Opportunities and Evidence for Health Promotion and Obesity and Diabetes Prevention.”  Next was the GOPC’s own, Dr. Joel Gittelsohn to speak about “Diabetes and Obesity Prevention: The Role of the Food Environment.”  The topic of “Evaluation of an Intervention of Physical Activity in Mexican Children, Research and Construction of Public Policy for the Prevention of Obesity and Diabetes” was covered by Dr. Felipe Valdillo-Ortega, a Professor and Head Unit at U.N.A.M in Mexico.  The GOPC’s Director, Dr. Bruce Lee, spoke about “A Systems Science Approach to the Obesity Epidemic and Prevention of Diabetes.”  

Lastly, the final topic covered lifestyles and was introduced by Olivia Arvizu-Martinez from the Nestle Nutrition Fund from the Mexican Health Foundation.  Dr. Elissa Jelalian, Associate Professor at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, discussed “Behavioral Interventions, Prevention of Obesity and Diabetes in Children and Adolescents.”  Dr. Cecilia Rosales, Assistant Dean at the University of Arizona, followed with her discussion regarding “Health Promotion in Mexico- United States Border: Opportunities for Diabetes Prevention from a Social and Cultural Point of View.  The lifestyles portion closed with Dr. Elizabeth Venditti, Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and her discussion about “Lifestyle Interventions and Chronic Diseases Prevention.  What Works?”  The two conclusion speakers were Dr. Hector Bourges-Rodriguez, Professor and Director at the National Institute of Medical Science and Nutrition and Dr. Carlos Alberto Aguilar-Salinas, Professor at the National Institute of Medical Science with their discussions on “The Agenda for Diabetes Prevention: A Shared Responsibility.”