Speakers

Professor Jennie Brand-Miller

Professor Jennie Brand-Miller (AM, PhD, FAIFST, FNSA, MAICD) holds a Personal Chair in Human Nutrition in the Charles Perkins Centre and the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, at the University of Sydney. She studied food science and technology before obtaining a doctorate in nutrition at the University of New South Wales.

She is recognised around the world for her work on carbohydrates and the glycemic index (or GI) of foods, with almost 300 scientific publications. She received the 2003 Clunies Ross Medal for contributions to science and technology in Australia, and was elected a Fellow of the Nutrition Society of Australia in 2006. Her books under the series title “Low GI Diet” (Formerly The New Glucose Revolution) have made the GI a household word and sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide in 12 languages. She is a past-President of the Nutrition Society of Australia, a past Chair of the National Committee for Nutrition of the Australian Academy of Science, and President of the Glycemic Index Foundation Ltd, a not-for-profit health promotion charity that administers a food symbol program for consumers in partnership with the JDRF (Australia).

Mr Julian Cribb

rsz_1julian_cribbJulian Cribb is an Australian author and science communicator. He is principal of Julian Cribb & Associates who provide specialist consultancy in the communication of science, agriculture, food, mining, energy and the environment. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (ATSE) and a member of the ANU Emeritus Faculty.

His career includes appointments as newspaper editor, scientific editor for The Australian newspaper, director of national awareness for CSIRO, member of numerous scientific boards and advisory panels, and president of national professional bodies for agricultural journalism and science communication.

His published work includes over 8000 articles, 3000 media releases and eight books. He has received 32 awards for journalism. His internationally-acclaimed book, The Coming Famine (2010) explored the question of how we can feed 10 billion humans this century. His book, Poisoned Planet (2014) examines the contamination of the Earth system and humanity by anthropogenic chemicals and how to prevent it. His forthcoming book Surviving the 21st Century (Springer 2016) deals with the existential crisis facing humanity in our time – and what we can do about it.

Professor Robert A Gibson

Robert A Gibson, Professor of Functional Food Science, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide.

Prof Gibson is a nutritional biochemist, a Senior National Health and Medical Research Council Research Fellow and Fellow of the Nutrition Society of Australia. Prof Gibson has been actively involved in nutrition research in cells, animals and humans for over 30 years and has published over 300 papers. He has designed and conducted many randomised controlled trials involving nutrition interventions in the perinatal period. The trials were designed to test the effects of interventions with iron, selenium, probiotics, nucleotides and long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) on infant biochemistry, growth, physiology and developmental outcome. Prof Gibson is director of the FOODplus Research Centre that is committed to connecting sustainable agriculture to food and health. The rationale for the research carried out in FOODplus is that improvements in the health of the nation is inseparable from the need to improve the nutrient content of foods.

Professor Jane Harding

Jane E Harding ONZM MBChB DPhil FRACP FRSNZ

Professor Harding is a University Distinguished Professor, and a researcher in the LiFEPATH research group of the University’s Liggins Institute.  Her training included a medical degree at the University of Auckland, a DPhil at the University of Oxford, and a postdoctoral Fogarty Fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco.

Her on-going research concerns the role of nutrition and growth factors in the regulation of growth before and after birth, the regulation and consequences of neonatal glucose concentrations, and the longterm consequences of treatments given around the time of birth. She is a neonatologist, and has recently stepped down from her role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), at the University of Auckland. 

 

 

Professor Duo Li

rsz_duo_liDuo is a professor of nutrition in the Institute of Nutrition & Health, Qingdao University. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine (Lanzhou University, China), and MSc (University of Tasmania, Hobart) in Natural Products and PhD (RMIT University) in Nutrition. He is a president of Asia Pacific Clinical Nutrition Society.

Professor Guansheng Ma

Guansheng Ma CroppedDr. Guansheng Ma is a professor of nutrition, and the chief of the Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, School of Public Health, Peking University. He was the Deputy Director of the National Institute for Nutrition and Food Safety, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention during 2002-2015. Dr. Ma’s scientific interests are in the areas of food and nutrition policy, nutrition and health, NCDs control and prevention, particularly in the childhood obesity intervention.

Dr. Guansheng Ma started to study medicine in Shandong Medical University during 1981-1986, and then finished his master degree training in public health nutrition in Shanghai Medical University during 1986-1989. He obtained his Ph.D at the Division of Human Nutrition, Wageningen University, the Netherlands in 2007.

Dr. Ma sought advanced study on health education and health promotion at the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA during 1992-1993. He finished his fellowship training on behavior and health in the Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, USA, during 1997-1998.

Dr. Ma worked for United Nations Office for Humanitarian Co-ordination in Iraq for three months for evaluating the Oil-for-food program in 1998. He has obtained plenty experience of poverty alleviation when he worked as the governor assistant in A-ba Zang and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, China during 2003-2004. He worked in the Department of Food Safety and Zoonose, WHO between 2009 and 2010.

Dr. Ma is a highly productive investigator, and has had 53 research funding from National Nature Science Foundation, Ministry of Science and Technology, as well as from international organizations including UNICEF, WHO, IAEA and FAO for his research since 1994. Dr. Ma has had an uninterrupted flow (since 1994) of domestic and abroad trained fellows (MS and PhD) come for training under his mentorship. More than 40 students (15 PhD students and 25 Master students) have been complete their PhD or Master degree training under his supervision. He is now supervising four PhD and one master students.

Dr. Ma has attended and made presentations for many academic conferences and meetings at the national and international level. He has been invited by WHO, IAEA, FAO, WFP and NGOs for expert meetings.

Dr. Ma is actively publishing and has published 85 articles in the international peer-reviewed journals, and 230 articles in Chinese scientific journals. He has published series report on students’ nutrition as editor-in-chief.

Dr. Guansheng Ma is extremely active in the social and scientific societies. He is the member of State Food and Nutrition Consultation Committee, China; Vice-president of China Nutrition Society.

Professor Benoît Lamarche

Benoît Lamarche is Full Professor at the School of Nutrition and Chair of Nutrition at Laval University. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers in areas related to diet and its impact on metabolic syndrome, obesity, inflammation and dyslipidemia. His research on the association between small dense LDL particles and the risk of CHD and on the effect of trans fat from industrial and ruminant sources on blood lipids is highly cited. His group has also published more than 20 papers on the Mediterranean diet and its impact on cardiometabolic risk. He has contributed the training of more than 50 MSc and PhD students. He has received numerous awards, including awards from the Société Québécoise de lipidologie, nutrition et métabolisme (Prix des Fondateurs, 2013), the Canadian Nutrition Society (Centrum New Investigator Award, 2011), the Utrech Group and the International Dairy Federation (Wiebe Visser Bi-annual International Nutrition Award, 2004). Benoît Lamarche is an Olympian (1984,1988) in long track speed skating.

 

 

Professor Maria Makrides

Professor Maria Makrides is Director of the Child Nutrition Research Centre with its headquarters at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Maria is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellow and also Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Adelaide.

Maria leads a multi-disciplinary research group of over 30 staff who are highly skilled in conducting and translating nutrition intervention trials involving mothers and babies.

As a research dietitian, Maria is committed to improving the nutrition and health of mothers and their babies through the conduct and translation of high quality research. She is particularly recognised for work investigating the health effects of dietary fatty acids, iron and novel dietary ingredients in the perinatal period. This work has resulted in significant changes in the clinical practice guidelines for pregnant women, infant feeding guidelines for young children as in some cases altered the composition of nutritional products for preterm and term infants. 

Maria has over 250 peer reviewed publications including a number in the prestigious journals The Lancet, Journal of the American Medical Association, British Medical Journal and the New England Journal of Medicine. She is also co-editor of four books, including the most widely sold textbook in paediatric nutrition that is now translated into Chinese, Spanish and Russian.

Professor Manny Noakes

BSc (University of Adelaide); Dip Nut&Diet (Flinders); PhD (Flinders).

Professor Manny Noakes is currently the Research Director for the Nutrition and Health Program at CSIRO. She currently leads a multidisciplinary research program of 70 staff in translational science, developing effective nutritional programs and strategies for lifestyle management for community uptake. She has over 25 years’ experience in understanding the metabolic impact of dietary change and has conducted numerous clinical dietary intervention trials in weight management, body composition and cardiovascular health. Dr Noakes has also led the development of methodologies to ensure compliance to dietary protocols. In particular her laboratory has established well developed protocols for the study of dietary patterns and conducted many intervention trials in free living target groups for durations of up to 3 years. Dr Noakes has authored over 200 peer reviewed publications which have been cited over 9000 times, and has an H index of 52. Over the past 10 years her research focus has extended to understanding how to deliver effective lifestyle programs in the community through the use of information and communication technologies as well as understanding the environmental impacts of dietary patterns. She is considered a key opinion leader and trusted advisor in nutrition and health. She was instrumental in the development and release of five editions of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet (TWD), which was launched in 2004 and has been translated into 17 languages and sold over 1 million copies in Australia. She is the recipient of 3 CSIRO Medals, is a Distinguished Alumni of Flinders University, holds a research excellence award from the University of Adelaide and is a recipient of the Zonta Club Woman of International Achievement award.

Professor Stuart Phillips

Stuart Phillips CroppedProfessor, Kinesiology and Medicine, McMaster University. Tier 1 Canada Research Chair – Skeletal Muscle Health. Stuart Phillips is currently a full Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and School of Medicine. He is Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Skeletal Muscle Health. He is also the inaugural Director of the McMaster Centre for Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Research and the Physical Activity Centre of Excellence.

Professor Raanan Shamir

Raanan Shamir CroppedRaanan Shamir is Professor of Pediatrics at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Chairman of the Institute of Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases at Schneider Children’s Medical Center, Israel and President of ESPGHAN (European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition).

 

Professor Murray Skeaff

Murray is a Professor in Human Nutrition at the University of Otago. He has contributed to research on the nutritional properties and health effects of fats and oils on cardiovascular disease, including an emphasis on biomarkers of fat intake. Like many nutrition scientists, he claims to have dabbled in other areas of nutrition research, and these have included experimental and observational studies on cognition, vitamin D and folate status of populations, and metabolic effects of sedentary behaviour. Currently he serves as a member of the WHO Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG) subgroup on Diet and Health.

 

Professor Youfa Wang

 

Dr. Youfa Wang is the Founding Dean of Global Health Institute, Xian Jiaotong University and the John and Janice Fisher Endowed Chair, Associate Director of the Fisher Institute, and Professor of Nutrition and Health Science in College of Health, Ball State University. Previously, he was Assistant Professor at University of Illinois; Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, the Founding Director of the Global Center on Childhood Obesity at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and School of Medicine; and Professor of Epidemiology, Environmental Health and Pediatrics, Department Chair, and Program Director at State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr. Wang is recently chosen as the recipient of the 2016 CHPAMS Inspiration Award, based on his impressive research achievements, significant scientific contributions and leadership in a number of areas on a global scale, many years’ dedication to promoting global health, strong support for young scholars’ career development, and outstanding leadership and contributions in multiple international and domestic organizations including the WHO, American Society for Nutrition, and top universities such as Johns Hopkins University. He is Chair of The Obesity Society (TOS) Pediatric Obesity Section (in North America) and Vice Chair of the Chinese Prevention Medicine Association Global Health Section.

As an internationally-known expert, Dr. Wang has over 220 publications, including over 170 peer reviewed papers, and many are published in top journals such as Lancet, Circulation, JAMA and Obesity Review. His work is widely cited, and some papers for well more than 1000 times. Over the past 15 years, as the principle investigator (PI) he has secured about $23 million in NIH research grants including multiple R01 grants and a >$16 million NIH U54 center grant (“Systems-Oriented Pediatric Obesity Research and Training (SPORT) Center of Excellence”).  He has fostered and established transdisciplinary- and international collaborations on large research projects, which demonstrated his strong research background and ability to collaborate well with a large number of scientists worldwide. His key research interests include epidemiology, nutrition, childhood obesity etiology and prevention, noncommunicable chronic diseases global health, big data, systems models, and mHealth.

 

Dr Shaw Watanabe

rsz_shaw_watanabeShaw Watanabe graduated from Keio University School of Medicine in 1965. He entered Keio Graduate School and majored in human pathology. As a distinguished hematopathologist at the National Cancer Institute (USA) and the Pathology Division, National Cancer Center (Japan), he defined criteria for T-cell lymphoma/leukemia and histiocytic tumors. He was then appointed Director of the Epidemiology Division, National Cancer Center (1985-1996), where he established a population based cohort study (JPHC). He moved to Tokyo University of Agriculture (1995-2005) to promote diabetic control through appropriate diet and physical activity. As a professor of public nutrition, he became one of the pioneers of the use of functional foods. He was promoted Director General, National Institute of Health and Nutrition (2005-2009), and he was commissioned by the Cabinet Office to develop a national policy on Shoku-iku (Eating education). After retirement he became the President of the Life Science Promoting Association (2009- present) and the President of the Japanese Society of Integrative Medicine (2011-present). He chaired the APCCN2014 in Tokyo and the East Asia Conference on Standardization of Rice Function in Kyoto. He is currently the chief editor of ‘Clinical & Functional Nutriology’ ‘Life Science’, and the editor-in-chief of the ‘Diabetes Research Open Journal’.

Dr Susan Whiting

Dr. Susan Whiting is Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan Canada, where she teaches in the Nutrition & Dietetics program. Her research has spanned dietary influences on bone health, effectiveness and use of nutrient supplements, nutrition in long-term care, and food security (local and international). She is on the steering committee of the Canadian Health Measures Survey, a member of Scientific Advisory Board of Osteoporosis Canada, and is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She is Associate/Deputy Editor on international journals, and has served on international advisory boards related to bone health, dietary supplements, and vitamin D.

 

 

Professor Lisa Wood, PhD

Dr Wood is Professor of Biomedical Science and leads the nutrition team, within the Priority Research Centre for Healthy Lungs, University of Newcastle, Australia. Prof Wood is a nutritional biochemist and registered nutritionist (RNutr) whose research focuses on nutritional approaches to managing inflammation, with a particular focus on airways disease. There is great consumer interest in nutritional approaches to managing respiratory diseases such as asthma, however, there has been a paucity of good quality scientific evidence to indicate how nutrients can improve the immune system and assist in disease management. Prof Wood’s research addresses this need and she has demonstrated that dietary factors, including antioxidants, fatty acids, fibre and obesity, can modulate inflammation in the airways and contribute to disease pathology. Prof Wood has published extensively in the area, with >120 peer reviewed publications in international journals and H-index (Scopus) of 32. Her work has contributed to the development of disease management guidelines and is cited in the Australian Asthma Handbook and the National Asthma Council of Australia ‘Healthy Lifestyles’ brochure series. Her research has been recognized by various awards, including the Nutrition Society of Australia Research Award. Prof Wood serves as President Elect of the Nutrition Society of Australia, Associate Editor for Respirology and the Nutrition Journal and Editorial Board member for Nutrients.