An outstanding line-up of local and international recognised experts have been invited to speak at the ICD 2012 Congress.
Confirmed speakers include:
Professor Sue Ash, FDAA
Dr Susan Ash is a Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Queensland University of Technology and a Fellow of the Dietitians Association Australia (DAA). She was previously program head of the Nutrition and Dietetics course at QUT and has extensive experience in development of university curriculum for dietetic training. She has held a number of positions including a founding member of the DAA's Australian Dietetic Council, the Chair of the DAA Dietetic Standards and Accreditation Advisory Committee, which oversaw the development and review of Competency Standards and Chair of the Council of Dietetics Skills Recognition, the body responsible for the examination of overseas dietitian candidates wishing to practice in Australia. She has published widely on the methodology for development and review of Competency Standards for dietitians. Professor Ash has developed guidelines for the nutritional management of cancer cachexia and chronic kidney disease and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the DAA endorsement process for evidence based practice guideline. Her areas of research include nutrition outcomes of interventions in chronic kidney disease, diabetes and obesity, as well as dietetic competency and practice.
Elaine J. Ayres, M.S., R.D.
Deputy Chief, Laboratory for Informatics Development, NIH Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Elaine Ayres graduated from Cornell University in 1975, completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and received an M.S. in Nutrition from the University of Maryland. Elaine has worked at the NIH Clinical Center since 1980 where she began her career as a research dietitian. After working as a clinician and researcher for 10 years, Ms. Ayres moved to a management role within the NIH Clinical Center Nutrition Department where she founded the NIH Dietetic Internship and managed the Nutrition Department IT applications.
In 1997, Ms. Ayres shifted her career focus to hospital management, and became a Senior Hospital Administrator at the NIH Clinical Center and in 1999, the Deputy Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, Ms. Ayres served as the Deputy Project Manager for the NIH hospital information system implementation.
Ms. Ayres is now Project Manager (and a full time informaticist) for an NIH enterprise system – the Biomedical Translational Research Information System or BTRIS. This clinical research data repository allows researchers at the NIH to manage and analyze data, text and images from current and historical clinical trials, to generate new hypotheses for clinical research and share data with other research centers. Elaine is the immediate past chair of the ADA Nutrition Informatics Committee, an active member of HL7, and is a member of the Cornell University College of Human Ecology Advisory Council.
Associate Professor Judy Bauer FDAA
Associate Professor Judy Bauer is a leading clinical academic practitioner and is Program Director of the Master of Dietetics Studies at the University of Queensland and Manager of Nutrition Services at the Wesley Hospital, Brisbane. Judy's research interests include evidence based practice, malnutrition, oncology and chronic kidney disease. A focus has been in development of appropriate tools in clinical practice, measuring outcomes of dietetic intervention, and the role of fish oil in cachexia and inflammation. She has a h-index of 19, over 70 publications and is recognized internationally for the development and validation of nutrition screening and assessment tools, innovative dietetic intervention programs in oncology and chronic kidney disease, and development of evidence based practice guidelines for the nutritional management of cachexia, radiation therapy, malnutrition and most recently head and neck cancer in a new wiki format. She is a member of the Australian Dietetics Council and Clinical Oncology Society Council and a past DAA board member.
Sandra Capra AM, PhD, FDAA
Professor Sandra Capra has had a long and varied career in nutrition and dietetics, spanning more than 40 years in four countries. Her career includes many 'firsts' in position and achievement. She has held numerous leadership positions within the profession and in employment, ranging from in-charge positions in food services, nutrition services, clinical education services as well as in academia. She has served on many national committees within Australia, in the matter of policy and practice in nutrition as well as in education, curriculum and health workforce. She has been President of the Dietitians Association three times and in 2001 awarded life membership for service to that organisation and made a Fellow in 2005. She is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations, Director of Health Workforce Australia, and Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Queensland. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003 for her contribution to nutrition and dietetics education and research, community health and the Guiding movement.
Catherine M. Champagne, PhD, RD, LDN, FADA
Catherine M. Champagne, PhD, RD, LDN, FADA, is Professor/Chief, Nutritional Epidemiology/Dietary Assessment and Counseling, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA. A member of the American Dietetic Association, she serves on several workgroups and is a member of SCAN, Weight Management, and Research Dietetic Practice Groups. She maintains memberships in the American Society for Nutrition, The Obesity Society, American Heart Association, and American Diabetes Association. She is involved in studies which include dietary counseling and/or dietary intake assessment and directs nutrient database activities. Her interests are women and children’s health, diet for weight loss and chronic disease, Mediterranean diet approaches, physical activity promotion, nutritional assessment of diverse populations, cancer prevention/treatment and functional foods. One of her significant achievements was the final design of the DASH and DASH-Sodium diets. She has been certified by the American Dietetic Association in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management. Some of her projects include NIH-funded trials: Weight Loss Maintenance, POUNDS LOST, Healthy Aging Study, CALERIE (Comprehensive Assessment of Long-term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy); USDA-funded Lower Mississippi Delta Obesity Prevention Research Unit; Department of Defense and diabetes intervention projects.
Dr Paul Chandler
Professor Chandler holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Sydney University and a Master of Science in Psychology and PhD in Cognition and Instruction from UNSW. In 1993, he became the first person to ever receive an Australian Research Council (ARC) fellowship in education. Over the next seven years his research in cognition and learning would attract over $3 million of research funding from ARC and industry partners. Professor Chandler completed two terms as Head of School of Education at UNSW before being appointed Dean of Education at the University of Wollongong.
In 2008, at a National Press Club event, Professor Chandler was awarded as one of Australia’s ten most pre-eminent researchers. In 2009, Professor Chandler was appointed by the federal government to the Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council. Professor Chandler is a past president of the NSW Council of Deans in Education and Treasurer of the Australian Council of Deans in Education. His is currently Board Director of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) which operates across 11 Australian Universities. He is also the founder of the Early Start Project at UOW.
Professor Lynne Daniels
Professor Lynne Daniels is an academic dietitian with over 30 years of experience. She is currently Head of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Queensland University of Technology. Lynne spent the first 10 years of her career as a clinical paediatric dietitian and during this time completed a research MSc. In 1988 Lynne was appointed to an academic post in the School of Medicine at Flinders University and completed her PhD in 1995. At Flinders her roles included Assistant Dean Health Professional Programs, Head Department Nutrition and Dietetics and co-ordinator of the nutrition and dietetic education programs. She has 71 peer reviewed publications; over 85 published abstracts from presentations in Australia and overseas and has secured AUD 9.5M grant funding. Her current research activities include the NH&MRC funded NOURISH project that is evaluating an early feeding intervention to prevent childhood obesity and PEACH, a management program for moderately obese primary school aged children. She has supervised 5 PhD students to completion and is currently primary supervisor for 11 doctoral students.
Professor Clare Collins
Clare Collins is a Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics in the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Co-Director of the Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. She holds a National Health and Medical Research Council, Career Development Fellowship and has published over 100 manuscripts. Her main research examines the impact of interventions to improve dietary intake and how this relates to changes in weight and health across all ages and stages of life.
Professor Collins is a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australian (DAA). She chaired the development of the Best Practice Dietetic Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity for Adults and led the dietetic team at the University of Newcastle to review the evidence base informing these guidelines in 2011. She represents DAA on the international working party for the Practice Based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) in collaboration with Dietitians of Canada and the British Dietetic Association.
Professor Collins is well known in Australia as a DAA media spokesperson and commentator on nutrition and has conducted over 1000 media interviews.
Dr Johanna Dwyer
Dr. Johanna Dwyer is Professor of Medicine (Nutrition) and Community Health at the Tufts University Medical School, and Professor of Nutrition at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She is also Senior Scientist at the Jean Mayer/USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. She is the Director of the Frances Stern Nutrition Center at Tufts Medical Center. From 2003-2007 Dr. Dwyer served part time as Senior Nutrition Scientist Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health, where she was responsible for several large projects, including studies of dietary supplement motivation and use, development of an analytically substantiated dietary supplement database and other dietary supplement databases, development of research on the assessment of dietary supplement intake and other topics. In 2001-2 Dr. Dwyer was the Assistant Administrator for Human Nutrition, Agricultural Research Service, US Department of Agriculture.
Dr. Dwyer received her D.Sc. and M.Sc. from the Harvard School of Public Health, an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin, and completed her undergraduate degree with distinction from Cornell University. She is the author or coauthor of more than 200 research articles and 300 review articles published in scientific journals on topics including dietary treatment of end-stage renal disease, the role of dietary flavanoids in health; preventing diet-related disease in children and adolescents; maximizing quality of life and health in the elderly; vegetarian and other lifestyles, and databases for bioactive substances other than nutrients.
She served on the 2000 Dietary Guidelines Committee, was a member of the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences from 1992-2001. She was elected member of the Institute of Medicine National Academy of Sciences in 1998, and served as Councilor of the Institute of Medicine from 2001-2003. She is editor of Nutrition Today. She is the past President and Fellow of the American Institute of Nutrition, past Secretary of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, and past President and Fellow of the Society for Nutrition Education. She received the Conrad V Elvejhem Award for public service in 2005 from the American Society for Nutrition Sciences, the Alumni Award of Merit from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2004, the WO Atwater award in 1996, and the Medallion Award of the American Dietetic Association in 2003.
Sylvia Escott-Stump, RD, MS, PMP
Sylvia Escott-Stump is Director of the Dietetic Internship at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina and consults as the owner of Nutritional Balance. Ms. Escott-Stump received a BS in Food and Nutrition and an MA in Adult-Community Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has served the American Dietetic Association as Chair of the Nominating Committee, Speaker of the House of Delegates, and Chair of the Standardized Language Task Force. She is the 2011-12 President of the American Dietetic Association.
Ms. Escott-Stump has presented hundreds of lectures for national and international audiences. She has authored 7 editions of Nutrition and Diagnosis-Related Care, and 5 editions of Krause’s Food and Nutrition Therapy. Sylvia was the first recipient of the Wagstaff Fellowship for Innovation in Dietetics Education, and presented the 2008 Lenna Frances Cooper lecture. She has received the ADA Medallion, Member of the Year for North Carolina, Distinguished Dietitian of Pennsylvania, and Distinguished Alumni from Indiana University of PA.
Prof. Lynnette R Ferguson, D.Phil. (Oxon.), DSc., QSO, FNZIFST
Programme leader, Nutrigenomics New Zealand, Director of Mutagen Testing, Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre (ACSRC) and Head of the Discipline of Nutrition in the University of Auckland.
Lynn Ferguson obtained her D.Phil. from Oxford University, working on the subject of DNA damage, DNA repair and mutagenesis in yeast. After her return to New Zealand, she began working as part of the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, using mutagenicity testing as a predictor of carcinogenesis, with particular focus on the New Zealand situation. In 2000, she took on a 50% role as Head of a new Discipline of Nutrition at The University of Auckland. In more recent years, she has considered the interplay between genes and diet in the development of chronic disease, with particular focus on Inflammatory Bowel Disease, a cancer-prone condition and also in prostate cancer. As programme leader for the multidisciplinary-multiorganisation Nutrigenomics New Zealand, she is working with a range of others to bring nutrigenomics tools and potential to the new Zealand science scene.
She has supervised more than 30 students to the successful completion of B.tech, MSc or PhD. Her laboratory regularly supervises 2-3 summer students each year. She is the author or co-author of more than 300 peer reviewed publications as chapters in books or articles in international journals. She serves as one of the managing Editors for Mutation Research: Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutation, as well as on the Editorial Boards of several other major journals.
Paul Fieldhouse is the provincial nutrition research and policy analyst for the Ministry of Healthy Living, Youth and Seniors in Manitoba, Canada, where he works on a wide range of issues including school nutrition policy and food security. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Paul received a Bsc (Hons) in Nutrition from the University of Surrey, and an MPhil from Leeds Polytechnic – both in the UK. He completed a PhD at the University of Manitoba. Paul has a particular interest in food and culture and has published a number of books and articles on this topic.
Prof. Rosalind S. Gibson
Professor Gibson, presently a Research Professor in Human Nutrition at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, graduated with a B.Sc in Nutrition from Queen Elizabeth College, University of London, in 1962. This was followed by graduate work in public health nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. She then worked for three years as a Nutritional Biochemist at the Ethio-Swedish Nutrition Unit, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After teaching in the United Kingdom for some years, she was awarded her Ph.D. from the University of London for work on zinc in premature infants - a study that initiated a life-long interest in micro-nutrient human nutrition. In 1979, Professor Gibson moved with her husband and family to Canada to join the faculty of the Division of Applied Human Nutrition, University of Guelph, Ontario and became Full Professor in 1985. While in Canada she worked with a small but talented group of graduate students to raise the profile of trace-elements in human nutrition, concentrating particularly on zinc in population groups particularly at risk of deficiency. She helped establish the presence of sub-optimal zinc status in some Ontario School children and demonstrated with laboratory and community-based studies the importance of phytate as a factor inhibiting zinc absorption. For the last twenty years, Professor Gibson has turned her attention to working on micro-nutrient nutrition in developing countries, working in Papua New Guinea, Guatemala, Ghana, Malawi and more recently, Thailand, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Mongolia and Brazil, with particular emphasis on sustainable diet-based strategies to combat micro-nutrient deficiencies. This work in developing countries, and some parallel studies on iron and zinc, has continued since moving to New Zealand. After her departure from Canada at the end of 1995, she was awarded the McHenry Award from the Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences in recognition of her contribution to nutrition research in Canada. In 2002, Professor Gibson was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and in 2007 was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Nutrition. She is the author of a standard reference text on Nutritional Assessment; the second edition was published by Oxford University Press in New York in March 2005. She is also the author or co-author with her graduate students of more than 200 refereed scientific papers.
Senior Manager, Nutrition Informatics, American Dietetic Association
Managing Partner, Health Project Partners, LLC
Lindsey Hoggle, Founder and Managing Partner of Health Project Partners, LLC, has worked as a health information systems consultant since 2001. In August of 2011, after two years as a consultant to the American Dietetic Association (ADA), she joined as part of ADA’s Policy Initiatives and Advocacy team based out of the District of Columbia. Her position as Senior Manager, Nutrition Informatics positions her for continued work in this rapidly growing field. She continues to represent ADA’s 72,000 members in the area of strategy and comments for the Health Information Technology for Economic & Clinical Health (HITECH) Act policy and standards initiatives.
She served as primary author for the introductory “nutrition informatics” publication and concept in 2006, and later served as Co-Chair of a Nutrition Informatics Work Group through the ADA. She co-developed the first nutrition focused “10x10” Informatics Program through the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and serves as Chair of AMIA’s Consumer Health Informatics Working Group. Prior to entering the informatics field, she worked in direct patient care in a variety of hospitals, clinics, and academic medical centers across the country. Lindsey blogs regularly for nutrition informatics, and guest blogs for a variety of other organizations, including Informatics for Consumer Health and Jessie Gruman’s Prepared Patient® Forum.
She is a recipient of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center Directors Award and speaks at the local, state, national and international level on consumer health and nutrition informatics. Lindsey holds a B.S. in Nutrition and a M.S. in Exercise Physiology. She is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and has a certificate in Project Management for Information Technology/Information Systems Professionals. She is particularly interested in consumer use of technologies for improving health. She has lived in the Washington, DC Metro area for the past 18 years amidst four children, two grandchildren and two dogs.
Alex Johnson is a researcher and lecturer in the School of Botany at The University of Melbourne where he heads a plant nutrition laboratory focused on increasing the concentration of iron in rice. Using a process called biofortification, the lab aims to help an estimated two billion people suffering from iron deficiency by increasing the concentration of iron in white rice, a major food staple that is the primary source of energy for many people in developing countries. His work to develop more nutritious rice is funded by the HarvestPlus Challenge Program of the CGIAR and involves extensive collaboration with researchers at the International Rice Research Institute (Los Baños, Philippines) and the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (Cali, Colombia). Alex has a Master of Science and PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA, USA. He has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK) and the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (Adelaide, Australia).
Dr Krishnan was Research Assistant for 4 years at the U.S. wheat Associates Project - Women's Christian College- Chennai. Dr Published a Book "Appetising Wheaty Treats", for Propagation of wheat in South India. She was also a Consultant Dietitian at the K.J Hospital, Poonamallee High Road- Chennai for 7 years. Dr Krishnan a tutor to the hospital administration students, nurses and doctors of the K.J Hospital for 7 years and was the President of The Indian Dietetic Association - Chennai Chapter, for a term of 4 years.
Dr Krishnan held the position as Assistant Professor for the Post Graduate Diploma course in Dietetics and Hospital Food Service for 2 academic Years and guided 7 students for their Post Graduate Research Work.
Presently, Dr Krishnan is a Consultant Dietitian in her own Clinic at Mylapore, Chennai and was the National President IDA till December 31st 2010. She was also a Consultant at www.sitagita.com, giving online Diet Advice and Secretary and involved with Ecoscience Research Foundation and working towards the organic movement.
Digest - A Personalised Diet Software, was developed indigenously, and is being used by Dietitians, both as Consultants and in hospitals.
Developed a Health Website - www.edigestdoc.com, the first of its kind in India. It helps individuals and patients, maintain good health through analysis of exercise and diet regimens.
Dr Penny M. Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., R.D., F.A.H.A.
Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton is Distinguished Professor of Nutrition in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University, where she has been on the faculty since 1979.
Dr. Kris-Etherton’s research expertise is cardiovascular nutrition. She conducts controlled clinical nutrition studies designed to evaluate the role of diet on risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD). These studies have evaluated established and emerging CVD risk factors including lipids, lipoproteins, blood pressure, inflammatory markers, measures of oxidative stress and adhesion molecules. She and her colleagues have studied many different populations, including healthy participants, overweight/obese subjects, as well as subjects at risk for CVD. Her research integrates clinical and basic research to evaluate underlying mechanisms that account for the diet-induced clinical responses, including the molecular mechanisms of action. Dr. Kris-Etherton embraces interdisciplinary research that integrates the expertise of many colleagues.
Dr. Kris-Etherton has served on many national committees that have established dietary guidelines and recommendations. She served on the 2nd Adult Treatment Panel of the National Cholesterol Education Program, the Dietary Reference Intakes for Macronutrients Committee of the National Academies, the HHS/USDA Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee 2005, and the Nutrition Committee of the American Heart Association that published diet and lifestyle recommendations for the prevention and treatment of CVD. She is a Fellow of the American Heart Association as well as The National Lipid Association, and the recipient of many awards including the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award from the American Dietetic Association (2007), the Elaine Monsen Research Award from the American Dietetic Association Foundation (2005), Foundation Award for Excellence in Research by the American Dietetic Association (1998), and the Lederle Award for Human Nutrition Research awarded by the American Society for Nutritional Sciences (1991). She currently serves as President-Elect of the National Lipid Association and Chair of the Medical Nutrition Council of The American Society for Nutrition. Dr. Kris-Etherton has published over 240 scientific papers, 30 book chapters and co-authored 4 books. Her research program has been funded by NIH, USDA and the private sector.
Dr Chwang Leh-Chii
Dr. Chwang Leh-Chii is the Founding and Honorary President of Asian Federation of Dietitians Associations (AFDA), and Chinese Dietetic Society, Taiwan. Currently she serves as Director of Department of Food and Nutrition at Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan.
She holds BS degree in Agricultural Chemistry from National Taiwan University, MS degree in Nutrition from the University of Hawaii, and Doctorate in Community Health (Nutrition) from the University of Texas, Houston, USA. She has been a member of the editorial board of Nutrition Today, was a visiting scientist of the USDA-Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Boston.
She has had a long and extensive career in clinical, community nutrition, food service management, research and teaching, and presented keynote and invited speeches at national and international conferences. She was a pioneer in initiating public health nutrition programs, enacting the Dietitians’ Law and reforming the qualification standard of national dietitian examination in Taiwan. She is the Founding and Honorary President of Taiwan Federation of Dietitians’ Associations.
Dr. Chwang is the recipient of many honors and awards. Of note, she has been bestowed with the Outstanding Young Woman Golden Phoenix Award, Distinguished Contribution in Nutrition Award, and National Civic Service Award.
Professor Alice Lichtenstien
Dr. Lichtenstein is the Stanley N. Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy in the Friedman School, and Director and Senior Scientist of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA), both at Tufts University. She holds secondary appointments as an Associated Faculty member in the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center and Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. In 2005 she was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kuopio, Finland. At Tufts University Dr. Lichtenstein's research group focuses on assessing the interplay between diet and heart disease risk factors.
Prof Barbara Livingstone
Current Position: Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland.
She has been a member of staff at the University of Ulster since 1984
Her research interests include:
1. Dietary and lifestyle risk factors for obesity, particularly in children and adolescents
2. Development of educational intervention strategies for the prevention of childhood obesity
3. Mechanisms of control of appetite, satiety and food intake
4. Development of evidence based dietary guidelines for healthy eating
She has published more than 100 research papers.
She is currently a Scientific Governor of the British Nutrition Foundation and a Member of the Northern Ireland Food Advisory Committee (Food Standards Agency). She chairs the Data and Research Advisory Group of the N. Ireland Obesity Prevention Steering Group
Dr Dorothy Mackerras
Dr Dorothy Mackerras obtained her PhD in epidemiology in the United States and is well known in Australia for her expertise in nutritional epidemiology and dietary methods. After returning to Australia, she lectured in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney for some years. She then spent 10 years at the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin. She is one of the Chief Investigators of the Aboriginal Birth Cohort Study, the longest running Indigenous cohort in the world. This study showed that iodine deficiency was not confined to the south-east of the Australian continent as had been previously thought
Five years ago, she moved to Canberra to take up the newly created position of Chief Public Health Nutrition Advisor at Food Standards Australia New Zealand. While there she has worked on various projects including mandatory fortification with iodine and folic acid and has also developed the profiling system proposed to define which foods would be eligible to carry health claims. She is the nutritional epidemiologist on the advisory committee for the 2011 Australian Health Survey, a member of the NHMRC Dietary Guidelines Working Party and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra.
Prof. Maria Makrides
Professor Maria Makrides is Director of the Women’s & Children’s Health Research Institute. She is also the Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Adelaide. As a research dietitian, Maria is committed to improving the nutrition and health of mothers and their babies through the translation of high quality research. She has over 100 peer reviewed publications including in the prestigious journals; The Lancet and The Journal of the American Medical Association. Maria currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) and is a member of the Nutrition Committee, Australian Academy of Science. Maria currently leads 5 national large-scale trials in the area of perinatal nutrition funded by the NHMRC and was the first dietitian to be awarded an NHMRC RD Wright Award and Senior Research Fellowship.
Dr Sarah McNaughton PhD, APD
Dr McNaughton is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) at Deakin University and is supported by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. She completed her PhD in nutritional epidemiology at the University of Queensland, and previously worked as a research scientist at the Medical Research Council Collaborative Centre for Human Nutrition Research in Cambridge, United Kingdom. She has a research program that focuses on the assessment of dietary behaviours, diet quality and dietary patterns across the life course, their determinants and the implication for the prevention of obesity and cardio-metabolic disease. She is collaborating on the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health Study, the AusDiab study and the Women's Health Australia study. She was awarded the 2009 Nutrition Society of Australia Research Award for mid-career researcher and an Outstanding Contribution from Dietitians Association of Australia in 2010. She is on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Nutrition, Journal of Nutritional Science and the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.
Carole Middleton MBE
Carole has been the British Dietetic Association (BDA) Representative and a Director of ICDA since 2004. She is also a BDA Delegate and Executive Committee Member of the European Federation of Dietetic Associations. She is a Fellow of the BDA and has previously been Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the Association. In 1997 she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for “Services to Dietetics”.
Carole has practised as a Dietitian in the UK for many years, specialising in liver disease and more recently intensive care and bariatric surgery. She now manages a large dietetic service with acute, primary care and community dietitians and the Adult Speech and Language Therapy service for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Pauline Mulholland RD FBDA
Lead Dietitian, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland
I qualified as a Dietitian in 1986 and currently am the Lead Dietitian in South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland. I have been an active member of the British Dietetic Association since qualifying and have held many committee positions at regional and national level. I was recognised as a fellow of the BDA in 2009 for my leadership and contribution nationally over 10 years.
In particular I have represented Dietitians from Northern Ireland at national UK level on the British Dietetic Association/Hospital Caterers Association Joint Working Party on Food Service and Nutritional Care (2003 - 2005) and on the Council of Europe Alliance UK (2005 onwards).
Through my influence at strategic level in Northern Ireland I became a key contributor in the production of the joint Royal College of Nursing (RCN)/Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) regional document ‘Get Your 10 a Day’, The Nursing Care Standards for Patient Food in Hospital in 2007. Since then I have been jointly leading on the implementation of these standards across NI on behalf of the Chief Nursing Officer to change nursing and dietetic practice for patients in hospital. This has included using the Institute for Healthcare Improvement methodology of Patient Safety Bundles for quality improvement, designing Nutritional Care Bundles to identify and reduce the risk of malnutrition.
As a result of the achievements with this work, in September 2010 I was invited by DHSSPS to act as Project Manager in the development of “Promoting Good Nutrition: A strategy for good nutritional care for adults in all care settings in Northern Ireland”. This strategy was launched in March 2011 and extends the influence and requirement to promote good nutritional care and reduction of malnutrition in adults in all care settings including peoples own homes.
Between 2007 and 2009 I successfully completed a Health Foundation leadership development programme culminating in the award of Leadership Fellow.
In January 2011 I commenced a temporary secondment to the post of Lead Allied Health Professional Officer at DHSSPS Northern Ireland.
Dr Caryl Nowson ,PhD, APD
Dr. Caryl Nowson (PhD, APD) holds the chair of Professor of Nutrition and Ageing, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and team leader of Food, Lifestyle and Health group within the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University. Prof. Nowson has a research program spanning more than 25 years which has focused on two major diseases of ageing, specifically nutrition related to hypertension, bone health and more recently vitamin D. Professor Nowson has published widely, demonstrating the effectiveness for dietary interventions, particularly reduction of dietary sodium and increasing dietary potassium. In 2009 she was awarded the Nutrition Society of Australia Medal which is awarded to Australian nutrition scientists with an outstanding record in the field of animal or human nutrition with the work carried out predominantly in Australia. She is a member of the scientific advisory committee of Osteoporosis Australia (since 2003) and was the founding chairperson of AWASH (Australian division of World Action group on Salt and Health) in 2005 and continues as a member of the secretariat. AWASH functions to ensure that the evidence base for the adverse health effects of salt is translated into a public health action plan to reduce the dietary intake of salt in Australia.
Wineke Remijnse has worked for the last 10 years as Policy Consultant for the Dutch Dietetic Association. Her focus is on Quality of Work which includes: Quality Register, Evidence Based Practise, Obesity and Malnutrition.
Before this time Wineke worked for over 12 years at the University Medical Centre, Utrecht, Netherlands. Here she first worked as a dietitian on several specialisms as well as in the policlinic setting. Later she became head of the dietetic department. In 2000 Wineke became a member of the board for the Dutch Dietetic Association.
Giuseppe Russolillo Femenías
Giuseppe is a dietitian-nutritionist Russolillo by the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Navarra and the European Masters in Nutrition and Metabolism by the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Navarra.
Russolillo Giuseppe has written books of scientific interest, among which it is worth noting "Dietary Intervention Protocol Obesity" and his thesis project "Exchange System for the Preparation of diets and Planning Menus". He is currently developing his doctoral thesis based on the validation of a "Photo Album of food portions" of his own subject in a recent and innovative publication for dietitians, nutritionists and other nutrition professionals.
It also houses various informative publications of interest as "Nutrition and Diets Healthy Weight Loss", "Learning to eat and drink in Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease" or "Eat and drink in dialysis and transplantation," having devoted many years of practice to patient care in the specialty of nephrology and Obesity.
Giuseppe Russolillo is the President of the Spanish Association of Dietitians-Nutritionists (AEDN), member of ICDA Board and Scientific Committee of the Association for promoting the consumption of fruits and vegetables 5 to day. It is also the organizer of the XVII World Congress of Dietetics scheduled to be held in the city of Granada in 2016.
Dr Joanne L. Slavin, PhD, RD
Dr. Joanne Slavin is a professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. She teaches hundreds of students yearly in Life Cycle Nutrition and Advanced Human Nutrition. She has presented more than 350 invited scientific lectures around the world on topics including dietary fiber, carbohydrates, whole grains, and the role of diet in disease prevention. Her research has generated more than $5 million dollars in competitive research grants on dietary fiber, whole grains, and the role of carbohydrates in disease prevention. She is the author of more than 200 scientific publications and numerous book chapters and review articles and has advised 50 graduate students who work in universities, food companies, and health care facilities.She is a Science Communicator for the Institute of Food Technologists and a member of numerous scientific societies, including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Society for Nutrition. She was a member of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee for the US Department of Agriculture. She is a frequent source for the media on topics ranging from kid's eating to sports nutrition.
Dr. Slavin received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a registered dietitian.
Professor Linda Tapsell, FDAA
Linda Tapsell is Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Wollongong. Her research focus is on the role of food in the prevention and management of the lifestyle related disease. She has served as director of a number of large research centres in food, nutrition and health, integrating knowledge from science and technology with market intelligence, regulatory constraints and an understanding of the food supply chain. She works with national and international research agencies, contributing to peer review, strategic direction and policy formulation. She has recently served on the Australian Dietary Guidelines Committee and contributed to a report on Food Security through the Prime Minister's Science Engineering and Innovation Council. She brings her expertise in dietetics research to mechanistic, human experimental and behavioural studies. Her work in the public health area has contributed to hospital and community interventions and primary healthcare services. Professor Tapsell is a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia and Editor in Chief of Nutrition and Dietetics, the journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia including Dietitians New Zealand.
Jayne Thirsk RD, PhD, FDC
Jayne Thirsk has worked as a dietitian for 30 years in positions spanning clinician, food service and health care manager, policy developer, and researcher. In 1984, while working on her doctoral degree, she responded to a call for proposals from the Canadian Space Agency. This resulted in her doubly labelled water experiment being conducted aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1992 as one of 5 Canadian experiments in the first International Microgravity Laboratory. Since joining Dietitians of Canada in 1997, she has been involved in profiling the role and leadership of dietitians, policy development, and the design and delivery of a broad scope of professional development initiatives to support the dietetic profession. Since 2005, has been the Director of Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition [PEN]. In 2010 she became a Fellow of Dietitians of Canada. Jayne and her husband reside in Calgary, Alberta and she is the proud mother of two sons.
Patricia Thompson, M.Sc. RdN SNS
Patricia Thompson is a Registered Nutritionist in Jamaica practicing for over 30 years in consulting, private practice and education. Patricia has presented papers at several local, regional and international conferences and has published in peer-reviewed journals and authored several books. She promotes the use of Caribbean and tropical foods for healthy eating including “Caribbean Calorie Counter”, “Nutrition for Athletes and Active Persons”, “Caribbean Foods for Emergency Planning”, and “The Caribbean Food and Nutrition Book”. She also produces learning aids on nutrition at all educational levels, such as the Food Bingo Game and Functional Foods Chart.
Pat Thompson is a former Nutrition Educator with the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI)/Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and served also as the Health/Nutrition Specialist on a USAID sponsored project with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture in Jamaica developing, implementing and evaluating breakfast and supportive programmes in primary schools. She is a lecturer in sports nutrition and externship preceptor at the University of Technology (Utech) and does visiting lectures at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Jamaica.
Her professional activities include positions of Past President and Vice President of the Caribbean Association of Nutritionists and Dietitians (CANDi) and the Jamaica Association of Professionals in Nutrition and Dietetics (JAPINAD). She is also a member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and serves as the country representative in Jamaica for the American Overseas Dietetic Association (AODA).
She has won many awards and recognitions from these associations. She is also credentialed as a School Nutrition Specialist with the US School Nutrition Association.
Professor Este Vorster
HH (Este) Vorster is a research professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences of the North-West University (NWU), South Africa. She obtained a D.Sc. in Physiology in 1989 from the NWU for her work on dietary fibre and risk factors of non-communicable diseases.
She started Nutrition Research at Potchefstroom in the early 1980’s and became head of the Department Nutrition and Family Ecology. In 1998 she was appointed Research Director of the Africa Unit for Trans-disciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR), and lead research in eleven disciplines, developing a trans-disciplinary approach in health research and post-graduate training. In 2008, the Nutrition subgroup in AUTHeR was awarded Centre of Excellence status by the NWU with Vorster as director. She conceptualized Nutrition as a multidisciplinary domain, from molecules to society, and structured research and infrastructure to address malnutrition problems of Africa on basic, clinical and epidemiological levels. Vorster has trained 33 Ph.D. students and has published more than 300 research outputs as papers in scientific and popular journals, books, book chapters and research reports.
Vorster has served as Chair and President of the Nutrition Society of South Africa and received their award for “Outstanding Contributions to Nutrition Research in 1996. She is a member of “Die Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns”, and received their prestigious “Havenga Medalje vir Geneeskunde” in 2007 for scientific outputs in Medical Sciences. She serves on the Council of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) as Secretary General, on the board of the South Africa-Netherlands Programme for Alternatives in Development (SANPAD), and as trustee and scientific advisor of the “5-a-day for Better Health Trust”. She often serves as scientific advisor for the National Department of Health, (e.g. for meetings of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses; developing a nutrient profiling system for South Africa; and to revise the SA Food-based dietary guidelines).
Vorster has chaired the International Nutrition Congress of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) in Durban in 2005 and served on the international advisory committee for the 2009 IUNS congress in Bangkok. She has served on eleven FAO/WHO (Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization) consultations. She has been appointed on the WHO NUGAG committee (Nutrition Advisory Committee: subgroup on Diet and Health) for 2010-2013 and participated on invitation by the United Nations University and the WHO/ FAO in the process for international harmonization of approaches for developing nutrient-based dietary standards. In 2008 the WHO Nutrition Department commissioned her to develop, write and field-test a Procedural Manual for the development and implementation of regional and country-specific FBDGs.
Vorster is regularly invited as plenary, keynote or guest speaker at international and regional Nutrition congresses, symposia and workshops to talk on her experiences researching the nutrition transition and its determinants and consequences in Africa.
Vorster has been appointed as one of the three international judges for the “Nestlé shared value prize” (in 2009 and 2011). She has served as associate editor for Public Health Nutrition and is on the editorial board of The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, Nutrition and Dietetics (Australia and New Zealand) as well as ISRN Cardiology. She is a founder member of the World Public Health Nutrition Association.
Dr Karen Walton
Karen Walton is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and senior lecturer at the University of Wollongong. She is currently lecturing in dietetics, food service dietetics and research for nutrition and dietetics students. She is also the coordinator of the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics course there.
Her areas of research interest include food service dietetics and nutrition requirements for long stay hospital patients, particularly the elderly. Karen completed a PhD in this area, titled, “Nutrition and food service systems for long stay elderly patients. A contextual analysis - Making every mouthful count.” More recently she has also been involved in research exploring the nutritional status and dietary intakes of the community living elderly; as well as evaluating strategies aimed at improving the nutritional health of our ageing population.
Dr Eva Warensjö Lemming, PhD
Dr Eva Warensjö Lemming works as a nutritionist at the Swedish National Food Agency. Her main activities at the agency is linked to the Swedish National dietary surveys. She has a master's degree in medical sciences and obtained her PhD at Uppsala University. The work in the thesis was focused on biomarker fatty acids and cariometabolic disease. She did her post-doc training at the Smart Food's Centre at the Univeristy of Wollongong, Australia. Eva has also worked as data manager and teaches nutritional epidemiology at Uppsala University.
Mr Peter Williams
Peter Williams is a Visiting Principal Fellow in the Smart Foods Centre at the University of Wollongong and an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University. He is Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia and served one term as President of the DAA. For 10 years he headed up the dietetic training program at the University of Wollongong and is currently a member of the Dietetic Credentialing Council. Peter has served on NH&MRC working parties for reviews of the Dietary Guidelines for Australians, the review of recommended nutrient intakes and the steering committee of the Heart Foundation's Pick the Tick program. He currently is a member of the TGA Advisory Committee on Complementary Medicines and the Advertising Standards Board of Australia.
Carol Wham, PhD, MSc, BHSc, DipEd
Dr Carol Wham is a Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition at Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand. Carol specialised in paediatric dietetics and has an extensive background in teaching and research. She is a member of the Dietitians Board, the statutory body which maintains self-regulation of the dietetic profession in New Zealand and is an Associate Editor of 'Nutrition and Dietetics'. As an active member of the nutrition community Carol serves on a number of national review panels and committees. Her research interests span across the lifecycle and include dietary assessment methods. As the principle nutrition investigator for the longitudinal study of ageing: "Life and Living to Advanced Age in New Zealand -a Cohort Study" her research currently focuses on the relationship between food intake in advanced age and trajectories of physical and social function.
Shigeru Yamamoto, M.Sc., Ph.D.
1975-80 Senior researcher and instructor, Department of Nutrition, School of Medicine, Tokushima University, Tokushima, Japan
1980-81 JICA Expert of Nutrition, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Science, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana
1981-84 Senior researcher and instructor, Department of Nutrition, School of Medicine, Tokushima University, Tokushima, Japan
1984-86 Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition, School of Medicine, Tokushima University, Tokushima, Japan
1986-87 JICA Expert of Nutrition, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Science, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana
1987-98 Professor, Department of Nutrition, School of Medicine, University of Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan
1999-04 Professor, Department of Applied Nutrition, School of Medicine, Tokushima University, Tokushima, Japan
2004 -06 Professor, International Public Health Nutrition, Tokushima University Graduate School of Health Biosciences, Tokushima, Japan
2006/4- Professor, International Nutrition, Ochanomizu University Graduate School of Humanities & Sciences, 2-1-1 Ohtsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8610, Japan
Society memberships, honours, awards, and editorial and journal review boards:
Fulbright scholarship for the study at the graduate school of Columbia University (1970)
Academic Prize of Japanese Society of Food and Nutrition (May 1998)
Academic Prize of Japanese Society of Nutrition and Dietetics (November 1999)
Chairperson of the Use of Japanese Dietary Reference Intakes (2005)
Vice chairperson of Japanese Shokuiku Program (food education, new law) through school lunch (2006)
Chairperson of the Board of Dietary Reference Intakes of Japanese School Lunch (2007)
Chairperson of the Steering Committee of International Congress of Dietetics 2008 in Yokohama (2008)
President Award at the 50th Anniversary of Japan Dietetic Association
Japanese Minister of Education Award at 120th Anniversary of School Meal Program (2009)
Vietnam Minister of Health Awards for the contribution to the health of people (2010)