Congress of the World Public Health Nutrition Association with
Abrasco (the Brazilian Association of Collective Health)
to be held in Rio de Janeiro, 27-30 April 2012

Our seventh and final line-up of speakers

Boyd Swinburn, David Sanders, Srinath Reddy, Philip James, Kelly Brownell, Enrique Jacoby: our final line-up of leading participant-speakers at Rio2012

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The participant-speakers profiled

Boyd Swinburn is a new Zealand citizen. He is the Alfred Deakin Professor of Population Health, and director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University, Australia. He was president of the Australasian Society for the Study of Obesity from 2005-2007 and has been a steering group member of the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) since 1997, and co-chair since 2009. He is on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, Preventive Medicine and Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism.

David Sanders is a South African citizen. He is an Association member. Founding director of and professor at the school of public health at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa (UWC). Specialist paediatrician with postgraduate qualifications in public health. Formerly on the academic staff of the medical schools of the Universities of Zimbabwe and Natal, with 30 years experience of health policy and programme development in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Has worked as a health advisor to OXFAM in Zimbabwe, and advised several governments as well as other non-government organisations and UN agencies in primary health care, child health and nutrition, and health human resources. Has published extensively in these fields as well as on the political economy of health, including on structural adjustment and development aid. Internationally recognised as an advocate for primary health care and health equity in Africa. Member of the People's Health Movement. Speaker on behalf of civil society at the WHO conference on the social determinants of health held in Rio in 2011.

Srinath Reddy is an Indian citizen. He is president of the Public Health Foundation of India, whose motto is 'knowledge to action'. The foundation was launched by the Prime Minister of India in 2006 with the aim of enhancing the capacity of public health professionals. He chaired a high-level expert group on universal health coverage in India, appointed by the Prime Minister, whose 'Srinath Reddy Report' was issued in December 2011. Until appointed to the PHFI he headed the cardiology department of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences. He is the chair of the World Heart Federation's scientific council on epidemiology and prevention. He was a member of the WHO panel responsible for its '916' technical report on diet, nutrition and the prevention of chronic diseases, and wrote the background paper on cardiovascular disease. He is editor of the National Medical Journal of India. In 2003 he was given the WHO director general's award for leadership in global tobacco control.

Philip James is a UK citizen. He is an Association Council member. He is an authority on obesity, its determinants and control. Author of a number of expert reports on obesity and chronic disease published in the UK in the 1970s and 1980. He is president of the International Association for the Study of Obesity. He established the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) in 1996. He was responsible for drafting the first WHO '894' technical report on the prevention and management of obesity. Was chair of the WHO study group responsible for its 1990 '797' technical report on diet, nutrition and the prevention of chronic diseases. Commissioned by Tony Blair to write the blueprint for what became the UK Food Standards Agency. Has special knowledge of the circumstances that led to the UN high-level meeting on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases held in September 2011. A previous vice-president of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences. Between 1982 and 1999, director of thye Rowett Research Institute in Bucksburn, Aberdeen, UK. Currently writing a monthly item 'As I see it' for the Association's website.

Kelly Brownell is a US citizen. He is professor of psychology at Yale University, where he also serves as professor of epidemiology and public health, and as director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. He is a member of the US Institute of Medicine and served as president of several national organizations, including the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, and the division of Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

Enrique Jacoby is a Peruvian citizen. He is Vice-Minister of Health in the Peruvian government. From 2000 to 2011, he worked as regional advisor on healthy eating and active living, at the Pan American Health Organization (the Americas branch of WHO) in Washington DC. He is co-founder and president of the Network of Ciclovias (Car-Free Sundays) of the Americas, and promoter of the Active Cities, Healthy Cities Contest. He has been principal investigator in the Nutritional Research Institute in Lima, Peru.

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The Rio2012 team


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Folic acid and
spina bifida

Mark Lawrence
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The Food System

Big Food bitten

Geoffrey Cannon
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Philip James

From Cairo

Moving on to 2015-2025
How to work with industry

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Geoffrey Cannon

From São Paulo

The five dimensions of nutrition
It is best to be small

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Claudio Schuftan

From Bangkok

A tale of three meetings
How nice to meet Dr Nabarro

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Reggie Annan

From Kumasi

Cancer in Africa:
Prevention and control

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