Meet Our Speakers!
Symposium: Comparison of physical activity plans between countries
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
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Dr. John C. Spence
Professor and Associate Dean (Research), University of Alberta
Dr. John C. Spence spends most of his time relaxing in the Sedentary Living Laboratory in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta where he is a Professor and Associate Dean (Research). He has expertise in the area of behavioural medicine and research methods. His research focuses on both the benefits and determinants of physical activity and how physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour are related to obesity. Dr. Spence has studied the broad social determinants (e.g., SES) and population physical activity patterns. More recently, he has focused on (a) the physical environment and how it may influence physical activity choices and risk for obesity among both children and adults (e.g., urban form, location of food establishments); and (b) the role of policy initiatives such as tax credits for promoting physical activity. Dr. Spence has a strong background in physical activity measurement, meta-analysis, and ecological models of behaviour and health. His work is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR). He has served as a member of grant review panels for the Canadian Diabetes Association (Committee 3), CIHR (PB2), HSFC (Committee 7), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Spence is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, a Senior Research Associate with the Alberta Centre for Active Living (ACAL), an Adjunct Researcher with the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute (CFLRI), and serves on research advisory committees for Active Healthy Kids Canada and ParticipACTION.
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| ||Adrian Bauman |
Sesquicentenary Professor and Director, Prevention Research Collaboration, School of Public
Health, University of Sydney, Australia.
Adrian Bauman is an epidemiologist, and public health physician in Australia,and is Director of the Prevention Research Collaboration at Sydney University. He has research interests in chromic disease prevention, with a longstanding focus on physical activity epidemiology, and interventions to promote physical activity and prevent chronic disease.He has worked in physical activity policy for two decades, was a senior adviser to WHO on many occasions including the 2004 Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health. He has chaired national and international physical activity committees and working groups, and assisted in the development of national physical activity plans and strategies in many countries. He is well published in the peer reviewed literature (502 career peer reviewed scientific papers, H index 68),with the majority on physical activity and inactivity research. He has obtained more than $20 Million in research funds since 2004, across funding agencies in Australia, including serial NHMRC Program grants. Recent interests include the epidemiology and public health aspects of inactivity and sitting time, in the use of social marketing campaigns to promote physical activity, and in translation and up-scaling of physical activity programs to the population level.
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| ||Fiona Bull |
Director of Centre for Built Environment and Health (CBEH), School of Population Health at The University of Western Australia
Professor Bull is the Director of Centre for Built Environment and Health (CBEH), School of Population Health at The University of Western Australia. She is recognized as a leading expert in the prevention of chronic disease and specifically the field of physical activity, with particular expertise in population surveillance of health risk factors and national health policy. Her interests extend across understanding the individual, social and environmental determinants of physical activity, walking and cycling; measurement of physical activity and related constructs; and the testing of interventions and policy in different settings (school, workplace, primary health care and community).
She was the Co Director of the British Heart Foundation National Centre on Physical Activity at Loughborough University (2004-2011) where she developed and extended the research portfolio across systematic reviews and policy recommendations for the National Institute of Clinical Excellence and heath (NICE), national monitoring of physical activity and testing of programs and interventions in primary health care, worksite and schools. Prior to this she worked at the World Health Organization (Geneva) and the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, USA.
Her professional achievements include being an invited speaker at the World Economic Forum in 2013 and at the First Ministerial Meeting on NCDs in Moscow (2011). She is also an expert advisor to the World Health Organization and International Diabetes Federation. She is currently Chair of Global Advocacy for Physical Activity Council (GAPA) and President-Elect of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH). Professor Bull holds appointments as Visiting Professor at Loughborough University (UK) at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), Institute of Public Health, Cambridge University, UK.
Over twenty years, Professor Bull has made an international contribution and commitment to the advancement of science, practice and policy aimed at increasing physical activity as part of a comprehensive approach to the prevention of chronic disease and promotion of healthy living and well-being. Her work has a global focus with specific collaborations across Europe, Middle East, South Africa, USA, Australia and Thailand. Professor Bull has secured research funding of more than $14 million and over 150 scientific publications, reports and book chapters
Professor Bull undertook her undergraduate training at Exeter University (UK) and postgraduate studies at Loughborough University (UK). She completed her Doctorate in Public Health and Physical Activity at The University of Western Australia.
Symposium: Screen-time and sitting in young children
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
| ||Anthony D. Okely (Chair & Speaker) |
National Heart Foundation of Australia Career Development Fellow,
Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences,
Director of the Interdisciplinary Educational Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Australia
Follow Anthony on Twitter: @TonyOkely
Professor Anthony Okely is a National Heart Foundation of Australia Career Development Fellow,Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Educational Research Institute at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He has published 106 peer-reviewed journal articles, two book chapters, and four policy-related monographs or reports; has around 1,500 career citations, and his h index is 23. His current research focuses on physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and motor skill development in children aged 0-12 years, with a particular interest on 0-5 year olds. It encompasses observational studies that describe the prevalence and patterns of these behaviours; relationships with health, education, and other developmental outcomes; interventions;and guideline development.
He led the research team that developed the discussion paper for the Australian National Physical Activity Recommendations for Children 0-5 years, and the Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Children and Young People and was an international expert on the Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for the Early Years, and the Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Canadian Children and Youth. He was also a member of the Early Years Expert Working Group for the UK Physical Activity Guidelines in 2011. According to Web of Science data he is the second and fourth most published researcher in the area of preschool physical activity and sedentary behavior, respectively.
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| ||John J. Reilly |
Professor of Physical Activity & Public Health Science
Lead, Physical Activity for Health Group, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
John J Reilly (BSc, PhD), is Professor of Physical Activity & Public Health Science and leads the Physical Activity for Health Group at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. His research focuses on: methodology for objective measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children and adolescents; physiological and epidemiological studies on the short and long-term consequences of variation in physical activity and sedentary behaviour, particularly for obesity risk; application of objective measures of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in low and middle income countries. He has published over 190 papers and has an h index of 41. He has been involved in the development of a number of evidence based guidelines for physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children, particularly pre-school children. Recently, he has been involved in developing the ‘Active Healthy Kids Scotland Report Card’, a Knowledge Translation initiative based on the successful ‘Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card’.
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| ||Thomas N Robinson |
Irving Schulman, M.D. Endowed Professor of Child Health, Stanford University,
United States of America
Professor, Pediatrics and of Medicine, General Pediatrics and the Stanford Prevention Research Center
Director, Center for Healthy Weight and Associate Director the Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention at Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford
Dr. Robinson originated the concept of solution-oriented research and directs the Solutions Science Lab at Stanford. He conducts school-, family- and community-based randomized controlled trials to test the efficacy and effectiveness of theory-driven behavioral, social, and environmental interventions to prevent and reduce obesity. He is best known for his pioneering screen-time reduction trials and ethnic dance and team sports interventions. His recent research emphasizes intrinsically motivating "stealth interventions" to harness the power of participation in social and ideological movements. Robinson's research is grounded in social cognitive models of human behavior, uses rigorous methods, and is performed in generalizable settings with diverse populations, making the results more relevant for clinical and public health practice and policy. His research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than 20 years. He is a current member of the NIDDK Advisory Council and is a frequent appointee to expert and advisory panels for the National Institutes of Health, the Institute of Medicine, the CDC, the International Obesity Task Force, and other leading scientific and public health organizations. Dr. Robinson also teaches undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford, and practices Pediatrics at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. He received his B.S. and M.D. from Stanford University and his M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley. He trained in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital, Boston and Harvard Medical School.
Debate: Active video gaming: friend or foe?
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
| ||Jean-Philippe Chaput (Moderator) |
Assistant Professor in Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, Canada
Junior Research Scientist, CHEO Research Institute
Dr. Chaput has a bachelor degree in biology and a master’s in kinesiology from the University of Sherbrooke. In 2004, he undertook a doctorate in kinesiology at Université Laval under the supervision of Prof. Angelo Tremblay. His doctoral thesis focused on a wide range of subjects, including the limits of weight loss, dietary insecurities and the lesser-known causes of weight gain, especially lack of sleep and mental stress.
He thereafter undertook two years of postdoctoral research (2008-2010) at the Department of Human Nutrition of the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) under the supervision of Prof. Arne Astrup. His research included the effects of experimental deprivation of sleep and the effect of passive video gaming on energy balance in adolescents.
Dr. Chaput currently holds a Junior Research Chair in Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (Ottawa) and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on obesity prevention and the adoption of a healthy lifestyle. He is also interested in the investigation of new determinants of obesity and recently obtained a grant from CIHR to examine the influence of active video gaming on appetite control and feeding behaviour in children and adolescents.
Dr. Chaput has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and has contributed to a large number of conferences around the world. He received several awards for his research, including the New Investigator Award from the Canadian Obesity Network (2011), the New Investigator Award from the International Association for the Study of Obesity (2010) and the Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award from The Obesity Society (2005).
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| ||Elizabeth Lyons (Debater: friend) |
Assistant Professor, Institute for Translational Sciences, The University of Texas Medical Branch, United States of America
Elizabeth Lyons is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Translational Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She received her PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health in 2010 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Interdisciplinary Obesity Center at UNC in 2011. Her research focuses on both sides of energy balance, investigating ways that technology influences energy expenditure and energy intake. She is particularly interested in the potential of motion-controlled video games to increase physical activity, decrease sedentary behavior, and improve mood. Her most recent research concerns the double-edged sword of narrative, which can produce both positive effects (distraction from fatigue and increased motivation during exercise) and negative effects (increased snack food intake during screen time). She is currently conducting several pilot randomized controlled trials that investigate supervised video game-based exercise across a variety of platforms (tablets, handheld consoles, and motion-controlled consoles).
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| ||Mark S. Tremblay (Debater: foe) |
Director, Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research (HALO), Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
Professor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Canada
Dr. Mark Tremblay has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Sports Administration and a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education degree from Laurentian University. His graduate training was from the University of Toronto where he obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Department of Community Health with a specialty in Exercise Science. Dr. Tremblay is the Director of Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research (HALO) at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and Professor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, where he is also cross-appointed to the School of Human Kinetics, the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine and the Ph.D. Program in Population Health. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, Chief Scientific Officer of Active Healthy Kids Canada, Chair of the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines Project, Chair of the Canadian Health Measures Survey Expert Advisory Committee, Founder of the Sedentary Behaviour Research Network, and former Dean of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Tremblay has published more than 200 papers and book chapters in the areas of childhood obesity, physical activity measurement, exercise physiology, sedentary physiology and health surveillance. He has delivered over 500 scholarly conference presentations, including more than 130 invited and keynote addresses, in 17 different countries. Dr. Tremblay has received an honorary doctorate and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his leadership contributions to healthy active living in Canada. Dr. Tremblay’s most productive work has resulted from his 25-year marriage to his wife Helen, yielding four wonderful children.