Global and Public Health Nutrition

Scaling Up Evidence-based Nutrition Strategies: Using Modeling and Systems Thinking

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: Ballroom C


Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc

Stanley N. Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy
Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University
Tufts University
Boston, Massachusetts

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 Dr. Lichtenstein was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from the medical faculty of the University of Kuopio in Finland. Dr. Lichtenstein completed her undergraduate work at Cornell University, holds a master degree from the Pennsylvania State University, and master and doctoral degrees from Harvard University. She received her post-doctoral training in the field of lipid metabolism at the Cardiovascular Institute at Boston University School of Medicine.

At the HNRCA Dr. Lichtenstein’s research group focuses on assessing the interplay between diet and cardiovascular disease risk factors. Past and current work includes addressing issues related to trans fatty acids, soy protein and isoflavones, sterol/stanol esters, novel vegetable oils differing in fatty acid profile and glycemic index, in postmenopausal females and older males. Selected issues are investigated in animal models and cell systems with the aim of determining the mechanisms by which dietary factors alter cardiovascular disease risk. Additional work is focused on population basis studies to address the relationship between cholesterol homeostasis biomarkers and nutrient intake biomarkers, and cardiovascular disease risk; and on the application of systematic review methods to the field of nutrition.

Dr. Lichtenstein served on the 2000 and 2015 (vice-chair) Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committees of the USDA and HHS, and 2003 Dietary Reference Intake Macronutrient Panel for the Institute of Medicine. She is a member and was past-chair of the AHA Nutrition Committee. Dr. Lichtenstein served as the vice-chair of the Examination of Front-of-Package Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols, and a member of the Sodium Intake in Populations Assessment of Evidence panels for the Institute of Medicine. She served as vice-chair of the 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults and member of the 2013 AHA/ACC Guideline on Lifestyle Management to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk panels.

In 2006 she received the Robert H. Herman Memorial Award in Clinical Nutrition from the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) and in 2007 the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism. In 2008 Dr. Lichtenstein received the AHA’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Council Women’s Mentoring Award and in 2010 the Excellence in Dietary Guidance Award from the American Public Health Association. In 2016 she received the David Kritchevsky Career Achievement Award in Nutrition from the ASN. In 2017 she received the Holman Career Achievement Award and in 2018 received the Supelco Research Award, both from the American Oil Chemist Society. In 2018 she received the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award in Recognition of Extraordinary Expertise and Contributions to Clinical Lipidology from the National Lipid Association and became a Fellow of the American Society for Nutrition.

Dr. Lichtenstein currently serves as Executive Editor of the Tufts Health and Nutrition Letter and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Lipid Research. She is a member of the Food and Nutrition Board, and serves on the Review of Dietary Reference Intakes for Sodium and Potassium panel, both of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.


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Gilles Bergeron, PhD

Executive Director
Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science
New York, New York


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Erin Hennessy, PhD, MPH

Research Assistant Professor
Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and POlicy
Boston, Massachusetts


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Bruce Y. Lee, MD

Executive Director
Global Obesity Prevention Center
Baltimore, Maryland

Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA is Associate Professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Executive Director of the Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) at Johns Hopkins (, and Director of Operations Research at the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) as well as Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Dr. Lee has two decades of experience in industry and academia in systems science, digital health, and developing and implementing mathematical and computational methods, models, and tools to assist decision making in public health, health, and medicine. He has been the Principal Investigator for projects supported by a variety of organizations and agencies including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), UNICEF, the Global Fund, and USAID.

His previous positions include serving as Senior Manager at Quintiles Transnational, working in biotechnology equity research at Montgomery Securities, and co-founding Integrigen, and serving as an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where he founded PIHCOR (Public Health Computational and Operations Research), which is now based at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Lee has authored over 200 scientific publications (including over 100 first author and over 65 last author) as well as three books: “Principles and Practice of Clinical Trial Medicine”, “What If… ? : Survival Guide for Physician’s, and “Medical Notes : Clinical Medicine Pocket Guide”. He is an Associate Editor for the journal Vaccine and Deputy Editor for PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Dr. Lee is a regular contributor to Forbes and the Huffington Post and has also written for Time, The Guardian, and the MIT Technology Review. His research and expertise have appeared in leading media outlets such as the New York Times, USA Today Los Angeles Times, Time, CBS News, Businessweek, U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg News, Reuters, and National Public Radio (NPR). Dr. Lee received his B.A. from Harvard University, M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He completed his internal medicine residency training at the University of California, San Diego. His Twitter handle is @bruce_y_lee


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