Chidi Ngwaba, MD
Founder and Director, The Lifestyle Medicine Practice
“Lifestyle Diseases are the biggest killers Globally, and they are no longer confined to the developed world.”
As a senior medical advisor to the Lagos state government in Nigeria, Dr Ngwaba, a graduate of University College London and the Royal Free Hospital, London, is currently developing a 'Hospital of the Future' in Lagos, in partnership with the Florida Hospital Group. His book on reversing, improving and preventing chronic diseases is due for publication later in 2015. He was Olympic Lead Doctor at the Olympic Park Polyclinic for the duration of the London Olympic Games in 2012.
Dr. Chidi is trained in surgery, general practice, and Lifestyle Medicine, and is Director of the European Society of Lifestyle Medicine. He has additional degrees in Physiology and Pharmacology.
Founder and Director of two-award-winning restaurants in Soho, London, Dr. Ngwaba currently also works as the Founder and Director of The Lifestyle Medicine Practice, Harley Street, London, and is Director of Men's Ministries for the South England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He runs 5 km six days a week and is in the gym four days a week.
Robert Sallis, MD, ABFP, FAAFP, FAC SM
Kaiser Permanente, Fontana, California
“Exercise Is Medicine; Merging Fitness with Healthcare” | ABSTRACT
Dr. Sallis is a family physician at Kaiser Permanente Fontana (Calif.) Medical Center and the national spokesperson for the campaign, Every Body Walk. Dr. Sallis received his Bachelor of Science from the US Air Force Academy and his Medical Degree from Texas A&M University. He completed his residency at Kaiser Permanente Fontana in 1990, where he served as chief resident. He has been the team physician at Pomona College since 1988 and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. He lectures and publishes extensively in the area of sports medicine, and has earned the Irving S. Rasgon, MD Award for Excellence in Family Medicine Research. Dr. Sallis serves as director of research and coordinator for medical student clerkships. He is married and has three children. In his spare time, he is active in men’s basketball (having played in college for 4 years), golf, and skiing. He is Vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine and associate editor of their journal, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. He is also editor in Chief of Current Sports Medicine Reports. Dr. Sallis believes that walking is a prescription for health and often prescribes walking instead of medication for his patients.
Karyn Buxman, RN, MS, CSP, CPAE
“Achieving Success, Significance and Happiness: Lead with Laughter!” | ABSTRACT
Karyn Buxman lives and breathes humor for resilience, communication and engagement. She delivers inspiring life lessons in a fun, laugh-out-loud kind of way that is powerful, practical and memorable
Karyn is in the National Speakers Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame, and is a proud recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. She serves on the advisory boards of the Invisible Disabilities Association and the American Happiness Association. Karyn is also the co-founder of the World Laughter Tour.
Penelope Duerksen-Hughes, PhD
School of Medicine, Loma Linda University
"The Effect of Physical Activity on telomeres and Longevity" | ABSTRACT
Dr. Penelope Duerksen-Hughes is Associate Dean for Basic Science and Translational Research, Chair of Department of Basic Sciences, and Professor of Biochemistry for Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Her research interests are in HPV and cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer for women worldwide, with a mortality rate of approximately 50 percent. This disease is almost always caused by high-risk strains of the human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted agent, and disproportionately affects minority populations. HPV codes for E6 and E7, two oncogenes that work together to transform cells and cause cancer. Funded by an R01 award from the NIH, the Duerksen-Hughes laboratory has discovered that one of the ways in which E6 contributes to HPV oncogenicity is by helping the virus to evade the host immune response. Her research team is also exploring the possibility that differences in the proportions of the different HPV types that infect individuals of various ethnicities could contribute to the health disparity seen in this disease, as our laboratory is also associated with the Center for Health Disparities & Molecular Medicine at Loma Linda University Health.
Sara Folta, PhD
Director, Strong Women - Strong Hearts, Assistant Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tuffs University
“StrongWomen-HealthyHearts” | ABSTRACT
Dr. Folta is an Assistant Professor Research Manager, at the John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, where she teaches “Strong Women - Healthy Hearts.” Dr. Folta has a research interest in intervention strategies to promote positive behavior change in the areas of physical activity and nutrition and has expertise in the use of psychological theory to create behavior change in individuals. She has conducted behavioral research with both children and older adults and is an active member of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, the Society for Behavioral Medicine, the American Society for Nutrition, and the Society for Nutrition Education. Dr. Folta received a B.A. in biology from Middlebury College; an M.S. in cell and molecular biology from the University of Vermont; and a Ph.D. in nutrition from Tufts University.
CEO, iConecto, Inc.
"The Future of Technology" | ABSTRACT
Douglas Goldstein is a widely recognized eFuturist, author and entrepreneur focused on fitness, health and health care. Recently he served as an innovation advisor to Wolters Kluwer Health Innovation Lab, LifeWIRE, EdLogics, Health 2.0 and Ascension Health. He is the founder and CEO of Health Online, Inc., a venture-backed eHealth company and the co-founder and Vice President of 1-800-DOCTORS, a consumer directed health company. He is the author of ten widely regarded books on eHealth, healthcare management and medical informatics. As a leading eFuturist and keynote speaker Doug focuses on how gamification, mobile, big data, social media and emerging technology is revolutionizing our lives. He is an advisor to the DreamDog Foundation, a 501c3 organization dedicated to improving the literacy of disadvantaged children. Doug is a Six Sigma Black Belt (candidate) and graduated from the University of Michigan with honors.
David Harris, PhD
Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California
"Directions of Future Research" | ABSTRACT
Dr. Harris is the Vice President of Information Systems and an Associate Professor for the School of Public Health. He came to Loma Linda after a long career in managing technology in higher education. Dr. Harris graduated from La Sierra University (then Loma Linda University) in 1987 with a degree in computer science. He went on to receive his MS and PhD in Management of Technology from Claremont Graduate University. There he focused his research on management of technology in higher education. In 1995 he published, “People Helping People: Technical Horizons in Education. He serves as an active member on Loma Linda University’s Presidents and Officers Committees, and is involved in various community outreach opportunities. As a leader in the field of technology, Dr. Harris is an Advisory Board member for the Loma Linda Connected Community Program. This program includes the deployment of an advanced city-wide fiber optic network, as well as modifications to building regulations to ensure that development will be designed to meet the needs of future communication technologies.
Tricia Penniecook, MD, MPH
Dean, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University
Dr. Tricia Penniecook studied Medicine and Public Health in Montemorelos University, Mexico. She worked for five years in her country of origin, Costa Rica, in the Ministry of Health as County Health Director, State Epidemiologist, State Health Director and Adviser to the Minister of Health for the Atlantic Region. She later returned to her Alma Mater to coordinate the Master’s in Public Health programs, and to infect medical students with her passion for public health. A little over three years ago she was invited to join LLU’s School of Public Health as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; her most important responsibility has been coordinating the self-study process in preparation for the school’s accreditation, which resulted in a full-term seven year accreditation by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH). Based on the recommendation from the Search Committee appointed for that purpose, the Board of Trustees confirmed her appointment as Dean of the School of Public Health on September 1, 2010. Her professional passions are infectious disease epidemiology, access to health services and integration of faith in the teaching and learning of health sciences.
Dominique Wakefield, M.A., CPT, CWP
Assistant Professor for Health & Exercise Science, La Sierra University
"The Active Advantage for Women" | ABSTRACT
Dominique Wakefield is Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at La Sierra University. She is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and a Certified Wellness Practitioner through the National Wellness Institute (NWI). In addition to teaching at Andrews University; California State University, Chico; University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and Southern Adventist University she has worked as a Fitness & Programs Manager, Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Wellness Coach at fitness centers, in the clinical wellness setting and in the cooperate wellness setting since 2001. She is a PhD candidate in Health through the University of Bath, England. Her studies and research centers on physical activity, motivation for exercise and behavior change strategies. Dominique is a passionate, energetic and innovative health and fitness enthusiast and regularly contributes to ‘Life and Health Network’ (http://www.lifeandhealth.org) by writing articles on issues relating to physical fitness. In October 2011, Dominique Wakefield was awarded ‘Top 11 Personal Trainers to Watch in the U.S.’ by Life Fitness and the American Council on Exercise.