Keynote Speakers

  • Dr Abby King

    Professor of Health Research and Policy and Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine

    Dr. King is Professor of Health Research & Policy and Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine. Recipient of the Outstanding Scientific Contributions in Health Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association, her research focuses on the development, evaluation, and translation of public health interventions to reduce chronic disease. She has served on a number of government taskforces in the U.S. and abroad, including membership on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Scientific Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020, and the Science Board of the U.S. President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. An elected member of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research and Past President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, she received AAMC honors for outstanding research targeting health inequities. Her research on citizen science engagement to promote healthful living environments for all has been honored with an international excellence award.

  • Dr John Beard

    Director of the Ageing and Life Course Programme, World Health Organization

    Dr John Beard, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., has been Director of the World Health Organization’s Department of Ageing and Life Course since January 2009. WHO has identified ageing as one of its priority areas of work, and John leads a “whole of Organization” response that draws on the extensive capacity of the Organization’s many Departments, Regions and Country Offices. His team is currently working with WHO Member States to develop a Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health. John is the immediate past chair, and current vice chair, of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Ageing. He is the lead editor of the World Report on Ageing and Health to be released in October 2015, and was co-editor of the 2014 series on ageing in the Lancet.

    John started his career as a clinician working for an Aboriginal community-controlled medical service, before holding a range of senior academic and public health roles in Australia and the United States. These included positions as Senior Epidemiologist with the New York Academy of Medicine, and Head of the University of Sydney’s Department of Rural Health (Northern Rivers). He has published widely in the international literature and remains actively involved in several large international research studies on ageing.

  • Professor Adrian Bauman

    Professor of Public Health and Director of the Prevention Research Collaboration at the University of Sydney

    Adrian Bauman PhD FAFPHM FAHMS is the Sesquicentenary Professor of Public Health and Director of the Prevention Research Collaboration at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has 30 years of experience in chronic disease prevention, with a longstanding focus on physical activity and public health. He has had an international focus on physical activity program evaluation, surveillance, and the design and dissemination of physical activity guidelines. He co-directs the WHO Collaborating Centre on Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity, and has assisted in the development of national physical activity policies, plans and surveillance systems in many countries. He recently led the ‘Physical activity in the elderly’ chapter for the WHO Global Ageing report 2015. He is well published in the peer reviewed scientific literature and has obtained numerous research grants in physical activity, sedentary behaviour and obesity prevention.

  • Gil Penalosa

    Founder and Chair of the Board, 8 80 Cities

    Gil Penalosa is passionate about cities for all people. Gil advises decision makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone regardless of age or social status. Because of his unique blend of pragmatism and passion, Gil’s leadership and advice has been sought out by organizations in more than 200 different cities. Gil is the founder and chair of the board of the non-profit organization 8 80 Cities. He is also chair of the board of World Urban Parks, the international representative body for the urban parks, open space and recreation sector. Gil holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, where he recently was selected as one of the “100 Most Inspirational Alumni” in the school’s history. In 2014 Gil received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Faculty of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at the prominent University of Sweden SLU.

  • Dr Linda Lam

    Professor and Chairman at the Department of Psychiatry of the Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Dr Linda Lam is Professor and Chairman at the Department of Psychiatry of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She obtained her medical undergraduate and post-graduate degrees from CUHK.

    Dr Lam is Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of Psychiatrists (United Kingdom). At present, she is the Immediate Past President of the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists, and past Chief Editor of the East Asian Archives of Psychiatry. She was the founding President of the Chinese Dementia Research Association in 2009.

    Dr Lam’s main research interests have been the assessment of neurocognitive disorders, identification of risk factors and early intervention for cognitive decline in late life. She has recently completed the first territory wide epidemiological survey of mental disorders in Hong Kong, and pioneered structured lifestyle cognitive and physical activity interventions for Chinese older adults with neurocognitive disorders. Dr Lam has over 150 peer review publications in related areas.

    She serves on the Editorial Boards of different psychiatric journals, and is grant reviewer for the grant review boards in Hong Kong, the Alzheimer’s Association in the United States and Alzheimer’s society in United Kingdom. She is also a member of the Operational Committee on Scientific Publications of the World Psychiatric Association.

Invited Speakers

  • Professor Wendy Brown

    Director of the Centre for Research in Exercise, Physical Activity and Health and Professor of Physical Activity and Health in the School of Human Movement Studies at the University of Queensland

    Wendy Brown is Director of the Centre for Research in Exercise, Physical Activity and Health and Professor of Physical Activity and Health in the School of Human Movement Studies at the University of Queensland. Wendy's principal research interests are in the public health aspects of human movement, (including the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in energy balance, prevention of weight gain and chronic health problems, and healthy ageing) and the development of evidence based preventive health policy and practice. She has conducted numerous studies which aim to improve measurement and understanding of physical activity and sitting time throughout the adult life-span, as well as intervention trials with various population groups, including women from non-English speaking backgrounds, mothers of young children, and residents of retirement villages. Wendy led the development of the '10,000 steps Rockhampton' project - a multi-strategy intervention project which sought to activate the 60,000 residents of Rockhampton in Central Queensland. More recently her intervention work has focused on the role of physical activity in the prevention and management of chronic disease in the baby boomer generation. Over the last eighteen years Wendy's work on the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women's Health has focused on identifying the determinants of inactivity and weight gain in women, and on dose-response relationships between activity, weight and health outcomes. The role of sitting time as an independent determinant of weight gain and chronic disease outcomes is an area of critical enquiry in Wendy's current research program. Her work is widely published in the international scientific literature, as well as in the lay press, which aids with dissemination of important public health messages to the general population.

  • Professor Ester Cerin

    Professor of Physical Activity and Health, Deakin University

    Ester Cerin is a Professor of Physical Activity and Health in the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University, Honorary Professor at Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong. She is a psychologist and statistician with an interest in the determinants and measurement of physical activity behaviour and statistical modelling in behavioural sciences. She has held academic appointments in Australia, Hong Kong, the United States, and the United Kingdom. In the last 10 years, her main research focus has been understanding how aspects of the neighbourhood environment affect health and health-related behaviours in different age groups and populations, with a particular focus on physical activity. She is currently a member of executive committees and the chief analyst of two large multi-country projects funded by the Institutes of Health (USA) on neighbourhood environment, physical activity and obesity in adults and youth. She has been recently awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship aimed at enhancing our understanding of how mid-aged and older residents interact with their urban environment, with the goal of informing activity-friendly community design for ageing populations living in diverse geographical locations across the world.

  • Professor Nicola Lautenschlager

    Professor of Psychiatry of Old Age, University of Melbourne

    Nicola Lautenschlager is an academic old age psychiatrist who received her undergraduate and postgraduate training in Munich, Germany. From 10/00 to 06/08 Nicola Lautenschlager worked at the University of Western Australia in Perth. In 06/08 she took up her current position as University of Melbourne Professor of Psychiatry of Old Age. She is also the current Editor-on-Chief of International Psychogeriatrics, the scientific journal of the International Psychogeriatric Association. Her current research focus is healthy ageing, cognitive impairment and intervention trials which aim to improve mental health outcomes in older age.

  • Professor Maria A. Fiatarone Singh

    Professor of Exercise and Sports Science, University of Sydney

    Prof Maria Fiatarone Singh, M.D., FRACP is a geriatrician, board certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine in the USA and Australia, who has held the inaugural John Sutton Chair of Exercise and Sport Science in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Professorship, Sydney Medical School, at the University of Sydney since 1999. She received her BA at Stanford University, MD at UCSD, Internal Medicine training at BU, Geriatric Fellowship at UCLA, and has had continuing affiliations at The Jean Meyer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and IFAR/Hebrew SeniorLife since 1987. Her research, clinical, and teaching career has focused on the integration of medicine, exercise physiology, and nutrition as a means to improve health status and quality of life in older adults. She has had continuous substantial NIH funding from 1989-2004, and NH&MRC funding since 1999 when she moved to Australia, with a career total of over $53 million in grant funding. She has published extensively in the area of aging, exercise and nutrition, having authored/edited one book, authored over 190 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 110 peer-reviewed book chapters, position stands, and review articles. Prof Fiatarone Singh conducted the first study of high intensity progressive resistance training in nonagenarians at HRCA, published in JAMA in 1990, and a larger trial of exercise and nutritional supplementation (The FICSIT Study), published in NEJM in 1994. These studies led to a paradigm shift in geriatric practice internationally, with the feasibility and efficacy of this novel mode of training demonstrated for the first time. They also led to a recognition that sarcopenia is a treatable condition in older adults, responsive to anabolic exercise to counteract the disuse atrophy and catabolism of aging, inactivity, and chronic diseases. She has conducted clinical trials of exercise and nutrition for cognitive impairment, falls, peripheral vascular disease, depression, frailty, osteoporosis, heart failure, osteoarthritis, hip fracture, renal failure, obesity, type 2 diabetes, sarcopenia, and other conditions. Her work has led to dissemination of exercise programs for older adults internationally, via the Fit For Your Life Foundation and other clinical programs she has developed in the USA and Australia.