Center for Public Health Nutrition and the UW Center for Obesity Research and is a joint member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Drewnowski obtained his M.A. degree in biochemistry from Oxford University in the United Kingdom and his Ph.D. in psychology from The Rockefeller University in New York. Following post-doctoral training at the University of Toronto, he returned to Rockefeller as Assistant Professor. He later moved to the University of Michigan, where he became Professor of Public Health, Psychology and Psychiatry, and Director of the Program in Human Nutrition at the School of Public Health. Dr. Drewnowski joined the University of Washington in 1998. Dr. Drewnowski’s current research is focused on the relationship between poverty and obesity and the links between inequitable access to healthy foods and disparities in the rates of obesity and diabetes by geographic area. Dr. Drewnowski is the author of over 150 research papers, numerous reviews and book chapters, and is a frequent invited speaker at scientific meetings, conferences, and symposia.


Russell R. Pate, Ph.D., is the Associate Vice President for Health Sciences and a Professor at the Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina in Columbia. He received a B.S. in physical education from Springfield College, and M.S. and Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Oregon. Dr. Pate’s research interest and expertise focuses on physical activity measurement, determinants, and promotion in children and youth. He also directs a national post-graduate course aimed at developing research competencies related to physical activity and public health. Dr. Pate is also involved in the CDC-funded Prevention Research Center at the University of South Carolina. His research includes studies on preschoolers’ physical activity levels and how schools can influence these levels and multi-center trials on the promotion of physical activity among middle and high school-age girls. He is currently a member of the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee and served on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. He is a past-president of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Coalition on Promoting Physical Activity. Dr. Pate served as a member of the IOM Committee on Prevention of Obesity in Children and Youth, the Committee on Progress in Preventing Obesity in Children and Youth, and the Committee on Obesity Prevention Policies for Young Children.


John Edward Porter, J.D., is Partner at Hogan & Hartson, LLP, in Washington, DC. He previously served 21 years in Congress as a Representative from the 10th District in Illinois. In Congress, he served on the Appropriations Committee, as chair of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; as vice-chair of the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations; and as vice-chair of the Subcommittee on Military



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