The list of featured speakers will be coming soon.
Ann L. Albright, PhD, RDN
Dr. Ann Albright assumed the position of director, Division of Diabetes Translation in January 2007. As director, Dr. Albright leads a team that strives to eliminate the preventable burden of diabetes through leadership, research, programs, and policies that translate science into practice. Before commencing her post at CDC, Dr. Albright served as chief of the California Diabetes Program for the California Department of Health Services, a position she held since 1995. During this time, Dr. Albright also held an academic appointment in the Institute for Health and Aging at University of California, San Francisco. From 2003 to 2004, Dr. Albright served as the senior health policy advisor in the Office of the United States Surgeon General and led the Secretary of Health’s Diabetes Detection Initiative.
Dr. Albright is well known for her work in diabetes, including implementing evidence-based diabetes care guidelines; models of care in community clinics; application of diabetes prevention; and campaigns to increase understanding of diabetes and importance of blood glucose, blood pressure, and lipid control. Dr. Albright is published in areas of exercise, nutrition, body composition, diabetic nephropathy, enhanced care among Medicaid recipients with type 2 diabetes, and public health practice in diabetes prevention and control.
Judith Gilbride, PhD, RDN, FAND
Dr. Judith Gilbride, recipient of the 2018 Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award, is a professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University. She has been an educator and professional role model at New York University for most of her career, teaching dietary managers and doctoral students and inspiring them make their marks on the profession. She advanced from teaching assistant to lecturer, instructor, assistant, associate, and then to full professor at NYU.
She has served the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as president, House of Delegates speaker, foundation director at large, and member of numerous committees and task forces. Most recently, she became an ACEND program reviewer. For the past 17 years, she has been a foundation advisor for the Wimpfheimer‐Guggenheim international programs. Dr. Gilbride also received a Medallion Award in 1997.
Christine Palumbo, MBA, RDN, FAND
Christine Palumbo, a recipient of the 2018 Medallion Award, is principal of Christine Palumbo Nutrition, a nutrition communications practice. She is a highly regarded public speaker and polished food, nutrition, and wellness communications expert who is experienced with broadcast and social media, including appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, and Fox News. Since her traineeship began in 1975, Christine has served in an elected or appointed Academy position for 40 of those 43 years.
Between 2006 and 2009, Christine served as a director at large on the Academy’s Board of Directors. She also served on a number of national committees, including the Member Value Committee, of which she was chair in 2014-2015. Other committee appointments include the Honors Committee and the Association Positions Committee twice, during two different decades.
Ellie Krieger, MS, RDN
Ellie Krieger is host and executive producer of the cooking series Ellie’s Real Good Food on Public Television. She is well known from her hit Food Network show Healthy Appetite and is the author of six books, which have been on the New York Times bestseller list and for which she has won International Association of Culinary Professionals and James Beard Foundation awards. She writes both a weekly and monthly column for The Washington Post and has also been a columnist for Fine Cooking and Food Network magazines and USA Today.
Ellie is a registered dietitian nutritionist who earned her bachelor’s degree in clinical nutrition from Cornell and her master’s degree in nutrition education from Teacher’s College Columbia University. Her latest book is You Have it Made: Delicious, Healthy Do-Ahead Meals (Jan 2016).
David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD
David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD is an endocrinologist and researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and professor of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Ludwig is codirector of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Children’s Hospital and also founder of the Optimal Weight for Life program, one of the country’s oldest and largest multidisciplinary clinics for the care of overweight children. His research focuses on the effects of diet on hormones, metabolism, and body weight. In particular, he developed a novel “low glycemic load” diet (i.e., one that lowers blood sugar and insulin after meals) for the treatment of obesity and prevention of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Described as an “obesity warrior” by Time magazine, Dr. Ludwig has fought for fundamental policy changes to improve the food environment.
Dr. Ludwig is principal investigator on numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health and has published more than 175 scientific articles. He has written three books for the public, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Always Hungry? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells and Lose Weight Permanently.
- Author of Everybody Lies
- Former Google Data Scientist
- New York Times Opinion Writer
- Wharton Visiting Lecturer
Dr. Mozaffarian has served in numerous advisory roles including for the US and Canadian governments, American Heart Association, Global Burden of Diseases study, World Health Organization and United Nations. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Time Magazine, and many other outlets. In 2016, Thomson Reuters named him as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.
Dr. Mozaffarian received his BS in biological sciences from Stanford (Phi Beta Kappa), MD from Columbia (Alpha Omega Alpha), and clinical training in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine from Stanford and U. Washington. He also holds an MPH from U. Washington and Doctorate in Public Health from Harvard. Before being appointed as Dean at Tufts in 2014, Dr. Mozaffarian was at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health for a decade and clinically active in cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Laurene Boateng, PhD, RD
Laurene Boateng, RD currently serves as a lecturer and dietitian at University of Ghana. In this role, she serves as a preceptor and serves as the clinical placement coordinator for dietetic rotations and internships for undergraduate and post-graduate students and interns. She is also currently the Coordinator for the Department of Dietetics Clinical Practice at University Health Services (Legon Hospital).
She earned her BS in biochemistry from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana in 2001, followed by her PgDipEd in Science Education from University of Cape Coast in Ghana in 2005.
Erin Bergquist, MPH, RD, CNSC, LD
Erin Bergquist received her BS in Dietetics from Iowa State University and her master’s degree in Public Health from Des Moines University, Iowa with an emphasis on improving access to healthful foods. Erin has previous experience working as a nutrition support specialist as well as teaching experience. Erin currently works as a Professor of Practice for the Iowa State University Dietetics Internship (ISU DI), training over 160 interns per year. She is also the coordinator for ISU DI’s international locations in Ghana, Africa and Paris, France. She has received the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year, Outstanding Dietetic Educator, and Faculty Award for International Achievement.
Diane Stadler, PhD, RD
Dr. Stadler, RD is an Associate Professor of Medicine. She received her doctoral degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Iowa and was on the faculty at the University of Utah before joining the faculty at OHSU in 2000 and Health Promotion & Sports Medicine in 2005. Her clinical and research experience centers on “extreme nutrition interventions” for the treatment and prevention of disease including: nutritional rehabilitation of severely malnourished children in Zambia, Africa, dietary treatment of children with rare genetic disorders, use of extremely high fat diets for children with severe, unresponsive seizure disorders, and comparing the health risks and benefits of very low- and high-carbohydrate diets for weight loss in obese adults.