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Public Health/Epi Theme Plenary Lecture – Thursday, March 9, 2017; 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Speaker: Kenneth E. Warner; Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor of Public Health at the University of Michigan, USA. Recipient of 2017 Doll-Wynder Award.

Title: “How to Think - Not Feel - About Tobacco Harm Reduction"

Kenneth E. Warner is the Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor of Public Health at the University of Michigan.  A member of the faculty since 1972, he served as Dean from 2005-10.  His research has focused on economic and policy aspects of tobacco control.  Dr. Warner served as the World Bank’s representative to negotiations on the first global health treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. He also served as the Senior Scientific Editor of the 25th anniversary Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health, and as a member of the original Board of Directors of the American Legacy Foundation (now the Truth Initiative).  He was the founding Director of the University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network.  A member of the National Academy of Medicine, Dr. Warner is a recipient of the Surgeon General’s Medallion, a Luther Terry Award, and many other awards and honors.


Pre-Clinical/Basic Science Plenary Lecture - Thursday, March 9, 2017; 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: Jacqueline Vink, Professor, Behavioral Science Institute, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Title: “Genetic overlap between cigarette smoking and other substance use”

Jacqueline Vink is a Professor in the Behavioral Science Institute at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Her research interests are mainly in genetic and epidemiological analyses of data on smoking and other addictive behaviors. Her primary training was in Molecular Biology but she also obtained a formal training in Epidemiology and developed her skills in the direction of Behavior Genetics. Dr Vink uses epidemiological techniques to explore the etiology of familial associations in smoking behavior and carried out genetic linkage analyses of smoking with DNA based microsatellite markers to locate chromosomal regions involved in smoking behavior. Dr Vink plays a major role in several large consortia and she has established the International Cannabis Consortium. Dr Vink has built her own team doing research on addictive behaviors and with national and international collaborators she has made important steps in addiction research.


Clinical Theme Plenary Lecture - Friday, March 10, 2017; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Speaker: Serena Tonstad, MD, MPH, PhD, Head Physician, Preventive Cardiology section, Department of Endocrinology, Obesity and Preventive Medicine at Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway and a Professor, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.

Title: “Treatment of patients with tobacco addiction: improving current practice and future perspectives”

Serena Tonstad is a practicing physician and professor within the field of preventive cardiology with expertise in the care of patients with tobacco addiction, obesity, metabolic syndrome and lipid disorders. Dr Tonstad completed her medical training at Loma Linda University where she also completed a Masters of Public Health in epidemiology. She is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. She received her PhD in Oslo, Norway based on a thesis that investigated the treatment of children with familial hypercholesterolemia. Throughout the years she has attempted to integrate interventions to facilitate smoking cessation into clinical practice among general practitioners, family physicians, and specialists and in guidelines in combination with other lifestyle and pharmacological interventions to prevent cardiovascular disease. She has over 270 publications.


Policy Theme Plenary Lecture - Friday, March 10, 2017; 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: Linda Bauld, Professor of Health Policy, University of Stirling and Chair in Behavioural Research for Cancer Prevention, Cancer Research UK. President elect of SRNT-Europe.

Title: “Population level policies to prevent chronic disease: applying lessons from nicotine and tobacco research”

Linda Bauld is Professor of Health Policy, Director of the Institute for Social Marketing and Dean of Research (Impact) at the University of Stirling. She is also Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, a UKCRC Centre for Public Health Excellence covering 13 Universities. From 2014 she took on the additional role of Cancer Research UK’s cancer prevention champion (the CRUK/BUPA Chair in Behavioural Research for Cancer Prevention). Around four in ten cancers in the UK could be prevented by reducing tobacco and alcohol use, obesity and other modifiable risk factors and Professor Bauld's role is to promote and further develop CRUK's programme of research and policy work on these issues. Linda’s own research focuses primarily on tobacco and alcohol policy with a particular interest in smoking cessation. She is a former scientific adviser on tobacco control to the UK government and a member of a number of policy and research funding committees in Scotland and England.

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