Scientific Investigators and Collaborators in the IOC

25 scientific investigators and collaborators from five countries comprise the International Obesity Consortium. Each group has expertise in obesity and nutrition research and is committed to conducting research studies to help reduce the prevalence of obesity in their country.

BRAZIL (Physician Hospital das Clinicas Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paul University, Ribeirao Preto, /SP)
Vivian M. M. Suen, PhD.
Maria Cristina Foss de Freitas, PhD
Milton Cesar Foss, PhD.
Rosa Wanda Diez Garcia, PhD
Andressa Triffoni, M.S
Durval Ribas Filho, MD

CHINA (Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing)
John Speakman, PhD. Professor
Lina Zhang, Assistant Professor
Juan Zhang, Assistant Professor
Chaoqun Niu 

FINLAND (Institution of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio)
Jussi Pihlajamaki, MD, PhD. Professor in Clinical Nutrition
Leila Karhunen, Adjunct Professor
Ursula Schwab, PhD, adjunct professor in clinical nutrition

Ghana (Department of Foods and Nutrition at the University of Georgia, Athens and Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Ghana, Legon-Accra)
Alex Kojo Anderson, PhD, MPH. Associate Professor; Department of Foods and Nutrition, University of Georgia, Athens
Matilda Steiner-Asiedu, PhD, MPH. Associate Professor; Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Ghana, Legon-Accra, Ghana.

INDIA (St John’s Research Institute, St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalor)
Rebecca Kuriyan, PhD, Head Clinical Nutrition and Assistant Professor
Anura Kurpad, MD. Head, Division of Nutrition, Professor of Physiology, Adjunct Professor of Medicine

KUWAIT (Food and Nutrition Program, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research)
Dr. Kazi M. Jamil, Associate Research Scientist

USA (USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, Boston, MA)
Susan B. Roberts,  PhD. Director, Energy Metabolism Laboratory, USDA Nutrition Center and Professor of Nutrition, Tufts University, Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts Medical School
Sai Krupa Das, PhD. Scientist II, Energy Metabolism Laboratory and Assistant Professor, School of Nutrition, Tufts University
Cheryl Gilhooly, PhD., MPH, RD, Manager, Dietary Assessment Unit, Tufts Human Nutrition Research Center
Alice  Lichtenstein, DSc. Director, Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory, USDA Nutrition Center, and Professor of Nutrition, Tufts University.
Will Masters, PhD. Professor and Chair, Department of Food and Nutrition Policy, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
Simin  Meydani,
DVM, PhD. Director, USDA Nutrition Center and Professor of Nutrition, Tufts University
Nicola McKeown,  PhD. Scientist II and Assistant Professor, Epidemiology Laboratory, USDA Nutrition Center, Tufts University
Anastassios Pittas, MD. Associate Professor of Medicine and Program Director, Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Tufts Medical School
Edward Saltzman, MD. Chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences, and Scientist II, USDA Nutrition Center, Tufts University, Associate Professor of Medicine, Tufts Medical School, and Chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition, Tufts Medical Center
Tammy Scott, PhD. Scientist II and Assistant Professor, Cognitive Function Laboratory, USDA Nutrition Center, Tufts University.