President and Medical Director
Vincent W. Li, M.D., M.B.A
Chief Operating Officer and Scientific Director
Michelle Hutnik, D.Sc.
Medical Science Team Leader
Group Head, Technology Development
Justin Leahey, M.A.
Joy Ko Li, Ph.D.
Jeffrey McRae, M.S.
Office and Accounts Manager
Communications & Social Media CISER
Albert Chiou, M.D., M.B.A, M.Phil.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Since 1994, Chris has been Associate Zoo Veterinarian for the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Chris received his A.B. from Harvard College, his V.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991, and did his post-doctoral internship in Wildlife Medicine at the Wildlife Center of Virginia.
The Edge has been active in politics and philanthropy since early in his musical career. In 2006, he and other members of U2 received Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award; in 2005, The Edge co-founded Music Rising, a charity initiative that provides musical instruments for the musicians, schools and churches of the Gulf Coast Region.
In addition to general investment analysis and fund management, Nicole’s expertise includes significant structuring experience involving the creation and negotiation of both debt and equity investments across a variety of complex capital structures. Prior to joining GMSP, Nicole worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the investment banking division. Nicole holds a B.S. in Business from the University of Southern California, and earned her M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Dr. Gehr is Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Professions. He has held teaching positions at Harvard University, Boston University, and Dartmouth Medical School, and served on the boards of numerous professional organizations. He is former President of the New Hampshire Division of the American Cancer Society and a delegate to the National Board, and is a past chairman and current member of the Veterans Administration National Field Advisory Committee for Oncology and the National Bone Marrow Transplant review board.
Dr. Gehr received his M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine, and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Boston University Affiliated Hospitals, and Hematology and Oncology Fellowships at Boston City Hospital and Boston University Hospital. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology, and is a member of the American Society of Hematology and American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Massachusetts Medical Society.
Until his recent return to private consulting, Louis was Chief Information Officer of Los Angeles World Airports’ (LAWA) Information Technology Division, where he was responsible for overseeing all information, operations, telecommunications and security systems for LAWA. He also previously worked in the public sector for the University of California, Los Angeles for 15 years, most recently as Director of the Communications Technology Services Division, which was comprised of 70,000 customer telecommunications, network connectivity and Internet Service Provider businesses.
Louis was Chief Information Officer and Chief Financial Officer for the UCLA Facilities Management Division. Louis has a B.A. from Occidental College in liberal arts with a concentration in Economics and a M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
As a senior executive, Sandy led new business and program development for clients including Aeterna Laboratories, Agilent Technologies, the Angiogenesis Foundation, Brigham & Women’s Hospitals, Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn & Queens, Cutter Laboratories, Hallmark Healthcare, The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Partners Healthcare. She is the recipient of more than a dozen industry awards from professional groups including the Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations Association and Healthcare Marketing Report.
Sandy’s former positions include Director of Marketing and Communications for North Carolina’s second largest healthcare system, and Director of Public Affairs for McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School’s preeminent psychiatric institution. Sandy has a M.S. in Nutrition & Communications from Boston University, magna cum laude, and a B.S. in Dietetics and Institutional Administration from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, magna cum laude.
Shawna holds the position of Associate Veterinarian at the Norton Animal Hospital, Norton Massachusetts. In collaboration with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and Tufts University School of Medicine, she has conducted published research into the role of angiogenic cytokines in feline malignancies. Shawna has received a number of honors and awards for her work, including the Academic Excellence Award, Radiology Award in Ultrasound, and Phi Zeta Award from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Shawna received her D.V.M. with honors from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, and her A.B. cum laude from Harvard College. She is a Licensed Veterinarian in Massachusetts, a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and a member of the American Animal Hospital Association.
He currently serves as Medical Director of the Angiogenesis and Wound Healing Center in the Department of Dermatology at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. His honors include the Paul Dudley White Award, the MIT-Japan Science and Technology Prize, First Place Award in the Scientific and Clinical poster competition at the American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting, and the highest recognition (Daland Award) from the New England Cancer Society. Vince received his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude, from Harvard College, his M.D. cum laude from Harvard Medical School and M.I.T.’s Health Sciences & Technology Division, and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
He was also the Fiske Scholar at Cambridge University, England. He completed his clinical training in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and in dermatology through the Harvard Program. Vince is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Clinical Oncology, Wound Healing Society, and has a leadership role on the national Wound Healing Cooperative Group (WHCG). He publishes and lectures internationally.
As President, Will has testified and presented before congressional and other government panels on the impact of angiogenesis in healthcare, and lectures widely on angiogenesis-related topics in front of clinical, government, and industry audiences. He is involved in national and international efforts to advance the applications of angiogenesis-based therapeutics across diverse medical fields, including oncology/hematology, cardiology, ophthalmology, vascular surgery, dermatology, and wound care. He has been published in Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, and other leading peer-reviewed medical journals.
Will received his A.B. with honors from Harvard College, and his M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pennsylvania. He completed his internship, residency, and fellowship training in General Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Will has held appointments on the clinical faculties of Harvard Medical School, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Wound Care Specialists, and has served as advisor and consultant to leading global public and private companies.
She has worked both on staff and as a consultant with prestigious educational institutions such as Radcliffe College and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, as well as with national organizations focused on healthcare, social services, and the arts.
She is a member of the board of Women in Development of Greater Boston, and served on the boards of the Massachusetts Chapter of the NSFRE, now the AFP, and the Hospice at Home/Friends of Hospice until its dissolution in 2003. Quentin graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in English Literature.
Through the U.S. State Department Dan works with journalists, clinicians, and academics on communicating avian and pandemic influenza preparedness in countries (including Egypt, Chile, Nigeria and Indonesia) affected or threatened by avian influenza or a greater pandemic. He is also engaged in advancing U.S. health security activities with bordering countries (Mexico and Canada) and other U.S. Allies (United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, and Japan) under the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) and the Global Health Security Initiative (GHSI).
Through CDC agreements and permanent deployments he is engaged in public health planning in China and other countries. Prior to joining the CDC, Dan served as Managing Editor and on-air Sr. Medical Correspondent for the CNN domestic and international television and radio networks for 18 years.
In 1980 Peter conceived of, and founded WOMAD (World of Music Arts and Dance), which has presented over 150 festivals in over 40 countries.
Peter’s Human Rights works include, the coordination of and participation in the Human Rights Now! Tour, in 1988 with Amnesty International. In 1989 he conceived of, and co-founded Witness.org, giving cameras and computers to human rights activists. Witness has won many awards and in 2008 launched the Hub, providing a platform for human rights video from all over the world.
In 2000 Peter co-founded and conceived of the Elders.org with Richard Branson, which Nelson Mandela launched in 2007.
Peter’s business interests have been in the field of music, media and technology. In 1987 he founded the Real World Group of companies. In 1999, he co-founded OD2, which became the leading European platform provider for the distribution of on-line music. In 2005 Peter and others purchased Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of mixing consoles for music recording, broadcast and post-production, and in 2011 became majority shareholder. He also co-founded thefilter.com and We7.com, and is currently developing several projects, including a visual language for the internet, and the first social network for the dead.
Amongst awards Peter has received, are the Man of Peace Award, presented by the Nobel Peace Laureates, the ‘Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ and also the Quadriga Award. Lifetime achievement awards include BT’s Digital Music Pioneer Award, and he has received Grammy awards for his music and video work.
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Hamilton has been a skating commentator for CBS and NBC television for many years, He was the host of the FOX television program “Skating with Celebrities.” He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics International.
Scott participates in a wide variety of charitable events, beginning with his own foundation, the Scott Hamilton C.A.R.E.S. Initiative (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and Provision Healthcare Foundation in Knoxville, Tennessee. CARES includes offshoots, The Fourth Angel Network and his web site Chemocare.com and Radcare.org. He is a tireless supporter of Target House at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and LiveBeyond and Best Buddies, both of Nashville, Tennessee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Monroe Carrell’s Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Special Olympics International and Provision Healthcare Foundation. When not commentating, speaking or supporting his favorite charities, Scott can be found on the golf course and enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons outside Nashville, Tennessee.
Crawford studied chemical engineering as a scholarship student at Northwestern University before her modeling career took her to New York. Since then she has graced over 1,000 magazine covers worldwide, including Vogue, Elle, W, Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Allure.
Cindy used her fame as a springboard to launch a groundbreaking career that has spanned over three decades and resulted in an exceedingly successful and trusted brand representing beauty, fashion, fitness and home. Beyond her modeling career, she hosted a successful MTV show “House of Style”, starred in and produced best-selling exercise videos, created and developed a successful skincare line called Meaningful Beauty as well as a furniture brand called Cindy Crawford Home which combined have grossed over 3 billion dollars in sales.
Cindy has also utilized her success to help raise money and awareness for issues close to her heart. She’s a passionate supporter of cancer charities, having lost her brother Jeff to leukemia when she was 9 years old. As part of her healing, her mother organized a dance marathon to help raise money for the Leukemia Foundation of America. At a young age, Cindy saw how empowering it was to get involved and give back. This has inspired her devotion to help make the world a better place.
The other charities she supports include the American Family Children’s Hospital, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the University of Wisconsin Foundation, and the Little Star Foundation.
Dr. Richard Beliveau is Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Medicine at Service de Neurochirurgie, Hopital, Notre-Dame (CHUM), and an expert on tumor angiogenesis. In his position, Dr. Beliveau oversees a number of important angiogenesis-based research projects involving the regulation of VEGF-dependent signaling pathways, contribution of bone marrow-derived cells in tumor angiogenesis, and the identification of new molecular targets and biomarkers, among others.
A particular area of interest and expertise of Dr. Beliveau is in the discovery and application of natural antiangiogenic and antitumor substances found in the diet for cancer prevention and treatment. This burgeoning area of research includes natural angiogenesis inhibitors found in green tea, cruciferous vegetables, soy, berries, and curcumin. Dr. Beliveau is the author of the best sellers “Foods That Fight Cancer” and “Cooking with Foods That Fight Cancer”. He won the Grand Prize at the Montreal Book Fair and was named personality of the year 2006 by L’Actualité magazine and Personality of Québec by the Au Québec Magazine, in 2007.
In addition to serving as Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Medicine, Dr. Beliveau is a researcher in the Neurosurgery Department of Notre-Dame Hospital and the hemato-oncology unit of Sainte-Justine Hospital and holds several prestigious academic positions, including: Chaire de Neurochirurgie Claude-Bertrand, full professor of biochemistry at Université du Québec à Montréal, professor of surgery and physiology on the medicine faculty of Université de Montréal, and Chaire en Prévention et Traitement du Cancer.
Dr. Beliveau is also a member of the Group for Experimental Therapy of Cancer of the Jewish General Hospital. He has authored more than 220 papers in peer-reviewed medical journals.
Director, Laboratory of Computer Science, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Dr. Henry Chueh is one of the nation’s leading experts on medical informatics and a pioneer in the use of computers and Web-based applications to improve clinical research and patient care. He is the Director of Computer Science at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Center for Quality and Safety and Chief, Division of Biomedical Informatics, Department of Medicine at MGH, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Chueh is the principal investigator on high profile medical informatics projects funded by research grants from the National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Currently, with funding from a NIH National Center for Biomedical Computing ‘roadmap’ grant, Dr. Chueh and colleagues are designing and developing an interoperable software framework to provide clinical investigators with the tools to collect and manage project-related research data.
In another ongoing project, funded by AHRQ, he is developing an innovative system of care delivery (ACCORD—Ambulatory Care Compact to Organize Risk and Decision-making), to allow patients to partner with their physicians to monitor care to improve patient, provider, and quality of care outcomes. In collaboration with the NCI, Dr. Chueh was co-principal investigator on a research project to develop a national virtual repository of pathological specimens, and was contracted by the NIH/NLM to create a self-scaling national networked health system. Dr. Chueh has authored numerous peer-reviewed papers on the use of medical informatics and computer modeling to improve clinical decision-making and patient outcomes.
Specifically, Dr. Chueh and colleagues have authored papers on the use of Web-based tools and informatics to manage diabetic patients, on the development of integrated platforms for clinical trial collaboration and education, and on the development and validation of predictive models to connect patients with primary care physicians. Dr. Chueh received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and completed his primary care residency at MGH. Dr. Chueh also completed a Boston Medical Informatics Fellowship at MGH in association with the NLM. He has an M.S. from the Harvard-MIT Division of Heath Sciences & Technology, and a BA from Harvard-Radcliffe College.
Dr. Vickie Driver is a distinguished expert in the field of Podiatric medicine and surgery, with a special emphasis on limb preservation and wound care. She is both nationally and internationally renowned as a clinician, surgeon, researcher and educator. As a dedicated researcher she has served as an Investigator for over thirty important multi-center randomized clinical trials, as well as developed and supervised multiple research fellowship positions.
She is an expert on the use of multi-modality approaches to wound care, including therapeutic angiogenesis, and is involved in a number of Phase II and Phase III studies of topical angiogenic growth factors and gene therapy. Dr. Driver is credited with the development and directorship of two major multidiscipline limb preservation centers—one for the military in Washington State and one for a major teaching hospital and University in Illinois.
She has authored numerous papers in high-level peer-reviewed journals on the use of therapeutic angiogenesis and other modalities for limb preservation in patients at high risk for amputation. Dr. Driver previously served as Director of Clinical Research at the Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research (CLEAR) at the Dr. William M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
She is now Director of Research for Limb Preservation at Boston University of Medicine and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Driver is board certified in foot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is a Fellow at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. She serves on multiple national and international government and private committees that focus on preventing limb loss and improving wound healing in high-risk populations. Dr. Driver is an outspoken ambassador and patient advocate for lower extremity limb preservation and amputation prevention in the high-risk diabetic patient.
Dr Ennis has been practicing wound care for 20 years and is currently Professor of Clinical Surgery, Chief – Section Wound Healing Tissue Repair at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He founded, and is director of the first Wound Healing and Tissue Repair Fellowship in the US also at UIC. Dr Ennis is immediate past president for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC), the nations largest non-profit, multidisciplinary wound care organization.
Dr Ennis has published over 65 articles, abstracts and book chapters and has lectured through-out the world on wound care and vascular diseases. Current research interests include microcirculation, healing outcomes, health economics, and regenerative tissue mechanisms.
Outside interests include guitar, jazz music, basketball, triathlon racing and reading. Married with 2 children, Dr Ennis also supports his wife Mary’s activities in organizations dedicated to the treatment and cause of autism.
After completing his medical residency in Clinical Pathology and Clinical Preventive Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, he went on to become the Chief of the Division of Epidemiology for the American Health Foundation in New York City. While at the American Health Foundation Dr. Harris worked closely with Dr. Ernst L. Wynder and initiated early idemiologic studies of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) in the prevention of breast cancer and other malignancies.
In 1990, Dr. Harris moved to Columbus, Ohio, to Chair the Department of Preventative Medicine at Ohio State, and in 1995, he became the founding Director of the Ohio State University School of Public Health. Dr. Harris is a renowned expert on the role of COX-2 in chronic inflammation and in promoting tumorigenesis and angiogenesis, and has authored numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters on the use of NSAIDS and selective COX-2 inhibitors in the chemoprevention of various cancer types.
In 2009 Harris was elected as a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Dr. Herbert I. Hurwitz, Associate Professor of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, is an internationally recognized oncologist who is at the forefront of antiangiogenic cancer research. He is the clinical director of the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Phase I Program, one of only 14 NCI-sponsored Phase I Centers of Excellence. In this role, Dr. Hurwitz oversees numerous Phase I clinical trials of novel anticancer agents, with a particular emphasis on antiangiogenic therapies.
His research also includes identifying biomarkers for the evaluation of novel targeted therapies, mechanisms of tumor angiogenesis and angiogenesis inhibitors, and looking at parallels between wound angiogenesis and tumor angiogenesis. Dr. Hurwitz has a particular interest in gastrointestinal cancer and is co-leader of the Duke Gastrointestinal Oncology Program. As a recognized GI cancer expert, Dr. Hurwitz was the Principal Investigator of the pivotal Phase III trial of the antiangiogenic agent bevacizumab (Avastin), in combination with IFL, for metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). This seminal trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in June 2004, led to the approval of Avastin for mCRC and validated the antiangiogenic approach for cancer therapy.
Dr Hurwitz completed his medical training at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, and began his career with a residency in Internal Medicine at the Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago. In 1992, he became a Fellow in Oncology at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, Baltimore, where he also obtained a masters degree in clinical investigation. Dr. Hurwitz has authored numerous papers in prestigious medical and scientific journals and lectures internationally, with a focus on anti-VEGF therapies for colorectal cancer and angiogenesis biomarkers.
Dr. Kamen received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, and served his residency and fellowship in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology and pharmacology at Yale University, New Haven, CT. His academic career consists of three years in Wisconsin, 16 years at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as a Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacology as the Carl B and Florence E. King Distinguished Professor Pediatrics and then 8 years as Director of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Associate Director of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ. He then served as the Chief Medical Officer of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society from 2007-2009.
During his career, Dr. Kamen has been a recipient of a Scholar Award from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a Damon Runyon Walter Winchell Fellowship, Burroughs Wellcome Clinical Pharmacology Award and is one of only a few American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professors. He was also elected into the American Society of Clinical Investigation (Young Turk). He has authored approximately 300 manuscripts (papers and chapters) and is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pediatric Hematology Oncology as well as serving on a number of editorial boards and advisory boards of other cancer journals. He serves on the Research and Medical Affairs Committee of the American Cancer Society and is on the board and the treasurer of the National Coalition for Cancer Research (NCCR).
Dr. Kamen’s clinical and research interests are driven by the over arching goal of doing “translational research,’ that is taking the best science to the bedside. Currently he is developing treatment to prevent both resistance and toxicity, especially neurotoxicity from therapy. He has been on the forefront of developing metronomic therapy for cancer.
Instructor in Pediatric Oncology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston
Dr. Giannoula Klement, an internationally recognized expert on tumor angiogenesis and antiangiogenic therapy, worked with Judah Folkman elucidating the role of platelets in angiogenesis and their possible role as biomarkers in the early detection of cancer and tumor recurrence. Because the majority of angiogenesis regulatory factors appear to be sequestered in platelets, which possess the ability to selectively accumulate these factors in patients with cancer, they have the potential to detect tumor growth before it is clinically apparent.
Dr. Klement trained with another angiogenesis pioneer, Dr. Robert Kerbel, and with him co-authored a number of papers on antiangiogenic therapy for cancer and the mechanisms of tumor escape from these agents. Dr. Klement received her M.D. from McMaster University, Canada, and did her residency at the Hospital for Sick Children at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is the author of numerous papers and textbook chapters on tumor angiogenesis, and was the recipient of the Tisdall Award for Excellence in Research, General Pediatric Section in 1994, and the National Cancer Institute of Canada Terry Fox Postgraduate Research Fellowship from 1997-2000.
Dr. Moritz A. Konerding is Professor of Anatomy at the Institute of Anatomy at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany. One of the early pioneers of angiogenesis research, Dr. Konerding leads a group focusing on angiogenesis in inflammation, wound healing, and tumor growth, as well as on clinical anatomy. He is an expert on microvascular anatomy and patterns of angiogenesis and the effects of antiangiogenic agents in blood vessels in different organ and tissue systems. Dr. Konerding received his M.D. from the University of Essen, where he did his post-doctoral work in human anatomy.
Dr. Douglas W. Losordo is an interventional cardiologist specializing in the field of therapeutic angiogenesis for the treatment of cardiovascular-related diseases. He is Director of the Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute and Program in Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Losordo is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the use of gene, protein, and cell therapies to promote new blood vessel growth in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) and critical limb ischemia (CLI).
In the 1980s, Dr. Losordo was a Research/Interventional Cardiology Fellow at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Boston, where he worked with Dr. Jeffrey Isner, a physician who pioneered clinical applications of angiogenesis for PAD and ischemic heart disease. He has served as Principal Investigator on numerous clinical studies of therapeutic angiogenesis, with a particular emphasis on using gene therapy to stimulate angiogenic growth factor production in patients with PAD and CLI.
Dr. Losordo received his M.D. from the University of Vermont and completed his internship and residency at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Boston. He has served on the editorial boards of a number of prestigious peer reviewed publications and has lectured widely on the potential applications of therapeutic angiogenesis in cardiovascular disease. In addition to his medical degrees, Dr. Losordo holds a B.A. from the University of Vermont.
From 1998 to 1999, he worked as a research scientist in the bioproduct division at Canadian Innovatech, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. He joined the department of Food Science at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in 1999 as an assistant professor. In 2005, he was promoted to the rank of associate professor. He teaches Food Analysis and Food Protein Biotechnology. His current research interests include (i) the molecular mechanisms by which biologically active compounds in foods, also known as functional foods, angiogenic diseases including macular degeneration, chronic inflammation, and cancer and (ii) the development of functional food products for healthy living.
Dr. Losso has published more than 80 peer reviewed papers, book chapters, proceedings, and journal magazine articles. He is actively involved in the Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods Division of the Institute of Food Technologists where he has served as secretary, newsletter publisher, chair-elect, scientific program subcommittee chair, annual meeting session organizer, and division chair.
He is also actively in the agricultural division of the American Chemical Society. He is an active professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists, the American Chemical Society, the American Association of Cereal Chemists, and the American Oil Chemists’ Society.
Lowitt is CEO and Managing Director of Nexus Global Advisors, a cutting edge advisory firm enabling CEOs and world leaders to collaborate in the development of a global economy that aligns social and environmental stewardship with inclusive growth. Through Nexus and its client partners, Eric is designing solutions to address many of our world’s most vexing challenges, from global food security to the proper dismantling of shipping vessels in developing countries.
Eric is fluent in Japanese, having lived in Osaka and Kyoto while attending university at Kansai Gaidai University. Lowitt earned his Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in strategic management. He has been focused on having a positive social impact since he was seven years old when he supported his father, a chief of staff and private practitioner in the mental health sector, in the creation of the Smithtown Holiday Project, a non-profit organization that gave the gift of happiness to lower income children living in New York State.
A baseball historian, an aficionado of the Japanese food Nattō, and car enthusiast, Eric and his wife Allegra live with their two school aged children in the Boston suburbs.
Douglas Noonan, Ph.D. is Associate Professor, Universita degli Studi dell’Insubria, Varese, Italy. Dr. Noonan has held prestigious research and fellowship positions at institutions in both Italy and the U.S. and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on the mechanisms of tumor angiogenesis and angioprevention. Dr. Noonan was a postdoctoral fellow in the Lab of Developmental Biology and Anomalies, NIDR, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, and received his Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
He is a member of the Societa’ Italiana di Cancerologia, the Societa’ Italiana di Patalogia, the Societa’ Italiana di Immunologia Clinica e Allergologia, and the American Association for Cancer Research.
Dr. Thomas E. Serena M.D. FACS FACHM FAPWCA, Founder and Medical Director of The Serena Group™, a family of wound, hyperbaric and research companies, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The College of William and Mary and Penn State Medical School.
He completed his residency in Surgery at The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center with fellowship training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Southern Illinois University.
To date he has opened and operates wound care centers from New York City to Tulsa Oklahoma. Dr. Serena has been the lead or Principal investigator in over 55 clinical trials, including testing blood platelets, gene therapy for critical limb ischemia, antimicrobial dressings, growth factors, topical and parenteral antibiotics and bi-layered cell therapy. As a result of the overwhelming demand for his services as a researcher, he founded the NewBridge Medical Research Corporation, a non-profit corporation (501(c)3) dedicated to advancing the science of wound healing. On four occasions NewBridge has received funded from the National Institutes of Health. He currently consults for the government of Rwanda on AIDS prevention research.
He is recognized internationally as an expert in the field of wound healing: He has 100 published papers and has given more than 200 invited lectures throughout the world. He consults for numerous wound care industrial partners in the development of new products for the wound care space. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Wound Healing Society and recently was an author on four of the national guidelines for the treatment of chronic wounds.
In 2009 he was elected Vice-President of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine. He also currently serves on the board for the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care. Recently, Dr. Serena returned from Haiti where he was the wound care team leader for the University of Miami’s Medishare Hospital. He has done extensive medical relief work with Health Volunteers Overseas and serves as chairman of the
AAWC Global Volunteers/HVO Steering Committee. He also a member of the World Health Organization’s wound care outreach program (WAWLC).
Professor Smith is a Consultant Paediatric Haematologist at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Dublin, and is Professor of Haematology at the University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin. His active research areas of interest include: childhood and adolescent leukaemias & lymphomas, bone marrow failure syndromes, angiogenesis and haematological malignancies, the molecular and cellular basis of the inflammatory – coagulation interface in human disease.
The co-author of more than 300 research original articles, letters, books, book chapters and papers, Professor Smith is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, the Royal College of Physicians of Dublin, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. He is a member of numerous associations and societies, including; the Medical Research Council Childhood Leukaemia Working Party, the International Berlin Frankfurt Munster Study Group for Childhood Leukaemia, the United Kingdom Haemophilia Centre Directors Organisation, the European Paediatric Network for Haemophilia Management, the United Kingdom Children’s Cancer Group, the Paediatric Haematology Forum of the British Society of Haematology, and the European Paediatric Network for Severe Congenital Neutropenia.
He was awarded the Graves Medal by the Royal Academy of Medicine and Health Research Board in 2001 for his research into the pathobiology and novel therapeutic strategies in severe sepsis that had received international acclaim. In 2006, Professor Smith was awarded the St Luke’s Medal by the Royal Academy of Medicine and St Luke’s Hospital for his work on improving outcomes in adolescent cancers with specific reference to the haematological malignancies. He was admitted to Honorary Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin (the oldest and most valued tradition of the University) in 2009.
He is a nationally recognized expert in the management of diseases of the thyroid gland, the parathyroids and the adrenals, and was Chief Resident Associate in Surgery at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He has completed research and clinical Fellowships in Surgery at Harvard Medical School and was a surgical resident at both Harvard Medical School and Tufts University Medical School. Dr. Tsakayannis is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), and the Athens Medical Association.
He received his M.D. summa cum laude and Ph.D. from the University of Athens Medical School. He is a pioneer of the NOTES procedure for removal of the appendix.
As a recognized leader in the field of functional foods, he is the principal investigator on several research projects funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study the health benefits of whole foods, particularly after processing. He has also authored numerous peer-reviewed articles on the topics of phytonutrient extraction, analysis and chemoprevention/protection.
Dr. Vanamala received his doctorate from Texas A&M University and completed his post-doctorate fellowship in cancer prevention/nutritional biochemistry at the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI; NASA), Texas A&M. Dr. Vanamala says, “the long-term goal of my research is to optimize the health profiles of food products and provide modern evidence for ancient wisdom on diet and disease.”
Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine. A physiologist, he was honoured in 1963 for elucidating the chemical and mathematical processes involved in nerve impulse conduction. Born to a family distinguished in both the literary and scientific worlds (his older half brothers included biologist Sir Julian Huxley and “Brave New World” author Aldous Huxley), he was exposed to advanced learning from early childhood and was educated at the University College School and at Westminster before earning a scholarship to Trinity College Cambridge where he studied biology, physics, and physiology.
Upon graduation he partnered with Sir Alan Hodgkin in a series of experiments which involved passing a wire down the long axis of a large neuron taken from a giant Atlantic squid and measuring electrical voltages along the nerve membrane. The two men published their observations in a small article in the journal “Nature” but soon found their work interrupted by the outbreak of World War II. During the conflict Sir Andrew performed anti-aircraft and naval gunnery research then in 1946 resumed his neurophysiology studies. Though it was long known that potassium ions (K+) could pass thru a neural membrane it was felt that sodium ions (Na+) could not; Sir Alan and Sir Andrew were able to demonstrate that during the excitation or rising phase of a nerve impulse Na+ ions diffuse into a cell while in the falling phase K+ ions pass out and were to propose the Hodgkin-Huxley Model, a series of differential equations that explain and quantify how the action potentials of neurons are initiated and propagated.
Finishing the work that was to lead to the Nobel Prize around 1952 Sir Andrew maintained his professorship at Cambridge, turned to the subject of muscle contraction physiology, and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1955. From 1960 thru 1969 he held a faculty position at University College London and in 1963 received the Nobel Prize along with Sir Alan and Sir John Eccles, an Australian who had independently studied similar subject matter. He was to lecture at major institutions on both sides of The Pond, occasionally drawing fire for publicly conceding that Darwin’s Theory does indeed have holes and that some things such as consciousness cannot be explained by evolution.
Knighted in 1974, he received the rarely bestowed Order of Merit (OM) in 1983 and from 1980 thru 1985 was President of the Royal Society, in 1983 upholding, in the face of numerous letters of protest, the group’s election of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. In 1984 he was to succeed Sir Alan as Master of Trinity College Cambridge, a position he held until his 1990 age mandated retirement. Sir Andrew lived out his days in Cambridgeshire and continued teaching at Trinity College until his death.
Professor of Pharmacology
University of Patras, Greece
Professor Michael Maragoudakis has 13 years of experience in drug development with CIBA- GEIGY in USA. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon State University in 1964. Since 1979 he has been Professor & Chairman of Pharmacology at the University of Patras Medicine School, and Visiting Professor at the Albert Einstein Medicine School and Tufts University (USA) He has served as a member of various committees at the drug regulatory agency (EOF) and President of EOF of the National Drug Industry. He has over 100 publications in peer review journal and has edited 10 books.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce (2009-2010)
He previously held executive positions or served on the board of directors with various companies including The Walt Disney Company and Europe Online Networks S.A. Hightower received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. and honorary doctorate from Howard University.
Dennis Hightower is also a motivational speaker. His areas of discussion include Leadership, Globalization, Emerging Markets, Strategic Planning, International Management and Global Marketing.
Jeffrey F. Rayport is a consultant, author, and founder and chairman of Marketspace LLC, a strategic advisory practice that works with leading companies to reinvent how they interact with and relate to customers. Marketspace is a unit of Monitor Group, a global strategy services and merchant banking firm.
Rayport is an authority on information-intensive industries such as media and entertainment, retail, and financial services. He has published a series of MBA-level textbooks on e-Commerce and a bestselling business book on integrating multi-channel customer experiences. In 1996, his Fast Company article “The Virus of Marketing” introduced the concept of, and coined the term “viral marketing.”
Previously a faculty member at Harvard Business School, where he was voted outstanding professor in 1997, 1998 and 1999. At HBS, Rayport developed and taught the first graduate-level e-commerce course in the United States, “Managing Marketspace Businesses” in 1995. Business plans produced by Rayport’s students resulted in various high-tech start-ups, including Yahoo!
Rayport earned an A.B. from Harvard College, an M.Phil. in International Relations at the University of Cambridge (U.K.), and an A.M. and Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization at Harvard University.
He has served as a director of several public and private corporations; current directorships include Andrews McMeel Universal, GSI Commerce (NASDAQ:GSIC), International Data Group, Valueclick (NASDAQ:VCLK) and Monster Worldwide. He also serves on the advisory boards of advertising agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky and public relations firm Brodeur (a unit of Omnicom Group; NYSE: OMC). In addition, he is a trustee of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA; a director of the Nantucket Preservation Trust inNantucket, MA; and a director of From the Top (a classical music program distributed in the United States by National Public Radio) in Boston, MA.
George W. Thorn was an electric figure in medicine. At the age of 36 he burst on the scene at Harvard Medical School in 1942 as the ninth Hersey Professor of the Theory and Practice of Physic and the third Physician in Chief of the Department of Medicine at the then Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. Frequently mistaken for a medical student or resident, he remained youthful in outlook and appearance until his 90s. He died on 26 June 2004 at the age of 98.
George made vital contributions to the clinical use of adrenal steroids. He began his career in endocrinology as a medical student at the University of Buffalo, went on to Ohio State and then joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins where Harvard found him.
The Brigham, as it was called, was then a Dickensian institution as were all of the Harvard hospitals of the mid 20th century. Built in 1914, its design was inspired by a fear of hospital borne infection. The four 30 bed male and female surgical and medical services were wide open, poorly ventilated and over-heated pavilions separated from each other by a long corridor that was still partially open to the elements well into the 1950s. Flimsy curtains separated the ancient beds. Privacy was non-existent. So called semi private beds were on a floor above.
They were located on open wards as well, but those patients were the private patients of staff members, while the large first-floor pavilions were the provinces of the house staff. A three floor private service was housed near the pillared entrance of the hospital. It was scarcely lucullan in its appointments, but there the tired interns could make a decent breakfast for themselves on Sunday mornings.
Laboratories at the old Brigham were primitive by any standards. One small old building housed the hematology, chemistry and pathology labs as well as George’s endocrinology lab and a few beds where patients with endocrine disorders could collect urine and undergo various hormone tests. It was an early form of the later General Clinical Research Centers based on the Rockefeller University Hospital model. A horribly ventilated and totally inadequate animal facility was in the basement.
Despite lack of space and money, George conjured up a full time staff of investigators. His own program in endocrinology produced George Cahill and Albert Renold among many others. His many contributions to the endocrinology literature included over 400 papers.
To expand the academic department of medicine he focused first on cardiology. He was wise enough to build on the clinical greatness of Samuel A. Levine and added the cardiac catheterization skills of Lewis Dexter and, later, Dick Gorlin. Frank Gardner came from the Thorndike laboratory at the Boston City Hospital to run hematology. He attracted house staff of the quality of Don Thomas and Clem Finch and scores of others who became leaders of academic medicine. George’s greatest gift was free floating imagination. His discussions of patients on rounds were always brilliant if occasionally somewhat off base. A favorite resident told me “You listen—I will not. Then when he is gone—we’ll do it my way.”
Armed with that creative style, Thorn dissuaded John Merrill from a career in cardiology to lead an effort in renal dialysis and transplant. The renal transplant program at the Brigham became world-renowned. He was instrumental in the formation of the Harvard-MIT program in Health Science and Technology, and he was the first scientific leader of the Howard Hughes Medical Research Institute. But his free flowing thought processes and his youthful, friendly personality were sometimes confusing. One inadequate resident once boasted that George had appointed him to the Chief Residency when actually George had fired him!
In his later years as the Chief of Medicine, George began to worry about how to elevate the role of basic science in a department of medicine and how to prevent specialists from forgetting general medicine. He wrote two very important articles on those subjects in the New England Journal of Medicine. Whether one agrees with them or not, they are well worth reading today.
George’s last appointment was: Physician in Chief, Emeritus, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Hersey Professor of the Theory and Practice of Physic, Emeritus & Samuel A. Levine Professor of Medicine, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School.
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