Steven N. Blair, MS, PED
Steven N. Blair, MS, PED is a professor in the departments of exercise science and epidemiology/biostatistics at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Blair is a Fellow in the American College of Epidemiology, Society for Behavioral Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Heart Association, and American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education; and was elected to membership in the American Epidemiological Society. He was the first president of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, and is a past-president of the ACSM and the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education.
Dr. Blair is the recipient of three honorary doctoral degrees--Doctor Honoris Causa from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium; Doctor of Health Science from Lander University, U.S.; and Doctor of Science Honoris Causa, University of Bristol, UK. He has received awards from many professional associations, including the Honor Award from the ACSM and the Robert Levy Lecture and Population Science Research Awards from the American Heart Association. He was also granted a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health, and is one of the few individuals outside the U.S. Public Health Service to be awarded the Surgeon General's Medallion.
He has delivered lectures to medical, scientific, and lay groups in 49 states and 50 countries. His research focuses on the associations between lifestyle and health, with a specific emphasis on exercise, physical fitness, body composition, and chronic disease. He has published over 480 papers and chapters in the scientific literature, and is one of the most highly cited exercise scientists, with over 25,000 citations to his work. He also served as the senior scientific editor for the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health.
Tom Eng, VMD, MPH
Tom Eng, VMD, MPH has a life-long passion to create new ways to help people live healthier lives. He is an international pioneer in eHealth with decades of experience in health, business, and emerging technologies. Currently, Tom serves as an advisor to several commercial ventures and is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Washington.
Most recently, Tom was the founder and CEO of Healia, an award-winning consumer health search engine and social networking company that in 2007 was acquired by Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP), one of the nation's leading media and marketing companies. He is also the founder of EvaluMetrix, LLC, a health IT consulting company, and the eHealth Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health through emerging technologies. Tom previously held positions at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Institute of Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Peace Corps, the U.S. Senate, and two state health departments. In those positions, he won numerous awards and worked in more than two dozen countries on six continents. Tom has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, books, book chapters, and abstracts on a wide range of health and technology issues.
Tom holds a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health, a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he completed the Epidemic Intelligence Service Program and a preventive medicine residency at the CDC, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Science Fellowship in science and health policy.
James Fowler, PhD
James Fowler, PhD is a professor in the School of Medicine and the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego. He was recently named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers.
James's work lies at the intersection of the natural and social sciences. His primary areas of research are social networks, behavioral economics, evolutionary game theory, political participation, cooperation, and genopolitics (the study of the genetic basis of political behavior).