Biographies of RSI Speakers


Judith Campisi, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
University of California Berkeley, CA

Judith Campisi received her doctorate in Biochemistry from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and postdoctoral training in the area of cell cycle regulation and cancer at the Harvard Medical School. As an Assistant Professor at the Boston University Medical School, she became interested the control of cellular senescence and its role in tumor suppression and aging. In 1991, she moved her research program to the Berkeley National Laboratory, where she continues to study cellular senescence and has established a broad program in various aspects of aging. She is the recipient of a MERIT award from the National Institute on Aging (1995) and the 1997 AlliedSignal Award for research on aging. She serves on several editorial boards and advisory boards, and heads the Center for Research and Education on Aging (CREA) at the Berkeley Lab.

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Linda P. Fried

Linda P. Fried is Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Policy at the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine and of Public Health. Dr. Fried is a geriatrician and epidemiologist. She is Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Johns Hopkins and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health, a multidisciplinary center of excellence for research and education on aging at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. She leads a research program directed at health promotion and prevention of disease, frailty, and disability in older adults, with approaches including public health and clinical interventions. This research includes the Women's Health and Aging Studies and the Cardiovascular Health Study, for which she is the Principal Investigator. She is also Principal Investigator of the newly initiated Older American Independence Center, funded by the National Institute on Aging to discover the causes of frailty as people age. Dr. Fried has published numerous articles on these issues central to improving health promotion in older adults in leading medical and public health journals. Dr. Fried serves as an advisor for such organizations as the Paul Beeson Faculty Scholars in Aging Research, the Health and Retirement Survey and the AAMC Task Force on Research; she is on the editorial board of a number of journals dedicated to the health of older adults, including the Journal of Gerontology (Medical Sciences), and the American Journal of Medicine. Dr. Fried has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the 2000 APHA Archstone Award, the Marion Spencer Fay Award for the year 2000 Distinguished Woman Physician/Scientist, the 2000 Herbert R. DeVries Distinguished Research Award of the Council on Aging and Adult Development, among other awards, and was named as one of Maryland's Top 100 Women for the year 2003. Dr. Fried is the recipient of an NIH MERIT Award and is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the Association of American Physicians.

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Charles Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 1961, Columbia University
Janice and Julian Bers Professor of the History and Sociology of Science

Professor Rosenberg has written widely on the history of medicine and science. He is best known for Cholera Years: The United States in 1832, 1849, and 1866 (Chicago 1962; new edition 1987);The Trial of the Assassin Guiteau: Psychiatry and Law in the Gilded Age(Chicago, 1968); No Other Gods: On Science and American Social Thought (John Hopkins, 197; new and expanded edition, 1997); The Care of Strangers: The Rise of America's Hospital System (Basic Books, 1987); Explaining Epidemics(Cambridge, 1992). He has also co-authored or edited another half-dozen books and is currently at work on a history of conceptions of disease during the past two centuries.

A recipient of the William H. Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM, Professor Rosenberg has also been awarded the George Sarton Medal (for lifetime achievement) from the History of Science Society. He has served as president of the AAHM and Society for the Social History of Medicine (UK) and on the executive board of the Organization of American Historians and on the council of the History of Science Society and of the AAHM. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Professor Rosenberg currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and is a member of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Bioethics and Center for Nursing History advisory boards.

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Andrew Steptoe, DPhil
British Heart Foundation Professor of Psychology
University College London, UK

Andrew Steptoe is British Heart Foundation professor of psychology in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London. He graduated in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1972, then studied for a DPhil in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford. He was chair and head of the Department of Psychology at St. George's Hospital Medical School from 1988-2000), and was awarded a higher doctorate (DSc) by the University of London in 1995. Andrew Steptoe has worked for more than 25 years on psychological aspects of health, and has been particularly interested in the interface between psychosocial factors and biological processes relevant to disease. He has written more than 300 scientific papers, and his books include Psychological Factors in Cardiovascular Disorders (1981), Health Care and Health Behaviour (1984), Essential Psychology for Medical Practice (1988), Stress, Personal Control and Health (1989), and Psychosocial Processes and Health (1994). Andrew Steptoe was president of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine in 1994-1996, and of the Society for Psychosomatic Research from 1983-1985. Professor Steptoe main focus of research at the moment is the problem of social inequalities in health. Together with Professor Sir Michael Marmot, the director of the Whitehall studies of social inequalities in cardiovascular disease risk, Professor Steptoe is undertaking a programme of research into the ways in which psychological and social factors influence the biological responses underlying coronary heart disease, and how these responses vary with socio-economics status.

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Jane Wardle, M.Phil., Ph.D.

Jane Wardle read Physiology and Psychology at Oxford, followed by an MPhil and a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry. After being a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, she became Professor in Clinical Psychology and Director of the Health Behaviour Unit. This research unit, funded by Cancer Research UK, moved to UCL in 1996.

Professor Wardle's present research is concerned with processes of development and change in protective and preventive health behaviours. The work of her research group focuses on two particular aspects of health behaviour: food choice and screening participation. The dietary work encompasses the study of a number of factors which influence food choice, from the social to the cognitive (e.g. nutrition information) and psychobiological (e.g. stress), and is also concerned with interventions to change dietary practices in relation to weight and cardiovascular risk. The effects on mood and cognition of dietary constituents or dietary changes, are another focus of research in the group. The screening research is concerned both with factors which influence screening uptake, particularly the psychological factors which might mediate social class variation in uptake, and with the consequences of receiving screening information.

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David Wennberg, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Center of Outcomes Research and Quality, Maine Medical Center; and
President and Chief Operating Officer of Health Dialog Data Services

David Wennberg is the Director of the Division of Health Services Research at the Maine Medical Center and Senior Research Associate at the Maine Medical Assessment Foundation. He graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine in 1987. His post-graduate education was in internal medicine at the Maine Medical Center. Following his residency, he was a fellow in general internal medicine at the Harvard Combined program and received a master's of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. His major research interest is the quality of care for cardiovascular services.

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