Speakers — 2020 Fall Webinar Series

Discussion moderator

Alexandre Kalache, MD, PhD
President, International Longevity Centre Brazil (ILC-Brazil), Co-director, Age Friendly Foundation, Boston, HelpAge International Global Ambassador on Ageing

Since 2012 Professor Alexandre Kalache has been President of ILC-BR, located in his birth city of Rio de Janeiro, and since 2015, co-President of the Global Alliance of ILCs.

Dr Kalache is a specialist in age-related issues. Specifically, his expertise is in the epidemiology of ageing & the life-course, inter-sectoral policy development (including age-friendly initiatives), health promotion, old-age care, human rights and migration within the context of ageing as well as the more general cultural complexities of the worldwide longevity revolution.

Dr Kalache has been a leading pioneer in ageing issues for close to forty years in various roles: as academic, international civil servant and advocate. His was one of the very earliest voices to articulate the global nature of population ageing, together with the potentialities and the risks through inaction inherent within it. His contributions toward the shifting of the traditional paradigms in the field of ageing are widely acknowledged on the global stage.

Building on his initial medical career in Brazil, Kalache spent more than thirty years studying and working in Europe and the USA; principally, London, Oxford, Granada, Geneva and New York. His post-graduate degrees, MSc in Social Medicine 1977 and PhD in Epidemiology 1993, were attained in the UK. From 1977 to 1984, he held the position of Clinical Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow (under the mentorship of Professor Sir Richard Doll) at Oxford University. He was the founder of the Epidemiology of Ageing Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (the foremost UK School of Public Health) where he also taught from 1984 to 1995. At the same institution, he also conceived and coordinated the first ever European Masters Degree course in Health Promotion (1991).

From 1995 to 2008, Dr Kalache directed the World Health Organisation’s global programme on ageing in Geneva. Among many other enduring initiatives, he conceived and launched the WHO Active Ageing Policy Framework (2002) and the WHO Age-Friendly Cities project (2007).

Fall series presenters

João Breda PhD, MPH, MBA
Head, WHO European Office for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases & Programme Manager Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Lifecourse

Dr Breda works in the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Life-course at WHO/Europe. He provides support to the 53 Member States in the WHO European Region on the implementation of the European Charter on Counteracting Obesity and evaluates their progress. His team is responsible for the world’s largest and most comprehensive surveillance mechanism for childhood obesity. Before joining WHO he was the Portuguese focal point to WHO/Europe for nutrition and physical activity, and the High Level Group on Nutrition and Physical Activity and the European Platform on Diet, Nutrition and Physical Activity of the European Union (EU).

Dr Breda was the first coordinator of the national platform against obesity under the Portuguese Ministry of Health. He worked as a public health nutritionist at the general health directorate in Ministry. He was the Head of the Nutrition Department at Atlantic University in Lisbon and lecturer and researcher at the Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra (ESAC), the University of the Algarve and the School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts in Coimbra. He has published in scientific journals given presentations at national and international congresses, written several dozen papers and published 17 original books.


Susan Carlson, PhD
Associate Dean for Research, Program Director, Doctorate in Medical Nutrition Science, AJ Rice Professor Nutrition, University of Kansas Medical Center

Susan E. Carlson is the AJ Rice Professor of Nutrition and University Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition and Director of the PhD Program in Medical Nutrition Science. She received her BS in Home Economics from Washington State University and her PhD in Nutrition (Biochemistry and Physiology) from Iowa State University.  She was an NIHLB Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Pathology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida, where she served on the Faculty in Pediatrics. She was a faculty member in  the Division of Newborn Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and in the Newborn Center at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, rising to the rank of Professor in the Departmens of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Biochemisty.  She is an honorary member of the American Dietetic Association (2002) for pioneering work on the role of DHA in infant development, received the March of Dimes Agnes Higgins Award (2008) for pioneering research benefiting women and children, and is a Distinguished Alumna of Iowa State University (2017). She is a charter member of ISSFAL and served as President-elect, President and Past President (2009-2018).  She has delivered >180 invited international and national lectures, published >150 original reports and written 36 book chapters.  She works with an interdisciplinary team that includes a cognitive neuroscientist, electrophysiologist, and biostatistician doing large randomized clinical trials that seek to define the role of LCPUFA during the first 1000 days of development. Her research has been funded by the NICHD, NIHLB, and NEI. Learn more.