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Dr. Katzmarzyk is Professor and Associate Executive Director for Population and Public Health Sciences at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center where he holds the Marie Edana Corcoran Endowed Chair in Pediatric Obesity and Diabetes. Dr. Katzmarzyk is an internationally recognized leader in the field of physical activity and obesity, with a special emphasis on pediatrics and ethnic health disparities. He has over two decades of experience in conducting large clinical and population-based studies in children and adults. Dr. Katzmarzyk has a special interest in global health, and has a record of building research capacity in physical activity and obesity research in developing countries. He has published his research in more than 540 scholarly journals and books, and has delivered over 200 invited lectures in 15 countries. He is Associate Editor-in-Chief for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Associate Editor for American Journal of Human Biology, and editorial board member for Pediatric Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders, and Pediatric Exercise Science. In addition to his research, Dr. Katzmarzyk plays a leading role in national health advocacy initiatives. He chairs the Research Advisory Committee for the U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth for the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance. He also recently served on the 2018 U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2019, Dr. Katzmarzyk was recognized as a highly cited researcher by the Web of Science.
Dr. Robert L. Newton, Jr. is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Physical Activity and Ethnic Minority Health Laboratory at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. His research examines the effect of lifestyle interventions on the health of African Americans. Many of these interventions include partnerships with community entities and incorporate mobile technology to foster behavior change. A growing area of research is lifestyle interventions in older African Americans and its effects on cognitive function. Dr. Newton has authors or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, largely related to the effects of physical activity on the health of African Americans. He has obtained federal, state, industry, and private foundation funding to support his research efforts.
Dr. Martin is a Professor and Director of the Ingestive Behavior, Weight Management, & Health Promotion Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, which is part of the Louisiana State University System. Dr. Martin also Directs the Human Phenotyping Core of the Center’s NIH-funded Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC). Dr. Martin completed his undergraduate degree and a Master’s degree in psychology at Eastern Washington University and his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Louisiana State University. Dr. Martin then completed his Pre-doctoral Internship as well as a Post-doctoral fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Since the completion of his fellowship in 2002, Dr. Martin has been a faculty member at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Dr. Martin has received various awards during his training and he was the recipient of the Lilly Scientific Achievement Award in 2013 and became a Fellow of The Obesity Society in 2015. Dr. Martin’s research program focuses on the study of energy balance, and includes developing novel methods to quantify food intake behaviors and intervene to promote patients’ health.