Jasper Schipperijn is a Professor in Active Living Environments with the Research Unit for Active Living at the University of Southern Denmark. His research interests revolve around two main topics 1) conducting multi-disciplinary intervention studies to create active living environments and 2) developing tools and methods that make it possible to use GPS, accelerometers and GIS data to measure active living and the environment it takes place in.
Jasper has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and numerous reports and popular publications. Jasper has an extensive international network with ongoing collaborations with various international partners, in particular in Australia (the Telethon Kids Institute, RMIT University, Deakin University) and New Zealand (Auckland University of Technology).
Providing guidance and support for PhD students from research groups around the world working with GPS-based measures is an important part of his job, and the past years he has hosted 14 foreign PhD students for periods varying from 5 days to 5 months.
Karen is an Associate Professor in Public Health within the Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia (UK). She held previous positions in physical activity and public health at the University of Oxford, University of Sydney, and Loughborough University.
Karen’s primary research interest is in population approaches to physical activity promotion, through different sector and multi-sectoral systems, and how to translate effective interventions into national policy and action. Karen was on the Strategic Advisory Network for the development of the WHO Global Action Plan for Physical Activity 2018 – 2030 and a member of the Guideline Development Group for the 2020 WHO physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines.
Karen was the secretariat for ISPAH before joining the board as lead for governance. She was elected as President-elect in 2020 and is on track to be the longest serving Board member in ISPAH history!
Andrea Ramírez Varela obtained her MD and MPH degrees from Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá Colombia in 2010 and 2014. Since 2014, she is the coordinator of the Global Observatory for Physical Activity – GoPA! and from 2015 to 2018 she was field coordinator for the child morbidity and mortality sub-study of the Pelotas Birth Cohort in 2015 in Brazil. In 2018 she obtained her Ph.D. in Epidemiology degree from the Post Graduate Program in Epidemiology at the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil. During 2017, she was a research scholar in the Family Medicine and Public Health Department at University of California San Diego, UCSD.
Currently, Andrea is assistant professor at the Faculty of Medicine at Universidad de los Andes in Colombia. Her research interests are epidemiology; preventive medicine; non-communicable diseases and physical activity epidemiology; global public health capacity for chronic disease prevention and physical activity promotion; and, translation research especially in Latin America.
Gabriella is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Prevention Research Center and Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University in St. Louis P50 center program. Gabriella received a Masters and Doctoral degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012-2018), before working at Iowa State University as a postdoctoral research associate (2018-2020) leading projects on childhood obesity prevention and school wellness programming.
Her research interests pertain to implementation science in chronic disease prevention, with specific applications to school and community programming. She has led numerous projects on school-based wellness programming to promote children’s nutrition and physical activity behaviors. Current projects at the ISC3 center encompass a variety of topics pertaining to health disparities in cancer prevention, school health policy implementation, and school and community approaches to obesity prevention.