2019 Jury Members

Laurette Dubé

Laurette DubéDr. Laurette Dubé is co-chair of the Manulife Prize. Originally trained as a nutritionist, with graduate degrees in finances (MBA), marketing (MPS), and behavioral decision making/consumer psychology (PhD), Dr. Dubé is Full Professor and holds the James McGill Chair of consumer and lifestyle psychology and marketing at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University.

Dr. Dubé’s lifetime research interest focuses on the study of affects, behavioral economics, and neuro-behavioral processes underlying consumption, lifestyle, and health behavior. Her translational research examines how such knowledge can inspire effective behavioral change and ecosystem transformation. Dr. Dubé is also the founding chair and scientific director of the McGill Center for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE). The MCCHE is a unique initiative that seeks to push the boundaries of disciplinary and complexity sciences to help individuals, communities, businesses, social enterprises, and governments more effectively tackle the most pressing societal and economic problems facing the world: those that lie at the nexus between agriculture, health and wealth production, consumption and distribution.

Bärbel Knäuper

Bärbel KnäuperDr. Bärbel Knäuper is co-chair of the Manulife Prize. Dr. Knäuper is Full Professor and holds the James McGill Chair of Health Psychology at McGill University. She is the director of the Health Psychology Laboratory in the department of psychology. Her research focuses on developing intensive behavioural interventions for health behaviour change. For example, she is currently developing and testing the effectiveness of a series of behavioral weight loss programs that target certain populations (e.g. emotional eaters). She also works on developing brief behavioural interventions that can effectively be delivered by non-experts in behaviour change (e.g. physicians, dieticians). Other projects include the promotion of sleep in adolescents, the effects of mindfulness interventions, the promotion of physical exercise, and improving medication adherence.

Simon Bacon

Simon Bacon Dr. Simon Bacon is a Professor and the CIHR SPOR Chair in Innovative, Patient-Oriented, Behavioral Clinical Trials, Health, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at Concordia University. Dr. Bacon's research deals with the impact of health behaviors and lifestyle (e.g., physical activity, diet, weight management, stress) on chronic diseases (e.g., obesity, cardiovascular disease, and chronic lung disease). He uses multiple methodologies including epidemiological, psychophysiological, and behavioural trials designs. Currently, Dr. Bacon is the CIHR SPOR Mentoring Chair in Innovative, Patient-Oriented, Behavioral Clinical Trials, and a fellow of the Obesity Society and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society. Prior to joining Concordia, he completed his postdoctoral studies at the Duke University Medical Center, McGill University, Sacred Heart of Montreal Hospital, and the Montreal Heart Institute. In addition to Concordia, Dr. Bacon is co-director of the Montreal Behavioral Medicine Center.

Louis Bherer

Louis Bherer Dr. Louis Bherer is a Full Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Université de Montréal and a researcher at the Montreal Heart Institute Research Center and the Center for Preventive Medicine and Physical Activity (Center ÉPIC) at the Montréal Heart Institute. He is also a researcher and laboratory director at the University Institute of Geriatrics of Montreal. Dr. Bherer completed a Master's degree in Cognitive Psychology (Université Laval), a PhD in Neuropsychology of Aging (Université de Montréal) and a Post-doctorate in Neuroscience of Aging (Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). He has held the Canada Research Chair (CIHR) on Aging and Prevention of Cognitive Decline and Professor of Neuropsychology at UQAM. From 2012 to 2016, he was a full professor of psychology and the first scientific director of PERFORM Center at Concordia University, a center dedicated to promoting health through lifestyle. Dr. Bherer's research is studying the effects of cognitive stimulation and physical exercise on the cognitive decline associated with normal aging and chronic diseases. Dr. Bherer is interested in cognitive changes (attention and executive functions) associated with normal aging and cognitive enhancement approaches. A major part of his work studies the effect of exercise on cognition and quality of life in older adults and patients with chronic diseases.

Lora Giangregorio

Lora GiangregorioDr. Lora Giangregorio is a Professor and the Schlegel Research Chair in Mobility and Aging at the University of Waterloo. The aim of her research team is to reduce the burden of osteoporotic fractures. Lora’s team uses medical imaging technologies to explore bone and muscle responses to activity or neurologic impairment, and evaluate new methods for image analysis. They conduct epidemiologic studies to inform fracture risk assessment algorithms and clinical trials to investigate the effects of exercise interventions for reducing fracture risk in high-risk individuals. Studies to investigate methods for increasing participation in safe and effective physical activity in older adults are also conducted in her lab. Lora actively translates research into practice by liaising with government and non-profit organizations and linking with community-based programs. For example, her research team has worked with Osteoporosis Canada to develop BoneFit, a two-day workshop for physiotherapists and kinesiologists on appropriate assessment and exercise prescription for individuals with osteoporosis. She also led the development of the Too Fit To Fracture Exercise and Physical Activity Recommendations for Individuals with Osteoporosis.

Jan Hux

Jan HuxDr. Jan Hux, M.D. is the President and CEO of Diabetes Canada. Her background is as a clinician-scientist, trained as a general internist and health services researcher. For 20 years she held a variety of research and executive roles at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in Ontario, where she was responsible for developing and leading the diabetes health services research portfolio. She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications. Jan joined Diabetes Canada in 2012, and in her roles as Chief Science Officer and, more recently President, she has been a vocal advocate for the diabetes cause. She sees the need to create population impact through healthy public policy, evidence-informed healthcare and innovative research.

Kim Lavoie

Kim LavoieDr. Kim Lavoie is a Full Professor, Chair of Behavioral Medicine, and FRQS Chercheur-Boursier Senior in the Department of Psychology at UQAM. Dr. Lavoie's work focuses on research in three areas: (1) the impact of psychological stress (e.g., depression, anxiety) and lifestyle factors (diet, exercise, smoking, adherence) on the development and progression of chronic illnesses (e.g., cardiovascular disease, asthma, COPD, obesity); (2) psychophysiological and behavioral mechanisms linking psychological stress to disease; and (3) behavioural medicine (e.g., behavioral interventions for chronic illnesses, including motivational communication and cognitive-behavioral therapy).

Dr. Kim Lavoie, co-Director of the MBMC and Co-Lead of the International Behavioural Trials Network (IBTN), and is a researcher in the Chronic Disease Research Division at Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal. She is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at University of Montreal and the Chair of Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine at the Canadian Psychological Association, Chair of the Canadian Network for Health Behaviour Change and Promotion (CAN-Change) and an active member of the CHEP recommendation panel (Adherence Subcommittee). Finally, she is an internationally recognized expert in motivational communication; over 10,000 health professionals across Canada, the US, Europe (France, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, Estonia, the UK), Australia and New Zealand have attended her professional training workshops. She currently holds FRQS and CIHR Investigator Awards and multiple grants in the area of motivational communication training and efficacy for behaviour change in chronic disease.

Richard Levin

Richard LevinDr. Richard I. Levin, MD FACP, FACC, FAHA is currently President and CEO of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. He is concurrently an Emeritus Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at McGill and in the Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology at New York University. After completing his tenure as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Vice-Principal for Health Affairs at McGill University in Montreal in 2011, he served a sabbatical year as Senior Scholar in Residence at the Association for Academic Health Centers in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Levin earned a B.S. in Biology with Honors from Yale University in 1970 and graduated from the NYU School of Medicine where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha in 1974. He was Senior Chief resident in Internal Medicine at Bellevue in 1997-1998, completed a cardiology fellowship at NYU and then a postdoctoral fellowship in vascular biology at the Specialized Center for Research in thrombosis at Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Levin’s scientific interests include endothelial cell biology, the prevention of atherothrombotic events, the neurobiology of empathy, the reformation of academic health centers for the support of personalized medicine and patient-centered care, and the role of the new information technologies in medical education and practice.

Ron Sigal

Ron SigalDr. Ron Sigal is Professor of Medicine, Kinesiology, Cardiac Sciences and Community Health Sciences at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. He is active in clinical medicine, teaching and research. Dr. Sigal completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at McGill University in 1987-92 and a research fellowship at the McGill Nutrition and Food Sciences Centre in 1992-93. He completed a Master of Public Health degree and a research fellowship in Epidemiology and Genetics at Harvard University in 1993-96.

Dr. Sigal's current research focuses on clinical trials and cohort studies related to physical activity, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He is the principal investigator of four randomized trials evaluating exercise interventions in people with or at risk of diabetes, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and/or the Canadian Diabetes Association. He was the principal author of the 2006 American Diabetes Association Statement on Physical Activity/Exercise and Diabetes, and headed the writing committee for physical activity guidelines for the Canadian Diabetes association 2003 and 2008 guidelines. Dr. Sigal is a Health Senior Scholar of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research.

Dilip Soman

Dilip SomanDr. Dilip Soman is a Professor of Marketing and holds the Corus Chair in Communications Strategy. His research is in the area of behavioural economics and its applications to consumer wellbeing, marketing and policy. He is also the director of the India Innovation Institute at the University of Toronto. He works with ideas42 and serves as advisor to a number of welfare organizations.

He received a B.E. from the University of Bombay, an MBA at the Indian Institute of Management, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.



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