Marjorie Speers

Executive Director - Clinical Research Pathways

Clinical Research Pathways

IRB, IRBS, Human Research Protection Programs, Expanded Access, Expanded Access Program, FDA, Compassionate Care, clinical trial, Clinical Research, Research Ethics, Clinical Trials

Marjorie A. Speers, Ph.D., is a global leader in human research protections. Most recently, she was the inaugural president and CEO of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP), retiring in 2013.

Dr. Speers views the opportunity to lead this one-of-a-kind foundation—and continue to contribute to research protections and public well-being worldwide—as the natural progression in an exemplary career of public service. Before establishing AAHRPP in 2001, she served as acting executive director of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she oversaw research protections for all domestic and international research.

Dr. Speers is a graduate of Dickinson College, where she serves on the Board of Trustees and established a scholarship that has benefited numerous international students. She also holds doctoral degrees in psychology and epidemiology from Yale University.

Mark Katlic

Chief, Department of Surgery

LifeBridge Health

Lifebridge Health, Sinai Hospital, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, geriatric surgery, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, aging surgeons

Dr. Katlic serves as chief of the Department of Surgery and surgeon-in-chief at Sinai Hospital, is the director of the Sinai Center for Geriatric Surgery and is the founder of The Aging Surgeon Program. While a resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital, he cared for several 100-year old surgical patients and reviewed the records of other elderly patients publishing his results in 1985 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. He is also an author of five textbooks on geriatric surgery. The Aging Surgeon Program is a comprehensive evaluation of the physical and cognitive functions of older surgeons.  

Cancer, Bone Marrow Transplant, Neoplasm, Neoplasms, luekemia, tissue donation, Pathology

Mark is the Queen's Lead of the £5M Medical Research Council-Cancer Research UK funded Stratified Medicine in Colorectal Cancer Consortium (S:CORT), a UK-wide consortium investigating novel precision medicine approaches in colorectal cancer(CRC). His international reputation in CRC was instrumental in his leading a Critical Gaps in Colorectal Cancer Research Initiative, recently published in the high impact factor journal Gut; this landmark publication has attracted significant global attention (his podcast had the most “hits” of any article in the journal)    

Mark is Queen's Lead of the Health Data Research UK Substantive Site, one of only 6 in the UK, which aims to drive innovative precision medicine and public health approaches through the use of Big Data. He is also national lead for Cancer Strategy for HDR-UK. Mark was co-chair of the Cancer Task Team of the Clinical Working Group of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH), an international cooperative dedicated to effective and responsible sharing of genomic and clinical data. He has authored a number of key papers including a blueprint for cancer date sharing (published in Nature Medicine) and a road map/call to action for a Global Cancer Knowledge Network in the New England Journal of Medicine 

Mark has published over 180 papers in international peer review journals, including key papers in the highest impact journals (New Engl J Medicine, Lancet, Nature Medicine, Lancet Oncology, Cancer Discovery, Nature Comms, Gut etc). He is co-lead of an ambitious proposal to develop a Global Innovation Institute in Belfast which will include the  One Health Innovation Centre (OHIC), the world’s  first Health and Agri-Food Informatics Innovation Centre.  Mark’s work has been recognised by a number of national/international awards including the Vander Molen Prize for Leukaemia Research, the Ely Lilly Prize, the St Lukes Medal for Cancer Research and the Graves Medal for Medical Research. He is frequently invited as a guest speaker to international conferences and sits on a number of high level boards/committees at European level including the European Alliance for Personalised Medicine, the Scientific Board of the European Cancer Patient Coalition and the European Cancer Organisation (ECCO) Oncopolicy Forum    

Mark has a strong commitment to patient-centred research/care and to addressing cancer inequalities. He was the architect of the European Cancer Patient's Bill of Rights (BoR), a catalyst for change and empowerment tool for cancer patients which he launched in the European Parliament on World Cancer Day 2014. The BoR has been adopted across Europe and led to the 70:35 Vision, 70% survival for all cancer patients in Europe by 2035 which was recently adopted by ECCO, the largest interdisciplinary cancer organisation in Europe. Mark’s advocacy work was instrumental in the recent decision to include boys in national UK HPV vaccination programmes.  He is also committed to the provision of optimal pathology and laboratory medicine for citizens in resource-limited settings and was senior author of a recent paper in The Lancet as part of The Lancet Series on Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in Low- and Middle- Income Countries. 

Mark Rupp

Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases

Nebraska Medical Center

Infectious Disease, Epidemiology, Infection Control

Dr. Rupp is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is the Medical Director of The Nebraska Medical Center Department of Healthcare Epidemiology and co-Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.

Dr. Rupp received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas and holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, Texas. He underwent internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and completed a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at VCU.

He is a Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, and in the subspecialty area of Infectious Diseases. He is a Fellow of the Society for Hospital Epidemiology of America (SHEA), American College of Physicians (ACP), and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). He is a Past-President of SHEA and is a past-president of ASM Division L (Infection Control/Hospital Epidemiology). Dr Rupp has served as a consultant for the US Food and Drug Administration as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Rupp has published over 300 articles, chapters and abstracts and is the editor of a textbook entitled “Biofilms, Infections, and Antimicrobial Therapy.” He frequently presents papers at national and international meetings, serves as a guest lecturer, and is an active teacher and researcher. Dr. Rupp’s research interests are in the areas of staphylococcal disease, healthcare-associated infections, and antimicrobial resistance.

Mark Esposito

Clinical Professor of Global Shifts and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Thunderbird School of Global Management

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Business, technology and society, technology acceleration, Technology, Technological Entrepreneurship, Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Global Business, global business strategy, AI, Algorithms, Algorith

Dr. Mark Esposito is recognized internationally as a top global thought leader in matters relating to The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the changes and opportunities that technology will bring to industry.

Mark has held numerous senior positions at prestigious Institutes. He has been a member of the teaching faculty at Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education where he has taught Economic Strategy and Competitiveness. He also has served as a Co-Leader at the Institutes Council for the Microeconomics of Competitiveness program (MOC) at Harvard Business School. 

Besides being a Professor at Thunderbird/ASU, Mark has been a Professor of Business & Economics at Hult International Business School, globally. 

He is an appointed Research Fellow in the Circular Economy Center, at the University of Cambridge's Judge Business School.

He is also a Fellow for the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government in Dubai.

Mark is the Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Nexus Frontier Tech, an AI Studio, dedicated to the productions of AI solutions. 

He is a prolific author and his articles can be found on ResearchGate and his books on Amazon.

Mark serves as a global expert for the World Economic Forum.
He is the co-author of the best seller Understanding How the Future Unfolds: Using DRIVE to Harness the Power of Today's Megatrends. The framework contained therein was nominated for the CK Prahalad Breakthrough Idea Award by Thinkers50, the most prestigious award in business thought leadership.  His latest book, The AI Republic (2019) explores the nexus between humans and intelligent automation under the dome of the 4IR.

Mark holds a Ph.D. in Business and Economics from the International School of Management in Paris/ New York and an Executive Doctorate in Business Administration from Ecole des Ponts ParisTech in Paris. 

Areas of Expertise:
Fourth Industrial Revolution
Megatrends
Artificial Intelligence/Digital
Leading change
Competitiveness
Economic Strategy
Growth and Competitive Strategy

Languages of Instruction:
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish

Education
Executive Doctorate of Business Administration, Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech
PhD in Business and Economics, International School of Management, Paris/New York
B.A and M.A in Social Sciences, University of Turin, Italy

Mark Stapp

Executive Director, MRED/Fred E. Taylor Professor in Real Estate

Arizona State University (ASU)

Real Estate, Real Estate Development, community planning, Sustainable Development, Investing

Mark Stapp has been involved in planning, investing in, developing, and consulting on real estate for more than 30 years, with a focus on sustainable development.

Stapp is the Fred E. Taylor Professor in Real Estate at the W. P. Carey School of Business, and Director of the Master of Real Estate Development program. In addition to his appointments within the W. P. Carey School, Stapp is a faculty associate in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Stapp is also the managing member of the investment and development firm Pyramid Community Developers, LLC, and president of U.S. operations for the Swiss investment company Naef International Management since 1995.

Martin Mahoney

Chair of the Department of Clinical Prevention

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Family Medicine, Primary Care, Preventive Medicine, Health Behavior, Lung Cancer, Smoking Cessation, HPV, Vaccination

Chair of the Department of Clinical Prevention, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Areas of expertise: Family medicine, primary care, preventive medicine, health behavior, lung cancer, smoking cessation, HPV, vaccination

Mary Reid

Director of Cancer Screening and Survivorship

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer, Lung Cancer, Cancer Screening, Cancer Detection, Cancer Prevention, Epidemiology

Director of Cancer Screening and Survivorship, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Areas of expertise: Lung cancer, cancer screening, cancer early detection, epidemiology, cancer prevention

Mary Teagarden

Associate Dean - Faculty & Administration, Professor of Global Strategy & Editor, Thunderbird Intern

Thunderbird School of Global Management

Business, Entreprenership, International Trade, Business Education, foreign investing

Asia business, Business, Entrpreneurship, Trade, International Trade, International Development, Leadership, foreign investing, Business Education, entreprenuership and technology trasnfer, Economic Impact

Mary Teagarden is recognized in academic, corporate and government sectors for her teaching, executive training, and consulting.
Teagarden is professor of global strategy and associate dean of faculty and administration at Thunderbird School of Global Management and editor-in-chief of Thunderbird International Business Review.

She is an active international consultant who advises technology-intensive manufacturing and service firms in China, India, Mexico, Malaysia, and Brazil.

Teagarden has published more than 130 articles, books, chapters, and case studies in Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Journal, Human Resource Management among others. Her research focuses on global competitiveness and capability building with an emphasis on offshore manufacturing and service, innovation, high technology transfer, sustainable development, developing global mindset, and talent management.

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Dr. Mas Takashima is board certified in Otolaryngology, Otology/Neurotology and Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Otolaryngology. Takashima completed medical training and a residency at the Baylor College of Medicine. He also completed a fellowship in Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery and a fellowship at the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, Houston. Takashima's clinical areas of expertise include the treatment of sleep medicine, tumors, sleep apnea, sleep medicine and surgery of the head, neck and skull.

Marriage, Intimacy, Dating, Sex, Couples, family studies

Child Health, Population Health, Child Health Policy, Medicaid, Vaccines, Lead Poisoning, Violence

Matthew Davis, MD, MAPP, is Division Head of Academic General Pediatrics and Primary Care at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Associate Chief Research Officer for Health Services and Policy Research at Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute at Lurie Children’s. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His research focus is on population health, with particular emphasis on the family context and impact of local, state and federal policies on child and family health. Before coming to Lurie Children’s, Dr. Davis was at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Michigan, where he was quoted often in the media as the expert on the impact of the Flint, Michigan water contamination crisis. 

Environent, Environmental Economics, environmental economist, climate change action, China Economy, War, Sustainability, Urban Development, 21st century warming, Cities, microeconomics, urban development pollution

Matthew E. Kahn is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Economics and Business at Johns Hopkins University and the Director of JHU's 21st Century Cities Initiative . He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow at IZA. He has taught at Columbia, the Fletcher School at Tufts University, UCLA and USC. He has served as a Visiting Professor at Harvard and Stanford and as the Low Tuck Kwong Distinguished Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and the London School of Economics. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. He is the author of Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment (Brookings Institution Press 2006) and the co-author (joint with Dora L. Costa) of Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War (Princeton University Press 2009). He is also the author of Climatopolis (Basic Books 2010) and Blue Skies over Beijing: Economic Growth and the Environment in China (joint with Siqi Zheng published by Princeton Press in 2016). He has also published three other Amazon Kindle books on urban economics and microeconomics. His research focuses on urban and environmental economics.

Sociology, Demographics, Birthrate, birthrates, population aging, fertility rate

Melanie Brasher is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Rhode Island. She holds a master's and Ph.D. from Duke University. She is a demographer and expert in population aging whose research includes unintended births and health. She is particularly interested in the impact of economic disparities, social support, and community context on the health and well being of older adults in China. As a grad student at Duke, she was a National Institute on Aging pre-doctoral trainee for social and medical demography of aging. She also served as a visiting scholar at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing in 2011, and continues to collaborate with public health researchers on investigations of risk factors and health among elderly Chinese.

Melinda Green

Associate Professor of Psychology

Cornell College

Psychology, Eating Disorders, Reserach, Heart

Marketing, Consumer decision-making, Decision Making, Inequality, Inefficiency, marketing cues, comparison shopping, consumer judgment, Preferences, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Meng Zhu is an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and specializing in marketing and consumer decision-making. She joined the Carey Business School after receiving her PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests include consumer judgment and decision-making, contextual influences on preference construction, the causes of and solutions to inefficiency and inequality, and the impact of marketing cues and comparison standards.

Michael Oberg

SUNY Distinguished Professor of History

State University of New York at Geneseo

Native American history, Native Americans, Native peoples

Maternal Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Obstetrics, preeclampsia (PE)

I practice obstetrics, specializing in maternal fetal medicine. This includes treatment of preeclampsia and other problems that can occur during pregnancy. I also treat women experiencing preterm labor and those who have a history of adverse pregnancy outcomes. 

Patient-centered care is important to me. In obstetrics, there can be gray areas in approaches to treatment. It is important that healthcare decisions be made as a team with the patient and family as key and essential parts of this team. 

Something many people don't know about me is that, during my career as a Navy physician, I was deployed and provided care in Haiti, Afghanistan and Central America. 

Consumer Behavior, Psychology of Fashion, Marketing Strategy, Retail, Branding

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