The face-to-face meeting in Auckland 2020 has been POSTPONED due to COVID-19.

Wednesday June 17, 2020

James F. Sallis, Ph.D is Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine and Public Health at University of California San Diego.

His research career is devoted to promoting physical activity and understanding policy and environmental influences on physical activity, nutrition, and obesity.  He is committed to communicating research to those who can use the evidence to improve practice and policy in multiple sectors.

He has authored over 700 scientific publications and is one of the world’s most cited scientific authors. Dr. Sallis is Past-President of Society of Behavioral Medicine and member of the US National Academy of Medicine.

ISBNPA 2020, Invited Speaker - James Sallis

James will be presenting on:

Diversity of expertise, research approaches, and strategies are needed to achieve a more active world

Abby King is an internationally-respected, award-winning scholar and professor at the Stanford University Medical School.

Recipient of the Outstanding Scientific Contributions in Health Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association, her research focuses on the development, evaluation, and translation of public health interventions to reduce chronic disease and its key behavioural risk factors. She uses state-of-the-art communication technologies and community-based citizen science approaches to address health disparities among disadvantaged populations worldwide.

Her research has been honoured with awards from the Center for Active Design, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, and Stanford University. 

Abby will be presenting on:


Thursday June 18, 2020

Julia Rucklidge is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury and the Director of Te Puna Toiora, the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Lab. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she completed her PhD at the University of Calgary in clinical psychology. 

In the last decade, Julia and her lab have been running clinical trials investigating the role of broad-spectrum micronutrients in the treatment of mental illness, specifically ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety and stress. She has over 100 peer reviewed publications, has given invited talks all over the world on her work on nutrition and mental health and is frequently featured in the media on her work.

She is currently on the Executive Committee for the International Society of Nutritional Psychiatry Research. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the Ballin Award from the NZ Psychologist Society, a Braveheart award for her contribution to making Christchurch a better place to live, and was named in the top 100 Most Influential Women in New Zealand in 2018. Her 2014 TEDx talk has been viewed over 1.3 million times. Having witnessed current conventional treatments failing so many people, Julia is passionate about helping people find alternative treatments for their psychiatric symptoms and being a voice for those who have been let down by the current public healthcare system.

Julia will be presenting on:

Innovation to disruption: The next steps in reducing the burden of mental illness

Friday June 19, 2020

Dr Ihirangi Heke, of Waikato-Tainui descent, was raised in the South Island mountain adventure environment of Queenstown, before it was popularly known as such. Over the past 10 years he has been active in helping Māori and other indigenous groups abroad, build their own health and wellness activities based on their traditional environmental knowledge. Dr Heke was recently awarded a research grant to compare Systems Science and Whakapapa (Maori Genealogical Connections) by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and retains an Honorary Research Fellow postion to the University of Auckland’s Department of Biostatistics. This conference presentation will include findings from research conducted in South Auckland with four high schools using a new Maori health framework designed by Dr Heke that looks at the role of the environment in informing human health. More specifically, Dr Heke will talk about:

  • Indigenous concepts of health where ancestral environmental knowledge supersede those of people
  • An introduction to maramataka – an explanation of Maori physical activity and nutrition based on Maori interpretations of tidal movements versus use of a Gregorian calendar
  • Contemporary Google Earth examples of place based learning for health
  • Aspirations for indigenous global health

Ihirangi will be presenting on: 

Turning indigenous human health into the pursuit of ancestral environmental knowledge: Removing humans from ‘Health’



Saturday June 20, 2020

Rachael Taylor is a Research Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Otago. She is Director of the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre and theme leader of the Healthy Weight stream in A Better Start, the National Science Challenge tasked with improving the health and wellbeing of our youngest tamariki in Aotearoa New Zealand.

She leads or co-leads several large randomised controlled trials investigating different approaches to effective weight management in children, whanau, and communities, focusing on diet, physical activity, sleep and screen time. She also leads work investigating how to improve measurement of key obesity-related behaviours and mechanistic studies investigating the links between diet, sleep and activity in children.

Rachel will be presenting on:

Early prevention of childhood obesity: What’s working?