Board of Directors

Labros S. Sidossis, PhD, FTOS, FAHA, FNAK

Distinguished Professor; Department of Kinesiology and Health
Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA

Labros’ research and teaching has focused on the role of lifestyle factors (mainly nutrition and physical activity) in the prevention and treatment of major cardiometabolic diseases, including obesity, insulin resistance and dyslipidemias. His work have been funded by the National Institutes of Health (USA), the American Diabetes Association, the Shriners Hospitals for Children, the European Commission, and the industry. He has published 200+ papers in peer-reviewed journals (h­-index: 60; i10-index: 161).

Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos

Vice President
BSc(Hons) Grad Dip Diet MPH PhD APD
Executive Dean, Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Health and Biomedical Sciences, RMIT University, Australia.

Senior academic executive and a recognised leader in Dietetics and Human Nutrition with international standing in Mediterranean diet research. Her research expertise focuses on the therapeutic potential of a traditional Mediterranean diet on prevention and management of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, fatty liver, depression, dementia and childhood asthma. Catherine is widely published having authored more than 100 peer reviewed papers with over 4400 citations and has published three books on the Mediterranean Diet which are used across Australia in clinic trials.

Dr Rob Lawson, FRCGP, Dip IBLM/BSLM

Vice President
Chair; British Society of Lifestyle Medicine
President; European Lifestyle Medicine Council

Having qualified in Medicine in 1975, Rob has gained extensive experience as a GP (Family Doctor) in Scotland. His principal interests have been primary and secondary prevention of disease and the specialty of Lifestyle Medicine. He has recently retired from clinical practice to concentrate on the applications of Lifestyle Medicine to healthcare. In 2016 he co-founded the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine, a registered charity, to promote the principles of Lifestyle Medicine to healthcare professionals and the public.
He is an international editorial board member for the Lifestyle Medicine Journal.

Michael Georgoulis, PhD

Post-Doctoral Researcher; Harokopio University, Athens, Greece

Michael Georgoulis is a dietitian-nutritionist with experience in nutritional assessment and evidence-based clinical nutrition, including dietary counselling and nutritional therapy for individuals and groups. He holds a PhD in clinical nutrition (dietary/lifestyle management of sleep-related breathing disorders) and his research interest focuses on the association between dietary habits and risk of chronic disease, as well as the utility of dietary/lifestyle interventions for chronic disease management, with emphasis on the Mediterranean diet and its effects on the metabolic syndrome and associated cardiometabolic disorders.