International Advisory Board Members

Professor Jaakko Tuomilehto

Prof. Dr. med. habil. Peter Schwarz

Prof. Schwarz completed his dissertation in 2001. From 1999 - 2000 he worked as postdoc at the University of Chicago in a Howard Hughes Institute. Between 2000 and 2007 he worked as resident for the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases at "Technische Universität". In 2007 he obtained his qualification as a specialist for Internal Medicine and was reseach direktor at the University of Helsinki. Since 2008, Prof. Schwarz is head of the division of Prevention and Care of Diabetes at the "Universitätsklinikum Carl Gustav Carus" in Dresden. In 2008 he obtained his postdoctoral lecture qualification and was appointed professor of prevention and care of diabetes. In 2010 and 2012 he was president of the 6th World Congress on diabetes prevention and the National Diabetes Association Meeting in Germany. Prof. Schwarz also qualified as MBA for international business with focus on business strategies and leadership from HHL, Leipzig and EADA Barcelona. In the last 10 years Prof Schwarz has led a number of European and international research consortia as he was the Coordinator of the IMAGE consortium - to develop modern strategies for for diabetes prevention. He also coordinated the MANAGE CARE Consortium - to develop innovative strategies for Chronic Care Management for elderly diabetes patients in Europe. Prof. Schwarz is steering Committee member in 5 other currently ongoing international Research projects (Feel4Diabetes, ePREDICE, Diabetes Literacy, Congo Trial, Global Diabetes Survey). All of them are dedicated to develop strategies to improve the situation for people with diabetes mellitus. Prof. Schwarz is active as an international speaker in the field. In 2015, Prof. Schwarz was candidate for the president elect of the International Diabetes Federation.


Rebecca Reynolds

Rebecca Reynolds is Professor of Metabolic Medicine, University of Edinburgh and Honorary Consultant Physician in Diabetes & Endocrinology, NHS Lothian and Deputy Head of the Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Edinburgh. Her main research interest is in the early life origins of health and disease and she was awarded the Nick Hales Award in 2011 by the International Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease and the Curt Richter Award in 2012 by the International Society of Psychoneuronendocrinology in recognition of this work. She is Chair of the Diabetes UK Clinical Studies Group 'Causes of Diabetes'. Her research spans 'process to population' eg experimental medicine studies in pregnant women and their children, detailed mechanistic studies using placental tissue, randomised controlled trials testing interventions in pregnancy to improve outcomes and epidemiological data-linkage studies using 'big data' in Scotland.


James Dunbar

Professor James Dunbar MD FRCPEdin is a Health Services Implementation Researcher at Deakin University who was ranked the most productive primary care researcher in Australia 2012-17.
He directed the national demonstrator Greater Green Triangle Diabetes Prevention Program 2004-06 and was Director of Evaluation and Development for Life! the Victorian state-wide diabetes prevention program. For the last ten years he has researched a systems approach to prevention of progression to type 2 diabetes from gestational diabetes.


Noël C. Barengo

Noël C. Barengo was born and raised in Switzerland where he started his academic training. He studied at the University of Zurich (Switzerland), the Karolinska Institute (Sweden) and University of Eastern Finland where he graduated as MD in 1999. Thereafter he completed a Master in Public Health (2001) and a PhD in Public Health (2006) at the University of Eastern Finland (former University of Kuopio). He was given the title of lecturer in public health at the University of Helsinki in Finland in 2009. He has worked as independent consultant in non-communicable diseases for the Pan-American Health Organization, the ASPIRE center in Qatar, the Ministries of Health of Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay.
Currently, Dr. Barengo works at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University as assistant professor at the Department of Medical and Population Health Sciences Research.
Dr. Barengo´s primary research interests are prevention and control of diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. Furthermore, his scientific research has been focused on how to control and improve lifestyle habits and risk factors of non-communicable diseases in the population and high-risk groups. He has published over 60 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and three book chapters. His H index is 24 and by 2017 his publications have received close to 3600 citations.