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Program for Lecture by Dr. Alessandro Demaio


This event is sponsored by the Center for A Livable Future Polly Walker Ecology Fund


12:15 PM  Introduction by Dr. Martin Bloem,
                 Robert S. Lawrence Professor and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF)

12:25 PM  Lecture By Dr. Alessandro Demaio

1:05 PM   Q/A Session

1:15 PM   Reception in the gallery

About Dr. Alessandro Demaio

Dr. Alessandro Demaio is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Australia-based Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), a global leader in preventing chronic disease. He brings a wealth of experience and commitment to improving health and well-being and tackling chronic disease.

Dr. Demaio is a former medical officer with the World Health Organization, and the former chief executive of the EAT Foundation, a science-based, global platform for food systems transformation. He has been the architect of healthy eating and lifestyle campaigns festival21 and NCDFREE, a global movement against chronic disease which reached over 2.5 million people in its first 18 months.

Dr. Demaio hosts the weekly Ask the Doctor show on ABC television, which airs weekly in Australia and is available globally on Netflix. This doctor can also answer your questions about how we move toward a more sustainable food system that nurtures our health while also addressing the climate crisis.

Dr. Demaio has published 30 scientific papers and more than 90 articles. He is the author of the Doctor’s Diet, a cookbook based on science and inspired by a love of good food. “Sandro” is fascinated with systems innovation, public health entrepreneurialism, and solving externality-driven disease.

Polly Walker Ecology Fund

The Polly Walker Ecology Fund was established at the Center in November 2008 to honor Polly Walker, CLF’s first Associate Director, and to increase our understanding and application of the essential ecological perspective first promoted by Sir Albert Howard in 1939: “The whole problem of health in soil, plant, animal, and man is one great subject.”

The Fund supports bringing distinguished ecologists to the Center for a Livable Future and Johns Hopkins University, enables students at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to conduct research projects and advocacy activities focusing on ecologic issues, and supports faculty in exploring new dimensions of the ecology of soils, water and air that advance the mission of the Center. The Polly Walker Ecology Fund is supported by an anonymous donor and longtime friend of the Center.