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Shiriki Kumanyika is a professor of epidemiology (Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and Department of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Section on Nutrition), and the associate dean for health promotion and disease prevention at the University
of Pennsylvania Perelman School Of Medicine. She was the founding director of Penn’s Master of Public Health program, serving in this role from the program’s inception in 2002 until May of 2007. From 2008–2011 she was Vice Chair of the
Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Healthy People 2020 Objectives. She currently chairs the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention, co-chairs the International Obesity Task Force of the International
Association for the Study of Obesity, and is a member of the World Health Organization’s Expert Panel on Nutrition. Dr. Kumanyika’s research focuses on ways to reduce diet-related chronic disease risks, particularly in African Americans. She
founded and chairs the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AAC ORN—www.aacorn.org), a national network that seeks to improve the quantity, quality, and effective translation of research on weight issues in African American
communities. Her current research is funded by the NIH, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Aetna Foundation. She has published extensively in the scientific literature and lectured widely within the United States and abroad.