Speaker Profile

M.D., Boyd Professor Emeritus, Pennington Biomedical Research Center

George A. Bray, M.D., founded the International Journal of Obesity in 1976, Chaired the 2nd International Congress on Obesity in 1977, founded the Obesity Society (NAASO) in 1981 and the journal Obesity in 1993. In 1989 he became the 1st Executive Director of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Among his many awards is the Presidential Medal from The Obesity Society and the 2019 Wilbur O Atwater Award from the USDA and ASN. Bray authored than 1,000 publications.

Lessons Learned from the POUNDS Lost Study
The POUNDS Lost study measured weight loss in 811 individuals assigned to 20% or 40% fat and 15% and 25% protein diets. Weight loss was not different between diet but there was a large variance. This study provides many lesson on interaction of diet with genetic and non-genetic factors.

 Session Abstract – PMWC 2022 Silicon Valley

  • UC Precision Medicine Programs: Achievements and Challenges
    Session Chair: India Hook-Barnard, EBRC
    - Keith Yamamoto, UCSF
    - Clara Lajonchere, UCLA
    - Frederick J Meyers, UC Davis Health
  • Fireside Chat with Conrad Vial, Sutter Health and Precision Medicine Practices
    - Conrad Vial, Sutter Health
    - Erika Vial-Monteverdi, RotaCare Clinics
  • Precision Approaches to Chronic Disease (PANEL)
    Session Chair: Jennifer Lovejoy, Seven.me
    - Noel Mueller, Johns Hopkins
    - Maureen K. O'Connor, ZealCare
    - Sunjya K. Schweig, California Center For Functional Medicine (CCFM)
  • DNA-based Weight Loss Interventions: What Have We Learned? (PANEL)
    Session Chair: Jennifer Lovejoy, Seven.me
    - George Bray, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
    - Christopher Gardner, Stanford
  • Advances in Digital Health, Diabetes and Obesity Management (PANEL)
    Session Chair: Mike Snyder, Stanford
    - Jessilyn Dunn, Duke University
    - Jonathan Long, Stanford
    - James Galagan, Boston University
  • Illumina Accelerator Innovation
    Session Chair: Amanda Cashin, Illumina Accelerator
    - Trevor Levin, Convergent Genomics
    - Rhidi Tariyal, NextGen Jane
    - Kareem Barghouti, VastBiome
  • PMWC Showcase
    - Jarret Glasscock, Cofactor Genomics
    - David Hanna, Thermo Fisher