"Human growth is the discipline where physiology, psychology and sociology meet"
James M., Tanner

Invited Speakers

Dr. Craig Anderson

Dr Craig Anderson, statistician from the University of Glasgow.  He works in the field of child growth modelling as part of the large multinational Healthy Birth, Growth and Development knowledge initiative (HBGDki) project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  His work focuses on identifying and developing suitable modelling strategies to accurately capture the growth trajectories of young children in low and middle income countries, and identifying the social and environmental factors which may lead to poor growth in these regions.


Dr. Alcibiades Bustamante, Peru

Doctor in Sports Science. Professional School of Physics Education and Sports. Universidad Nacional de Educación Enrique Guzmán y Valle – La Cantuta. Lima.



Prof. Noel Cameron, UK

Noël Cameron is Professor of Human Biology in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University, UK. He has undertaken research in human growth and development for over 40 years. His current research includes ethnic differences in fetal growth in relation to post-natal outcomes, the growth and development of twins, intervention strategies to tackle childhood and adolescent overweight and obesity and the aetiology of the metabolic syndrome. Noël Cameron has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, the William Evans Visiting Fellow at Otago University, New Zealand and is an Honorary Professor of Paediatrics in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He has over 300 publications and 7 books in the field of Human Growth and development and is editor of the Annals of Human Biology and an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity.- UK

Prof. Timothy J. Cole, UK

Tim J. Cole has been professor of medical statistics at UCL Institute of Child Health since 1999. He originally studied engineering at Cambridge and statistics at Oxford, and has been employed by the Medical Research Council for his entire career since 1970, working first at the MRC Pneumoconiosis Research Unit in South Wales and then from 1975 at the MRC Dunn Nutrition Unit in Cambridge. Since 1999 he has been an external scientific staff member with the MRC.Professor Tim Cole has been working on the statistics of growth and development since the 1970s. He developed the LMS method for constructing growth chart centiles, the IOTF cut-offs for child obesity and the SITAR method for growth curve analysis. - UK

Prof. Pablo Duran, Uruguay

Pediatrician, specialist in Public Health and Doctor of Medicine. Regional Advisor on Perinatal Health. Latin American Center for Perinatology, Women's and Reproductive Health. PAHO / WHO. Montevideo

Dr. Mercedes Esquivel Lauzurique, Cuba

PhD, Pediatrics. Full-time Researcher National Research Group on Growth and Human Development. Facultad de Ciencias Médicas “Julio Trigo López”, Universidad de Ciencias Médicas, La Habana.


 Dr. Karen Heath, Spain

Dr. Karen Heath, molecular geneticist from the Institute of Medical & Molecular Genetics (INGEMM) and the Skeletal dysplasia Multidisciplinary unit, Hospital Universitario La Paz, Madrid, Spain. Her group undertakes both research and diagnostics in the genetics and molecular biology of skeletal dysplasias and short stature. 


 Dr. Shasha Jumbe, US

Dr. N. L’ntshotsholé “Shasha” Jumbe has developed and applied data science problem solving techniques in infectious diseases, autoimmune diseases, oncology, and is now focused on the maternal and child health global challenge. He developed the NLME growth deceleration model and is leading the healthy birth growth and development knowledge integration (HBGDki) big data effort at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 


Dra. Mercedes Lopez de Blanco, Venezuela

PhD. Pediatrcian, Vicepresident of  Bengoa Foundation. Member of Executive committee of ISGA. Coordinator of Subregional Latin American Group  (GLACDI)



Dr. Coromoto Macías Tomei, Venezuela

 MD., Central University of Venezuela. Universidad Simón Bolívar. Caracas. Member of the of the Subregional Latin American Group  (GLACDI)



Dr. Saša Missoni, Croatia

Institute of Anthropological Reasearch, Zagreb 

 Assistant Professor Saša Missoni, PhD, is a director of the Institute for Anthropological Research in Zagreb, Croatia. Throughout the fields of human biology and molecular genetics, he and his team are currently focused ontwo main projects; (1) recruitment of pregnant women and their newborns in a birth cohort to study early origins of health and disease (fetal programming – Croatian science foundation), and (2) a study of epigenetic and environmental factors that affect the occurrence of chronic diseases in an adult island population (USA, National Institutes of Health)



Prof. Jana Parizkova, Czech Republic 

MD - 1st Medical Faculty - Charles University (UK), Prague, Ph.D. - medical physiology, Institute of Physiology, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences,  D.Sc. - nutrition and metabolism, Professor - preventive medicine, hygiene and epidemiology, Med. Faculty., Masaryk University, Brno. Work: Obesity Management Centre, Institute of Endocrinology, Prague. Member of international  and national scientific associations :  Internat. and Europ. Association of Obesity - IASO, EASO; Internat. Union of Nutrition Sciences – IUNS; Chpn  IUNS Comittee „Nutrition and Physical Fitness“ 1971-95; Internat. Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Science - IUAES, Internat. Commission of Antropology of Food - ICAF;  European Association of Nutrition Sciences - EANS;  Czech Medical Association of J.E.Purkynĕ - CzMA JEP, Czech Anthropological Society – CzAS;  ICSPE; New York Academy of Sciences – NYAS, etc. ; Research Board of Advisors, American  Biographical Institute


Dr. Mathieu Roelants, Belgium

Mathieu Roelants is a researcher at the Centre for Environment and Health of the department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Leuven, Belgium. He has also been attached to the Lab of Anthropogenetics of the Free University of Brussels. He holds MSc degrees in Nutrition and Statistics, both from the University of Leuven, and PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Universities of Leuven and Brussels. His research focusses on health, growth and development of children, with special interests in modelling individual growth, and the development and use of growth references and standards.

Prof. Dr. Lawrence Schell, US

Lawrence Schell’s research has focused on the relationship of several pollutants to human growth and development. Of special concern to him is the unequal distribution of exposure to pollutants that the poor and minority groups experience, and the effect of this exposure on well-being including social and economic well-being. Schell’s research has examined growth and development in relation to organochlorines such as DDT and polychlorinated biphenyls as well as lead and mercury. He directs the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities at the University at Albany, S.U.N.Y- USA.

Dr. Stef  van Buuren, Netherlands 

Statistician at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO, and professor of missing data at the University of Utrecht. Van Buuren was responsible for the publication of the 2010 set of growth charts in The Netherlands. He authored the widely used MICE package in R, and contributed various innovations with respect to child growth and development: broken stick method for modeling longitudinal growth data, curve matching for individual prediction in the TNO Groeivoorspeller, D-score unit for child development and the stage-line chart for tracking development. He will lead statistical harmonization in the new H2020 project “Research on Children and Adults born Preterm (RECAP)”. Van Buuren contributes his statistical expertise to WHO and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr. Martin Bigec, Slovenja

 Martin Bigec, pediatrician, employed at the University Medical Center Maribor, Slovenia, Pediatric department, Master's Degree in 2008 on the theme of the Secular Trend in the Growth of Maribor Children between 1964 and 2000. His field of interest is endocrinology (growth, obesity, thyroid disease) and the research of anthropometric measurements of children with malignant obesity compared to clinical and laboratory indicators for early predictions of comorbid disorders. Since last year, he is striving to create a new program for the tertiary treatment of families of children and adolescents with obesity with a team approach (pediatrician, dietitian, kinesiotherapist, psychologist, informatics). He is a member of the Slovenian Anthropological Society, a member of the Executive Committee of ISGA - International Association for the Study of Human Growth and Clinical Auxology.