Momentum for change: research and advocacy reducing alcohol harm

7-9 October 2015, EICC Edinburgh

Speaker Biographies


Jim McCambridge Ph.D.

Jim McCambridge first trained in Sociology, then in Social Work, and went on to work with drug users. His PhD study, at the National Addiction Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, was a randomised controlled trial of motivational interviewing for drug prevention among young people, supported by a career development award from the NHS Executive (London). He moved to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2006. With the support of post-doctoral and mid-career awards from the Wellcome Trust, he developed wider interests in addictions and in research methodology. He arrived in York in 2014 to take up the Chair in Addiction. Jim is also Visiting Professor at Linkoping University in Sweden, and Conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle in Australia.


David H Jernigan Ph.D.

David Jernigan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society and the Director of the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he teaches courses on media advocacy and alcohol policy. He leads a collaborative research project with Boston University School of Public Health looking at youth alcohol brand preference and brand-level exposure to alcohol marketing, is co-director of a state-wide collaborative focused on reducing college drinking and related harms, and directed a recently-completed four-university collaboration examining the social and health effects of changes in alcohol pricing. He has worked as an adviser to the World Health Organization and the World Bank, was principal author of WHO’s first Global Status Report on Alcohol and Global Status Report on Alcohol and Youth, and co-authored Media Advocacy and Public Health:  Power for Prevention, and Alcohol in the Developing World:  A Public Health Perspective.


Professor Amandine Garde

Amandine Garde is Professor of Law and Head of Department at the University of Liverpool. Her research interests lie in the fields of EU Internal Market, Consumer, Advertising, Food and Public Health Law. In particular, she has developed an expertise on the legal aspects of obesity prevention and other risk factors for non-communicable diseases such as tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption. Her book EU Law and Obesity Prevention (Kluwer Law International, 2010) is the first to offer a critical analysis of the EU’s Obesity Prevention Strategy, and she is co-editor (with Alberto Alemanno) of Regulating Lifestyle Risks: the EU, Alcohol, Tobacco and Unhealthy Diets (Cambridge University Press, 2015). She is the author of several reports on food marketing to children and obesity prevention, and she has provided a series of training sessions on the role of legal instruments in the prevention of non-communicable diseases for, among others, the World Health Organization. She is a member of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Science and Evidence to the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. She has also been involved in a range of policy initiatives for the European Commission, the UK Government, the Scottish Government, UNICEF, the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies, as well as the National Institute for Health Education and Promotion (INPES) and the National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) in France. She regularly lends her advice to a broad range of NGOs and governments worldwide. She is the founder and director of the newly launched Law and NCD Prevention Research Unit at the University of Liverpool.

Amandine Garde previously lectured at King's College London (where she obtained her PhD), at the Faculty of Law in Cambridge (where she was also a Fellow of Selwyn College), at the University of Exeter and at the University of Durham. She also spent a year as a postdoctoral Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence in 2005-2006 and is a qualified solicitor having trained at Simmons & Simmons in their London and Paris offices.


Thomas F. Babor, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr Babor spent several years in postdoctoral research training in social psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and subsequently served as head of social science research at McLean Hospital's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center in Belmont, MA. In 1982 he moved to the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He has served as the Scientific Director at the Alcohol Research Center and the interim Chair of the Psychiatry Department before moving to Community Medicine in 1998. Dr. Babor is head of the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care and directs an active research program. He is also Associate Editor-in-Chief and Regional Editor of the international journal, Addiction


Sari Aalto-Matturi

Sari Aalto-Matturi is Executive director of EHYT, The Finnish Association For Substance Abuse Prevention EHYT. EHYT is a NGO that has strong expertise and skills in preventive substance abuse work and substance policy. The work extends from children and young people to working-aged and elderly people. Sari has a wide experience in organizational communications and has previously worked as the Director of Democracy issues in the Finnish Ministry of Justice.


Ismo Tuominen

Ismo Tuominen is Ministerial Councillor (Legal Affairs), Ministry of Social and Health Affairs, Finland. He holds an LL.M. from Helsinki University and trained on the Bench. Ismo has been responsible for alcohol policy issues in Finland since 2002 and is currently occupied by the total reform of the Alcohol Act.


Professor Jane Kelsey

Jane Kelsey is a professor of law, policy and international economic regulation at the School of Law at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She specialises in the implications of international trade and investment agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, for the right of governments to decide their own domestic regulations in the national interest. Professor Kelsey has been actively researching the TPPA since negotiations were proposed in 2008 and attended a majority of the rounds as a stakeholder. She edited No Ordinary Deal. Unmasking the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement in 2010, wrote a detailed report entitled International Trade Law and Tobacco Control in 2012, among other publications. Professor Kelsey has an undergraduate degree from the Victoria University of Wellington, postgraduate degrees from Oxford and Cambridge Universities and a PhD from the University of Auckland.


Professor Sally Casswell

Sally Casswell is Professor of Social & Health Research and the Director of the SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, College of Health at Massey University, New Zealand. Her research interests are in social and public health policy, particularly in relation to alcohol and other drugs. She has carried out research on the development and implementation of public policy at the national and community level and in the evaluation of these initiatives. A focus for some years has been on commercial marketing of alcohol products. She is involved in international alcohol policy as a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Dependence and Alcohol Problems and SHORE is a WHO Collaborating Centre. Professor Casswell also has an active involvement with the NGO sector including GAPA (Global Alcohol Policy Alliance) as a Board member and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board and the Ketill Bruun Society for Social Epidemiological Research, currently as President Elect. Professor Casswell is an Officer of the Order of New Zealand, presented for services to health research, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.


Professor Gerard Hastings

Gerard Hastings is the first UK Professor of Social Marketing and founder/director of the Institute for Social Marketing and Centre for Tobacco Control Research at Stirling and the Open University.  He has acted as an expert witness in litigation against the tobacco industry, chairs the Advisory Board of the EC’s HELP campaign and is a regular advisor to the World Health Organisation along with the Scottish, UK and European Parliaments.  He teaches and writes about social marketing and tobacco control both in the UK and internationally.

Gerard’s research interests are in critical and social marketing research. The work in the former began with a focus on the marketing techniques of the tobacco, alcohol and food industries, and is now expanding to look at the wider impact of business - especially the corporate sector- on key social problems like materialism, inequality and sustainability. He has published over eighty refereed papers in major journals such as the European Journal of Marketing, the International Journal of Advertising, the Journal of Macromarketing, Psychology and Marketing, Social Marketing Quarterly, the British Medical Journal and the British Dental Journal. His book, ‘The Potential of Social Marketing:  Why Should the Devil have all the Best Tunes?’ was published in 2007.


Teera Watcharapranee

Theera Watcharapranee is manager of Stopdrink Network(SDN),Thailand, for 10 years, His background were the accountant in the company but he change the job after the he graduated master degree of Teachnology of Environmental Management of Mahidol University. His experiences focus on the social movement and civil society empowerment when he start the job at SDN , he set up the SDN members every provinces across the country and move the social campaign and public policy to reduce the alcohol effect with Thai Health promotion foundation. He is the board member of IOGT International 2015-2018.

Supporting Organisations

Co-sponsored by the World Health Organisation

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Massey University
Alcohol Research UK