Professor of medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. A member of the Institute of Medicine, Goodman is trained in infectious diseases and public health. He formerly served as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Chief Scientist and Deputy Commissioner. He worked extensively on emerging infectious diseases at FDA and with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and has served as an advisor to the World Health Organization and others on medical countermeasures and vaccines. Goodman is director of the Center on Medical Product Access, Safety and Stewardship (COMPASS) at Georgetown and a clinician at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, the Washington D.C. VA Medical Center and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Jill Heinrich

Professor of Education

Cornell College

English, Religion, Poverty, Education

Jill Heinrich is a Professor of Education.  She taught high school English for eleven years, and her research interests include religious literacy and separation of church and state in American public education, masculinity studies, comparative education in Belize, and poverty and education.  Heinrich teaches an off-campus course in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye in the country of Belize. 

Academic History
PhD in English Education, University of Iowa, 2001
MS in Secondary School Administration, University of Iowa, 2000
MS in English, Illinois State University, 1989
BA in English, Northern Illinois University, 1985

Joanne Turner

VP of Research, Texas Biomedical Research Institut

Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Tuberculosis, Aging and Disease, Immunology

Joanne Turner, Ph.D., is the Vice President for Research at Texas Biomedical Research Institute. In addition to her administrative role, where she oversees the research functions of Texas Biomed, she also manages a research program. Her research focuses on immunology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection and immunology of aging. More specifically, she studies the changes that take place in the immune system during the natural aging process and how those changes can influence both innate and adaptive immune function when infected with M. tuberculosis. She also studies immune responses that correlate with an individual’s susceptibility to reactivate a previously latent infection with M. tuberculosis. Dr. Turner received her Ph.D. in Immunology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She started with Texas Biomed this past summer, having previously served as a Professor and Biosafety Level 3 Program Director at The Ohio State University. 

Sleep and Family Issues, Sleep Disorders, pediatric sleep

Jodi A. Mindell, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and Director of Graduate Psychology at Saint Joseph's University. She is a clinical psychologist specializing in pediatric sleep medicine. Dr. Mindell has written extensively on pediatric sleep disorders and presented over 350 papers at national and international conferences. Her research focuses on assessment and treatment of infant and toddler sleep disturbances, cross-cultural differences in sleep in young children, and the impact of sleep on development.  She is the chair of the Pediatric Sleep Council ( and author of Sleeping Through the Night: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night's Sleep (HarperCollins). 

Law, Culture, Values

Papacy, Game of Thrones, medieval history, French culture, Chevalier des Palmes, knighted

URI Professor Joëlle Rollo-Koster: Medieval historian, papacy expert 

Key topics:  French culture, medieval history, the papacy, Game of Thrones

URI Professor Joëlle Rollo-Koster is a leading historian on the papacy. A professor of medieval history at URI, she is leading an international team compiling a complete history of the papacy for Cambridge University Press. She is the author of eight books on medieval history and the papacy.

Koster was knighted by the French government with the medal of the Chevalier des Palmes académiques in 2016. A native of France, Koster recently shared her insights on the impact of the 2019 fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris with numerous media outlets. 

A professor, at URI, Koster incorporates the popular Game of Thrones series into her curriculum. She was featured in a story (4/25/19), discussing the history of medieval knights after the character Brienne, from Game of Thrones, was knighted — a true milestone for fans of the hit series.

Joëlle Rollo-Koster received her undergraduate degree and master's degree in history from the University of Nice, France. She earned a Ph.D. in History at SUNY Binghamton in 1992.

Select authored publications:
-Raiding Saint Peter: Empty Sees, Violence, and the Initiation of the Great Western Schism (1378), 2008, Brill, ISBN 9789047433118
-The People of Curial Avignon: A Critical Edition of the Liber Divisionis and the Matriculae of Notre Dame la Majour, 2009, Edwin Mellen Press, ISBN 077344680X
-Avignon and Its Papacy, 1309–1417: Popes, Institutions, and Society, 2015, Rowman and Littlefield, ISBN 9781442215320
-Death in Medieval Europe: Death Scripted and Death Choreographed, Routledge, 2016, ISBN 9781138802131

John Bernal

Assoc, Dir. of Veterinary Resources

Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Animal Behavior, Veterinarian

Dr. Bernal oversees all aspects of the SNPRC animal care and use program. He has more than 36 years of experience in laboratory animal care and medicine. To increase the number of certified laboratory animal technicians at Texas Biomed and other institutions, he has developed institution-wide training and certification programs. Dr. Bernal has been integral to developing the SNPRC study process manual that details all of the steps required to complete a study from start to finish. Dr. Bernal oversees and develops standard operating procedures for:

Comprehensive socialization and environmental enrichment plan
Preventative medicine program (frequent physicals, TB testing, parasite evaluation, viral testing)
Veterinary care program
Aseptic technique
Management of pain and distress
Animal enclosure sanitation.

Family Medicine, Ambulatory Medicine , Health Promotion and Disease Prevention , Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, Cancer Prevention, Tobacco Cessation, Osteoporosis, Tobacco, Diabetes

Spangler is one of the world's leading experts in tobacco epidemiology and was the keynote speaker for 2004 World Health Organization Tobacco and Community Health Conference in New Delhi, India. He founded the first physician-run tobacco-cessation clinic in North Carolina and was recently awarded $1.6 million grant to develop tobacco cessation curriculum for medical schools across the United States. He has won several prestigious awards including the Association of Teachers of Preventative Medicine Program of the Year Award and the Behavioral Sciences Forum Program of the Year Award. He is currently co-Principal Investigator on a longitudinal study of tobacco use among students at 11 colleges and universities in NC and VA.

genetics and addiction, Animal Behavior, Animal Models, Drug Treatment, Binge Drinking, Risk Factors, alcohol withdrawal; , Reward, Aversion, Taste, selective breedig

I have been working at the VA Medical Center and in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland since 1979. I entered graduate school at the University of Colorado to obtain a Ph.D. in social psychology. Fortuitously, I was sidetracked into instead studying behavioral neuroscience (AKA biopsychology) at the fledgling Institute for Behavioral Genetics in Boulder. I’ve been pretty much surrounded by mice ever since. I did post-doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-
Milwaukee and was a Lecturer in Psychology at San José State and then UC-Santa Barbara, and then held a two-year research position at a Dutch pharmaceutical company in the Dutch hinterlands before Portland.

My research interest is in understanding individual differences in behavioral susceptibility to alcohol and other drugs of abuse, and their genetic and neurobiological bases. Most recently, I’ve been breeding mice that voluntarily drink alcohol until they become intoxicated, i.e. developing a mouse model of university students. I’m working with collaborators to figure out how many genes we’ve affected in the process, which ones they are, and what their biological functions are. We’re using that information to try to predict some drugs that are already FDA approved that might be re-purposed to try as treatments for alcoholism.  My expertise is in mouse behavioral tests that try to capture human traits such as anxiety, sensitivity to drug’s rewarding or aversive effects, incoordination, learning and memory, novelty-seeking, and so forth. I am less fluent in rat than in mouse but the languages are related. 

I am familiar with psychiatric genetics/human genetics methods, but not really expert in the more esoteric of them. I am also familiar with the big data/genomics/informatics approaches, but again not really expert there, either. 

Food Marketing, Consumer Food Shopping Trends, Supermarket Practices, Food Company Strategy, Grocery Retail

Senior advisor for global health to Georgetown University President John J DeGioia; senior fellow, McCourt School of Public Policy; and senior scholar, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Monahan served as the special advisor for Global Health Partnerships at the US Department of State (2010-2014) as well as a counselor to the secretary and director of global health affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2009-2010). While at HHS, Monahan served as the U.S. Government’s primary contact with the leadership of the World Health Organization during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and helped coordinate the U.S.-led diplomatic strategy to secure commitments from developed countries for donating influenza vaccines to low-income countries.

Monahan can discuss the obligation of WHO and member states to support and respond to disease outbreaks.

John-Paul Rue

fellowship-trained Board Certified orthopedic spor

Mercy Medical Center

Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Sport

John-Paul Rue, M.D., is a fellowship-trained Board Certified orthopedic sports medicine surgeon, specializing in arthroscopic repair of sports-related injuries, including complex knee and shoulder reconstructions with Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy. Dr. John-Paul Rue specializes in the prevention and treatment of injuries related to sports and exercise. He treats patients of all ages, serving athletes ranging from the casual jogger or weekend warrior to competitive and collegiate athletes and beyond. His primary focus is treating injuries of the knee, shoulder, and elbow, from ACL tears, meniscus and cartilage injuries to shoulder instability and rotator cuff injuries. He also sees patients with injuries such as overuse tendonitis, ankle sprains, and fractures. As an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, Dr. Rue is able to diagnose and treat a wide variety of acute and overuse injuries utilizing both surgical and non-operative techniques. He works closely with colleagues and rehabilitation specialists to guide patients through the recovery process, recommend related strength and conditioning exercises and offer return-to-play insight and guidelines. Dr. Rue’s patient-centered approach to treatment and rehabilitation allows him to develop strong doctor-patient relationships and personalized treatment plans for each patient. He is committed to helping his patients perform at their very best when participating in their chosen sports and physical activities. Dr. Rue is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and served as the head team physician for the Naval Academy before coming to Mercy. He deployed to Iraq with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Chief Orthopedic Surgeon, Charlie Surgical Company Forward Resuscitative Unit, Camp Fallujah, Iraq and continues his commitment to service as a Naval Reservist. As a respected sports medicine physician, Dr. Rue has contributed numerous print and online publications highlighting his research and experience in the field of orthopedic sports medicine and has given invited lectures on a variety of orthopedic conditions at national and international scientific meetings. His research has garnered 2 major awards from the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. He is a member of multiple notable medical associations and serves as an expert scientific reviewer for several medical journals, including the American Journal of Sports Medicine, and The Journal of Knee Surgery.

Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Evolution Biology

Losos is an internationally renowned scholar in the field of evolutionary biology. In partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden and the St. Louis Zoo, Losos leads the Living Earth Collaborative, an academic center dedicated to advancing the study of biodiversity. The Living Earth Collaborative serves as a hub to facilitate interdisciplinary research among plant and animal biologists and other scholars across a wide range of fields, bringing together the world’s leading scholars in the field of biodiversity to address the most pressing issue facing humankind today — the ability to sustain life on Earth. 

Jordi Torrelles

Tuberculosis researcher and scientist

Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Tuberculosis, lung microbiome

Dr. Torrelles’ research is focused on the study of the human lung environment and its effect on the outcome of TB disease due to Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb) infection. He also aims to improve the diagnosis of susceptible and drug resistant TB in high burden areas.

Beyond the diagnosis of TB, Dr. Torrelles and his team aim to understand the impact of the human lung mucosa in TB pathogenesis. He and his team have found that there are enzymes in the human lung mucosa that modify the bacteria prior to infecting host cells, thus, potentially redefining the M.tb pathway of infection and disease outcome.

Dr. Torrelles is originally from Catalonia, Spain. He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry/ microbiology in 2003 from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. During his graduate studies, he moved to Fort Collins, Colorado to serve as a visiting scientist at Colorado State University. He finished his Ph.D. and became a research associate and lab manager before moving to The Ohio State University for his postdoctoral fellowship, where over the years he became independent and obtained the appointment of tenured Associate Professor.

Integrative Medicine, Telemedicine, Medical Care, Health Care

As CEO of Patients Beyond Borders, Josef Woodman has spent the past twelve years researching and vetting international options for quality, affordable medical care. He has met and consulted with ministries and key stakeholders in the world's leading medical travel destinations, touring more than 200 medical facilities in 35 countries. Co-founder of MyDailyHealth (1998) and Ventana Communications (1987), Woodman's pioneering background in publishing, healthcare and technology has allowed him to compile a wealth of information and knowledge about international medical care, telemedicine, wellness, integrative medicine and consumer-directed healthcare.

Woodman has lectured at the UCLA School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, Duke Fuqua School of Business, Scientific American and the International Society for Travel Medicine. He has keynoted and moderated conferences on medical tourism and global healthcare in 20 countries. He has appeared in numerous print and broadcast media, including The Economist, The New York Times, CNN, ABC News, Fox News, Huffington Post, Barron's, The Wall Street Journal, and more.

Woodman is an outspoken advocate of affordable, high-quality medical and preventative care for healthcare consumers worldwide.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Gender and Autism, Autism in the Workplace, Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Joseph McCleery, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, and Executive Director of Academic Programs in the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support, at Saint Joseph's University. His research is focused along three major themes. The first theme involves examining and elucidating the mechanisms of social processing and perception in infants, children, and adults with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The second theme concerns the examination of genetic impacts on brain functioning, through the study of the relationships of normal genetic variation and rare genetic syndromes (e.g., mutations, microdeletions) with brain and behavioral functioning. The third theme involves the evaluation and development of behavioral and cognitive-behavioral interventions for individuals with ASD. 

Dr. McCleery has published his research and ideas in leading peer-reviewed journals in the fields of Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience and his research has been supported by a number of organizations.

Joseph Ciotola

Orthopedics and Joint Replacement

Mercy Medical Center

Orthopedic, Surgery, Joint Replacement, Knee Replacement, Shoulder Replacement, Arthritis, Arthroscopy, Hip Replacement

Joseph J. Ciotola, M.D., is a top rated orthopedic surgeon at Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy Medical Center. Board Certified, Dr. Ciotola’s extensive expertise in anterior hip replacement makes him one of the most sought-after orthopedic surgeons in the Baltimore region for hip replacement.

Dr. Ciotola also specializes in knee replacement and knee resurfacing using MAKO® robotic arm technology, ACL reconstruction and shoulder/upper extremity surgeries including total shoulder replacement and the LRTI procedure to relieve arthritis of the thumb.

Dr. Joseph Ciotola’s dedication to providing advanced orthopedic techniques helped bring anterior hip replacement to Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy. Dr. Ciotola, who is one of the first orthopedic surgeons in Baltimore to perform anterior hip replacement, teaches orthopedic surgeons throughout the country how to perform this minimally invasive approach to hip replacement. Many of his patients have expressed their gratitude and satisfaction by recommending Dr. Ciotola to family, friends and even strangers who are in need of a hip replacement.

Dr. Joseph Ciotola is dedicated to providing his patients the best orthopedic care possible. Patients turn to Dr. Ciotola for his clinical expertise when they have hip or knee pain. His great compassion and concern for helping relieve their pain provides patients with the confidence that they will be able to return to their daily routines. Dr. Ciotola works individually with patients to develop the best treatment options to help with the return to normal activities.

Joshua Harris

Orthopedic surgeon

Houston Methodist


Dr. Josh Harris is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in orthopedic sports medicine. He completed his medical training and a residency in orthopedic surgery at Ohio State University College of Medicine. He also completed a fellowship in Orthopedic Surgery Sports Medicine at Rush University Medical Center. His main clinical focus is on sports injury and arthroscopic surgery for the treatment of various sports-related injuries. Harris conducts research in orthopedic sports medicine and hip preservation.
Harris serves as the team physician of the Houston Ballet, and the consulting physician of Rice University Athletics.

Juergen Hahn

Department Head, Biomedical Engineering

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Autism, Autism diagnosis, Autism Treatment And Research, Big Data, big data and medicine

Juergen Hahn, Department Head of Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is a trailblazer in the use of big data methods to improve the diagnosis and treatment of Autism. His research focuses on the use of machine-learning algorithms to analyze complex biological and biomedical systems. He previously developed a physiological test for autism after discovering patterns with certain metabolites in the blood that can accurately predict diagnosis. He is applying that same approach to other areas of autism research including correlating conditions and assessing the effectiveness of possible medical treatments.

Julie Fischer

Co-Director & Associate Research Professor

Georgetown University Medical Center


Associate research professor with the department of microbiology and a member of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University Medical Center. She focuses on research and tools to strengthen global capacities for public health preparedness and response. She has also worked on issues related to medical emergency preparedness, and the consequences of biological, chemical, and radiological exposures during military service. Fisher is a microbiologist by training and an expert in infectious diseases.
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