Speakers

Taylor C. Wallace, PhD, CFS, FACN

Taylor C. Wallace, PhD, CFS, FACN, is Principal and CEO at the Think Healthy Group and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at George Mason University. His academic research interests are in the area of nutritional interventions to promote health and prevent the onset of chronic disease. Dr. Wallace has a PhD an MS in Food Science and Nutrition from The Ohio State University and a BS in Food Science from the University of Kentucky. He operates the popular food and nutrition blog, www.DrTaylorWallace.com, is co-host of the weekly radio show, Risky Behavior™, and a regular guest commentator in the mainstream media, regularly seen on NBC4 Washington and the Dr. Oz Show. He is a fellow of the American College of Nutrition and is the 2015 recipient of the Charles A. Regus Award, given by the American College of Nutrition for original research and innovation in the field of nutrition. Dr. Wallace is a Senior Fellow of the Center for Magnesium Education & Research, the Editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Dietary Supplements, Deputy Editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, the editor of six academic textbooks, author of over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, and author of the cookbook, Sizzling Science.

Tom Vierhile, Innova Market Insights

Tom Vierhile is VP of Strategic Insights North America for Netherlands-based Innova Market Insights and has 20+ years of experience in packaged goods reporting and analysis. Based in Fairport, New York, he is a new product marketing expert and has been quoted by Bloomberg, Ad Age, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR.

Tom has given presentations on new product trends at conferences in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America. A regular contributor to Prepared Foods magazine, Tom has a bachelor's degree in marketing from St. Bonaventure University and an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

William K. Hallman, PhD of Department of Human Ecology, Rutgers University

Dr. William K. Hallman is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Human Ecology, and is a member of the graduate faculties of Nutritional Sciences, Psychology, and Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He is also a Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis, and a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

An experimental psychologist whose research focuses on consumer perceptions and communications related to food, he has published extensively on issues of food safety and food insecurity, food choices, health and sustainability claims, and other food labeling issues. He has particular expertise on consumer perceptions of new food technologies including biotechnology, gene editing, nanotechnology, animal cloning, and cell-based meat, poultry, and seafood.

Dr. Hallman has served as the Director of the Rutgers Food Policy Institute and as Chair of the FDA’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee. He currently serves as a member of several committees of the US National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, including the Standing Committee on Advancing Science Communication.

Thomas Hartung, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Thomas Hartung, MD PhD, is the Doerenkamp-Zbinden-Chair for Evidence-based Toxicology in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, with a joint appointment at the Whiting School of Engineering. He also holds a joint appointment for Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Bloomberg School. He is adjunct affiliate professor at Georgetown University, Washington D.C.. In addition, he holds a joint appointment as Professor for Pharmacology and Toxicology at University of Konstanz, Germany; he also is Director of Centers for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) of both universities. CAAT hosts the secretariat of the Evidence-based Toxicology Collaboration and manages collaborative programs on Good Read-Across Practice, Good Cell Culture Practice, Green Toxicology, Developmental Neurotoxicity, Developmental Immunotoxicity, Microphysiological Systems and Refinement. As PI, he headed the Human Toxome project funded as an NIH Transformative Research Grant and the series of annual Microphysiological Systems World Summits starting in 2022 by almost 50 organizations. He is Chief Editor of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence. He is the former Head of the European Commission’s Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM), Ispra, Italy, and has authored more than 600 scientific publications (h-index 102). His toxicology classes on COURSERA had more than 14,000 active learners.