Congratulations to the 2021 Sedentary Behavior Research Network Award Winners!
The Sedenary Behaviour Research Network (SBRN) is pleased to introduce the SBRN Annual Award winners in the following three categories:
SBRN Research Leadership Award
The SBRN Research Leadership Award is an annual award designed to honor excellence in research and/or innovative/creative scholarly activity in the field of sedentary behaviour. Qualified nominees are researchers/scholars whose research and scholarly impact on our understanding of sedentary behaviour has provided exceptional insight and impact. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to knowledge translation and mobilization of their research.
2021 Winner – Dr. Jo Salmon
Dr. Jo Salmon has made a series of outstanding research contributions, including many of the key findings on children’s sedentary behaviour. Her scientific leadership has been outstanding and effective through her long-standing executive-level contributions to the International Society for Behavioral Nurition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), and is the Founding President of the Australasian Society for Physical Activity. The publication of her doctoral studies set the scientific and public health scene for the sedentary behaviour field more broadly. Her 2000 paper showed TV time to be associated with higher average body mass measures, including in those identified as being highly physically active. This preceded Frank Hu’s also-seminal 2001 paper on relationships of TV time with type 2 diabetes incidence. Based on Scopus publication-number data, she is ranked second internationally for sedentary behaviour overall (with 167 papers), and second for children’s sedentary behaviour (116 papers). Salmon is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (2018). Her recent research-grant success and publication productivity speak strongly to her leadership in the field. In the last 5 years, she has been Chief Investigator on 8 nationally competitive grants worth some $5.7 million. She currently holds two NHMRC partnership grants (CIA and CIC) and an Investigator Grant (Level 2). She has also been a named investigator on 5 internationally funded studies ($4 million), including from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. She has published 150 papers in the last 5 years (already cited 2,006 times). She has been recognised as a Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher for the last six years. These numbers are impressive, but what is equally, if not more, impressive about Jo Salmon is the respect in which she is held internationally for the graciousness, generosity and skill that she has brought to capacity building in the sedentary behaviour research field.
2020 Winner – Dr. Neville Owen
Neville has contributed extensively to evidence-based approaches to chronic disease prevention, with original research and translational outcomes in documenting the consequences of too much sitting and investigations of how urban environments that are conducive to high volumes of sedentary behavior may compromise metabolic health. Specifically, his current program involves experimental and epidemiological analyses of underlying biological mechanisms and health consequences of sitting time, workplace and home-based intervention trials targeting sedentary behaviour reductions. He has published some 600 peer-reviewed papers and chapters, including in The Lancet, Circulation, Diabetes Care, Diabetologia, British Journal of Sports Medicine, and Obesity Reviews. He has been listed in the Thomson Reuters “World’s Most Influential Minds”, Social Sciences in 2015 and 2016, and in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers. Neville co-edited the definitive volume on sedentary behaviour and health for the world’s leading publisher in physical activity and health field (Zhu W., Owen N., Sedentary Behaviour and Health: Concepts, Evidence, Assessment and Intervention. Human Kinetics, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois; 2017; 27 chapters) and gave the opening Keynote at the first Sedentary Behavior and Health Conference at the University of Illinois in 2015. He was also invited by the American College of Sports Medicine in 2009 to provide the President’s Lecture where he gave an enlightening presentation on the topic “The Science of Sedentary Behaviour: Too Much Sitting and Too Little Exercise” which he subsequently led as an invited review (Ex Sport Sci Rev) that now has 2,213 citations. Most recently, he led the highly successful Centre of Research Excellence: Sitting Time and Chronic Disease Prevention – Measurement, Mechanisms and Interventions. The extensive achievements have now been documented in the recently published invited review for Annual Reviews of Public Health, titled “Sedentary Behavior and Public Health: Integrating the Evidence and Identifying Potential Solutions”.
SBRN Practice Leadership Award
The SBRN Practice Leadership Award is an annual award designed to recognize and celebrate an individual, group or organization who has demonstrated exceptional and sustained leadership for raising attention towards increasing trends in sedentary lifestyles and associated adverse effects of prolonged sedentary time while offering support/solutions to reduce/manage excessive sedentary time. Qualified nominees are individuals, groups or organizations who have demonstrated leadership in building awareness of the issues related to sedentary behaviours and sustained commitment towards evidence-based solutions, effective allocation of resources, knowledge translation, community engagement, and/or role-modelling (e.g., launching a comprehensive and evidence-based campaign).
2021 Winner – Dr. Stephanie Prince Ware
Dr. Prince Ware is an innovative Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) research scientist. After a highly productive CIHR Health System Impact Fellowship with PHAC, she was appointed to a research scientist position within PHAC’s Centre for Surveillance and Applied Research. Dr. Prince Ware has been instrumental in advancing PHAC’s understanding of how sedentary behaviour distributes across the Canadian population, shaping PHAC’s ongoing approach to measuring and tracking sedentary behaviour, and informing programs and policies directed at improving the health of Canadians. Dr. Prince Ware has been influential in advancing PHAC’s work to develop sedentary behaviour survey content. She was able to support the actualization of findings from earlier work, providing expert advice in the development of new content for core national health surveys including the Canadian Community Health Survey, Canadian Health Measures Survey, and Canadian Health Survey of Children and Youth. Much of this work is in service to other researchers who can now use this survey content in their own research. In 2020, Dr. Prince Ware published an exhaustive paper examining trends in sedentary behaviour across Canada’s major national health surveys, going back as far as 1986. In the academic world, there is often a focus on the new and novel, but in government, there is often a need to look to well-established evidence to confidently inform policy, and to conduct research that supports the wider scientific community. Her work is so valuable to PHAC, and ultimately all Canadians, because she has a gift for looking at data and research literature from the perspective of the existing gaps in evidence-based policy. Additionally, she amplifies her own efforts, both by mentoring student researchers, but also by conducting research that sets the sedentary behaviour scientific community up for success.
2020 Winner – ParticipACTION
ParticipACTION has a vision of “A Canada where physical activity is a vital part of everyday life.” Its mandate: “As Canada’s premier physical activity brand, ParticipACTION helps Canadians sit less and move more through innovative engagement initiatives and thought leadership.” ParticipACTION has been pursuing this vision and mandate since 1971 – approaching its 50th anniversary. When they first started, Canadians were struggling to achieve their physical activity goals. So, they showed them how 30-year-old Canadians were about as fit as 60-year-old Swedes. When the 1990’s rolled around, Hal and Joanne were there to offer easy ways to “Keep fit and have fun” through their iconic Body Break segments. Since 2007 ParticipACTION has spoken out about how our modern lives are leading to an inactivity crisis, fuelled by excessive sedentary behaviours. They have changed many Canadians’ minds about what it means to be active and the consequences of excessive sitting and screen time. They remain focussed on changing behaviour through a movement for more movement. They work with their many partners, which include sport, physical activity, recreation, organizations, government and corporate sponsors, to promote physical activity and discourage excessive sedentary behaviours, as a vital part of everyday life. They run many national campaigns and programs, including the ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth (and now one for adults as well). The latest 2018 Report Card can be found here. This knowledge translation and mobilization product has been instrumental in raising awareness of excessive sedentary behaviour, and especially screen time in Canada. The 2018 Report Card had a focus on brain health. ParticipACTION has been providing such leadership in Canada for nearly 50 years.
SBRN Student/Trainee Award
The SBRN Student/Trainee Award is intended to recognize promising students and/or young advocates/researchers/practitioners in the training phase of their career for their exemplary dedication, commitment, and contributions to the field of sedentary behaviour. Qualified nominees are students/trainees at any stage of training, including Undergraduate and Graduate students, Postdoctoral Fellows, and trainees in practice (e.g., occupational therapy, ergonomics), who have demonstrated significant involvement, initiative, and excellence by conducting innovative and impactful research across the spectrum of sedentary behaviour and/or successful knowledge translation into practice (e.g., innovative idea/approach).
2021 Winner – Matthew Mclaughlin
Since joining in July 2017, Tepi has made a tremendous contribution to the reputation and track record of the Hunter New England Population Health Research Group in physical activity and sedentary behaviour through both scholarship and advocacy. Tepi led the Sedentary Behaviour Global Monitoring Initiative, a project adding sedentary behaviour metrics to the national physical activity Country Cards, produced by the Global Observatory for Physical Activity (GoPA!) for over 180 countries. Tepi also leads a large global team of 30 members of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) to collate sedentary behaviour data. He established and maintained collaborations with the GoPA! and ISPAH to ensure data generated from the initiative was disseminated via the second set of GoPA! Country Cards, launched in 2021 – designed purposefully for country-level advocacy. Tepi also led a manuscript publishing this work in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity and has a growing list of academic publications and conference presentations. As an early career academic, Tepi is career-minded, dedicated, and highly productive. He is an active member of grass-roots local physical activity advocacy groups, assumed leadership roles in developing and executing knowledge translation strategies for the promotion of physical activity as part of the National Centre of Implementation Science, and has independently developed a range of collaborations with key international institutions and societies involved in physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health. His research and advocacy have already had tangible impacts on physical activity policy and promotion.
2020 Winner – Ana Jéssica Pinto
Ana is a PhD student who shows great promise in the field of sedentary behaviour research and knowledge translation and already has 22 peer-reviewed publications, including her most-recent contribution “Combating physical inactivity during the COVID-19 pandemic” in Nature Reviews Rheumatology (IF = 18.5). Her ability to respond rapidly to the clinical and scientific context of the coronavirus pandemic and produce a commentary that is of importance for clinical practice and is strongly underpinned by the science of sedentary behaviour – from behavioral, biological, epidemiological and practice perspectives – is a compelling example of Ana’s high level of expertise and overall excellence. Ana has also led several innovative research studies that significantly contribute to the field of sedentary behaviour, particularly for those with rheumatoid arthritis – a serious disabling medical condition in which conventional approaches to exercise can be contraindicated and/or unfeasible. Her first two publications in 2016 identified the impact of sedentary time and issues pertaining to measurement of sedentary time in rheumatoid arthritis. She designed and published the protocol for: “A randomized controlled trial to reduce sedentary time in rheumatoid arthritis: protocol and rationale of the Take a STAND for Health study”. She has demonstrated scientific, clinical and public-health resourcefulness, and a capacity to collaborate with other scientific disciplines and clinicians to develop innovative and impactful research studies that will provide novel insights into the effects of reducing sedentary time in clinical populations. Her contributions in the area of rheumatoid arthritis are already setting her up to be a global leader in this field. Ana has conducted additional impactful work in her native language, Portuguese. Although those works do not have the same impact globally, they have informed policies and practices in her home country of Brazil.
Interested in nominating your colleague for a 2022 SBRN Award?
Members of SBRN can nominate candidates using the nomination form. Nominations can be submitted at any time but must be received no later than June 1st, 2022.