Prof. I-Min Lee

Prof. I-Min Lee, Harvard University, Boston, US

Prof. Lee’s main research interest is in the role of physical activity in promoting health and preventing chronic disease. This extends to characteristics associated with a physically active way of life, such as the maintenance of ideal body weight. She also is concerned with issues relating to women’s health.

Her research projects include 3 of the biggest epidemiological studies in the world focusing on the positive impact of physical activity: a) the Women’s Health Study, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial designed to evaluate the balance of benefits and risks of low-dose aspirin and vitamin E in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer among 40,000 female health professionals, aged 45 years and older, that ended in 2004. Participants are currently followed on an observational basis to investigate predictors of health in older women. B) a study with objective measures of physical activity and sedentary behavior (using accelerometers) over 7 days among 18,000 women, from 2011-2015. Participants are being followed for various health outcomes and mortality. C) the College Alumni Health Study, a prospective cohort study of the predictors of chronic diseases, with emphasis on physical activity, among 70,000 alumni from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania

Keynote title: “Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Prevention: How Can I Move My Way to Health?”

Research developed for the last 50 years has provided solid and strong evidence about the role of physical activity in the prevention of chronic disease, but people are failing to meet official recommendations to stay active and prevalence of inactivity-related chronic disease is increasing year on year… Based on her extensive expertise Prof. Lee will provide update evidence helping people to find their way to health…