Advances in Obesity: From Prevention to Treatment
  • Postgraduate Medical Centre, Derriford Hospital, Derriford Road, Plymouth PL6 8DH

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The 16th Annual Diabetes, Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome Symposium hosted by Professor Jonathan Pinkney and Dr Joanne Hosking will focus on understanding the origins of obesity and its complications, and on the prevention and treatment of obesity and its complications.

The symposium is aimed at research medical staff and students or anyone with an interest in physical activity, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome. The event is CPD and CME accredited.


Behavioural change strategies in the prevention and management of obesity. Chair: Professor Adrian Taylor

  • 09:10 Professor Adrian Taylor, Professor of Health Services Research, PUPSMD: Why and how to focus on supporting multiple health behaviour changes for managing weight
  • 09:50 Russ Jago, Professor of Paediatric Physical Activity and Public Health, and Head of the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences within the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol: Increasing children's physical activity in the period after-school: current evidence and new opportunities

10:30 Coffee

  • 11:10 Dr Brad Metcalf, Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health Sport Science, University of Exeter: Should physical activity be a public health priority for tackling childhood obesity?
  • 11:40 Professor Jackie Andrade, Professor in Psychology, Plymouth University: Can robots and psychology solve the problem of weight management?

Biological mechanisms in the early origins of obesity and diabetes. Chair: Dr Joanne Hosking

  • 12:20 Dr Joanne Hosking, Research Fellow, PUPSMD: Metabolomics in the EarlyBird Study

13:00 Lunch

  • 14:00 Professor Karen Lillycrop, Professor of Epigenetics, Director of Research at the Centre for Biological Sciences, University of Southampton: How early life environment can affect the epigenome with long term consequences for metabolic health

Advances in clinical management of obesity and diabetes. Chair: Professor Jonathan Pinkney

  • 14:40 Professor Jonathan Pinkney, Professor of Medicine and Honorary Consultant Physician Diabetes and Endocrinology, PUPSMD/PHNT: New advances in the drug treatment of obesity
  • 15:20 Professor Glenn Matfin, Consultant Physician in Acute/General Medicine and Diabetes/Endocrinology at Derriford Hospital, and Honorary Professor of Medicine, PUPSMD: Diabetes medical management in the obese and insulin resistant patient

16:00 Close

Venue and catering sponsors for the symposium: Boehringer-Ingelheim, Sanofi, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson.

News release: Symposium tackles child health, behavioural change and physical activity in obesity (30 June 2016)

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