Obesity & Health

National Conference on Obesity and Health

A multidisciplinary Conference on the management of obesity

1st National Conference

20th – 21st March 2006 Manchester Conference Centre

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The Organisers are very keen to continually receive feedback on the content of the Conference programme. Please do E-Mail your comments or questions to Peter Mainprice at ncoh@indexcommunications.com to further enhance this valuable meeting for those involved in preventing and managing obesity.

Monday 20th March 2006

09.00 Registration and Coffee
10.00 Welcome from the Colin Waine, OBE, Chair, National Obesity Forum
10.10 – 10.40 National and Regional Policy: Vision to Implementation:
John Ashton CBE, Regional Director of Public Health, Government Office North West
10.40 – 11.00 Tea/Coffee/Water break and Exhibition – Weston Room 1
  Session 1:
The Nature of Obesity – Update
Chair: Colin Waine OBE
11.00 – 11.30 Critical Periods in the Development of Obesity:
Colin Waine, OBE, Department of Primary Care, University of Sunderland, Chair, NOF
11.30 – 12.00 Do Signals from Adipose Tissue Link Fat to Obesity Associated Pathologies? 
Vidya Mohammed-Ali, Senior Lecturer, University College London
12.00 – 12.30 Early Life Factors and Obesity:
Iain Buchan, Director and Senior Lecturer in Public Health Informatics, University of Manchester
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch and Exhibition – Weston Room 1
  Session 2:
Clinical Obesity – General Review
13.30 – 14.00 Visceral Obesity – a Major Risk Factor: for Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease:
Luc Van Gaal, Professor of Medicine, University Hospital Antwerp, Belgium
14.00 – 14.30 Obesity and Intelligence:
Deborah Gustafson, Psychiatrist, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden
14.30 – 15.00 Issues Around Healthy Body Image:
Andrew Hill, Senior Lecturer in Behavioural Sciences, University of Leeds and Chairman of the Association for the Study of Obesity
15.00 – 15.20 Tea/Coffee/Water break and Exhibition – Weston Room 1
  Session 3:
Individuals, Social Groups and Society: Preventing Obesity - Agents for Change
Chair: Andrew Hill
15.20 – 15.50 Obesity and Ethnicity :
Sudhesh Kumar, Professor of Medicine, Diabetes and
Metabolism, University of Warwick
15.50 – 16.20 Obesity Development in the Family:
Pinki Sahota, Reader in Childhood Obesity, Leeds
Metropolitan University
16.20 – 17.00 National Actions Addressing the Obesity Epidemic and Research Directions for the Future
Van S Hubbard, Director, NIH Division of Nutrition Research Coordination and Senior Advisor to the Secretary on Obesity US Department of Health and Human Services, USA
17.30 Satellite Symposium. The Approach to Weight Management in Children, Adolescence in Primary Care' hosted by The Obesity Awareness & Solutions Trust
Laurel Edmunds, Research Psychologist, Bristol Children’s Hospital
18.00 Welcome Drinks Reception in Weston Room 1
Kindly sponsored by Marketing Manchester

Tuesday 21st March 2006

09.00 Overwhelmed Consumers Need Realistic Solutions to Manage Weight
Andrew Benson, Vice President, International Relations for the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Washington, USA
  Session 4:
Strategies for Maintaining Health to Prevent Obesity
Chair: Jane DeVille-Almond
9.30 – 10.00 Preventing Children becoming Obese: Tool up now
Tam Fry, Chairman, Child Growth Foundation, London
10.00 – 10.30 Public Health Programmes in Obesity Prevention:
Ian Campbell Weight Management Specialist GP and Founder of the National Obesity Forum
10.30 – 11.00 Tea/Coffee/Water break and Exhibition – Weston Room 1
  Session 5:
Primary Care Intervention
Chair: Tam Fry
11.00 – 11.30 Prevention of Obesity at Primary Care Level:
Iain Broom, Professor and Consultant in Clinical Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine, Robert Gordon University, University of Aberdeen, NHS GrampianThis speaker’s attendance is kindly supported by an educational grant from Roche Products Ltd
11.30 – 12.00 Obesity – Who cares about the Men in Primary Care?
Jane DeVille-Almond, Independent Nurse Consultant, Vice President Men’s Health Forum
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch and Exhibition – Weston Room 1
  Session 6:
Back to Health: Interventions for and Recovering From Obesity
Chair: Iain Broom
13.00 – 13.30 The Medical Management of Childhood Obesity:
Krystyna Matyka, Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics, University of Warwick
13.30 – 14.00 Tackling Child Obesity in the Community: the MEND Programme:
Paul Sacher, Clinical Research Fellow and Specialist Dietitian, Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
14.00 – 14.30 Childrens’ Exercise Trials: UK and Overseas:
Robert Copeland, Senior Sports Science Officer, Sheffield Hallam University
14.30 – 15.00 Tea/Coffee/Water break and Exhibition – Weston Room 1
15.00 – 15.30 Pharmaceuticals and Weight Management:
Nick Finer, Honorary Consultant in Obesity Medicine Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge
  Session 7:
Responsible Society
15.30 – 16.00 The Role of the Employer:
Jill Scott, Registered Dietician and Nutrition Consultant, Bristol
16.00 Closing remarks


Monday, 20th MarchSponsored by Marketing Manchester
The Welcome Reception will be held in the Exhibition area.This will provide an excellent networking opportunity for all those attending the Conference. Guests are then free to explore Manchester to enjoy one of the many restaurants.

This programme is subject to change without notice and all potential participants are encouraged to refer back to this web site ahead of the 2006 Conference to check the finalised programme.

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