Join NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, Professor Mary O’Kane AC, for this special National Science Week event with guest speaker, Professor Louise Baur AM FAHMS.
In her seminar, Louise will provide examples of how research has helped us better understand and respond to the problem of obesity in children and adolescents. She will cover obesity epidemiology, the impact of obesity on individuals, approaches to treatment, strategies for prevention and responses by the healthcare system.
Louise Baur is Professor of Child & Adolescent Health and Associate Dean and Head of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School. She also has a conjoint position in the Sydney School of Public Health at The University of Sydney. In addition, Louise is a consultant paediatrician at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network where she is an active member, and former Head of Weight Management Services, a multidisciplinary clinical service for children and adolescents affected by obesity. She is Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH).
Her work has been undertaken with colleagues at The University of Sydney and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, as well as nationally and internationally. Clinical studies led by Louise have highlighted a variety of obesity-associated complications in children, including sleep apnoea, pre-diabetes, vascular risk factors and musculoskeletal problems. Clinical trials have contributed to the evidence base for treatment of paediatric obesity.
Louise has undertaken population and health promotion studies to prevent obesity in early childhood, and advocates for broader upstream policy strategies and provision of health services, both nationally and internationally.
The 2017 Science & Research Breakfast Seminar Series is held in the Strangers’ Function Room at Parliament House of New South Wales, Sydney.
Please Note: Guests are required to undergo routine security screening.