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Overweight and obesity epidemic and how to stop it?

UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 from 09:00 to 18:00 (GMT)

Overweight and obesity epidemic and how to stop it?

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Overweight and obesity epidemic and how to stop it?

A university-wide cross-disciplinary approach to improving the health of the public

Tuesday 26 March 2019

UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Registration for the third annual UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain Symposium is open. 


This one-day event, organised by the UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain, will showcase population health research taking place across UCL. 


Sessions will be focused on the 'environments' that may influence obesity or in which obesity can be addressed, in particular, the biological and the behavioural environments, the educational & occupational and built environments, and the cultural, economic and digital environments. 


Attendees will also enjoy a panel discussion session foused on: Food systems: the role of agriculture and the food industry – friend or foe?


The abstract competition is now closed!


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Draft programme:




Welcome and introduction

Professor David Price (UCL Vice-Provost (Research))


School for the Health of the Public

 Professor Graham J Hart (Dean, UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences)


Session 1a: Why does obesity matter for health?

Chair: Professor Alice Sullivan (Director British Cohort Study 1970, Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL Institute of Education)

Dr David Bann (Associate Professor in Population Health and Co-Investigator of the 1958 British birth cohort study (NCDS), Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL Institute of Education)

Talk topic: the patterns of obesity over time, the current situation with respect to obesity and the major socioeconomic and behavioural drivers of obesity

Session 1b: Obesity – the biological and the behavioural environments

Chair: Professor Alice Sullivan (Director British Cohort Study 1970, Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL Institute of Education)

Professor Russell Viner (Professor of Adolescent Health, UCL Institute of Child Health) 

Talk topic: the determinants of obesity and the policy response

 Dr Clare Llewellyn (Associate Professor of Obesity, UCL Department of Behavioural Science and Health)

Talk topic: the relative role of genes and environment in obesity, focus on determinants of eating behaviours and evidence base of individual interventions in obesity and weight management


Networking and poster exhibition


Session 2: Obesity – the educational & occupational and built environments

Chair: Professor Laura Vaughan (Bartlett School of Architecture, Vice-Dean Health for the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment)

 Professor Kate Arden (Director of Public Health, Wigan Council)

 Talk topic: school-based interventions to reduce obesity

Dr Marcella Ucci (Senior Lecturer in Environmental and Healthy Buildings, and Course Director - MSc Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings, UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, The Bartlett Faculty)

Talk topic: Interventions and design to reduce obesity and increase physical activity in buildings

Professor Mark Hamer  (Professor of Exercise Medicine , National Centre Sport & Exercise Medicine, Loughborough University and Honorary Professor, UCL Institute Epidemiology & Health Care)

Talk topic: physical activity, exercise and obesity

Speaker TBC

UCL Excellence in Health Research Prize lectures

Chair: Professor David Lomas (UCL Vice-Provost (Health), Head of UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences and Head of UCL Medical School)


Networking lunch and poster exhibition


Session 3: Early career researcher presentations

Chair: Mike Rowson (Vice-Dean Education and Faculty Tutor, UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences)


Networking and poster exhibition


Session 4: Obesity – the cultural, economic and digital environments

Chair: Professor Steve Morris

Professor David Napier (Professor of Medical Anthropology, UCL Department of Anthropology; and Director, UCL Science, Medicine and Society Network)

Talk topic: Role of culture on health and obesity including learnings from the Cities Changing Diabetes programme

Professor Ann Blandford (Director of the UCL Institute of Digital Health, Department of Computer Science)

Talk topic: what is needed to make apps more effective, including theories of behaviour change, usability and engagement

Dr Ana M Valdes (Associate Professor and Reader, School of Medicine University of Nottingham)

 Talk topic: The role of the gut microbiome in obesity and weight gain


Session 5: Panel discussion - Food Systems: the role of agriculture and the food industry – friend or foe?

Chair: Professor Ibrahim Abubakar (Director, UCL Institute for Global Health)


UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain Early Careers Network and ECR prize presentations

ECN Chairs: Dr Catherine Roberts and Dr Dan Kelberman

Early Career Research Prizes sponsored by BMJ Global Health 


Closing remarks

Professor Dame Anne Johnson (Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology & Chair, UCL Population and Lifelong Health Domain) 


Networking drinks reception



The abstract competition is now closed!

Abstract Competition Guidelines:

  • The abstract competition is open to UCL applicants only.
  • The abstract competition is open to early career researchers (ECRs), i.e. those in the early stages of their research career. We encourage you to use a self-defining definition of whether you identify as an ECR, but entries are particularly encouraged from post-doc researchers up to junior lecturer. Note, there is no age limit here. 
  • If you wish to submit an abstract, please submit the title, 250-word (max) abstract and the full list of contributing authors when you register for the Symposium. The abstract must be split into the following sections - Background/Aim, Method, Results, Conclusions/Impact. 
  • If you plan to submit an abstract but do not have all the necessary details yet, please do register now and amend the details later. If you delay registration until nearer the deadline, you risk the event selling out and being unable to submit your abstract. 
  • The deadline for submitting abstracts is 5pm on Tuesday 19 February 
  • You will be able to make amendments to the abstract details that you enter on Eventbrite until 5pm on Tuesday 19 February. To make amendments you should log back into Eventbrite (see instructions below). 
  • Any abstracts or changes to abstracts received after 5pm on Tuesday 19 February will not be accepted. 
  • Once we have received the abstracts they will be scored by the UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain Symposium Organising Committee. The top-scoring six applicants will be invited to present their research to the 150-strong Symposium audience. The other selected applicants will be invited to create a poster of their abstract to display during the day. 
  • If you are one of the top-scoring six applicants, you will be notified by Wednesday 6 March and asked to prepare a presentation about your abstract for the Symposium. Your presentation must include PowerPoint slides.
  • If your abstract is selected for the poster exhibition you will be notified by Wednesday 6 March with further instructions for presenting your poster.  
  • All posters MUST be printed in portrait and must not exceed A1 size (59.4 x 84.1cm).
  • The winners of the poster and presentation competitions will then be announced and rewarded at the end of the Symposium, before the drinks reception.

The Early Career Researcher Prizes are sponsored by BMJ Global Health 


Important points to note: 


This meeting is open to all researchers (BSc/MSc students, PhD students, postdocs, research associates and Principal Investigators) working on any aspect of Populations & Lifelong Health within UCL, members of UCL's partner organisations (e.g. the Francis Crick Institute), NHS organisations or other academic organisations. To confirm authenticity of your registration, please use your UCL or affiliated (e.g. NHS, university or professional) email address when registering (i.e. do not use gmail, hotmail etc.)

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We want to make this event as inclusive as possible.

  • Access to the UCL Institute of Child Health and all the event space we will be using within it are step-free, with enough room to manouevre wheel chairs and mobility aids
  • There are nearby accessible toilets
  • We can provide for a range of dietary requirements 

Please let us know when registering if you have any access or dietary requirements so we can try to make reasonable adjustments. Alternatively you can email Maya Sapir or call 0207 649 8009.

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View the full Accessibility Guide for the main lecture space - the Kennedy Lecture Theatre



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This is not an accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event but the learning hours can be logged as part of your CPD record. A certificate of attendance is available to all attendees via UCL Life Learning for the purpose of recording learning hours. Please contact Maya Sapir after the Symposium if you would like a certificate. 



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When & Where

UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street
WC1N 1EH London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 from 09:00 to 18:00 (GMT)

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The UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain brings together researchers and practitioners across UCL and beyond, to explore the factors that determine health and disease in populations, and to develop, test, and measure the impact of interventions and service improvement to enhance the health and wellbeing of the public, and reduce inequalities in health status.

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