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Obesity Management: What is the future?

BDA Obesity Specialist Group

Thursday, 8 December 2016 from 09:00 to 17:30 (GMT)

Obesity Management: What is the future?

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Obesity Group Member   more info Ended £65.00 £0.00
BDA member   more info Ended £85.00 £0.00
Non member of BDA   more info Ended £100.00 £0.00
Dietetic Student   more info Ended £50.00 £0.00

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This study day aims to share a selection of the latest research in obesity and approaches to it's management.

We have 10 confirmed, high quality speakers engaged in a variety of fields of study to provide an insight into their advances.

The day offers a fantastic opportunity to update your current knowledge, explore recent evidence and consider how this might inform your own future practice and research.

We also invite you to take advantage of this valuable networking environment to disseminate your own research and practice. 

If you are interested in sharing your research / case study / audit through a poster or within our delegate packs please contact us for further information at: 


Registration opens 8.30am with prompt start at 9.00am


Topics and confirmed speakers:

Nutritional genomics 

(Mariëtte Abrahams RD, Independent consultancy)

Very low calorie diets

(Adrian Brown RD, Imperial College London)

Low carbohydrate diets - the hype and the evidence 

(Dr Pamela Dyson RD, University of Oxford)

Marketing of food to children: the messages and their impact

(Professor Jason Halford, University of Liverpool)

Intermittent energy restriction: An evidence based approach or the latest fad diet? 

(Dr Michelle Harvie RD, University Hospital South Manchester Trust)

Digital therapeutics for weight management:

(Lucy Jones RD & Dr Mark Jenkins, Oviva)

Counterweight Plus &the DiRECT trial

(Hazel Ross RD, Counterweight ltd.)

Public Health/Health systems: Whole Systems Obesity 

(Carol Weir RD, Leeds Beckett, Whole Systems Obesity)

Bariatric Surgery: By-band-Sleeve

(Mr Richard Welbourn, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, BOMSS)

Metabolic, Genetic & Neuroendocrinology Research: Are your genes to blame when your jeans don’t fit?  

(Dr Giles See How Yeo, University of Cambridge)


Speaker profiles:

> Dr Giles See How Yeo, is from San Francisco, receiving his bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1998 he began his postdoctoral training with Professor Stephen O’Rahilly in the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, working on the genetics of severe human obesity. Giles is now a Principal Research Associate and group leader at the University Metabolic Research Labs, studying brain control of food intake and bodyweight. He is also director of the Genomics and Transcriptomics core facility.

> Adrian Brown, Specialist Weight Management and Bariatric dietitian with over 9 years of clinical experience within the NHS. Currently studying for a PhD at Imperial College London looking at low energy diets.

> Richard Welbourn Consultant Surgeon on the UK By-Band-Sleeve study a National Institute of Health Research funded, multi-centre pragmatic randomised trial. This is the biggest study of its type in the world exploring which is the most effective form of weight loss surgery: the gastric bypass, the gastric band, or the gastric sleeve. As Consultant Surgeon in Musgrove Park Hospital, He led the unit to become the South West Level 1 designated bariatric surgery centre in 2009, and in the same year led the hospital’s application to become the first International Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery outside the USA, the first international centre to be recognized in this way.

> Hazel Ross RD and CEO of Counterweight Ltd, a spin out company from the Robert Gordon University commercializing evidenced programmes for the management of obesity. By background, Hazel is a dietitian and she is one of the originators of Counterweight who has played a key role in development and evaluation of Programmes as well as leading overall vision and strategy.

> Lucy Jones, Award-winning Dietitian, TV presenter and Head of UK Dietetics for Oviva with Dr Mark Jenkins, Medical Director of Oviva. Oviva is a digital health company providing medical nutritional counselling, founded in 2013. Dietitians provide care both directly in GP and specialist clinics or remotely across Switzerland, Germany and the UK. The British Dietetic Association is launching their new smartphone application BDA Coaching Suite, powered by Oviva, aiming to support more patients to access dietitians through secure online client consultations and communication.

> Dr Michelle Harvie, is an award-winning Lead Research Dietitian at the Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Centre, University Hospital South Manchester Trust. She qualified as a dietitian in 1991 and was awarded a PhD for studies of weight gain in cancer patients in 2000. Her current programme of work commenced in 2001 and is researching optimum diet and exercise strategies to prevent breast cancer and its recurrence. Her work is largely supported by the Genesis Appeal and includes intervention and epidemiological studies. Her scientific findings have been published in many major scientific publications and she was awarded the British Dietetic Association Rose Simmond's Award for best published dietetic research 2005 for her work on weight gain amongst breast cancer patients receiving adjuvant chemotherapy. Author of The Two Day Diet.

> Mariëtte Abrahams, is a business consultant, dietitian and speaker. She is the Director of Mariette Abrahams Consulting & Associates, who has gained over 20 years´ experience in the clinical & medical nutrition and consulting industry. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition & Dietetics, an MBA as well as further specialization in the emerging area of nutritional genomics and personalized nutrition. She runs a niche nutrition consultancy providing business consulting, strategy, nutrition communication and training services to the digital health, biotechnology and functional food industry.

> Carol Weir, Consultant on the Leeds Becket University Whole Systems Obesity programme. A Registered Dietitian and Registered Public Health Nutritionist, she recently developed the first Nutrition & Dietetic Therapy Outcome Measures and has undertaken a number of pieces of work with NICE, National Obesity Observatory and government departments on obesity and school meals including NICE quality standards.

> Dr Pamela Dyson, Involved with the nutritional management of diabetes and obesity for over 30 years. She began her career with the Medical Research Council at the Dunn Nutrition Unit in Cambridge and then joined the NHS.  She is currently employed by the University of Oxford as a diabetes research dietitian.  In 2008, she was appointed CEO of the Oxford Health Alliance, a charity set up to combat the epidemic of non-communicable disease.

> Professor Jason Halford, Head of the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Liverpool. Over the past 10 years his research has focused on drug-induced weight gain, the effects of nutrients and fibre on appetite and hormone release, the effects of stress on eating behaviour, the effect of food marketing marketing on children, and on lean-obese differences in the expression of appetite. Co-ordinator of the 8 million Euro EU Framework Seven Satiety Innovation SATIN project ( to develop novel foods for appetite control using novel processing technologies to alter food structure.


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M1 1FN Manchester
United Kingdom

Thursday, 8 December 2016 from 09:00 to 17:30 (GMT)

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BDA Obesity Specialist Group

The BDA Obesity specialist group represents dietitians working in adult and childhood obesity prevention and management, recognising obesity as being a specialist area of dietetic practice. 

The Obesity specialist group  works to communicate evidence-based standards, support post-registration training in obesity management, contribute to national guidelines, campaign for health improvement, and to develop and foster a network of obesity management professionals.

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