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UK Congress on Obesity

Tuesday 16th September 2014 - Wednesday 17th September 2014 at University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus

The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) will be holding its first two day Annual National Congress at the University of Birmingham between September 16-17th 2014.

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Keynote Presentations:

Can we blame our genes when our jeans don't fit?
Dr Giles Yeo, University of Cambridge

Are all calories equal?
Professor Ian Macdonald, University of Nottingham

Winning hearts and minds: does the family view childhood obesity seriously enough?
Professor Julian Hamilton-Shield, University of Bristol

Exercise and Appetite: casualties of the energy balance wars - we are currently unable to share this presentation
Professor John Blundell, University of Leeds

Award Winning Presentations:

ASO Oral Abstract Prize
Does a high sugar dietary pattern in childhood lead to increased adiposity in adolescence?
Dr David Johns

ASO Best Practice Award
Central London Community Health Specialist Weight Management Service
Lucy Turnbull

Parallel Session A:

ASO Symposium: New insights on obesity from neurobiology

Serotonergic influences on eating behaviour
Dr Lora Heisler

Nutritional, hormonal and surgical influences on food reward systems
Dr Tony Goldstone

Is food addiction a useful concept to tackle obesity?
Professor Peter Rogers

Member-Led Symposium: Weight loss maintenance- what works and for whom?

Systematic review of randomised controlled trials non-surgical weight loss maintenance interventions: The role of behavioural techniques and theory.
Dr Falko Sniehotta

Meta-synthesis of qualitative studies of weight loss maintenance.
Dr Colin Greaves and Leon Poltawski

Weight loss maintenance after bariatric surgery and implications for psychological support
Professor Jane Ogden

Public health interventions for weight maintenance
Claire Madigan

A feasibility randomised controlled trial of a motivational interviewing based intervention for weight loss maintenance in adults: the WILMA study.
Dr Sharon Simpson

Parallel Session B:

Weight Watchers Symposium: Planning for and delivering best practices in lifestyle weight management
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Adrian Coggins, Commissioning Support Manager, Essex County Council.
Sarah Mills, Public Health Principal, Buckinghamshire County Council.
Frances Mason, Consultant Nutritionist, Weight Watchers UK.

Member-Led Symposium: Early life (0-6 years) obesity: determinants and interventions
Dr Sally Barber
Dr Maria Bryant
Dr Kathryn Hesketh
Dr Raj Lakshman
Professor Carolyn Summerbell

Oral Abstracts: ‘Weight Management’

Healthy Eating and Lifestyle in Pregnancy: The HELP trial. - we are unable to share this presentation
Dr Sharon Simpson

Weight Management in Pregnancy: participants' experiences of ‘Healthy Eating and Lifestyle in Pregnancy (HELP)' trial. - we are unable to share this presentation
Dunla Gallagher

Self-help interventions for weight loss in overweight and obese adults: systematic review and meta-analysis.
Jamie Hartmann-Boyce

Clinical effectiveness of very low calorie diets: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.
Dr Helen Parretti

A qualitative evidence synthesis on the management of male obesity: the ROMEO Project.
Dr Daryll Archibald

Meta-regression of weight lost in control groups: does intensity of brief advice or frequency of follow-up lead to greater weight loss?
Professor Paul Aveyard

Parallel session C:

Slimming World Symposium: Addressing the subject of weight with patients: a difficult conversation to have?
Jennifer Percival, qualified Nurse, Midwife, Health Visitor and independent training Consultant
Paul Sharpe, Health Partnerships Manager, Slimming World

Member-Led Symposium: Towards tighter restrictions on HFSS food marketing to children
Chair: Professor Jason Halford
Dr Emma Boyland
Ms Georgina Cairns
Professor Amandine Garde

Oral Abstracts: ‘Clinical’
Multiple risk behaviours and central adiposity in mid-adulthood in the 1958 British birth cohort.
Dr Karin van Veldhoven

Treatment of hypogonadal obese men with parenteral testosterone undecanoate induces weight loss, improves the metabolic syndrome, and in diabetics, improves metabolic control
Professor Farid Saad

Optimal Central Obesity Measurement Site for Assessing Cardiometabolic and Type 2 Diabetes Risk in Middle-Aged Adults. - we are unable to share this presentation
Seán R. Millar

Using fMRI to assess the impact of Mandolean training on the neural control of obesity in young people.
Elanor Hinton

Should weight loss programmes be designed differently for men and women? The ROMEO Project.
Clare Robertson

Parallel Session D:

Cambridge Weight Plan Symposium: Evidence-based weight loss and maintenance with formula diet

Slim for surgery: why and how
Dr Anthony Leeds

Weight loss before bypass surgery in an immobile super-obese woman (case-study)
Ruth Sebastian

Suppressing inflammatory disease: weight loss in osteoarthritis* and psoriasis**
*Anthony R Leeds

Member-Led Symposium: Weight Stigma: Blame and shame, but also an agent of change?

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Yes, weight stigma is a useful agent of change in public health
Professor Jane Ogden

No, weight stigma is a cause of social injustice and poor health
Dr Judy Swift

The middle ground: what might it look like?
Professor Paul Gately

Oral Abstracts: ‘Appetite’

The role of appetite in extended formula-feeding: qualitative and quantitative analyses
Hayley Syrad

Caregiver feeding styles, child eating behaviour and weight status in children aged 7-8 years.
Kiya Hurley (neé Kelleher)

Role for increased plasma PYY and GLP-1 in reducing anticipatory food reward after gastric bypass surgery. - we are currently unable to share this presentation
Dr Tony Goldstone

How are gastrointestinal peptides related to satiety?
Dr Catherine Gibbons

Dairy protein in the post-weaning phase is positively associated with BMI and weight up to five years of age.
Laura Pimpin

A randomised controlled trial of a text supported weight maintenance programme: Lighten Up Plus.
Dr Manbinder Sidhu

Parallel Session E:

Member-Led Symposium: Prader- Willi syndrome: genetics, pathophysiology and management

Pathophysiology of hyperphagia and obesity in Prader-Willi Syndrome - we are currently unable to share this presentation
Dr Tony Goldstone

Role of SNORD116 in Prader-Willi Syndrome - we are unable to share this presentation
Dr Giles Yeo

Specialist Residential Placements for Adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome
David Palmer

Member-Led Symposium: Psychological approaches to control of food intake: New perspectives and their application in tackling the obesity epidemic

Expected satiety and the hidden complexity of meal planning.
Professor Jeff Brunstrom

Episodic memory and its role in appetite regulation.
Dr Suzanne Higgs

Food reward and appetite control. - we are unable to share this presentation
Associate Professor Graham Finlayson

Normative beliefs and energy consumption.
Dr Eric Robinson

Oral Abstracts: ‘Prevention’
Development of an intervention to improve parental recognition of childhood overweight - we are currently unable to share this presentation
Dr Angela Jones

Are grandparents the key to childhood obesity prevention in China? Evidence from a mixed methods study. - we are unable to share this presentation
Dr Bai Li

The impact of athlete endorsement on estimates of nutritional content of food meals. - we are unable to share this presentation
Dr Stuart Flint

Do television food adverts increase eating in the absence of hunger behaviours in children?
Emma Boyland

Increasing pre-school children’s consumption of fruit and vegetables: a modelling and rewards intervention. - we are unable to share this presentation
Catherine Sharp

Weight status and quality of life in children aged 5 to 6 years.
Emma Lancashire

DiRECT - Diabetes REmission Clinical Trial
Naomi Brosahan

Save the dates!

ASO National Conference

Satiety – from origins to applications
3 March 2015, London

2nd UK Congress on Obesity

9 -11 September 2015 , Glasgow

Further information on these events can be found here

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 227771.


This event is made possible through the generous support of the following organisations:



Tuesday 16th September 2014

Please find the outline provisional programme timings, you can download the full programme, including the parallel session information, in the Additional Information area at the bottom of the page.

10:00Welcome and opening remarks
10:15ASO Best Abstract Award
10:30ASO Best Practice Award
10:45Parallel Sessions (see download document)
12:15Lunch and ASO AGM
13:30Keynote: Are all calories equal?, Professor Ian Macdonald
14:30Parallel Sessions (see download document)
16:00Refreshment Break
16:30Keynote: Winning hearts and minds: does the family view childhood obesity seriously enough?, Professor Julian Hamilton-Shield
17:30Guided poster tours, short orals and drinks reception

Wednesday 17th September 2014

Please find the outline provisional programme timings, you can download the full programme, including the parallel session information, in the Additional Information area at the bottom of the page.

08:45Parallel Sessions (see download document)
10:15Refreshment Break
10:45Keynote: Can we blame our genes when our jeans don’t fit?, Dr Giles Yeo
11:45Parallel Sessions (see download document)
14:00Conference closing remarks, including poster prize award and preview of UKCO 2015
14:15Keynote: Exercise and Appetite: causalities of the energy balance wars, Professor John Blundell
15:15Parallel Sessions (see download document)
16:45Conference Close

Speakers and Facilitators


Dr Giles Yeo, University of Cambridge

Keynote Speaker
Giles Yeo is a Senior Research Associate and Director of Genomics and Transcriptomics at the University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Labs. He did his PhD in Cambridge with Sydney Brenner, and his subsequent post-doctoral training with Stephen O’Rahilly, when he was the first to report that mutations in the melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R) and in the neurotrophic receptor TRKB resulted in severe human obesity. Giles is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the central control of food intake and body-weight. The approaches he currently takes include identifying new players in the hypothalamic control of energy balance, as well as studying how genetic modifiers, such as FTO, might influence these pathways.

Professor Ian Macdonald, University of Nottingham

Keynote Speaker
Professor of Metabolic Physiology, University of Nottingham and Head of the new School of Life Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Research interests are concerned with the functional consequences of metabolic and nutritional disturbances in health and disease, with specific interests in obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and exercise.

Early work involved assessing the physiological consequences (mainly on thermoregulation and BP regulation) of metabolic and nutritional disturbances such as starvation, hypoglycaemia and prolonged exercise. Recent work has focussed on the metabolic aspects of diabetes and obesity, including the effects of diet composition and weight loss, and the impact of dietary supplements on carbohydrate and lipid metabolism.

Two major areas of current interest relate to the use of MR imaging and spectroscopy for assessing alterations in metabolism and the influence of nutrients and metabolic disturbances on gene expression in adipose tissue and muscle. Current work in these areas relates to physical activity and inactivity (including immobilisation), obesity and diabetes.

In September 2013 he was elected as a Fellow of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences. He is currently joint Editor of the International Journal of Obesity, a member of the UK Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, a Fellow of the Society of Biology, a Registered Nutritionist and an Honorary Fellow of the Association for Nutrition

Professor Julian Hamilton-Shield

Keynote Speaker
Julian Hamilton-Shield is a Professor of Diabetes and Metabolic Endocrinology at the University of Bristol (UK). He undertook his clinical, paediatric training in Bristol and the Hospitals for Sick Children, London. He has been an honorary consultant paediatrician at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children since 1997.

His main research interests encompass neonatal glucose metabolism, childhood obesity and its treatment, diabetes mellitus and the development of insulin resistance through childhood.

He is the theme lead in a National Institute for Health Research, Biomedical Research Unit in Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle including Obesity within Bristol researching ‘Optimising nutrition in children with chronic disease to improve health outcomes’.

Professor John Blundell

Keynote Speaker
Research Chair of PsychoBiology and the founder Director of the Institute of Psychological Sciences. Training in Neuroscience – Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, University of London (1970), Fellow of the British Psychological Society (FBPsS)

Member of Expert Group of UK government Department of Health (DoH) Social Marketing on Childhood Obesity (2004/5); Expert Group of UK government Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) Foresight Team on Tackling Obesities (2005/6). Chair – Expert Group, ILSI International Task Force on Appetite Regulation; Treasurer and Trustee of European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) and Chair of Scientific Advisory Board; Scientific Governor of the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF); Expert consultant to the NDA Panel of European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). International Scientific Board of CYBERobN (Spain). Honorary Professor – University of Liverpool; University of Ghent (Belgium). Distinguished International Visiting Scholar – University of Rhode Island (2010); Winner of the British Nutrition Foundation Prize (2010).

John is one of the most highly cited investigators in the science of appetite regulation, energy balance and physical activity, with more than 20,000 total citations of his work. He has an h-index of 80, and over 20 years experience of in the management of interdisciplinary interventions involving simultaneous measurements in metabolism, physiology, energy balance, behaviour and psychology


University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus

Edgbaston , Birmingham , West Midlands , B15 2TT •  Website•  Directions

The University of Birmingham is the original British red brick university located in the city of Birmingham, United Kingdom. It received its royal charter in 1900 as a successor to Birmingham Medical School and Mason Science College.