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Symposium addresses latest thinking on obesity

University of Plymouth

The 15th Plymouth Obesity, Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome Symposium will take place at Plymouth Postgraduate Medical Centre on 21st May.

Entitled "New Ideas and Controversies in Obesity", the event will bring together a stellar panel of experts from research institutions and the NHS across the UK.

The symposium will show the latest thinking in a number of areas related to obesity including: surgical solutions; whether obesity is a psychological disorder; the relationship between bile acids and incretins (metabolic hormones that stimulate a decrease in blood glucose levels); using groups in the management of obesity; adipose (fat) tissue health; the origins of diabetes in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome; the challenges ahead for the implantation of the latest NICE guidance on obesity; and following up the Plymouth EarlyBirds as adults - one of the only studies in the world to follow the same cohort from early childhood to adulthood.

Experts include: Professor Francesco Rubino, Chair of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at Kings College London; Dr. Jennifer Logue, Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, Glasgow; Professor Jason Halford from Psychology Sciences at the University of Liverpool; Dr. Royce Vincent, Consultant Chemical Pathologist at King's College Hospital; Dr. Mark Tarrant, Senior Lecturer in Psychology Applied to Health and Dr. Katarina Kos, both at the University of Exeter; Dr. Joanne Hosking, PhD Statistician at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry; and Professor Jonathan Pinkney, Consultant Endocrinologist from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

Professor Pinkney will chair the symposium. He said: "Obesity is recognised as a serious threat to health in the developed world, as well as a key contributor to pressures on health services around the world. This is our 15th Plymouth Obesity, Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome Symposium, which has run for the same time as our ground breaking EarlyBird project, and we are delighted to welcome a wide range of experts from across the UK who are true leaders in their fields. For anyone with a professional interest in obesity - be that clinical, research, policy or administrative - this symposium is a 'must attend' event."

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Attendance fees range from £20 to £90 depending on status, and for more details and to book please visit http://estore.plymouth.ac.uk, or contact Kerry Godley-McAvoy at kerry.godley-mcavoy@plymouth.ac.uk or on 01752 764822.

The 15th Plymouth Obesity, Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome Symposium will take place at Plymouth Postgraduate Medical Centre on 21st May, with registration at 08.30am and close at 16.30pm.

The venue and catering have been sponsored by Lilly, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Sanofi, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

For more information about this press release, please contact Andrew Gould, andrew.gould@plymouth.ac.uk

Notes to Editors

The 15th Plymouth Symposium
Obesity, Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome

'New ideas and controversies in obesity'

Thursday, 21st May 2015
Plymouth Postgraduate Medical Centre
Derriford Hospital

08:30 REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

09:00 Welcome - Professor Jon Pinkney
Chair: Professor Jon Pinkney

09:10 Professor Francesco Rubino, Chair of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Kings College London
From Bariatric to Metabolic and Diabetes Surgery: What's in a name?

09:50 Dr Jennifer Logue, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, Glasgow
Surgical Obesity Treatment Study - providing the evidence base for bariatric surgery

10:30 Professor Jonathan Pinkney, Consultant Endocrinologist, Plymouth University
Challenges ahead for implementation of latest NICE guidance on obesity

11:10 COFFEE

Chair: Dr Paddy English

11:30 Professor Jason Halford, Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool
Is Obesity a Psychological Disorder?

12:10 Dr Royce Vincent, Consultant Chemical Pathologist, King's College Hospital
Emerging interplay between bile acids and incretins

12:50 Mark Tarrant, Senior Lecturer in Psychology Applied to Health, University of Exeter
Using groups in the management of obesity: Nurturing social identity, enabling change

13:30 LUNCH

Chair:

14:30 Dr Katarina Kos, Senior Lecturer (E&R) (Clinical), University of Exeter
Adipose tissue health

15:10 Dr Joanne Hosking, PhD Statistician, Peninsula School of Medicine & Dentistry
Following up Plymouth Earlybirds as adults

15:50 Professor Jonathan Pinkney, Consultant Endocrinologist, Plymouth University
Origins of diabetes in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

16:30 CLOSE

Attendance fees range from £20 to £90 depending on status, and for more details and to book please visit http://estore.plymouth.ac.uk, or contact Kerry Godley-McAvoy at kerry.godley-mcavoy@plymouth.ac.uk or on 01752 764822.

About Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry

Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry focuses on medical, dental and biomedical education and research. In education it takes the lead in using innovative, evidence-based learning techniques which nurture future doctors, dentists and biomedical scientists who are clinically excellent, have immense empathy for those in their care, and who are well-prepared for roles in an ever-changing health service. Research covers the areas of clinical neurosciences; cancer; inflammation, infection and immunity; diagnostics; genomics; stratification; prevention; personalised integrated care; and novel health technologies. The Research Excellence Framework 2014 ranked the organisation top in the UK for the quality of its research outputs, above medical schools at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. It is one of the lead academic partners in the Alzheimer's Research UK South West Research Network, and one of four Research Centres of Excellence for charity Brain Tumour Research.

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