Professor Louise Baur AM
Professor & Deputy Associate Dean
C29 - Children's Hospital Westmead
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Louise Baur is a consultant paediatrician at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, the main paediatric hospital in Sydney, where she is Director of Weight Management Services. She is on the Editorial Board of Pediatric Obesity (formerly, Founding Editor-in-Chief). Among her various community roles, she is a Director of World Vision Australia and Advisor of the Obesity Research Chair, King Saud University (website listed above). In 2010, Louise Baur was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) "for service to medicine, particularly in the field of paediatric obesity as a researcher and academic, and to the community through support for a range of children's charities"
Louise Baur's current research interests cover many aspects of obesity and prediabetes in children and adolescents. They include:
- the effective management of child and adolescent obesity and insulin resistance, including several recently completed community-based RCTs (PEACH, HIKCUPS, Loozit) and hospital-based trials (RESIST);
- mechanisms and management of obesity-associated complications, including prediabetes, orthopaedic abnormalities and obstructive sleep apnoea;
- the determinants of obesity, including the longitudinal Nepean Study of adolescents in western Sydney;
- obesity in special patient groups eg patients with acquired brain injury or developmental disability;
- population-based approaches to obesity prevention, including early intervention with first-time mothers (Healthy Beginnings Trial, EPOCH collaboration), junior sports sponsorship, changes to marketing of foods etc;
- health service delivery aspects of child and adolescent obesity;
- measurement of physical activity and dietary intake in children.
These studies are being undertaken with a range of collaborators at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, on the wider University campus, in other parts of Sydney and elsewhere.
Louise Baur is a Co-Director of the Prevention Research Collaboration, a research centre based at the University of Sydney with a primary focus on population health aspects of obesity, nutrition and physical activity (website listed above). She is Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Theme Leader for Sydney Medical School, and is a member of the Acting Executive for the University's new Charles Perkins Centre, which has a multidisciplinary approach to obesity, diabetes and heart disease. She is also Founding Director of the Australasian Child & Adolescent Obesity Research Network, an Australia-wide collaboration of paediatric obesity researchers (website listed above).
Louise Baur teaches primarily within the Child and Adolescent Health Rotation of the Sydney Medical Program, as well as the Paediatric Obesity and Nutrition Unit of Study within the Paediatrics and Child Health component of the Sydney Masters of Medicine. Louise Baur also teaches on aspects of paediatric obesity and nutrition within a range of other courses at the University of Sydney, as well as to a range of professional groups at The Children's Hospital at Westmead and elsewhere. In 1999 Louise Baur was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award for her contributions to the development of the Sydney Medical Program.
Current national competitive grants*
A cohort study of the impact of sedentary behaviour, physical activity and diet on the retinal microvasculature in adolescents
Mitchell P, Gopinath B, Baur L, Flood V, Hardy L, Liew G
Heart Foundation of Australia Grant-in-Aid ($129,338 over 2 years)
Generating evidence of reduced rates of overweight/obesity in children: value adding to four established Australasian early intervention trials
Askie L, Baur L, Campbell K, Daniels L, Taylor B, Wen L, Hesketh K, Magarey A, Taylor R, Martin A
NHMRC Project Grants ($187,021 over 3 years)
* Grants administered through the University of Sydney
PhD and Masters' project opportunities
Modeling biological interactions: from individuals to ecosystems
Nutrition and the origin of phenotype
Securing the future of water and soil
Do genes have memory?
The evolutionary ecology of complex microbial communities
Complex Brain Networks and Nutrition
New approaches to Early Detection of Chronic Disease
Social and Healthcare Network Effects on Delivery and Quality Of Care
Physical, Mental and Psychological Health through Personal Networks
Obesity and insulin resistance in children and adolescents.