The Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders

Upcoming events in the 2015 Boden Institute Academic Research Seminar Series

Online courses available


Exploring the interrelationships between diet, the gut system and metabolic health

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Thursday 5 March 2015 12:00–1:00 pm

Venue: Auditorium, Charles Perkins Centre - D17, Johns Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Road), The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006

Presenter: Dr Yan Yan Lam from the Boden Institute and the Charles Perkins Centre

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Summary of the talk
There is a growing body of literature that suggests that the gut, in particular its microbes, is integral to metabolic health. While many diseases have been associated with a state of dysbiosis, the drivers of the alternations in microbiota and the extent to which these changes are causes, or consequences of metabolic sequelae is unclear. Dr Yan Yan Lam and her colleagues hypothesised that dietary factors could modify gut health, primarily via changes in the gut microbes, and subsequently impact on systemic functions. In this seminar, she will describe a series of rodent studies that she conducted at the Boden Institute as part of an NHMRC-funded project that investigated the role of the gut in metabolic dysfunctions in the context of diet-induced obesity. Yan will also provide a summary of her work during her two-year training at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in the United States that primarily focused on using whole-room respiratory chambers to investigate the effect of diet on energy expenditure in humans. Finally, Yan will briefly describe the work that she will undertake in her new position at the Boden Institute, that involves a Diabetes Australia-funded project looking at gut permeability, diet and glucose homeostasis in humans, and potential new collaborations to investigate the mechanisms by which dietary factors impact on metabolic wellbeing.

About the presenter
Dr Yan Yan Lam is a Postdoctoral Research Associate within the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders. Having a background in clinical dietetics, Yan pursued her interest in mechanisms by which diet impacts on health by specialising in basic science research using cell culture and animal models. Upon completion of her first postdoctoral training with Professor Len Storlien at the Boden Institute, Yan was invited to further her training under the mentorship of Professor Eric Ravussin, a world expert in the conduct of translational research in obesity and diabetes, at the prestigious Pennington Biomedical Research Center in the United States. During this time she acquired highly specialised skills in measuring gut parameters and metabolic phenotyping in humans. Yan has recently joined the Charles Perkins Centre and is aiming to establish her niche of expertise and develop her standing as a translational researcher in the area of gut-metabolic health interactions.

What impact does obesity stigma have on the management of obesity?

Professor Andrew Hill

Tuesday 17 March 2015 1:00–2:00 pm

Venue: Level 6 Seminar Room, Charles Perkins Centre - D17, Johns Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Road), The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006

Presenter: Professor Andrew Hill is Head of the Academic Unit of Psychiatry & Behavioural Sciences and Director of Student Progression at Leeds University School of Medicine.

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Summary of the talk
The rise in interest in anti-fat bias parallels the recognition of obesity as a public health problem and a general failure to bring about change. Calls to ‘wage war’ on obesity and using stigma to change obesity-relevant behaviour have been challenged on human rights and social justice grounds. This presentation will address a series of questions. Namely, what is anti-fat bias? Who holds anti-fat attitudes and at what age do these attitudes become apparent? What is the resultant experience of those who are obese? What are the consequences of anti-fat bias? And what should our professional response be?

The main components of anti-fat bias are dislike (the aesthetics of appearance), judgements of health (weight as a metric of health; weight change indicative of health improvement/decline), and morality (blame, lack of willpower). The overarching emotion is fear, as the stereotyping of fat is a mainly negative portrayal of character, social exclusion, and poor health. Such views are widely held, implicitly by most, and explicitly by the majority of general public, health professionals and people who are obese. Anticipated and actual discrimination and victimization experiences are evidenced in questionnaires, diary records and qualitative interviews with children and adults who are obese. The associated disparity and disadvantage is evidenced in all areas of life; education, the workplace, health care, socially, and in increased psychological distress. Behavioural justice sits within a broader social justice view of equality and valuing diversity. Specifically, it points to inequalities in access to health-promoting resources. I will argue that the obesogenic environment requires attitudinal as well as physical adjustment.

About the presenter
Andrew Hill is Professor of Medical Psychology, Head of the Academic Unit of Psychiatry & Behavioural Sciences, and Director of Student Progression at Leeds University School of Medicine. Andrew is also Visiting Professor at Sydney Medical School for 3 years from 2015. He was Chairman of the UK Association for the Study of Obesity from 1999-2002 and is currently a member of the UK Department of Health’s Obesity Review Group. Over the last 25 years or so his research interests have ranged from human appetite control to the development of weight and shape concerns in children, and the variety of psychological issues inherent in obesity and eating disorders.

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Diagnosing, Managing and Assessing Eating Disorders – an online course for health professionals

Who is this course for?

General and mental health professionals including GPs, Psychologists, Nurses, Dietitians, Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers and Counsellors

Who runs the course?

The Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders (CEDD) as part of the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders

Level of assumed knowledge

The course is open to all interested health professionals

Course overview

This course covers:

  • Understanding Eating Disorders
  • Assessment
  • Preparation for Treatment
  • Treatment Approaches
  • Management

Course duration

Each of the 5 core modules contain 3.5 hours of learning so 17.5 hours in total

How is the course assessed?

Online quizzes at the end of each module

Method of delivery

The course is delivered online and registered participants will have 3 months to complete the course

Course cost

  • Australia - AUD$280
  • International – AUD$280
  • One Month Extension – AUD$50

Course dates

The course is self-directed learning and participants have 3 months from registration to complete it

Is this course accredited for CME points?

This course has been accredited as professional development training by the ACMHN (up to 18 points), the RACGP (2 category 2 points for each hour completed) and the Australian Counselling Association (34 points). Accreditation has been recently requested and is pending for the RCNA and ACRRM

Can this course contribute to an academic degree?



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Contacts and further information

Blagica Miceska

For further information download the course brochure or visit the CEDD website