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

Upcoming events in the 2014 Boden Institute Academic Research Seminar Series

Online courses available


Developmental origins of health and disease (seminar)

Thursday 1 May 12:00–1:00 pm

Venue: Medical Foundation Building Auditorium (TBC), Medical Foundation Building – K25, 92-94 Parramatta Road, Camperdown, The University of Sydney

Presenter: Dr Kyra Sim from the Charles Perkins Centre and the Boden Institute

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Dr Kyra Sim is the Project & Research Officer of the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre: Preconception, Pregnancy, and Childhood Cohort Study and at the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders. Since graduating from her PhD in 2012, she has been employed part-time by both the International Diabetes Federation and as a research assistant investigating the association of cardiovascular risk factors in pregnant women and the obese.

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The Preconception, Pregnancy and Childhood Cohort Study is a flagship project for the Charles Perkins Centre. This study will investigate how preconception and early pregnancy conditions impact on the pathways of disease. This will enable us to gain a greater understanding of the mechanisms occurring before and during pregnancy that contribute to the development of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and related disorders, throughout life.

What is now clear is that genetic programming occurs in the fetus during pregnancy such that the infant carries a metabolic ‘load’ already by birth that can predispose it to diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Of even more concern is that these epigenetic changes not only persist into adulthood but are transmitted into the next generation.

Adding to this complex situation is an increasing trend to later childbearing coupled with the rising prevalence of parental obesity. Maternal obesity is related to an increased risk of non-communicable disease in the offspring, usually presenting in adolescence and adulthood. Pre-pregnancy and gestational obesity may lead to a self-reinforcing vicious cycle of excessive weight gain and adiposity that is passed on from mother to offspring. Additionally, recent studies have reported adverse outcomes associated with an obese biological father. While the underlying mechanisms of such parental obesity-induced programming remain unclear, the hypothesis has important implications in explaining the rapid rise in obesity.

Most health initiatives have focused on obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease as medical conditions, concentrating on their complex biology at the levels of genes, cells and organs. These are important areas for research, but the causes and consequences of these diseases are much more complicated than biology alone. The Charles Perkins Centre takes a complex systems approach to disease states and the study will provide information about the biological, social, cultural and environmental context of the cohort.

The talk will present the progress of Charles Perkins Centre Cohort Study and discuss importance of the first 1,000 days and how they build the foundation for life.

Giving a Tick to Junk Food in Schools

Thursday 29 May 1:00–2:00 pm

Venue: Medical Foundation Building Auditorium (TBC), Medical Foundation Building – K25, 92-94 Parramatta Road, Camperdown, The University of Sydney

Presenter: Dr Kieron Rooney from the Faculty of Health Sciences

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There is an urgent need to review and update current guidelines overseeing food supply in school canteens. The National Healthy School Canteens (NHSC) project commenced in 2008 to help provide guidelines for healthier food and drink choices in Australian schools. At their core, the guidelines seek to restrict the availability of poor food choices by encouraging the preferential availability of healthy options.

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This summer, however, the NHSC and associated state specific nutrition in schools strategies were exploited by food manufacturers to endorse processed junk food as school lunchbox “approved” under the guise of government regulation. As such, food manufacturers have highlighted yet another flaw in the current government approach to nutrition in schools.

In this lunchtime seminar, Dr Kieron Rooney from the Faculty of Health Sciences will present examples of the products currently marketed to children and parents as appropriate inclusions in a healthy lunchbox and discuss the greater concern for the healthy development of our next generation Australians – that these products do in fact, meet government approved guidelines.

Kieron has a PhD specializing in Metabolic Biochemistry, is a Senior lecturer in Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney and is a registered Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia (R Nutr.). For the past 15 years he has researched the impact of diet and physical activity on the regulation of fuel utilisation and storage. Kieron is not a public health expert, but rather a concerned parent with a bit of knowledge and whole lot of passion. For more information see his full profile.

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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 6 months to complete the course

Course cost

$195 Australian Professionals
$295 Overseas Professionals
10% discount for organisations registering 10 or more participants

Course dates

The course is self-directed learning and participants have 6 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

Shandra Coppard
CEDD Administration Manager
T: 02 8587 0203

Adrienne O'Dell
Project Coordinator

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