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

Professor Stephen Colagiuri and the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP

Professor Stephen Colagiuri and The Hon. Tanya Plibersek, Federal Member for Sydney and Minister for Health and Medical Research, after the Minister's Health Policy Address at the University of Sydney on 23 August 2013. The event was co-hosted by the McKell Institute and the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders (in particular, the Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders within the Boden Institute).


The Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders is a joint initiative of the Faculties of Health Sciences, Medicine and Science, and is administered through Sydney Medical School.


The Boden Institute is committed to reducing the individual and societal impact of obesity, eating disorders and lifestyle-related chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, cancer, mental illness and osteoarthritis.

Led by key researchers across the University, the Institute unites expertise in basic, clinical, public health and health policy research in the areas of obesity, eating disorders, nutrition, physical activity and metabolic health; clinical intervention and practice; public health programs and policy formulation and implementation.

The Boden Institute is directed by Professor Caterson, who heads up a team of internationally renowned experts. They include: Stephen Colagiuri, Louise Baur, Adrian Bauman, Jennie Brand-Miller, Maria Fiatarone Singh, Kate Steinbeck, Len Storlien, Tim Gill, Stephen Touyz, Janice Russell and Ruth Colagiuri.

The Boden Institute takes a broad approach to combating and preventing obesity and lifestyle-related chronic disease. Its researchers have expertise across the whole human life-cycle from pre-gestation to old age, and collectively have the broadest approach and expertise for combating and preventing eating disorders, obesity and lifestyle-related chronic disease assembled in Australia – from specialised clinics to public health systems.

Individual staff at the institute have international reputations and experience in a diverse range of fields including:

  • Epidemiology and disease prevention research
  • Behaviour change and health promotion
  • Clinical trials on chronic disease prevention and management
  • Insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome
  • Glycemic index and influence of dietary factors on obesity and health
  • Integration of exercise physiology and nutrition to improve health across the lifespan
  • Child and adolescent obesity
  • Better management of obesity and translational research ensuring best practice and outcome
  • Development and management of eating disorders
  • Body composition and health
  • Differential effect of weight on health in different ethnic groups
  • Neurobiology of energy balance and nervous system control of metabolism
  • Policy work to ensure health outcome sustainability


The Boden Institute brings together key researchers within the disciplines of nutrition, exercise, public health, clinical sciences and health and sustainability to greatly enhance efforts to understand and address the critical health problems posed by the rising burden of obesity and lifestyle-related chronic diseases in Australia and across the globe.

Distinguished visitors to the Boden Institute during 2011 – 2014 include:

Immune cells in the proximal colon of a mouse

Macrophages (the brown cells) infiltrating tissues inflamed by obesity in villi in proximal colon of mice (Photo courtesy of Jenny Hoffmann, a visiting Masters by Research student from Sweden, 2012)

  • Professor Lena Carlsson, Co-Director of the Sahlgrenska Center for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Tesearch at Gothenburg University, Sweden
  • Dr Eric Finkelstein, Deputy Director and Associate Professor for Health Services & Systems Research at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore, and also Associate Research Professor in Economics at the Duke Global Health Institute
  • Professor Berit Heitmann, a research leader at the Research Unit for Dietary Studies, Institute of Preventive Medicine, Centre for Health and Society, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Professor Andrew Hill, Head of the Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at Leeds University, UK
  • Professor Jostein Holmen, Department of Public Health and General Practice, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
  • Professor Turid Holmen, Department of Public Health and General Practice, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
  • Dr Susan Jebb, Head of Nutrition & Health, Medical Research Council University of Cambridge, UK
  • Associate Professor KyoungKon Leonard Kim, Department of Family Medicine, Gachon University of Medicine and Science, Korea
  • Dr Man Yuk (Tellus) Ng, Endocrinologist, Tuen Mun Hospital, Hong Kong
  • Professor Stephan Rossner, distinguished Swedish obesity researcher
  • Professor Paul Trayhurn, Emeritus Professor of Nutritional Biology and Honorary Professor: the University of Buckingham & the University of Sydney
  • Professor Yanfang Wang, Assistant Director of the Peking University Clinical Research Institute, China

Associate Professor Amanda Salis selected as one of the 100 Women of Influence 2014

The Australian Financial Review and Westpac's 100 Women of Influence Awards showcases the country’s highest-achieving women who have been selected across 10 categories – board/management, innovation, public policy, business entrepreneur, diversity, young leader, global, social enterprise or not-for-profit, philanthropy and local/regional.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Amanda Salis from the Boden Institute, who has been recognised in the Innovation category for her contribution to research aimed at finding better ways to treat overweight and obesity.

“My team and I are constantly seeking new ways to reduce hunger and the ‘famine reaction’ that makes it so difficult for people to lose excess weight and keep it off”, says Amanda. “Our clinical weight loss trials involve creative and tireless efforts from my team and the people volunteering to lose weight for science, and this award is a great encouragement to continue”.

Further information can be found at
http://www.100womenofinfluence.com.au/.


Professor Ian Caterson is the new President-Elect of the World Obesity Federation

It was announced at the 12th International Congress on Obesity in Kuala Lumpur earlier this year that Professor Ian Caterson AM is the new President-Elect of the World Obesity Federation for 2014-2016, after which he will become President from 2016-2018.

Ian is the Director of the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition Exercise & Eating Disorders and the Boden Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Sydney.

Congratulations to Ian for this significant honour.

The World Obesity Federation represents professional members of the scientific, medical and research communities from over 50 regional and national obesity associations. Through their membership they create a global community of organisations dedicated to solving the problems of obesity. For more information, please go to their website
http://www.worldobesity.org.


World First - New W.H.O. collaborating centre in physical activity, nutrition and obesity

The new World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre aims to increase the role of prevention in reducing non-communicable diseases including obesity, diabetes, chronic lung diseases and cardiovascular diseases.

The Centre will be based within the University of Sydney's Boden Institute and Prevention Research Collaboration, and will be directed by Professors Adrian Bauman and Stephen Colagiuri.

For more information, see the University's
news article