Seminar - Associations between modifiable lifestyle behaviours with obesity

4 April 2013

Full title: Associations between modifiable lifestyle behaviours with obesity, blood pressure and retinal vessels

Speaker: Dr Bamini Gopinath, Centre for Vision Research, Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research

About the speaker

Dr Bamini Gopinath is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Vision Research, Westmead Millennium Institute. She completed an honours degree in Biomedical Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and then went on to complete a PhD at the University of Sydney. She currently works in the area of public health and epidemiology. One of her key research interests has been assessing the lifestyle determinants (physical activity, diet and screen time) of obesity, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases, and associated adverse changes to the retinal microvasculature, particularly in children and adolescents.

The Sydney Childhood Eye Study is a large community-based sample of children aged 6 and 12 at baseline who were followed over a period of 5 years. Prospective associations between poor diet, physical inactivity and excessive screen time with obesity, elevated blood pressure, and changes to the retinal vessels were examined. The retina offers a unique 'window' to study vascular changes associated with hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Changes to the retinal vessels is a good indication of the health of blood vessels in the rest of the body. The adverse effects of soft drink consumption, high-glycemic index of foods consumed, reduced time spent in physical activity and excessive TV viewing on various health outcomes were shown in this cohort of schoolchildren.

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Hosted by the Boden Institute

Time: 12pm - 1pm

Location: Medical Foundation Building Auditorium, K25, 92-94 Parramatta Road, Camperdown

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