About Professor Louise Baur

I am passionate about understanding and tackling the causes and complications of overweight, poor nutrition and physical inactivity in children and young people.

Louise Baur is Professor in the Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health, Director of the NSW Centre for Overweight & Obesity in the Prevention Research Centres at the University of Sydney and a consultant paediatrician (Director of Weight Management Services) at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Louise Baur holds a Personal Chair in Paediatrics & Child Health at the University of Sydney and is Chair of the Board of Directors of the NSW Centre for Overweight & Obesity [COO], based mainly at the University of Sydney main. COO has a focus on the population health and health promotion aspects of obesity. She is a Founding Director of the Australasian Child & Adolescent Obesity Research Network (est. 2002), which promotes collaborative cross-disciplinary research in the area of paediatric obesity. Louise Baur’s current research interests include prevention of childhood obesity, the antecedents of obesity and the metabolic syndrome in childhood and adolescence, complications of overweight and obesity in childhood and the effective management of obesity and related disorders in a variety of clinical settings. Since 2003 she has been a Chief Investigator on studies which have received >$5.5 million in external peer-reviewed funding. She is currently a Chief Investigator on two NHMRC grants. Louise Baur has published widely in the areas of obesity, childhood nutrition and insulin resistance in such journals as the Lancet, Diabetes, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the Journal of Pediatrics and the International Journal of Obesity. Since 2003 she has been the keynote speaker at 6 international conferences, 10 national conference and invited speaker at numerous other meetings, all dealing with obesity, physical activity or nutrition. Louise Baur is Chair of the International Obesity TaskForce’s (IOTF’s) Working Group on Childhood Obesity and co-authored the IOTF’s major report to the World Health Organisation on childhood obesity, aimed at raising obesity as a public health issue among WHO member nations. In response, WHO established an Expert Consultation on Obesity. Louise Baur is a member of the IOTF’s Steering Committee. Louise Baur is Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, first published in March 2006, owned by the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO), and the first such journal on this topic. This journal has had a very successful launch and is now Medline listed. Louise Baur is a consultant paediatrician at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW) where she has established a multi-disciplinary weight management service for children and young people, the most extensive and experienced such service in Australasia. Louise Baur is Co-Chair of NSW Health’s Population Health Priority Taskforce, a member of NSW Health’s Health Care Advisory Council and Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Hunter New England Area Health Service Childhood Obesity Prevention Program (Australia’s largest paediatric obesity prevention program). From 2004-2007, she was a Director of the Telstra Foundation, She was appointed a Director of World Vision Australia in 2007. Louise played a major role in developing the University of Sydney Medical Program (awarded the University’s Excellence in Teaching Award 1999), and has undertaken many varied academic roles (currently Deputy Associate Dean, CHW Clinical School). She has also been actively involved in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians for many years, and in 2007 was awarded the John Sands Medal for an outstanding contribution to the College. In April 2008, Louise’s contribution to child health and broader population health issues was recognized by her involvement as an invited participant at the Australia 2020 Summit.

Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Professor Baur's publications, please visit her Sydney Medical School academic profile.