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Childhood Obesity: an interdisciplinary approach to prevention and treatment

September 6 - September 7

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Childhood Obesity: An inter-disciplinary approach to prevention and treatment

Date: 6-7 September 2021
Venue: Downing College, Howard Theatre Building, Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1DQ.

The CMN-DDA course on Childhood Obesity: An inter-disciplinary approach to prevention and treatment has been jointly developed through our on-going collaboration with the Danish Diabetes Academy and offers an opportunity to learn from and discuss with researchers based in Danish and Cambridge institutions.

The two-day course aims to expand participants’ knowledge on obesity research including physiology, epidemiology and social sciences as well as promote collaboration between experienced and early-stage researchers from Denmark and Cambridge.

Our speakers will cover a range of topics including:

  • Eating behaviour – the neurobiology of eating behaviour; interactions between the  environment and biology; policies and treatments aimed at changing eating patterns.
  • Energy expenditure – the regulation of energy expenditure; policies and interventions aimed at increasing physical activity levels.

The course also involves a debate on “Food Addiction: Biology vs. Behaviour?”, a workshop exploring how science can inform policy and influence change, and a series of flash talks selected from submitted abstracts by early career researchers.

Sufficient time for discussion will be programmed in order to maximise the likelihood of developing useful collaborations between researchers in the two countries.

We are hopeful that the event will go ahead -face-to-face, but we are mindful of the ever-changing COVID-19 situation. We will be following guidance from both the Danish and UK governments as well as the University of Cambridge and we will keep you informed if we need to change to an online-only event.

Who can attend

PhD students and early-stage postdoctoral researchers based in Denmark or Cambridge interested in developing their research on underlying mechanisms, interventions and treatments for childhood obesity. Participants will be selected based on their submitted abstract. 15-20 Danish places and 15-20 places for researchers from Cambridge are available.


Dr Laura Dearden, Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, (UK)
Professor Ana Domingos, University of Oxford, (UK)
Professor Sadaf Farooqi, Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science & Cambridge Metabolic Network (UK)
Professor Anders Grøntved, University of Southern Denmark (DK)
Dr Luke William Johnston, Steno Diabetes Center, Aarhus (DK)
Dr Clare Llewellyn, University College London (UK)
Christina Horsager Pedersen, Aalborg University Hospital (DK)
Dolly Theis, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge (UK)
Associate Professor Signe Torekov, University of Copenhagen (DK)
Dr Agatha Van der Klaauw, Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science (UK)
Dr Esther van Sluijs, MRC Epidemiology Unit, Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR University of Cambridge (UK)
Professor Daniel Witte, Aarhus University (DK)

Full Programme

Registration and submission of abstracts


Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, University of Cambridge (UK): Professor Sadaf Farooqi, Wellcome Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Metabolism and Medicine, and Dr Agatha Van der Klaauw, NIHR Clinical Lecturer.

MRC-Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge (UK): Professor Ken Ong, Programme Leader, Early Life Aetiology and Mechanisms of Diabetes and Related Metabolic Disorders; Dr Rajalakshmi Lakshman, Clinical Senior Research Scientist; Dr Erika Ikeda, Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) Behavioural Epidemiology and Interventions in Young People.

Professor Niels Jessen, Head of Research, Department of Clinical Medicine and Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University, Denmark
Professor Jens Meldgaard Bruun, Department of Clinical Medicine, Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus, Denmark

Cambridge Metabolic Network: Network Coordinator, Angela

Danish Diabetes Academy: Education Manager, Jette



Downing College, University of Cambridge
United Kingdom


Cambridge Metabolic Network
Danish Diabetes Academy