Childhood Obesity (TBC)
Presentation by Professor Alison Venn
QVMAG – Inveresk
Sunday, 25th August 2013 Commencing 2.00 pm until
Royal Society of Tasmania – 2013 Launceston Lecture Series
Professor Alison Venn, BSc Hons PhD
Deputy Director; Associate Director – Research
Menzies Research Institute, Tasmania
Cardiovascular Disease and type 2 Diabetes – links to childhood overweight and obesity.
in the Meeting Room, QVMAG at Inveresk
2.00 pm Sunday August 25th 2013
Admission: $5 General Public, $3 Friends of the Museum, $2 Students
Free for members of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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Cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes are common and costly health problems in Australia. Adult risk factors are well understood but the contribution made by childhood factors is uncertain. The Childhood Determinants of Adult Health (CDAH) study, led by the Menzies Research Institute Tasmania, is a follow-up study over nearly three decades of 8,500 children from 109 schools nation-wide. It is helping to define, for the first time, the key contributions of childhood overweight and obesity to adult disease.
Professor Alison Venn completed her PhD in immunology at the National Institute for Medical Research in the UK. Following postdoctoral research in malaria immunology at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, she trained as an epidemiologist and spent ten years researching women’s reproductive health at La Trobe University. Since joining the Menzies Research Institute in 2000 she has broadened her research interests to cover the causes and prevention of chronic disease. Her particular focus is on how lifestyle (smoking, physical activity, diet, alcohol consumption) and obesity in childhood and early adulthood affect the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes later in life.