Event by Novo Nordisk Foundation Science Cluster

    Conference: Prevention of Childhood Obesity

    The aim of this conference is to address the fundamental challenges in prevention of childhood obesity. Leading scientists from all over the world will discuss the range of topics from basic understanding of what might cause obesity in childhood to experiences with interventions on these presumed causes of childhood obesity.

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    30-03 Oct-Nov 2023


    Berit Heitmann University of Copenhagen, DK
    Carolyn Summerbell Durham University, UK
    David Allison University of Indiana, US
    David Ludwig Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, US
    Erik Hemmingsson Swedish school of Sport and Health Sciences, SE
    Jaap Seidell Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL
    Jane Martin Cancer Council, AU
    Janine Felix Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL
    John Reilly University of Strathclyde, UK
    Ken Ong University of Cambridge, UK
    Leonard Epstein University at Buffalo, US
    Louise Baur University of Sydney, AU
    Marie-Francoise Rolland-Cachera University of Paris, FR
    Mark Tremblay University of Ottawa, CAN
    Morten Grønbæk Center for Childhood Health, DK
    Patrick Catalano Tufts University School of Medicine, US
    Rachael Taylor University of Otago, NZ
    Ruth Loos University of Copenhagen, DK
    Stephen Simpson University of Sydney, AU
    Steve Gortmaker Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, US
    Stuart W. Flint University of Leeds, UK
    Thorkild Sørensen University of Copenhagen, DK
    Tim Lobstein World Obesity Federation, UK
    Zachary Gerhart-Hines University of Copenhagen, DK


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    Science Cluster Conference: Prevention of Childhood Obesity

    Scientific committee

    • Thorkild Sørensen, Copenhagen University & CSLT
    • Berit Heitmann, Copenhagen University
    • Morten Grønbæk, CSLT
    • Nina Geiker, CSLT
    • Teresa Holmberg, CSLT

    Centre for Childhood Health (CSLT)


    The programme starts at 5:30 pm on Monday, 30 October 2023 and ends Friday, 3 November 2023 with checkout at 9:00 am.

    How to apply?

    This conference is fully booked.

    All accepted participants will be expected to present a poster at the conference.


    Abstract submission: The application deadline is 13 August, 2023

    Evaluation of incoming applications: End of August, 2023

    Notifications to applicants: Early September, 2023

    SHORT TALKS: Some applicants will be invited to give a short talk during the conference based on their submitted abstract. Selected applicants have bene notified.

    Registration fee, accommodation and local costs for all approved applicants are covered by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. Only travel expenses to and from the conference venue will be at your own expense.

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    Conference topics

    Conference topics

    Theoretical and methodological issues and perspectives
    Experiences in prevention of childhood obesity
    Role of social, psychological, psychiatric aspects
    Genetic causes and mechanisms of obesity
    Early nutrition and developmental patterns
    Modifiable environmental and behavioral factors
    Prevention of childhood obesity before and during pregnancy
    Development and testing implementation methods
    Societal, public health and policy implications
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