Global Obesity Summit 2010 – Jackson, Mississippi

This morning I am presenting a plenary lecture on the Etiological Assessment of Obesity at the Global Obesity Summit 2010, Jackson, Mississippi.

As readers may know, Mississippi currently leads the US in both adult and childhood obesity rates.

Although a number of programs exist to address obesity in schools, communities and rural populations, Mississippi lacks a coordinated strategy to expand obesity research, education, clinical treatment and prevention.

The Organising Committee is co-chaired by my friend and colleague John Hall, who has made considerable contributions to our understanding of obesity related hypertension. John is the Arthur C Guyton Professor and Chair of Physiology & Biophysics and currently the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Mississippi Medical Centre.

Faculty of this Summit includes a distinguished panel of obesity researchers and clinicians as well as politicians, community leaders and senior administrators from Mississippi and other US states.

The Summit even features the Honourable Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the US, who will address the delegates regarding the need for more concerted action to address the obesity crisis.

The scientific program is nicely framed by over 130 original poster presentations on topics ranging from basic science to population health.

I certainly look forward to a most stimulating and lively discussion with my many colleagues from across the US and other countries.

Jackson, Mississippi