Second Canadian Student Obesity Meeting

Despite what the name may suggest, this is not the second meeting in Canada for students with obesity.

Rather, this three day event brings together 200 of Canada’s top young researchers (Post doctoral, PhD and Masters candidates) to learn and present to each other the latest findings from their research on the causes, complications, treatment and prevention of obesity.

The program includes almost 50 oral presentations and more than 70 posters on topics as diverse as:

  • Childhood obesity
  • Genetics and cellular/molecular biology
  • Complications and comorbidities
  • Integrative biology
  • Biological determinants and behavioural interventions
  • Obesity management and health services
  • Population health, policy and environmental studies

Organised by the Student and New Professionals of the Canadian Obesity Network, this meeting follows and builds upon the first Student Obesity Meeting in 2008, hosted by Laval University in Quebec City.

The current meeting is hosted by the University of Ottawa, which certainly has plenty of obesity research of its own to present at this meeting.

As pointed out by Philip Sherman, Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Nutrition, Diabetes and Metabolism, in his opening address, obesity continues to be a major priority for funding given the immense implications of obesity as a health problem in Canada.

I look forward to three days of some of the finest obesity research that Canada has to offer from the coming generation of Canadian researchers and health professionals.

Ottawa, Ontario

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