Chief Investigators

Lisa Askie Louise Baur Karen Campbell Rebecca Golley Alison Hayes
Kylie Hesketh Marj Moodie Chris Rissel Rachael Taylor Stewart Trost

 

 


Lisa Askie

PhD, MPH, BN, CM, NICC

Director, Systematic Reviews and Health Technology Assessment
NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney

A/Prof Askie leads a team at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre which manages the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry, undertakes health Technology Assessments for the Federal Government, hosts two Cochrane Collaboration entities (Breast Cancer Review Group, Prospective Meta-analysis Methods Group) and has an extensive test evaluation research program.

 

Lisa’s clinical background is in perinatal medicine and she has worked in healthcare systems in Asia, Australia, UK and USA. She has Masters and Doctoral qualifications in epidemiology from Sydney Medical School, is a Principal Research Fellow at the University of Sydney and has held an NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship, Sidney Sax Postdoctoral Fellowship and Career Development Fellowship.

 

Research Interests

A/Prof Askie has a long standing interest in the conduct and methodology of clinical trials and systematic reviews, especially regarding increasing research transparency and reducing waste. She has been involved with the Cochrane Collaboration since 1996 as a systematic review author and trainer.

 

Lisa is the co-convenor of the Cochrane Prospective Meta-analysis Methods Group and member of the Cochrane Methods Editorial Board. During her postdoctoral fellowship in Oxford A/Prof Askie undertook a meta-analysis using individual participant data from over 38,000 women. She and her team are currently involved in ten international individual participant data and prospective meta-analysis collaborations. A/Prof Askie has published over 50 scientific papers and is a member of various academic advisory boards.

 

Role in the Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH CRE)

Lisa Askie is the leader of the CRE Stream 1: Analysing intervention trials and will also contribute to the work of Stream 4: Translation into policy and practice.

 

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Louise A. Baur

AM, MBBS, BSc(Med), PhD, FRACP, FAHMS

 

Background

Louise Baur is the Professor of Child Health & Adolescent Health at the University of Sydney and Associate Dean of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School. She also has a conjoint position in the Sydney School of Public Health. In addition, Louise is a consultant paediatrician at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network where she is an active member – and former Head - of Weight Management Services, a multidisciplinary clinical service for obese children.

 

In 2014 Louise became a Founding Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health & Medical Sciences, Australia’s newest learned Academy; she is a member of the Academy’s Council. In 2010 Louise was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) “for service to medicine, particularly in the field of paediatric obesity as a researcher and academic, and to the community through support for a range of children’s charities”.

 

Research Interests

Louise Baur has made research contributions to the prevention of obesity; the impact of food marketing to children; the antecedents of obesity and the metabolic syndrome in young people; the complications of obesity; the management of obesity and related disorders in a variety of clinical settings; and the measurement of body composition, dietary intake & physical activity in young people.

 

She has published extensively in many of these areas, and is a co-author of the Healthy Beginnings Trial, one of the included studies in Stream 1’s work-plan. She has an H-index (Google Scholar) of 66 (see: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=qiG4KbwAAAAJ&hl=en).

 

Role in the Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH CRE)

Louise Baur is the Director of the CRE and will contribute to the work of each of the four Streams of work.

 

Profile

http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/people/academics/profiles/louise.baur.php

 

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Karen Campbell

BSc (Nutn), Grad Dip Diet, Grad Dip Hlth Edn, MPH, PhD

 

Background

Karen is a Professor within the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Deakin University.  She also Chairs units in public health nutrition and in obesity prevention with Deakin’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.

 

Research Interests

Karen has a well-developed profile nationally and internationally for her work in the area of childhood obesity prevention; impacts of parenting and home environments on child lifestyle behaviours; and the design and evaluation of complex interventions. These randomised controlled trials include interventions to promote the development of healthy eating and active play from birth; interventions to reduce children’s sodium intake; and interventions that seek to promote healthy gestational weight outcomes.

 

Public health utility is a key feature of all intervention design as demonstrated by the state funded translation of the first of her interventions into the broader Victorian community.  Her Training in nutrition, in health promotion and in public health, and her 33 year history of working across a range of multi-disciplinary environments, both as a service provider (dietitian, public health nutritionist, health educator) and as a researcher, enable her to bring an authoritative set of skills to the research/translation interface.

 

Karen publishes widely.  She has an H-index of 38 (see https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?hl=en&user=0BOTEVoAAAAJ&cstart=80&pagesize=20)

 

Role in the Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH CRE)

Karen Campbell is the Deputy Director of the CRE and co-leads Stream 4 addressing translation of obesity prevention interventions to real world settings.  She is also a member of Streams 1 and 2.

 

Profile

https://www.deakin.edu.au/profiles/karen-campbell

 

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Rebecca Golley

BSc (Hons), BND, PhD, APD

 

Background

Rebecca is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Public Health Nutritionist. She is a Senior Research Fellow within the Sansom Institute for Health Research, Division of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia. She has held Postdoctoral Fellowship positions through the NHMRC (2008-2012) and the National Heart Foundation (2012-2015). She has co-led the Food and Nutrition Stream of the Australasian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network (ACAORN).

 

Research interests

Dr Golley has made research contributions to the measurement of dietary intake in children; life course nutrition epidemiology; family-based obesity prevention and management; the aetiology of obesity; and public health nutrition interventions. She has extensive experience in the development and validation of innovative dietary assessment methodology. She has a strong record of successful research translation.  As an early career researcher, Dr Golley has over 50 original and review articles.

 

Role in the Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH CRE)

Dr Golley, conjunction with Professor Trost, will provide oversight of Stream 2 – Advancing assessment of obesity-related behaviours in children under 5. Specifically she will lead the work plan relating to assessment of dietary intake.


Profile: http://www.unisanet.unisa.edu.au/staff/Homepage.asp?Name=rebecca.golley 

 

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Alison Hayes

BSc (Hons), PhD

 

Background

Alison Hayes is Associate Professor in health economics at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney. She teaches Advanced Health Economic evaluation (PUBH 5307) and Health Economic Evaluation (PUBH 5302) in the Masters of Public Health program. Alison has been working in public health research since 2006 and her research specialization is in health economic modelling. Her work takes a life-course approach to projecting the consequences of chronic disease, with a strong emphasis on modelling the epidemiology of disease and its associated long term costs and quality of life outcomes.

 

Research Interests

Alison Hayes has made both methodological and applied research contributions to health economics, particularly in the disease areas of obesity and type 2 diabetes. She is passionate about using models as translational tools to bridge the gap between cost-effectiveness evidence and policy decisions in public health. She has extensive experience in economic evaluation of interventions involving mothers and young children, and in using state-of-the-art methods of participant level data linkage within cost-effectiveness studies. She has published widely in cost-effectiveness analysis, quality of life, and health economic modelling, and in the disease areas of type 2 diabetes and obesity. 

 

She was lead author on the economic evaluation of the Healthy Beginnings Trial, one of the included studies in the Centre’s research plan, and has recently published an article on the association of health care costs and early childhood obesity. 

 

Role in the Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH CRE)

Alison Hayes is co-leader of stream 3, Economic Evaluation of childhood obesity prevention initiatives along with Professor Marj Moodie

 

Profile

http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/people/academics/profiles/alison.hayes.php

 

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Kylie Hesketh

BBSc (Hons), PhD

 

Background

Kylie Hesketh is an Associate Professor at Deakin University’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition. She holds an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship and an Honorary National Heart Foundation of Australia Future Leader Fellowship. These fellowships focus on providing children with a healthy start to life through the promotion of obesity-preventive behaviours, primarily the promotion of physical activity and reduction of sedentary behaviours during early childhood.

 

Research Interests

Kylie Hesketh’s research centres on epidemiological investigation of paediatric health behaviours and public health approaches to the promotion of children’s physical activity, reduced sedentary behaviours, and prevention of obesity. She has a particular focus on early childhood (0-5 years of age) and the development of interventions with real-world public health utility. She has published widely in these areas and has an H-index (Google Scholar) of 39 (see: http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?hl=en&user=IbnOAToAAAAJ). Kylie co-leads the Melbourne Infant Feeding, Activity and Nutrition Trial (InFANT) Program, one of the included studies in Stream 1’s work-plan and Stream 4’s work-plan.

 

Role in the Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH CRE)

Kylie Hesketh is a Chief Investigator on the CRE and will contribute to the work of Streams 1 (Analysing intervention trials), 2 (Assessment of obesity-related behaviours) and 4 (Translation into policy and practice).

 

Profile

https://www.deakin.edu.au/apps/research/find-a-researcher/17747/A-Prof-Kylie-Hesketh

 

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Marj Moodie

 

Background

Marj Moodie is a Professor of Health Economics at Deakin University. Marj holds the position of Deputy Head (Research) of Deakin Health Economics, which is the largest health economics unit in Australia specialising in economic evaluation and priority setting. It currently employs a team of 30 health economists.

Marj holds a Doctorate of Public Health (Health Economics), Bachelor Arts (Hons) and Post Graduate Diplomas in Education and in Urban and Regional Planning (from the University of Melbourne).

 

Research Interests

Marj leads a team of researchers specialising in the economics of non-communicable diseases, with a particular focus on obesity and stroke. She is the Coordinator of Deakin’s NHMRC Centre for Excellence in Obesity Policy and Food Systems and also the Executive Director of Deakin’s research collaborative centre with Fiji National University, the Pacific Research Centre for Obesity and Non-communicable Diseases.

Marj has extensive experience in the economic evaluation and priority setting of interventions targeting obesity, and is currently involved in a project which is evaluating 40 obesity prevention initiatives outside the health sector. She has published extensively in the field with around 150 publications (journal articles, book chapters and reports).

 

Role in the Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH CRE)

Marj Moodie is the co-leader of the CRE Stream 3: Economic evaluation with Dr Alison Hayes. She is also contributing to the work of Streams 1 and 4. 

 

Profile

http://www.deakin.edu.au/profiles/marj-moodie

 

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Chris Rissel

Professor Rissel is Director of the NSW Office of Preventive Health and Professor of Public Health with the School of Public Health, University of Sydney.

 

The NSW Office of Preventive Health focuses on childhood and adult obesity prevention. The adult obesity focus is through the Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service and Get Healthy at Work.

 

His current research interests focus on obesity prevention and active transport, cycling advocacy, tobacco control and sexual health.

 

Role in the Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH CRE)

Chris Rissel is the co-leader of the CRE Stream 4: Translation into policy and practice.

 

Profile

http://preventioncentre.org.au/our-people/chief-investigators/professor-chris-rissel/

 

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Rachael Taylor

PhD, BSc(Hons)

 

Background

Rachael Taylor is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand and a nutritionist by training. In 2007 Rachael became the inaugural Karitane Fellow in Early Childhood Obesity, a position developed as part of the University’s “Leading Thinkers” campaign where monies raised through private donations were matched by the government (total $25 million), predominantly for the established of endowed chairs. Rachael is also Secretary and Executive Member of the Australian and New Zealand obesity Society (ANZOS), as well as being leader of its NZ sub-committee, and a member of the Australasian Child & Adolescent Obesity Research Network (ACAORN), which has led to collaborations between many of the CIs/AIs.

 

Research interests

Rachael leads or co-leads several large randomised controlled trials investigating innovative ways of tackling childhood obesity through family and community based initiatives. 

 

Role in the Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH CRE)

Rachael Taylor will contribute to the work of Streams 1: Analysing intervention trials and Stream 2: Assessment of obesity-related behaviours especially.

 

Profile

http://www.otago.ac.nz/dsm/people/expertise/profile/?id=806

 

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Stewart Trost

BSc (Health Prom, MS, PhD)

Stewart Trost is a Professor of Child Health in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, and member of the Institute of Health and Biomedical Research (IHBI) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Trost joined QUT 2014 as an invited research capacity building Chair and currently leads the Children’s Physical Activity Research Group at newly constructed Queensland Centre of Children’s Health Research.

 

He has been conducting research on obesity-related behaviours in children and adolescents for over 20 years. Stewart has served as a consultant on matters related to measurement of physical activity and obesity prevention to many domestic and international research and public health organizations including the Department of Health and Ageing, National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 2010, he has received extramural funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, NHMRC, ARC, and various research foundations totalling $3.8 million.

 

Role in the Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH CRE)

Stewart Trost co-leads Stream 2: Assessment of obesity-related behaviours

 

Profile

http://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/trosts/

 

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