Louise A. Baur
AM, MBBS, BSc(Med), PhD, FRACP, FAHMS
Louise Baur is the Professor of Child & Adolescent Health at the University of Sydney and Head of Children’s Hospital Westmead Clinical School, University of Sydney. 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 children and adolescents with obesity.
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”.
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.
Dr Seema Mihrshahi
DR Seema Mihrshahi has recently been appointed as the Research Translation Co-ordinator of the Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH CRE). She has a background in nutritional epidemiology and is Senior Research Fellow at the Prevention Research Collaboration within the School of Public Health. Seema has experience in conducting nutrition surveillance surveys and complex evaluations of nutrition interventions. Her current research focuses on developing and evaluating interventions for the prevention of overweight and obesity with a focus on childhood and adolescence. Her role in the EPOCH will be to facilitate partnerships, developing cross-disciplinary collaborations and designing and implementing processes for knowledge synthesis, dissemination, exchange and application
Cathie has recently been appointed as the Administrative Officer of The Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH) providing administrative support to Louise Baur and other members of the EPOCH CRE Investigators.