Louise A. Baur




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”.


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.




Karen Campbell

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



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.





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 Kiernan

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.