Executive

 


 

Louise A. Baur

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

 

Background

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.

 

Profile

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 48 (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 the Deputy Director of the CRE and is a Chief Investigator  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:

http://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/people/kylie-hesketh


 

Dr Seema Mihrshahi

BSc (Hons), MPH, PhD

 

Background

Seema has a background in public health nutrition and nutrition epidemiology. She is currently the research translation coordinator for the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood and based at the Prevention Research Collaboration at the University of Sydney.

          

Research Interests

Seema’s current research focuses on population-based approaches for the prevention of overweight and obesity in children, effective monitoring and surveillance strategies for overweight and obesity, and program evaluation. She has a keen interest in research translation, particularly implementing effective strategies to achieve optimal growth in early life. She has participated in various research projects with a focus on women’s and children’s health both within Australia and internationally.

 

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

She is currently the research translation coordinator and helps to facilitate partnerships, develop cross-disciplinary collaborations and design and implementing processes for knowledge synthesis, dissemination, exchange and application. She is also a Research Fellow within Stream 1: Analysing intervention trials to prevent childhood obesity

 

Profile

http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/people/academics/profiles/seema.mihrshahi.php


Cathie Kiernan

Cathie is 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.