Leading professor of paediatric medicine from Canada to visit as part of our Distinguished Lecturer programme

The NIHR Cambridge BRC is delighted to announce that Professor Catherine Birken, Professor of Paediatric Medicine at the University of Toronto, will visit as part of our Distinguished Lecturer Programme this Thursday 21 September.

Professor Birken will deliver a lecture on obesity prevention trials in early childhood, and how interventions from before conception to infancy and early childhood aim to reduce childhood obesity and optimise early child development, nutrition, and other healthy behaviours.

As well as her research in the promotion of healthy growth, development and well-being in young
children, Professor Birken’s clinical care activities include attending children – including those with complex obesity – at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), affiliated with the University of Toronto. This is Canada’s most research-intensive hospital and the largest centre dedicated to improving children’s health in the country.

The Distinguished Lecturer programme is run by the NIHR Cambridge BRC and features world-leading experts and is open to researchers, clinicians and staff working on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. There are usually two to three lectures a year.

Professor Birken’s lecture will take place from 4-6.45pm on 21 September at the Jeffrey Cheah Biomedical Centre lecture theatre on the campus, ending with a drinks reception.

Registration is not necessary but helpful for catering purposes. If you would like to attend please email lauren.basham@nhs.net by Monday 11 September.

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