The Association for the Study of Obesity ion the island of Ireland (ASOI) will host its 2017 Annual Conference on 4-5 May 2017. This year our focus is on Childhood Obesity and, in collaboration with Health Behaviour Change Research Group at NUI Galway, and the ESPRIT Research Group within the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCC, we have an expanded program over two days with over 15 keynote speakers from 7 different countries. Full details at

Day 1 of ASOI 2017 will focus on prevention of childhood obesity, and integral to the day we are holding roundtable discussion workshops as part of a study to identify and prioritise knowledge gaps concerning obesity prevention and knowledge translation.

Day 2 of ASOI 2017 will focus on the treatment of paediatric obesity, and we will also have breakout workshops during the day allowing attendees to further tease the topics raised with reference to their area of interest/practice.

This conference will be relevant to students, healthcare professionals, educators and researchers involved in the fields of primary care, paediatrics, public health, health policy and implementation science, amongst others.

Day 1 of this two-day event is kindly supported by the Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme through funding awarded to Dr Karen Matvienko-Sikar (ESPRIT Research Group, DEPH, UCC) for COS-IF: Core Outcome Set for Infant Feeding, and Ms Marita Hennessy (HBCRG, NUI Galway) for POCKETS: Prevention of Childhood Obesity-Knowledge Exchange and TranSlation.


Marita Hennessy

SPHeRE Programme PhD Scholar

Health Behaviour Change Research Group

Room G055 | School of Psychology | National University of Ireland, Galway


Website: Health Behaviour Change Research Group