Interesting in learning more about the best approaches to obesity management?

Join us at the ASOI 7th Annual Conference celebrating European Obesity Day
“Building Bonds, Bettering Practice:
Patient advocacy and approaches to reduce obesity stigma”

Date / Location: 17-18th May 2019, The Convention Centre, Dublin

  • A packed programme, with keynote presentations from world-renowned international and national speakers in the area of obesity, including:
  • Professor Donal O’Shea, HSE Clinical Lead for Obesity with an update on the National Obesity Programme in Ireland
  • Professor Arya Sharma, University of Alberta & Scientific Director of Obesity Canada exploring the biology of obesity
  • Dr Ximena Ramos-Salas, Managing Director of Obesity Canada addressing stigma and sharing experiences from Canada on building an obesity network
  • Dr Oli Williams, King’s College London describing his innovative work on “The Weight of Expectation”
  • Ms Emer O’Malley, Senior Physiotherapist in the Weight Management Service, St Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown exploring family-friendly approaches to physical activity.
  • Ms Solveig Sigurdardottir, President of EASO ECPO and Patient representative sharing experiences and advice on family-friendly cooking for healthy weight management
  • Interactive elements include panel discussions with audience participation on:
  • Ethical dilemmas in obesity prevention and treatment
  • How to best deliver health messages without driving weight stigma
  • Updates on current research in the area
  • A unique collaborative session on how to influence media representations of obesity incorporating:
  • A health journalist’s perspective: Ms June Shannon, Digital Health Journalist, Irish Heart Foundation
  • An editor’s  perspective: Mr Neil Leslie, Head of Content, The Irish Daily Star
  • A patient’s perspective: Ms Vicki Mooney, Executive Director, EASO EPCO
  • Sessions will include patient representatives discussing how each topic relates to the practicalities of living with obesity and managing weight on a daily basis. Sessions will be chaired by leading national specialists in the area including:
  • Ms Susie Birney, Irish EASO Patient Council Rep & EASO EPCO Secretary
  • Professor Frances Finucane, Professor of Medicine & Consultant Endocrinologist, NUI Galway
  • Professor Carel le Roux, Head of Pathology, University College Dublin
  • Dr Cathy Breen, Senior Dietitian, Weight Management Service, St Columcille’s Hospital
  • Ms Marita Hennessy, SPHeRE Scholar, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
  • Dr Jean O’Connell, Consultant Endocrinologist, Weight Management Service, St Columcille’s Hospital / St Vincents University Hospital & Blackrock Clinic

Register soon to avoid disappointment:
see for programme, registration and rates

  • Professional, student & public rates available for 1 or 2 days
  • All rates include annual ASOI membership

* Celebrating European Obesity Day *