[ASC-list] National Science Week events, Sydney: free public lectures

Jennifer Byrne JennifeB at chw.edu.au
Mon Aug 3 03:29:38 UTC 2009

	Dear Sydney ASC members:

	You're invited to two free evening public lectures to celebrate National Science Week at the Kids Research Institute, Children's Hospital at Westmead. Come and learn about the latest research into swine flu and childhood obesity, two major public health issues of concern to all Australians.  

	WHEN: Tuesday 18 August, 6.30-7.30 pm
	"Solving swine flu with science: a vaccine victory?" 
	Professor Robert Booy from the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, the Children's Hospital at Westmead.

	When a new influenza virus emerges that the great majority of the population has no immunity to, a pandemic, world-wide outbreak results. Theoretically, a new vaccine can be produced within 3 months but practically it takes at least 6 months before widespread distribution of the new vaccine can occur. In the meantime, there are many issues to address, such as physical means of preventing infection (eg. hand washing, masks), provision of clear and accurate public information, appropriate use of antiviral drugs and designing/implementing high quality surveillance and research. This lecture will focus on the best means to control and manage the new pandemic.

	About the speaker:
	Professor Robert Booy is Head of Clinical Research at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS). He is a medical graduate with Honours of the University of Queensland (1984) & trained in Paediatrics at the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane. He has worked in the UK as a Research Fellow in Oxford, a Lecturer in Paediatric Infectious Diseases in Oxford & London, a Wellcome Training Fellow in Genetic Epidemiology & from 1999 Professor of Child Health at Queen Mary's School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of London. His research interests include epidemiology & prevention of influenza, varicella, HPV, Hib, pneumococcal and meningococcal disease.

	WHEN: Wednesday 19 August, 6.30-7.30 pm
	"Bigger but not better- the growing problem of childhood obesity"  
	Dr Sarah Garnett and Ms Susie Burrell, from the Departments of Endocrinology and Nutrition and Dietetics, the Children's Hospital at Westmead.

	Childhood obesity is a significant and increasing  problem in Australia, raising concerns about future trends of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This lecture will discuss how to determine if a child is obese, the health implications of obesity and present evidence from research on some of the determinants of obesity that relate not only to individuals and families but the wider community. The talk will conclude with recommendations for both the management and prevention of weight problems in children. 

	About the speakers: 
	Dr Sarah Garnett is an NHMRC Australian Clinical Research Fellow and research dietitian in the Kids Research Institute at the Children's Hospital at Westmead. She has extensive research experience in children, nutrition and obesity. Her current research is aimed at preventing type 2 diabetes in high risk children, by implementing a comprehensive lifestyle (diet and exercise) intervention. 
	Ms Susie Burrell  is one of Australia's leading dietitians. Susie holds both nutrition and psychology degrees and has specialised in weight management for children at The Children's Hospital at Westmead since 2003. Susie regularly appears in both print and electronic media and has a weekly column in The Sunday Telegraph. 

	WHERE (BOTH LECTURES):  Kerry Packer Building, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, off Hawkesbury Rd., Westmead. Walk down ambulance driveway (near the bus stop, off Hawkesbury Road), and turn left at the end to enter research reception.

	GENERAL ENQUIRIES: please call 9845 1400 to RSVP (lectures are free)    

      MEDIA: contact Ms Leonie Leonard t: 02 9845 3583 e: leoniel at chw.edu.au 

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