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Hot Topics Webcast


Jun, 2020

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm | AEST

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Obesity and its Impact on Fertility

Prof Robert Norman

Professor of Reproductive and Periconceptual Medicine, The University of Adelaide; Founding Director, The Robinson Institute

Prof Norman is the Professor of Reproductive and Periconceptual Medicine at the University of Adelaide and Founding Director of the Robinson Research Institute. He is a clinician scientist interested in periconception medicine, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome and the role of nutrition in reproduction. He has been the Medical Director of FertilitySA and is a Senior Visiting Specialist in Gynaecology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He was on several NHMRC committees (including Research Committee and Embryo Licensing Committee), chaired the scientific committee of the Fertility Society of Australia and is past President of the international Asia-Pacific Initiative and Reproduction (ASPIRE) and Androgen Excess PCOS Societies. He co-chaired the development of the International guideline for PCOS endorsed by more than 40 international societies and the NHMRC and is on the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for Womens’ Health in Reproductive Life (WHiRL)

Obesity Cases – A Practical Approach

A/Prof Samantha Hocking

Endocrinologist; Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; Clinical Academic at Charles Perkins Research Centre, University of Sydney

A/Prof Samantha Hocking is an Endocrinologist at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and a Clinical Academic at the University of Sydney. Samantha’s main research interest is precision medicine – exploring how personalised medicine can both predict, prevent and improve the management of metabolic disease, particularly diabetes. In addition, she is working with fellow researchers at The Boden Institute and the CPC-RPA Clinic on projects in obesity, bariatric surgery, metabolic syndrome and diabetes and liver disease.

Obesity in Hypertension

Prof Markus Schlaich

Renal Physician & Hypertension Specialist, Dobney Chair in Clinical Research, Royal Perth Hospital

Professor Schlaich is a renal physician and an ESH accredited hypertension specialist. He has a specific interest in treatment modalities targeting the sympathetic nervous system and has contributed to the development of renal denervation as a novel therapeutic approach to hypertension. He has authored more than 340 articles and book chapters in peer reviewed journals and serves as President of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia and on the Executive Committee of the International Society of Hypertension. He holds the inaugural Dobney Chair in Clinical Research at the Royal Perth Hospital and the University of Western Australia.

Chronic Inflammation and Obesity

Prof John Dixon

Adjunct Professor; Iverson Health Innovations Institute, Swinburne University, Melbourne

An experienced clinician, John is known globally for his breadth of clinical research into obesity and its complications as well as weight loss treatments and their effects on health. He rates in the top researchers worldwide in the fields of obesity; weight loss; morbid obesity; and bariatric surgery ( He has over 300 original research, review and guideline publications. Focused on seeing findings translated into clinical practice and on patient advocacy for the obese, John is involved in a wide range of organizations both in Australia and internationally.

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