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Nutrition & Obesity Masterclass

Join world-renown nutrition & obesity expert, Dr. Jude Oben at St. Thomas’ Hospital for six Nutrition & Obesity Masterclasses delivered using interactive online technology over an intensive month. The programme culminates with Nutrition & Obesity Live, a two-day live event with expert clinicians in the field, government representatives and policy makers.

Session 1 – Neurology and Ophthalmology (Online Tutorial)

Dr. Sui Wong – Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital

In this session we join Dr Sui Wong to consider how dyslipidaemia, and inflammation caused by obesity contribute to the development of a wide variety of disorders and effects on the normal physiology of the nervous system. Obesity-driven metabolic changes and CNS damage and their relation to diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease will be discussed, as well as the treatment strategies that can improve neurological and cognitive function in people with obesity.

Session 2 – Cardiology and Lipidology (Online Tutorial)

Prof Tony Wierzbicki, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

In this session, we join cardiologist consultant Dr. Brian Clapp and Prof Tony Wierzbicki to explore the mechanisms by which obesity leads to atherosclerotic coronary artery disease. We consider how major risk factors and components of the metabolic syndrome such as abdominal obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes and hypertension increase the risk cardiovascular disease. The session will also focus on the dyslipidemia typically seen in obesity and how it intertwines with the metabolic syndrome to contribute to the development of insulin resistance in peripheral tissues. Therapies aimed at obesity-related cardiovascular disease and reduction of risk factors will also be discussed.

Session 3 – Respiratory (Online Tutorial)

Prof Nick Hart, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

In this session we are joined by Prof Nick Hart to consider the factors that contribute to a less compliant respiratory system in obese patients. Common pulmonary findings in obese patients such as increased respiratory rates, lower expiratory reserve volume (ERV), increased airway resistance and dyspnoea will be discussed as well as the differences found in oxygenation, ventilation, perfusion and gas exchange in obese patients when compared to normal subjects.

Session 4 – Nephrology and Oncology (Online Tutorial)

Prof Iain Macdougall, King’s College Hospital and Dr Paul Ross, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

In this webinar we explore obesity-related nephropathy and how this may aggravate renal complications of the metabolic syndrome eventually progressing to advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages. Further, the finding that obesity in the early stages of chronic kidney disease is related to the development of kidney disease and the mechanisms of this will be looked at.  Strategies to reduce the burden of obesity in early CKD stages and therapeutic aspects are also discussed.

Session 5 – Orthopaedics (Online Tutorial)

Mr Jonathan Lucas

In this session, we are joined by Mr Jonathan Lucas who looks at the negative impact obesity has on bone metabolism and how it is implicated in the pathophysiology of various orthopaedic conditions such as osteoporosis, fractures, osteoarthritis and many soft tissue ailments and the mechanisms by which these occur.  Interventions to tackle obesity-associated musculoskeletal health issues as well orthopaedic surgical options and outcomes are also discussed.

Session 6 – Endocrine and Diabetes (Online Tutorial)

Dr Barbara McGowan, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

In this session, we join Dr Barbara McGowan to explore obesity-driven biochemical changes that occur and the possible aetiologies of these changes. The impact of obesity on multiple endocrine systems, including the hypothalamic-pituitary axis, changes in vitamin D homeostasis, gender steroids and thyroid hormones are discussed. The evidence that increased glucose intolerance and incidence of type 2 diabetes with increasing weight gain is examined as well as the mechanisms that give rise to insulin resistance.

Live Event Schedule

The event will be held on 20th and 21st September 2019 at St Thomas’ Hospital, London.

This event will lead on from the previous six masterclasses and cover the six body systems in more detail, insight from leading clinicians and policymakers as well as influential nutritionists.

Day 1 (20th September 2019)

09.00 – 09.45   Registration (tea/coffee)

09.45 – 10.00   Introduction/Welcome

10:00 – 10.45   Cardiology (Dr Brian Clapp, Interventional Consultant Cardiologist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London)

10.45 – 11.30   Lipidology (Prof Tony Wierzbicki, Consultant Lipidologist and Biochemist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London & King’s College London)

11.30 – 12.15   Neurology and Ophthalmology (Dr Sui Wong, Consultant Medical Ophthalmologist, Medical Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London)

12.15 – 13.00   Respiratory (Prof Nick Hart, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London & King’s College London)

13.00 – 14.00   Lunch

14.00 – 14.45   Adolescents, Young Adults and Obesity (Prof Alastair Sutcliffe, Paediatrician, University College London Hospital and University College London, Institute of Child Health)

14.45 – 15.30   Inflammatory bowel disease and Obesity (Dr Joel  Mawdsley, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London)

15.30 – 16.15   Renal and Obesity (Dr Andrew Frankel, Consultant Physician and Nephrologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

16.15 – 17.00   Infection and Obesity  (Dr Carolyn Hemsley, Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London)

17.00   Wrap up


Day 2 (21st September 2019)

09.00 – 09.45   Registration (tea/coffee)

09.45 – 10.00   Introduction and Welcome

10:00 – 10.45   Nutrition and Dietetics (Dr Helen Maclaughlin/Elisabeth Cresta TBC)

10.45 – 11.30   Anti-obesity strategies: Medical and Endoscopic (Dr Jude A Oben, Consultant Gastroenterologist /Hepatologist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London& University College London, ILDH)

11:30 – 12.15   Anti-obesity strategies:  Surgical (Professor Francesco Rubino, King’s College London and King’s Health Partners Bariatric Lead)

12.15 – 13.00   Liver and  Obesity (Dr Jude A Oben, Consultant Gastroenterologist /Hepatologist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London& University College London Institute for Digestive and Liver Health)

13.00 – 14.00   Lunch

14:00 – 14.45   Dermatology and Obesity (Dr Ellie Rashid, Consultant Dermatologist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London)

14.45 – 15.30   Orthopaedics and Obesity (TBC)

15.30 – 16.15   Diabetes and Endocrine (Dr Barbara McGowan, Consultant Endocrinologist and Diabetologist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London)

16.15 – 17.00   Cancer and Obesity (Dr Danielle Crawley, Clinical Lecturer, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital; King’s College London, School of Cancer and & Pharmaceutical Sciences)

17.00   Wrap up

Course Director

Dr Jude A Oben holds consultant appointments in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital and in Hepatology at the Institute for Liver and Digestive Health at the University College London. Dr Oben has a Ph.D in immunopharmacology from UCL and studied medicine at Oxford, St John’s College, with a stint at Stanford University, USA, as a research fellow in Immunology.

He has also focused on his research career with two-years as a post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University, USA. Dr Oben is credited with discovering that the autonomic nervous system regulates liver repair through actions on liver stem cells and liver stellate cells and was awarded a Wellcome Trust Fellowship funding stream in London.

He continues to juggle clinical and basic science research while maintaining an interest in Healthcare politics and advocacy. He is an invited member of the UK All Party Parliamentary Advisory Group on Childhood Obesity.

Neurology and Ophthalmology

Dr Sui Wong is a consultant neurologist and neuro-ophthalmologist. Her NHS practice is based at both Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. She is also an honorary consultant at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. In addition to her NHS practice, Dr Wong has a private practice based in central London.

Dr Wong sees patients with neurological conditions, and has a specialist interest in neuro-ophthalmology.

Her areas of expertise include general neurology, including migraine, epilepsy, movement disorders neuro-ophthalmology, including ocular myasthenia gravis, optic neuritis and optic neuropathies and visual pathways disorders.


Prof Anthony Wierzbicki trained at the University of Cambridge, attended clinical school in Oxford and qualified in 1986. He was appointed consultant in chemical pathology and director of the lipid and cardiovascular prevention unit at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals in 1994.

His work in the field of atherosclerosis, which comprises more than 200 publications, has led to appointments as a Fellow of National Association of Clinical Biochemistry (USA) and the American Heart Association (arteriosclerosis and blood pressure sections).

He has been a trustee of HEART-UK (the UK cholesterol charity) and is a member of many national and international societies. He has sat on many UK government panels in cardiovascular medicine including for the National Institute of Clinical Excellence.

His special interests include metabolic medicine and chemical pathology, cardiovascular medicine, hyperlipidaemia and obesity.


Professor Nicholas Hart is the clinical and academic director of the Lane Fox Respiratory Unit, which is an internationally recognised weaning, rehabilitation and home mechanical ventilation service.

Since taking over as head of service, Nicholas has increased the activity by the introduction of seven-day working, opening of the Lane Fox-REMEO Centre, re-structuring the outpatient clinics and increasing the acuity of the inpatient service, supported by the installation of a comprehensive electronic patient record and central monitoring system.

Nicholas is also Director of Research Delivery for Guy’s and St Thomas’ and was appointed in 2016.

His areas of expertise include weaning, rehabilitation and home mechanical ventilation in patients with chronic respiratory failure.


Prof Macdougall is a Consultant Nephrologist with a specialist interest in renal anaemia and obesity in chronic kidney disease. He graduated from the University of Glasgow and has worked at the Glasgow Western Infirmary, Cardiff Royal Infirmary and St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London before his Consultant appointment at King’s College London. Prof Macdougall is past President of the Royal Society of Medicine Section of Nephrology.

With his research team, he has led several pivotal multicentre clinical trials, which have shaped the management of renal anaemia worldwide. He was selected to be on an international Work Group (KDIGO) to create the latest clinical practice guideline for the management of anaemia in chronic kidney disease, which was published in August 2012.


Dr Paul Ross is a Medical Oncologist who treats patients with colorectal cancer, oesophago-gastric cancer, pancreatic cancer, malignancies of the bile duct and gall bladder (cholangiocarcinoma) and primary liver cancer (hepatocellular cancer). In addition Dr Ross treats patients with neuroendocrine (carcinoid) tumours. He is focused on treating patients with cancer with chemotherapy and biological therapies. He has an interest in the use of locoregional therapies for liver tumours including SIRT. Dr Ross’ research interests are focused around clinical trials evaluating new treatments across these tumours. He is Chief Investigator of a number of studies running in the UK for colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer and hepatocellular cancer.

His special interests include colorectal cancer, oesophago-gastric cancer, pancreatic cancer, malignancies of the bile duct and gall bladder (cholangiocarcinoma) and primary liver cancer (hepatocellular cancer).  In addition Dr Ross treats patients with neuroendocrine (carcinoid) tumours.


Mr Jonathan Lucas qualified from St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, London University in 1988. He undertook basic surgical training on the St Bartholomew’s Hospital rotation gaining the FRCS(Eng) in 1992. He pursued higher surgical orthopaedic training on the South-East Thames Orthopaedic Rotation gaining the FRCS(Orth &Tr) in 1998. He gained specialist training in spinal surgery as a fellow at The Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham and as a British Orthopaedic Association travelling fellow to the USA, specializing in Paediatric and Adult deformity surgery. He was appointed as consultant orthopaedic and spinal consultant to Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals in 1999. Jonathan is Lead Clinician for Spinal Surgery at Guys and St Thomas’ and the Evelina Children’s Hospitals, appointed in 2006. Jonathan is a former Chairman of AO SPINE UK. He is a member British Association of Spine Surgeons, British Scoliosis Society, European Spine Society, North American Spine Society and the British Orthopaedic Association.

Jonathan has an active research interest in spinal surgery concentrating on blood conservation techniques in spinal surgery and the measurement of outcomes for spinal surgery, publishing in peer review journals and presenting at National and International meetings. He is the editor of a major surgical text book, New Aird’s Companion to Surgery and a chapter author to Browse’s Surgical Symptoms and Signs and contributed to two further books (Critical Care Medicine at a Glance, 2nd and 3rd Editions and French’s Index of Differential Diagnosis, an A-Z (forthcoming.). He is author of over 45 peer reviewed publications and presentations. Jonathan is also a former Chairman of AO SPINE UK. He is a member of Complex Spinal Surgery CRG committee and a member of the British Association of Spine Surgeons, British Scoliosis Society, European Spine Society, North American Spine Society and the British Orthopaedic Association.

Mr Lucas’ interests are in the management and surgery of paediatric and adult spinal deformity, the management of spinal sepsis, tumours including metastatic disease of the spine, trauma and degenerative conditions of the spine.

Endocrine and Diabetes

Dr Barbara McGowan read Biochemistry at Hertford College, Oxford University in 1984-1988. She worked as a Pharmaceutical Equity analyst in the City for five years and subsequently studied Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in London, graduating in 1998 with Merits. She was awarded a PhD from Imperial College London in 2007 investigating the role of gut hormones and other neuropeptides in appetite control. Dr McGowan was appointed as a Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College in 2007 and a Consultant and currently Honorary Reader in Diabetes and Endocrinology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in 2009.

Her specialist areas are in general endocrinology (including thyroid disease, polycystic ovaries, hypogonadism, adrenal disease and pituitary disease, metabolic disorders and hormone imbalance). She is also interested in managing complex obesity and co-morbidities associated with obesity including type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome. She leads the obesity bariatric service at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital. She is also a general medicine physician. Her main areas of research interest are in obesity and appetite control.

Dr McGowan has published extensively in peer-reviewed medical journals. She is an active Trustee of The Association for the Study of Obesity, a SCOPE National fellow, the Metabolic and Obesity endocrine network lead for the Society of Endocrinology and Treasurer for the Society of Endocrinology. She is a member of the RCP nutrition Committee and RCP committee on Weight and Health.

Her special interests include endocrinology, Diabetes, Obesity and General Medicine.

The blended learning course is delivered online through live online tutorial sessions and a two-day live event held at St. Thomas’ Hospital. The live event is an opportunity to meet your online tutorial session leaders in-person and bring all the knowledge together to cap off the programme.

We are currently accepting applications for the September 2019 sessions.

To apply for this course, proceed to checkout and fill in your details and payment of the course fee of £800 (+vat). You will receive a confirmation email that payment has been made. You will then be contacted by a member of our staff to complete the process, receive your learning materials and receipt.

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Start Date
September 2019

Course Duration
1 Month

Course Fees
£800 (+vat)

Learning Method
Blended Learning

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