Board Details

 

President

Daniel Weghuber

Austria

 

Vice President

David Thivel

France
More info about Daniel Weghuber

Name: Daniel Weghuber Dr. med. univ.
Date of birth:  February 28th 1976
Place of birth:  Steyr
Citizenship:  Austria
Marital status: married to Petra Weghuber 2005
Children:  Jakob, born 2008, Ida, born 2010

Academic education

– 1986-1991: Academic Gymnasium Kirchdorf an der Krems

– 1991-1992: Cheltenham High School, Philadelphia, PA, USA

– 1992-1994: Academic Gymnasium Kirchdorf an der Krems

– October 1994: Inscription at Vienna Medical University

– Spring 1999: Affiliation to the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism,  Department of Internal Medicine III, University of Vienna (research training, thesis); reviewer:  Prof. Dr. Michael Roden, Prof. Dr. Werner Waldhäusl

– January 2001: Dr. med. univ. with thesis, Effects of free fatty acids on muscle glucose transport/phosphorylation and intramyocellular lipid content in man”.

– January 2001- January 2004: Internship (Landeskrankenhaus Kirchdorf/Krems)

– März 2004: Ius practicandi as board certified general practitioner

– February 2004: Division of Metabolism and Nutrition, Department of Paeditrics, Vienna Medical University (scientific assistant);

– July 2004 – June 2006: Division of Metabolism and Nutrition, Department of Paeditrics, Vienna Medical University (pediatric resident);

– July 2006 – Dec. 2008: Department of Pediatrics, Paracelsus Private Medical School (PMU), Salzburg

– Dec 2008: Ius practicandi as board certified paediatrician

– March 2012: venia docendi at PMU as Assoc. Prof. of Pediatrics (Priv.-Doz.)

– Clinical positions (Department of Pediatrics, Paracelsus Medical University)

– Since May 2009: Division of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, head

– Since October 2010: Outpatient department, head

 

Research focus:
Juvenile Obesity: metabolic, orthopedic and psychological comorbidities, preclinical atheroslerosis, interdisciplinary diagnostics, mitochondrial genetics, glucose and fat metabolism, lifestyle and pharmacological treatment, regulation of hunger and appetite

 

Membership in scientific associations

– Österreichische Gesellschaft für Kinder- und Jugendheilkunde

– Obesity Academy Austria, president elect since 2011

– Österreichische Gesellschaft für Kinder- und Jugendheilkunde, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Working Group (Deputy Head since 2011)

– Österreichische Gesellschaft für Kinder- und Jugendheilkunde, Pediatric Nutrition Commission, since 2009 (member)

– European Childhood Obesity Group (ECOG), elected board member since 22.11.2010,  Vice-President since 11/2013

– European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)

– Gesellschaft für Pädiatrische Gastroenterologie und Ernährung (GPGE), member

 

Reviewer for peer-review journals

– Pediatric Obesity since 2011

– Atherosclerosis since 2011

– Obesity Facts since 2012

– J Endocrinology 2013

– J Obesity 2012

– Int  Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology 2013

 

Research grants

– Projekt “leichter leben” Krankenhaus Kirchdorf  – Fonds Gesundes Österreich 2003-2004    €   20.650

– Projekt “INFORM” – Obesity Academy Austria et al – Fonds Gesundes Österreich 2007-2010    €   97.000

– Projekt “INFORM individuell” – Obesity Academy Austria et al 2012-2014            €   61.000

– Research Grant „Mitochondrial haplotypes in childhood obesity“, Gesellschaft für Pädiatrische Gastroenterologie, Hepatologie und Ernährung (GPGE), 2009                €   10.000

– Beta-Cell function in juvenile diabetes and obesity (7th frame work) – Work package leader (PI) – PMU Salzburg 2012-2016    € 650.000

More info about David Thivel

David Thivel is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Sports Sciences at Blaise Pascal University (Clermont-Ferrand, France). He completed a PhD in Exercise Physiology and Human Nutrition in 2011 at French the National Institute for Agronomic Research and Blaise Pascal University of Clermont-Ferrand. He mainly explores the impact of physical activity on the behavioral and physiological control of energy intake and appetite in lean and obese children and adolescents. His other research interests are in the field of physical fitness, body composition and metabolic health in pediatric populations.

David Thivel is a member of the AME2P Laboratory of Clermont-Ferrand (Metabolic Adaptations to Exercise under Physiological and Pathological conditions) and is particularly involved in its “Energy Metabolism” research group.

 

Treasurer

Margherita Caroli

Italy

 

Scientific Advisor

Eva Erhardt

Hungary
More info about Margherita Caroli

Margherita Caroli graduated as medical doctor at the University of Naples in 1978 with the maximum, where she also got the title of specialist in paediatrics in 1981 with maximum et laude and specialist in Nutrition in 1986 with maximum et laude. In 2004 she got a PhD in Paediatric Nutrition with the publication of the thesis at University of Perugia.

She has been working at the Paediatric department in D Camberlingo Hospital since 1980 until 1998 when she was nominated Head of the Nutrition Unit at the Department of Prevention ASL Brindisi up to 31 December 2015 when she happily retired.

Dr. Caroli has been visiting doctor at the Paediatric Department of Luisiana State University in New Orleans, USA, in 1985 and 1987 working in the field of childhood obesity.

She has been the scientific coordinator of several projects at regional, national and European level in the field of promotion of health and prevention of obesity and chronic diseases mostly in children and during the last 15 years she got grant researches for her Nutrition Unit for almost 1million of euro. She is also member of numerous national committees and task forces at national and European level and expert for DG SANCO, DG RESEARCH, DG AGRI; and DG JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE. She is also frequently temporary advisor for WHO in the field of paediatric nutrition related to obesity. Dr. Caroli has been a founder member of the ECOG, then Board Member of the European Childhood Obesity Group, of the Italian Society of Obesity, of the EASO Task Force on Childhood Obesity, of the Italian Society of Paediatric Nutrition and President of the ECOG.

M Caroli has been invited speaker in more than 180 scientific meetings, conferences and workshop.

She has written numerous papers in national and international journals, and she is also a reviewer for several international scientific journals. She has collaborated to several scientific books and she edited five books in childhood obesity and nutritional education.

More info about Eva Erhardt

Éva Erhardt MD, PhD
University of Pécs, Hungary

Éva Erhardt was born and educated in Pécs, studied Medicine at the University of Pécs. After her graduation she was trained in Paediatrics and then Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetology. Since 2009 she is the Head of the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetology at the Department of Paediatrics, University of Pécs. Throughout her career, she has been highly involved not only in clinics, but also in research mainly focusing on genetic background and consequences of childhood obesity, such as impaired glucose tolerance, type 2 diabetes mellitus and insulin resistance. One book chapter, twenty-two original papers and number of abstracts, which can be cited, have been published (impact factor: 78,44, citations: 192). She is a member in several national and international societies, she takes part in the work of European Childhood Obesity Group (ECOG) since 1993. She was the Vice-President of ECOG between 2010-2013, now she is also a Board Member as Scientific Advisor. She is the President of Endocrine Working Group of Hungarian Paediatric Society since 2012.

 

Board Member

Anders Forslund

Sweden

 

Board Member

Emma Boyland

United Kingdom
More info about Anders Forslund

Education and Exams

Undergraduate

  1. Medicine, School of Medicine, Uppsala university, Uppsala, Sweden (1984-1990)
  2. Medicine, pre- and clinical exam, School of Medicine, Uppsala university, Uppsala, Sweden (1990)

Graduate:

  1. PhD, nutrition, Department of Nutrition, Uppsala university, Uppsala, Sweden (1998)
    Title: “The effect of protein intake and physical exercise on energy turnover and substrate utilization at energy balance in man”

Employments:

  1. PhD-student (1990-1997)
  2. Research internship (1997-1999)
  3. Research special education to pediatrician (2006-2006)
  4. Pediatrician (2007-
  5. Associated professor (2016-
  6. Head of pediatric obesity unit, Uppsala University Children´s hospital (2008-

Research Areas:

  1. In vivo work with obese children and lean controls in the Uppsala Longitudinal Study of Childhood Obesity (ULSCO) cohort and pregnant women and their offspring in the Uppsala Longitudinal Study of Childhood Health and Disease (ULSCHED) cohort. The cohort subjects are carefully phenotyped (OGTT, clamps, MRI, subcutaneous biopsies) and genotyped.
  2. Clinical characterization of obese children, with focus on energy turnover, substrate utilization, anthropometry, nutrition, psychology assessment and eating habits.
  3. Some currently addressed hypotheses addressed translationally include the role of
    – high insulin (enhanced beta-cell function) and glucagon (enhanced alpha-cell function) secretion for development of obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus
    – prolonged elevated levels of fatty acids for alpha- and beta-cell function
    – GLP-1 in early obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus
    – intervention modes focusing on normalizing alpha- and beta-cell function
  4. Analyses of expression data sets obtained from in vitro and in vivo work

Research publication:

  1. Original articles 37, book chapters 1, abstracts and conference proceedings >50.
    Citations: 628, H-factor: 6,9

Selected Articles:

  1. Forslund A, Staaf J, Kullberg J, Ciba I, Dahlbom M and Bergsten P. Uppsala Longitudinal Study of Childhood Obesity – a pediatric cohort addressing childhood obesity. Pediatrics, 133:386-393, 2014
  2. Ulf Holmbäck, Jennifer Fridman, Jan Gustafsson, Lemm Proos, Claes Sundelin, Anders Forslund. Overweight more prevalent among children than among adolescents. Acta Paediatr. 2007 Apr;96(4):577-81.
  3. Forslund, AH. El-Khoury, AE. Olsson, R. Sjödin, A. Hambraeus, L. Young, VR. Effect of protein intake and physical activity on 24 hour pattern and rate of macronutrient utilization. Am J Physiol 276(Endocrinol Metab 39): E964-E976, 1999.
  4. El-Khoury, AE. Forslund, A. Olsson, R. Sjödin, A. Andersson, A. Branth, S. Hambraeus, L. Young, VR. Moderate exercise at neutral energy balance does not affect 24-h leucine oxidation or nitrogen excretion in healthy men. Am J Physiol 273(Endocrinol Metab 36): E394-E407, 1997
  5. Forslund, AH. Johansson, AG. Sjödin, A. Bryding, G. Ljunghall, S. Hambraeus, L. Evaluation of modified multicompartment models to calculate body composition in healthy males. Am J Clin Nutr, 63:856-62, 1996.

Research grants, last four years

  1. European Commission, 7th framework, MSEK 3 (2012-2016)
  2. Swedish Diabetes Association, MSEK 0.5 (2011-2016)
  3. Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems, MSEK 0.4 (2014)
  4. Regional research Council MSEK 3 MSEK (2011-2015)
  5. Uppsala University Innovation, MSEK 0.6 (2012-2016)

Reviewer for

  1. scientific journals:
    Acta Pediatrica, American Journal of Physiology.

Research training

  1. Doctoral students (with Anders Forslund as co- supervisor):
    – Ulf Holmbäck (PhD 2002)
    – Björn Nilsson (MD, PhD 2009)
    – Johan Staaf (MD/PhD 2017)
    – Jing Cen (planned PhD 2018)
    – Hannes Ohlsson (MD/PhD-program; planned PhD 2018)
  2. Doctoral dissertation and half time committee member: Stefan Särnblad (2002), Gisela Nybergs, (2007), Britt Eriksson (2008), Eva Flygare Wallen, (2009), Hans-Erik Johansson. (2009), Jonas Finger (2009), Christina Stenhammar, (2011 and 2011), Pernilla Hedvall Kallerman. (2012), Elin Johansson. (2013), Cecilia Zeigler (2015)
More info about Emma Boyland

Dr Emma Boyland is a Lecturer in Appetite and Obesity at the University of Liverpool.

Emma completed her PhD examining food promotion to children in the UK and its effects on their eating behaviours within the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Liverpool in 2010. She has since taken up her first academic position. Her specific research expertise lies in quantifying the extent and nature of food advertising via television, new media and other sources (e.g. supermarket and point of sale promotions) and elucidating the impact of branding activity (e.g. use of promotional characters), and both situational factors (e.g. hunger state), and intrinsic factors (e.g. tendency to eat in the absence of hunger, cue responsiveness) on children’s food preference and intake responses to food marketing. She also has interests in weight management, and has run clinical trials for appetite suppressants and explored the roles of primary care and commercial weight loss providers in weight management success.

 

Board Member

Elpis Vlachopapadopoulou

Greece

 

Past President

Artur Mazur

Poland

More info about Elpis Vlachopapadopoulou

Dr. Elpis-Athina Vlachopapadopoulou, received the MD degree from the University of Athens, Greece with “magna cum laude” in 1986. Following completion of Pediatric Residency at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center of the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons campus (1990) she proceeded to a Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship at New York Hospital- Cornell Medical Center in NYC (1990-94). She became Board Certified in both Pediatrics 1990 and Pediatric Endocrinolgy, 1997. She returned to Athens, Greece in 1994, and she is working in Children’s Hospital “P. & A. Kyriakou”, Dept. of Growth and Development-Endocrinology since 1997, currently as Director. She holds Greek Boards in Pediatrics and also Endocrinology.

Dr Vlachopapadopoulou is a member of the Endocrine Society since 1994, of the European Society of Pediatric Endocrinology since 1997 and of the European Society of Endocrinology since 2006. She is actively participating in International meetings with more than 100 presentations, as well as, several in Greek symposia and meetings. Her main research interests focus on growth disorders, growth hormone deficiency, precocious puberty, obesity and long-term endocrine sequelae following treatment for childhood malignancies and bone marrow transplantation. She has authored 30 publications in peer-reviewed international and Greek journals, as well as book chapters. She has been a reviewer for journals, ESPE and ECOG meetings, as well as, national journals and meetings. She is the principal investigator in three Phase –II international protocols and co-investigator in four international observational studies.

She is very active in the field of childhood obesity. Since 2003, has been a member of the European Childhood Obesity Group. She follows and offers treatment plan to more than 600/year overweight–obese children. She is leading investigator for the Hellenic National ActionPlan for the Assessment Prevention and Treatment for Childhood Obesity in Greece with important research and field interventions among children and adolescents relating to obesity in Greece.

More info about Artur Mazur

Artur Mazur MD Ph D

Date and place of birth: April 27 – 1966 Zabrze (Katowice) Nationality:  Poland
Contact details: Artur Mazur, MD, Ph.D. Medical Faculty University of Rzeszów
Address: 35-205 Rzeszów ul. Warszawska 26a Poland Fax 0048178664145
email: drmazur@poczta.onet.pl

Education and training

– Degree in Medicine  Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

– Residence in Paediatrics  I 0   1994

– Residence in Paediatrics  II 0   1998 with award

– Residence in Endocrinology 2010

– 1998 Ph.D. Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland.

– 2010 D.Sc. Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland.

– 2011 Associate Professor University of Rzeszow

Professional position

– Dean Faculty of Medicine University of Rzeszow

– Head of  Paediatric Unit – Department of Paediatrics Regional Hospital nr 2 Rzeszow Poland

Professional scientific activities

– 80 articles and abstracts in national and international scientific journals.

– Editor of three books on obesity, nutrition, and public health.

Board member of scientific societies

– From 2010 Vice-President of Polish Paediatric Society

– From 2007 member of Polish Academy of Science

– From 2008 member of ECOG Board

– From 2010 Member EAP

 

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ECOG – From Past To Present

European Childhood Obesity Group (ECOG) aims to create a developing atmosphere in the field of childhood obesity. A place where important networking is done, research is supported, and education is spread. But how did it all start and why?

Interview With Elizabeth Poskitt

It all began in 1988 when Walter Burniat, a Belgian paediatrician, wrote to Elizabeth Poskitt, a paediatrician in UK, suggesting they met at the First European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Stockholm to discuss the fact that childhood obesity was largely presented at adult conferences by physicians, epidemiologists, and nutritionists who often had little knowledge of normal childhood growth, nutrition, development or behaviour. The initial contact of these two paediatricians led to a small short meeting at the next ECO in Oxford the following year and a very substantial meeting at the symposium The Obese Child in Ancona, Italy in 1990 and useful networking at the Third International Conference on Obesity (ICO) in Kobe, Japan, a month later.

No Definition Of Obesity In Children

It was at the Ancona meeting that ECOG began to take shape but the first ECOG Workshop, attended by over twenty Europeans working with childhood obesity, was in Brussels in 1991. At this first Workshop, the name, initial constitution, first President (Elizabeth Poskitt) and Board of ECOG were determined. Brief papers on aspects of childhood obesity were followed by prolonged and substantive discussion. It rapidly became apparent that there was no common definition of obesity in children and that adult definitions using BMI alone were inadequate. From this realization there arose the first ECOG project: for an international definition of childhood obesity (Poskitt EME. 1995. Defining childhood obesity: The relative body mass index. European Childhood Obesity Group. Acta Paediatrica 84; 961-3). The Brussels workshop was also associated with something which characterized the early ECOG workshops: an obesity management training session run by ECOG members for local pediatric health workers.

Tried To Find A Common Path

After Brussels, ECOG met annually in places such as Naples, St Polten in Austria, Pecs in Hungary, Ulm in Germany and Katowice in Poland. Workshops were small but full of discussion on topics such as hyperinsulinemia, type 2 diabetes, the metabolic syndrome in childhood, protocols of management, prevention rather than treatment, over which the group tried to find a common European path. National guidelines on management were exchanged but were not entirely compatible since some were for primary care, some for hospital care and some largely concerned with management by very-low-calorie diets (popular in the management of adult obesity in the 1990s). Much of this work came together in a multi-author book written largely by ECOG members (Burniat W Cole T Lissau I & Poskitt E 2002. Child and adolescent obesity. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press). The collation of data on type 2 diabetes mellitus in Europe led to a review article by ECOG members (Malecka Tendera E, Erhardt E & Molnar D. 2005. Type 2 diabetes mellitus in European children and adolescents. Acta Paediatrica 94: 543-6).

“Is The Cure For Childhood Obesity Any Closer?”

In 2000 ECOG was asked to form a Child Obesity Task Force by the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) and the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF). Amongst activities which included raising the profile of childhood obesity at international meetings, the Task Force collected data from ECOG members and published on the prevalence of childhood obesity across Europe. Data showed a north to south increase in the prevalence of childhood overweight across Europe with very high prevalence in some Mediterranean countries (Lobstein T & Frelut ML. 2003. Prevalence of overweight among children in Europe. Obesity Reviews 4: 195-200). A project proposal submitted to the EU which would have involved ECOG members across Europe in a study of aspects of children’s lives with the aim of explaining the geographical distribution of childhood obesity was, unfortunately, not funded.

Over the past fifteen years, ECOG has grown in size along with the growth in interest and activity in the field of childhood obesity. ECOG members now come from all over the world, not just Europe.

Today’s ECOG “Workshops” have increased in size with few opportunities for the intense discussions of those early Workshops. Papers by international experts on childhood obesity are now a common feature of many nutritional conferences and childhood obesity is a “hot topic” for many different conferences. ECOG meetings are no longer unique in what they present. Maybe it is time to re-introduce the small group policy development Workshops not found in the modern ECOG meetings. These can be so important in developing actions in the fields of prevention and management. Yes, obesity research has moved forwards dramatically, but is the cure for childhood obesity any closer? It is the challenge for ECOG to make this so, Elisabeth Poskitt concludes.

Edited by Katrine Möller Voss
Information officer, Childhood Obesity Unit, Sweden,
Malmö, University Hospital