6th - 8th April 2021. Virtual Conference

Tackling Obesity: Innovative Strategies For A Healthier Future

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DAY 1 - TUESDAY (6 APRIL 2021)


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09:00 – 9:20

Welcome remarks: Emeritus Prof. Dr. Mohd Ismail Noor, Chairman AOCO-MASO 2021

President’s Address: Prof. Dr. Brian Oldfield, AOASO

Official Launching: YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, Director General of Health, Malaysia

09:20 – 10:00


Plenary Lecture 1 (30 + 10 mins)

Chair: Prof. Dr. Muhammad Yazid Jalaludin, University Malaya, Malaysia

Evidence and challenges in treating child & adolescent obesity

Prof. Dr. Louise Baur, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney, Australia

10:00 – 11:00

Symposium 1 (10+5 mins)

TITLE: Epidemiology of Obesity

Chair: Prof Dr Norimah A Karim, International Medical University, Malaysia

10:00 – 10:15


Obesity from a life course perspective – findings from GUSTO study

Prof. Dr. Johan Eriksson, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore

10:15 – 10:30


The Impact of Obesity on Cardiometabolic Complications and Beyond: An Immunoepidemiological Perspective

Dr. Dicky L. Tahapary, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia

10:30 – 10:45


Gender-specific differences in obesity predisposition and management

Dr. Jennifer Miles-Chan, Human Nutrition Unit, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Auckland, New Zealand

10:45 – 11:00


Pre-pregnancy BMI, gestational weight gain, gestational diabetes and maternal and birth outcomes: MISC cohort study in UAE

Dr. Hadia Mohammad Radwan, College of Health Sciences, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

11:00 – 12:00

Symposium 2 (10+5 mins)

TITLE:  COVID-19 Pandemic and Obesity

Chair: Dr. Mohd Fairulnizal Md Noh, Institute for Medical Research, Malaysia

11:00 – 11:15


COVID-19 and Obesity: implications for Asian and Oceanian policy

Prof. Dr. Caroline Miller, Director of the Health Policy Centre, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Adelaide, Australia

11:15 – 11:30


Obesity is a potential risk factor for COVID-19: an ecological analysis

Prof. Dr. Ranil Jayawardena, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

11:30 – 11:45


COVID-19 and Diabesity- what's the link?

Prof. Dr. Alice Pik Shan Kong, Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

11:45 – 12:00


COVID-19 pandemic and obesity in Korea

Prof. Dr. Soo Lim, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism,

Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine and Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam-city, South Korea 

12.00 – 13:00

Lunch / Poster / Sponsor’s booths (online)

13:00 – 14:30

AOCO Rising Stars Symposium (10 + 5 minutes)

Chair:  Prof Gary Wittert, University of Adelaide, Australia

Co-chair: Dr. Denise Koh Choon Lian, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia

13:00 – 13:15


Activation of the medial-prefrontal cortex to lateral hypothalamic circuit reduces food intake and motivation to obtain sucrose reward

Ms. Rachel Clarke, Department of Physiology, Monash University, Australia

13:15 – 13:30


Immune regulation of metabolic processes through myeloid production of IL-10

Dr. Gotaro Toda, Department of Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases, Graduate School of Medicine, the University of Tokyo, Japan

13:30 – 13:45


Ventromedial hypothalamic primary cilia control energy and skeletal homeostasis

Ms. Dong Joo Yang, Department of Oral Biology, Yonsei University College of Dentistry, Seoul, Korea

13:45 – 14:00


Tick Tock: Overweight Early Bird vs Night Owl, which is healthier

Ms. Fatin Hanani Mazri, Centre for Healthy Aging and Wellness, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

14:00 – 14:15


Overall unsatisfactory knowledge in obesity signals an urgent need to incorporate obesity medicine teaching into current medical curriculum in Singapore

Mr. Timothy Tan, University of New South Wales, Australia

14:15 – 14:30


Can anthropometry and body composition explain physical fitness levels in school-aged children?

Ms. Chih-Yu Hsu, Department of Family Medicine, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taipei Branch and Linkou Main Branch, Taoyuan, Taiwan

14:30 – 15:15

Symposium 3 (10+5 mins)

TITLE:  Mechanistic underpinnings of obesity

Chair: Prof. Dr. Hamid Jan bin Jan Kassim, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

14:30 – 14:45


Recruitment of postprandial thermogenesis in Brown Adipose Tissue

Prof. Dr. Brian Oldfield, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Biomedical and Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Australia

14:45 – 15:00


Famine reactions in pathways to obesity

Prof. Dr. Abdul Dulloo, Laboratory of Nutritional Energetics and Body Composition Regulation, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

15:00 – 15:15


Leap2, a hepatic peptide identified in bariatric surgery research, in metabolic regulation

Prof. Dr. Masamitsu Nakazato, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Japan

15:15 – 16:15

Symposium 4 (10+5 mins)

TITLE: Childhood Obesity

Chair: Ms. Johanna Ralston, CEO of World Obesity Federation, London, UK

15:15 – 15:30


Predicting and preventing childhood obesity: do we need more evidence or newer models of care?

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fabian Yap Kok Peng, Head & Senior Consultant, Paediatric Endocrinology, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore

15:30 – 15:45


Reduction in overweight and obesity in 3-6 year-old Malaysian children following a multi-component kindergarten-based health behaviour intervention: ToyBox Study Malaysia

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Leigh Gibson, Director of the Clinical and Health Psychology Research Centre, Roehampton University, UK

15:45 – 16:00


Microbiome transfer and childhood obesity

Prof. Dr. Wayne Cutfield, The Liggins Institute, University of Auckland, New Zealand

16:00 – 16:15


The First 2000 Days in Child Life: Current Evidence and Policies

Dr. Abdullah Mamun, Institute for Social Science Research, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia

16:15 – 17:15

Free Communication 1 (7+3 mins each)

FC1 Obesity treatment and management (6 speakers)

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Razif Shahril, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia

Co-chair: Dr. Wilfred Mok, Monash University Malaysia, Malaysia

16:15 – 16:25


Impact of self-monitoring digital interventions on body composition in obese patients: A randomized controlled trial

Dr Shree Vidhya Nagendram, Endocrine, Hospital Putrajaya, Malaysia

16:25 – 16:35


Therapeutic benefit and pharmacological aspects of Aegeline in the medicine for the treatment of Human health complications

Dinesh Kumar Patel, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences, India

16:35 – 16:45


Ramadan Focused Nutrition Therapy in Overweight and Obese Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes

Barakatun Nisak Mohd Yusof, Department of Dietetics, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

16:45 – 16:55


Exercise prescription in the management of obesity in an osteoporotic female with Turner’s syndrome

Dr Janani Gopalakrishnan, Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, India

16:55 – 17:05



Nutritional Therapy in Obese Patient with Suprapubic Diabetic Abscess and Sepsis: A Case Report

Ayu Diandra Sari, Departement of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia – Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Indonesia

17:05 – 17:15


Association between self-efficacy in maintaining healthy lifestyle and barrier to change eating habit and weight status of secondary school students in Kuala Lumpur: NuTeen project

Shashikala Sivapathy, Food Science and Nutrition, UCSI University, Malaysia


Poster / Sponsor’s booths (online)


END OF DAY 1 – See you tomorrow!

Note: Time indicated is GMT+8 (i.e. Malaysia Standard Time)