6th - 8th April 2021. Virtual Conference

Tackling Obesity: Innovative Strategies For A Healthier Future

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09:00 – 9:40


Plenary Lecture 4 (30 + 10 mins)

Chair: Prof.  Dr. Mohd Ismail Noor, President, Malaysian Association for the study of Obesity (MASO)

Obesity pandemic turning points – hopeful signs and promising directions

Prof. Dr. Boyd Swinburn, School of Population Health, University of Auckland, New Zealand

09:45 – 10:30

Symposium 9 (10+5 mins)

TITLE: Food security & Obesity

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wan Azdie Mohd Abu Bakar, International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia

9:45 – 10:00


Food Insecurity and Obesity Research and Policy: Where do we go from here?

Prof. Dr. Rafael Perez-Escamilla, Yale School of Public Health, Yale University, New Haven, USA

10:00 – 10:15


Food insecurity and the ramifications for health and weight status: an international overview of high-income countries

Prof. Dr. Danielle Gallegos, Faculty of Health, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

10:15 – 10:30


Not having enough food can lead to obesity: Is that possible?

Prof. Dr. Norhasmah Sulaiman, Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia

10:30 – 11:30

Symposium 10 ( 10+5 mins)

TITLE: Bariatric Surgery

Chair: Dr. Reynu Rajan, Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz, UKM

Co-chair: Dr. Gafoor Mubarak, Island Hospital, Penang

10:30 – 10:45


Metabolic outcomes of bariatric surgery

Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala, Institute of Minimal Invasive Surgical Sciences & Research Centre, Saifee Hospital, Mumbai, India

10:45 – 11:00


Cost effectiveness of bariatric surgery-why insurance providers should consider coverage

Dr. Chih-Kun Huang, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan

11:00 – 11:15


Latest innovations in bariatric procedures

Dr. Simon Wong, Department of Surgery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

11:15 – 11:30


History and progress of bariatric surgery in Malaysia

Prof. Dato’ Dr. Nik Ritza Kosai Nik Mahmood, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, UKM Specialist Centre

11.30 – 12:30

Free Communication 3 (7+3 mins each)

FC3: Epidemiology & Behaviour (6 speakers)

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chin Yit Siew, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Co-chair:  Ms. Zaiton Daud, Nutrition Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia

11:30 – 11:40


You are what your mother eats: Maternal macronutrient intake and the effects on offspring metabolism and behaviour

Therese Freire, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney, Australia

11:40 – 11:50


Monitoring glycemic responses of selected foods using rtCGM and integrating it into a low glycemic index education among overweight and obese young adults

Khadidja Chekima, School of Biosciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Taylor's University, Malaysia

11:50 – 12:00


The effect of a family-based assessment and intervention healthy lifestyle programme on health knowledge and beliefs of children and their families

Dayna Te'o, School of Medicine , University of Auckland , New Zealand

12:00 – 12:10


Hypnotherapy Smartphone Applications For Weight Loss: A Narrative Review

Nurul Afiedia Roslim, Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Malaysia

12:10 – 12:20


Physical Activity level and Association with Age among Nurses at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria

Fabunmi, Ayodeji Ayodele, Physiotherapy, University of Ibadan, Ibadan. Nigeria, Nigeria

12:20 – 12:30


Exploring digital use and needs among community health volunteers to inform effective and innovative digital health solution design

Xin Yun Khor, Better Health Programme Malaysia, RTI Malaysia, Malaysia

12.30 – 13:00

Lunch / Poster / Sponsor’s booths (online)

13:00 – 14:15

Symposium 11 (10+5 mins)

TITLE:  Complications of Obesity

Chair:  Dr. Tham Kwang Wei, President, Singapore Association for the Study of Obesity (SASO)

Co-chair: Dr Masni Mohamad, Hospital Putrajaya

13:00 – 13:15


What positive changes have we seen in our fight with Obesity?

Prof. Dr. Ian D Caterson, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Sydney, Australia


13:15 – 13:30


Obesity and its complications, an overview

Dr. Rosa Allyn Sy, Diabetes, Endocrine, Metabolic, and Nutrition Center, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Philippines

13:30 – 13:45


Molecular mechanism of insulin resistance and comorbidities linked to obesity

Prof. Dr. Takashi Kadowaki, Department of Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases, The University of Tokyo Hospital, Tokyo, Japan

13:45 – 14:00


Obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) latest update

Prof. Dr. Chan Wah Kheong, Gastro-Enterology Unit, Department of Medicine, Universiti Malaya Medical Centre, Malaysia

14:00 – 14:15


Obesity and cardiovascular diseases (CVD)

Dr. Mohd Arimin Mat, Education and Research Centre, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

14:15 – 15:15

Free Communication 4 (7+3 mins each)

FC4: Basic Science (6 speakers)

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mahenderan Appukutty, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)

Co-chair: Dr. Jasmine Chia Siew Min, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia

14:15 – 14:25


Obesity Triangle in Indonesia

Prof. Dr. Saptawati Bardosono, Department of Nutrition, Fakultas Kedokteran, Universitas Indonesia

14:25 – 14:35


Utilising Machine Learning Model to Predict Obesity Trends

Ala Barzinji, School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences , University of Greenwich , United Kingdom

14:35 – 14:45


Early impact of Sweetened Beverage Excise Duty in Malaysia- Gauging the food and beverage manufacturers’ response

Sangeetha Shyam, Division of Nutrition and Dietetics, International Medical University, Malaysia

14:45 – 14:55


Brown Adipose Tissue Assessed by Near-Infrared Time-Resolved Spectroscopy Inversely Correlates with BMI in T2D Patients

Hironori Waki, Department of Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Japan

14:55 – 15:05


Overweight and obesity negatively predict the concurrent attainment of glycosylated haemoglobin A1C, blood pressure and LDL-cholesterol goals in patients with type 2 diabetes

Kim Sui Wan, Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Practice, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Malaysia

15:15 – 16:30

Symposium 12 (10+5 mins)

TITLE:  Lifestyle, Exercise & Diet  

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gaga Irawan Nugraha, Indonesian Society for the Study of Obesity (ISSO)

Co-chair: Assoc. Prof Dr. Hazizi Abu Saad, Universiti Putra Malaysia

15:15 – 15:30


The role of 24 hour movement behaviours in understanding and responding to the global child obesity pandemic with a focus on Asia-Oceania region

Prof. Dr. Tony Okely, Director of the Early Start Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Australia

15:30 – 15:45


Structured nutrition in optimizing weight loss

Prof. Dr. Winnie Chee, Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, International Medical University, Malaysia

15:45 – 16:00


Abdominal fat reducing effect of exercise training

Prof. Dr. Kuo Chia- Hua, College of Kinesiology, University of Taipei, Taiwan

16:00 – 16:15


How the gut talks to the brain?

Prof. Dr. Carel le Roux, Metabolic Medicine Group, University College Dublin, Ireland

16:15 – 16:30


Effective Type 2 Diabetes Management with very low-calorie diet (VLCD)

Dr. Saiful B. Kassim, Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur

16:30 – 17:10


Plenary Lecture 5 (30 + 10 mins)

Chair:  Prof. Dr Brian Oldfield, Monash University, Australia

Gut microbiota and obesity: what’s new?

Prof. Dr. Karine Clément, Nutrition Department, Faculty of Medicine, Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital and Sorbonne Université, Paris, France

17:10 -17:40

Prize-giving & Closing Ceremony

Poster / Sponsor’s booths (online)


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