Professor Ian Caterson

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Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders
University of Sydney
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Ian Caterson is currently Foundation Director of the Boden Institute of Obesity Nutrition Exercise and Eating Disorders and Boden Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Sydney. He has held the latter position since 1997. Prior to that he was Senior Staff Specialist and Director of Clinical Endocrinology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, where, in 1984, he established the first multi-disciplinary weight management service in Australia.

He has been president of both the Australian Diabetes Society and the Australasian Society for the Study of Obesity & was regional vice-president (Asia-Oceania) and on the executive of the International Association for the Study of Obesity. He was chair of the Publications Committee of IASO for a number of years and has served as regional editor of the IJO and as editor of Diabetes Obesity and Metabolism. He was on the management committee of the International Obesity Task Force for more than 10 years and now is on the Education and Management Task Force of IASO. He was Co-chair of the 10th International Congress on Obesity held in Sydney in 2006.

He is a recognised expert on obesity, its causes, prevention and management. He is on the Education & Management Task Force of IASO and has been an advisor to governments and WHO on the issue of obesity. He is a member of the Prevention and Community Health Committee of the NHMRC of Australia and on the Expert Obesity Committee of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency.

His research interests have and do span several areas of obesity. Initially he was interested in the biochemical causes and effects of insulin resistance, but now his laboratory interests are in the epigenetics of obesity and in the role of the gut microbiota. He has worked extensively on the management of obesity, its causes and its prevention.

For more information go to his website