The Obesity "Epidemic": Is it Sloth, Gluttony, or May we Blame our Parents?

10 November, 2015 - 18:00 to 22:00
Customs House, 399 Queen St, Brisbane


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Professor John Prins

Professor John Prins
Director, Mater Research Institute (MRI)

Director of the Mater Research Institute of the University of Queensland, Senior Endocrinologist at Princess Alexandra Hospital, and Professor of Endocrinology at The University of Queensland. Bio John Prins is Director/CEO of the Mater Research Institute-UQ, Senior Endocrinologist at Princess Alexandra Hospital, and Professor of Endocrinology at The University of Queensland. He is also a Director of the Metro South Hospital and Health Service which has a budget of $1.8b and provides health care to over 1 million people. He undertook his clinical training in Endocrinology and his PhD in adipose tissue biology in Australia. He then undertook a 4-year post-doctoral appointment at the University of Cambridge, UK. In 1998 he returned to Brisbane, Australia, where he established an active research programme undertaking clinical trials in Obesity and Diabetes and investigating various aspects of adipose biology, insulin signalling, and adipogenesis. Much of the work involves cell- and molecular-biological analysis of human tissues. He has supervised over 20 PhDs and over 30 Endocrinology trainees. He has received over $15M in research funding and has published over 140 research publications with a total of 10,000+ citations. He sits on numerous grant review and advisory committees for NHMRC, NGOs and Industry.