Improving the treatment of obesity by global implementation of current best practice

Obesity is a major contributor to disease, but interventions to reduce obesity markedly reduce morbidity and mortality. Some obesity treatments are more effective than others, with some centers achieving clinically significant weight losses maintained for up to 5 years after treatment in over 50% of users, compared to others reporting minimal long-term weight loss. Despite current availability of reasonably effective obesity treatments, they are underutilized by health professionals around the world, partly due to lack of knowledge about implementation. This project will combine the expertise of the world-leading centers of obesity research and clinical practice at the Universities of Geneva and Sydney, to consolidate methods for implementation of the most effective obesity treatments, and disseminate this knowledge to health professionals around the world. Research in the Geneva obesity center is led by Dr Zoltan Pataky and Professor Alain Golay (the Geneva Clinic Director), and research in the Sydney team is led by Associate Professor Amanda Salis and Associate Professor Tania Markovic (the Sydney Clinic Director). Both teams are well resourced with competitive grants, infrastructure, staff and students to move collaboration forwards. However, what is lacking is funding for the necessary travel for face to face visits between teams to compare and exchange information and plan translational activities and future research. This seed funding will enable the Geneva and Sydney obesity centers to combine forces to not only increase their own effectiveness in Geneva and Sydney, but to also gain greater global visibility to facilitate translation into clinical practice of effective obesity treatments. Participants: UNIGE:
  • Prof. Alain Golay,  Faculty of Medicine, Diabetes Center/Service of Therapeutic Education for Chronic Diseases at the University Hospitals of Geneva
  • Dr. Zoltan Pataky, Faculty of Medicine/Service of Therapeutic Education for Chronic Diseases at the University Hospitals of Geneva
  • Prof. Amanda Salis, Faculty of Medicine, The Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders
  • Prof. Tania Markovic, Faculty of Medicine, Metabolism & Obesity Services, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital / Charles Perkins Centre Clinic