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Obesity: A Physiological Perspective

A report of the Physiological Society meeting 10-12 September 2014

by John Menzies (University of Edinburgh)


The UK Physiological Society recently held a special scientific meeting to discuss the challenges of obesity. Attended by several UEDIN Nudge-it scientists, Understanding Obesity 2014, was held at St James Park, the home of Newcastle United Football Club. Sadly, attendees were not allowed to have a kick-about on the pitch, no doubt the groundstaff had worries about us marking the surface - the greenest grass I have ever seen.

The meeting was opened by Prof Steve Bloom who highlighted indirectly the complexity of treating obesity by describing the failures of the drug industry to address this problem successfully. There are good reason for this, of course, but a few eyes lit up at Prof Bloom’s estimate of the rewards of an effective drug - if even a fraction of obese patients were prescribed an effective drug, something in the order of $150 trillion could be made in ~10 years. But no-one is in science for the money...

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Nudge-it at the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour meeting July 2014


by Catherine Hume (University of Edinburgh)


The 22nd Annual Meeting for the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour took place this summer in the amazing city of Seattle; home of Starbucks, the Space Needle and its historical farmers market. The focus of SSIB is to share and discuss the latest scientific research on the physiological processes related to food and drink consumption.

Many Nudge-it partners participated in this meeting including Maartje Spetter (University of Tübingen), Hurbert Preissl (University of Tübingen), Kees De Graaf (University of Wageningen) and John Menzies (University of Edinburgh) who all gave fantastic talks.

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Second Nudge-it Consortium Meeting

The second Nudge-it meeting will take place in Copenhagen from 12th to 14th October 2014.  The meeting is being hosted by Professor Lucia Reisch at the Copenhagen Business School.

Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour

The 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour takes place in Seattle in July 2014 []. This is a major international meeting where the latest research and methods in eating-related physiology is presented and discussed. This year's meeting will be attended by Nudge-it scientists from the Universities of Edinburgh, Bristol, Tubingen, Utrecht and Wageningen.