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Scientific Programme

Draft outline scientific programme (docx, 66kb; subject to change – last updated 21 Oct 2013)

Keynote speakers will be followed by a series of structured discussions and workshops that will follow their theme. In addition there will be a number of parallel individual paper sessions and symposia. The UKSBM reserves the right to make alterations to the scientific programme and keynote speakers as required.

**post-conference workshop on 11 December 2013 on “Designing and evaluating behaviour change interventions: Using the Behaviour Change Wheel and other tools in behavioural science”. For details on how to register, see the workshop page.


Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Dr Susan Jebb, OBE

Susan-Jebb-web-199x300Bio: Susan Jebb was appointed as Professor of Diet and Population Health at the University of Oxford’s Primary Care Health Sciences Department in September 2013 from her position as a Programme Leader at the Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Research unit (HNR) in Cambridge. With over 25 years experience in nutrition research, Susan’s work focuses across a range of public health nutrition issues, with particular emphasis on the translation of nutrition science into policy and practice.

Her career began in nutrition and dietetics at the University of Surrey prior to her PhD at the University of Cambridge, where she studied methods to measure body composition. After post-doctoral research at the MRC Dunn Nutrition Unit into energy metabolism in cancer and HIV infection, she moved to HNR in 1998, where her research focuses on the role of dietary factors in the aetiology and treatment of obesity. It includes observational studies on dietary patterns and weight gain, explanatory dietary intervention studies and more pragmatic trials of community-based weight management strategies. She is also one of the Principal Investigators in the Behaviour and Health Research Unit (BHRU).

Beyond her research programme Susan is the Science Advisor on obesity to the Department of Health in England and former chair of the cross-government Expert Advisory Group on Obesity in England. Susan was the lead science advisor to the Foresight report ‘Tackling Obesities: Future Choices’. She is currently Chair of the NICE Public Health Advisory Committee and Chair of the Public Health Responsibility Deal Food Network. In 2008 she was awarded an OBE for services to public health. She regularly contributes to media features on food or obesity including several BBC documentaries. In a personal capacity, she writes a nutrition column for a popular magazine.

Professor Robert West

RobertWestBio: Professor West is Professor of Health Psychology and Director of Tobacco Studies and the co-director of the NHS Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training at University College London. Prof West is the Editor-in-Chief of Addiction, is a Faculty Member of the Tobacco Academy, and a NICE member of the Smoking Harm Reduction Guidance Programme Development Group. He has over 250 peer-reviewed publications.





Professor Laurence Moore, NPRI Keynote Speaker


Bio: Professor Moore will be the new Director of the Medical Research Council/Chief Scientist Office Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in the University of Glasgow, commencing October 1st 2013. He was founding Director of DECIPHer, a UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence, which is a strategic partnership between Cardiff, Bristol and Swansea Universities. He is a social scientist and statistician with a particular interest in the development and evaluation of interventions to improve public health. Working in multidisciplinary teams and in collaboration with policy makers, practitioners and the public, he has completed mixed methods evaluations of diverse interventions and programmes, which have then had a direct impact on policy and practice. These include evaluations of exercise referral schemes, fruit tuck shops, peer-led smoking prevention (the ASSIST trial), the free school breakfast initiative in Wales and smoking cessation in pregnancy.

He was a member of the OSCHR Public Health Board and the NPRI Scientific Committee, and is a long standing member of the NIHR Public Health Research Programme Research Funding Board.


Professor Judith GreenGreen_Judith1

Bio: Judith Green is Professor of Sociology of Health, in the Faculty of Public Health & Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.  Her background is in anthropology and sociology, and she has been at LSHTM since 1996.

She has researched and published widely in the sociology of health, including work on primary care, accidental injury, health service organisation and public understanding of health.  Across these substantive topics is a methodological interest in improving our understanding of social practices, and how they relate to social and material environments.  Her recent research has focused on issues in transport and health, particularly on the relationships between everyday mobility practices, inequalities and health. Judith edits the journal Critical Public Health.


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