Scientific Programme




DAY VIEW - Monday 17th March 2014

DAY VIEW - Tuesday 18th March 2014

DAY VIEW - Wednesday 19th March 2014

DAY VIEW - Thursday 20th March 2014

Dear Colleagues,

The Scientific Committee have worked to ensure that the programme encompasses each of the main areas of obesity research and practise, spanning basic molecular and cellular science through systems biology to public health and policy.

In addition to Plenary and the World Obesity's Award Lectures, a series of Symposia focusing on cutting-edge areas in obesity are scheduled. These include key topics such as adipose tissue fibrosis, the gut microbiome, epigenetics, bariatric surgery, obesity in children, lifestyle changing and maintaining, and how to get policy changed. Some of the Symposia will include selected contributions from the abstracts submitted by delegates, and as at previous Congresses there is a considerable emphasis on poster communications presented by attendees.

The Scientific Committee have established a broad set of programme tracks, reflecting a ‘systems approach’, while the Final Plenary Lecture immediately before the Closing Ceremony will be on a major breaking development in obesity research to ensure that the Congress is as up-to-the minute as possible.

We look forward to warmly welcoming you to Kuala Lumpur for what is expected to be an outstanding Congress.

Professor Paul Trayhurn
Chair – International Scientific Committee


Download the ICO 2014 Symposia Topics and Presentations here

Track 1 – From cells to systems biology
Including tissues, inflammation and immunity, adipokines and hormones, appetite, circadian, crosstalk, neuroscience, ‘omics’, stem cells, nutrient sensing, mitochondria and cellular organelles, energy balance, tissue plasticity

Track 2 – From genes and environment to pathophysiology
Including genome, metagenomics, epigenetics, environmental factors (pollutants) mRNA regulation, fetal programming, inflammation, lipids, metabolism, ‘omic’ methods, gut microbiome, oxidative stress, hypoxia

Track 3 – From healthy weight to weight-related pathologies
Body composition, fat distribution (including ectopic), imaging, regional and ethnic differences, diabetes, cancer,  NAFLD, OSA/sleep, cardiovascular, osteoarthritis, lifespan issues, gender differences, obesity assessment (BMI for age), biomarkers

Track 4 – From nutrition, exercise, and psychology to lifestyle
Food environment (food availability, affordability, safety), macronutrients, intake (regional, gender), CBAs, physical activity environment (physical activity availability, affordability, safety), exercise (type and duration, metabolism), psychology and behaviour issues (depression, microstructures of feeding), measurement and patterns of diet and physical activity, sedentary behaviour, energy balance

Track 5 – From lifestyle intervention to drugs and surgery
Diet, exercise, behaviour, psychology, sleep, VLEDs, novel pharmacotherapy, multidisciplinary, state and role of bariatric surgery, lifespan issues, new surgical approaches and devices, e-technology, biomarkers, health economics

Track 6 – From home environment to society: causes and consequences
Home environment and equity, prenatal and early nutrition, epidemiology, inequalities, habitat, marketing, workplace, school, role of industry, health economics

Track 7 – From individual choice to population prevention: solutions and interventions

Primary prevention, interventions in the community, workplace, and school, disease prevention programmes, personalised nutrition, health services, e-technology

Track 8 – From evidence to policy
Marketing, economics (pricing, taxation, distribution, subsidy), environmental change, environmental planning, toxic environment, government actions – current and potential, industry partnerships, health systems, ethical issues, research priorities