SCOPE School Global | World Obesity Federation

SCOPE School Global

Aug 18, 2020

SCOPE School – the live component of World Obesity’s Strategic Centre for Obesity Professional Education (SCOPE) programme – is going virtual for the first time. Over the coming months, the acclaimed course on obesity management will be delivered online to a global audience of health professionals, with three virtual Schools planned for the remainder of 2020.

Branded SCOPE School Global, the online events will go beyond the regional focus of traditional SCOPE Schools and incorporate different international perspectives, providing an exciting opportunity for health professionals around the world to share ideas and best practices.

We look forward to welcoming you to our first SCOPE School Global on 18th-19th August. Co-hosted with the World Heart Federation, this interactive event will focus on the links between obesity and cardiovascular disease (CVD).

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, SCOPE Schools will continue to be delivered virtually until in-person meetings can be hosted safely and without posing a risk to attendees or their patients.

Read below to learn more about our first SCOPE School Global!

SCOPE School Global - August Flyer

SCOPE School Global Flyer

Information on the upcoming SCOPE School, including agenda in one downloadable place.

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Obesity & Cardiovascular Disease: Can we break the cycle?

The World Obesity Federation (WOF) are delighted to host its first digital SCOPE School in conjunction with the World Heart Federation (WHF). Recognising that obesity has become one of the main drivers of cardiovascular disease, and that many patients' first encounter with the health system for obesity-related issues is through cardiology and even primary care, the organisations have joined forces. Whilst we attempt to reschedule the event that was cancelled in March due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we now have this opportunity for opinion leaders in this field to share their expertise in this alternative format.

Chaired by John Wilding and Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, the SCOPE School will address cardiovascular complications of obesity and different methods for managing obesity in people with cardiovascular disease, amongst other topics. The SCOPE School will complement the launch of an educational path of six modules for healthcare practitioners within the online SCOPE platform specifically addressing the needs of PCOs and specialists managing and treating patients with obesity, CVD, and type 2 diabetes.

Learning Objectives

The objective of the SCOPE School is to advance knowledge of the main drivers of cardiovascular disease (CVD), including the obesity-related issues that patients with CVD may encounter, and vice versa.

At the end of the SCOPE School, attendees will:

  • Understand the etiology and risk factors for obesity, including the current global prevalence and the challenges faced in curbing the epidemic
  • Recognise the key issues in the obesity/ CVD co-morbidity
  • Identify suitable treatment options for patients living with obesity and CVD and initiate effective conversations with patients
  • Have increased awareness of the worsening of COVID-19 complications for patients living with obesity and CVD

Target Audience

  • Healthcare professionals working in clinical practice including dieticians, nutritionists, diabetes nurses/educators, physiotherapists, physical activity specialists, general practitioners, obesity medicine, cardiologists, exercise physiologists, specialists, internal medicine physicians and other specialists treating obesity related diseases.

Programme - Day One

Day 1:  Obesity as a disease with cardiovascular complications

  • 13:30-14:00 - Opening Remarks (All Attend) – John Wilding

Introduction to Obesity: Epidemiology of obesity and cardiovascular disease (All Attend) – Francisco Jimenez Lopez

  • 14:00-14:30 - Break out group 1 – COVID-19, the cardiovascular system and obesity – Naveed Sattar
  • 14:30-15:00 - Break out group 2 - Cardiovascular complications of obesity and their improvement with weight loss – Ada Cuevas
  • 15:00-15:30 - Break out group 3 - Managing cardiovascular disease in people with obesity – Sadiya Sana Khan

Programme - Day Two

Day 2: Treatment options for obesity and their effects on the cardiovascular system

13:30-14:00 - Opening Remarks and Recap of Day 1 (All Attend) John Wilding and Francisco Jimenez Lopez

15:30-16:00 - Concluding remarks

Name: Prof John Wilding

Professor of Medicine & Honorary Consultant Physician
Obesity and Endocrinology Research
Lead for Metabolism and Nutrition, Institute of Ageing & Chronic Disease
President, World Obesity Federation

Name: Dr Francisco Jimenez Lopez

Chair, Division of Preventive Cardiology
Co-Director, Artificial Intelligence in Cardiology
Director of Research, Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center
Professor of Medicine, Mayo Medical School
Consultant, Department of Cardiovascular Diseases

Name: Dr Ada Cuevas

Medical Director, Center for Advanced Metabolic Medicine and Nutrition (CAMMYN) Santiago, Chile.
Clinical Care Committee and International Fellow, World Obesity Federation
Senior Board member, International Atherosclerosis Society (IAS)

Name: Prof Carel Le Roux


Co-Director Metabolic Medicine Group
Diabetes Complications Research Centre
Conway Institute, University College Dublin

Name: Prof Shifalika Goenka

Professor, Indian Institute of Public Health and Head of Bioethics and Social Behavioural Sciences, Public Health Foundation India

Center for Chronic Disease Control

Name: Prof Naveed Sattar

Professor of Metabolic Medicine, University of Glasgow

Name: Dr Sadiya Sana Khan

Assistant Professor, Medicine, North-western University, United States of America

Name: Dr Marie France Chan Sun

Head, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Science, University of Mauritius

The SCOPE School has been accredited with 4.0 SCOPE points, which count towards SCOPE Certification. All participants that have actively participated by completing pre-post event learning questions will be eligible to receive points for their attendance.

SCOPE is the only internationally recognised certification in obesity management. It equips health professionals with up to date, evidence-based obesity management resources to better treat their patients with obesity and further their careers. You will need to earn a total of 12 points to become SCOPE Certified. This must include completion of our Core Learning Path (4 points), an e-learning course with eight modules covering the ‘essentials’ of obesity management. You can earn the remaining points by completing free supplementary modules (0.5 points each) or by attending additional SCOPE Accredited events.

  1. What timezone is this in?
    • All time's indicated are in BST (British Summer Time).
  2. Will this event be recorded for those who cannot attend?
    • Unfortunately this event will not be recorded, however a further two SCOPE School Globals will be held in 2020 for those unable to attend the event in August 
  3. I’m a student. Can I attend for free?
    • We don’t have any free student places at the moment. But we would be happy to add your name to a waiting list should any become available.

For event enquiries please contact

Winnie Dehaney, Head of Events

For SCOPE school enquiries please contact

Claudia Selin Batz, Policy & Education Coordinator


To register for SCOPE School Global – Obesity & Cardiovascular Disease Please follow the link below.

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