Dr Steven Allender is Professor of Public Health and founding Director of the Global Obesity Centre at Deakin University, a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention. Steve leads (CIA) a NHMRC Partnership grant targeting childhood obesity and co-leads (CID) a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australian Centre for Research Excellence in Obesity Policy Research and Food Systems. Steve receives lead investigator funding from bodies including the US National Institutes of Health, National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Heart Foundation, VicHealth, the Western Alliance and the European Union. Steve has recently completed a jointly funded NHMRC/Australian Heart Foundation Career Development Fellowship.
Dr Allender has an ongoing programme of research on solving complex problems with a focus on the burden of chronic disease and obesity prevention. Recent work has seen a particular interest in the emerging burden of chronic disease in developed and developing countries and the possibilities for using complex systems approaches for community based intervention. Dr Allender is a member of the Cardiovascular Health Collaboration, a US and international team of 75 scientists, practitioners and thought leaders with a common purpose of achieving maximum achievable impact on improving population cardiovascular health and eliminating preventable atherosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease.