Recognition for leadership in childhood obesity prevention

Childhood obesity has been an emerging issue in our country for more than a decade. For just as long, Professor Louise Baur has been working to change that. She has become an internationally recognised researcher in this area and has just received another accolade to support her important work.

Professor Baur, Head of The Children's Hospital at Westmead's Clinical School and Professor of Child & Adolescent Health at the University of Sydney, was awarded the prestigious NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Investigator Grant Award – Public Health (Leadership) for her work in transforming the prevention and treatment of child and adolescent obesity. 

This award is presented to the highest ranked female researcher in the public health pillar of the Leadership category of the 2021 Investigator Grants. 

“Obesity in children and adolescents is a serious problem with immediate and future complications. The Investigator Award provides very welcome funds to support my research teams for the next five years," Professor Baur said.

Professor Baur’s vision is to lead an interdisciplinary program of research in preventing obesity in childhood and providing safe, effective treatments to children and adolescents living with obesity. Her work will result in recommendations for targeting early childhood obesity prevention, personalised approaches to obesity treatment, and models of care and costings for paediatric obesity treatment in Australia

Congratulations to Professor Baur on this fantastic achievement.