Prof Boyd Swinburn
MBChB, MD, FRACP, FNZCPHM
Boyd Swinburn is Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health at the University of Auckland and Alfred Deakin Professor with the Global Obesity Centre, Deakin University, Melbourne. He is also Co-Chair of World Obesity Policy & Prevention section (formerly International Obesity Task Force).
He trained as an endocrinologist and has conducted research in metabolic, clinical and public health aspects of obesity. His major research interests are centred on community and policy actions to prevent childhood and adolescent obesity, and reduce, what he has coined, ‘obesogenic’ environments. He is currently leading an initiative (www.informas.org) to monitor and benchmark food environments internationally.
He has over 350 publications related to obesity, established WHO’s first Collaborating Centre on Obesity Prevention at Deakin University in 2003, led two Lancet Series on Obesity and co-chairs the Lancet Commission on Obesity. He has been an advisor on many government committees, WHO Consultations, and large scientific studies internationally. More
“I’m delighted to accept this honorary appointment. I strongly support the work of the society to promote a multidisciplinary, whole system approach to the chronic and lifestyle-related disease problem. The society is of course a testimony to the pioneering work of Prof Garry Egger, amongst others, bringing much needed attention to modifying the social and environmental drivers of ill health.” – Prof Boyd Swinburn