Time: 5:30 - 7pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 505-007, Faculty of
Medical and Health Sciences
Location: 85 Park Road, Grafton Campus
Our annual inaugural lecture series provide a way for our
faculty to celebrate and recognise the mark
of distinction conferred by the University when it
awards the title of professor.
Join us to celebrate the inaugural lecture of Professor Melissa
'Ending obesity: The health of our children depends on it'
Childhood obesity. We see it, but it's invisible. We have facts,
but are driven by opinion. We know what doesn't work, but keep
doing it. We know what works, but don't do it. We want to show
progress, but don't measure it. We spend to counter it, but much
more generating it.
These mindsets must change, because obesity threatens not just
the health of a child but of a generation. Professor Wake will
discuss learnings from this millennium and ideas about a
solution-focused New Zealand committed to ending childhood
Consultant Paediatrician Melissa Wake took up the Cure Kids
Chair of Child Health Research in February 2017, a joint position
with the Department of Paediatrics: Child and Youth Health and the
Liggins Institute. She also holds appointments at the Murdoch
Children's Research Institute (MCRI) and The University of
Funded by an MBIE Catalyst Strategic Award, her GENO consortium
is building a Liggins-MCRI partnership that aims to deliver
enduring benefit to New Zealand and Australia within and beyond its
primary focus of Genes, Environment, Nutrition and Obesity.
Her focus is on population paediatrics: what universal and
secondary care systems are needed to make a difference to
children's health and development. Her research interests span the
common conditions of childhood and the antecedents of adults'
diseases of ageing.
She has conducted numerous randomised trials in the areas of
obesity, blood pressure, language, literacy, working memory,
hearing, sleep and mental health. Health Design Leader for the
Longitudinal Study of Australian Children since its inception, she
now leads its cross-generational physical health and biorepository,
the Child Health CheckPoint.
Awards include the 2009 Australian Health Minister's Prize for
Excellence in Health and Medical Research and consecutive NHMRC
Excellence Awards (2009-12, 2013-16) as top-ranked Research Fellow
in Australia. Projects she has led have twice appeared in the
NHMRC's annual 'Ten of the Best' publication.
Invite open to FMHS staff and students.