The Centre for Obesity Research and Education operates within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Monash University research centres are governed by a Scientific Advisory Board and lead by an Executive team.
The CORE Scientific Advisory Board is made up of both internal and external academic and professional staff as well as the Executive Team. It is chaired by the Head of the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Professor John McNeil. Its membership is formed by outstanding health professionals with expertise in the area of obesity, as well as the CORE Executive.
The board members for 2011-2012 are as follows:
|Professor John McNeil (Chairperson): Head, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University.|
|Professor Ian Smith (member): Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Infrastructure), Monash University.|
|Professor Joseph Proietto (member): Professor of Medicine, the University of Melbourne.|
|Professor Michael Cowley (member): Professorial Fellow, Department of Physiology and Director, Monash Obesity and Diabetes Institute, Monash University.|
The Executive Team integrates the essential scientific disciplines necessary for obesity research and education.
It is chaired by the the Director of CORE, Professor Wendy Brown.
Professor Wendy Brown is the Director of the Centre for Obesity Research and Education and Monash University Chair of Surgery, Central Clinical School. Her areas of expertise include laparascopic adjustable gastric banding, the effects of weight loss on health, and upper gastrointestinal surgery with a primary focus on the oesophagogastric junction and obesity.
|Professor Paul O'Brien is the Emeritus Director of the Centre for Obesity Research and Education. His areas of expertise include: The morbidity of obesity and the health benefits of weight loss; laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding procedures; treatments for obesity and their relative effectiveness; effects of obesity and weight loss on survival.|
|Professor Brian Oldfield is a Professor of Physiology at Monash University. For the last 10 years his interests have shifted to focus more on the ingestion of food and the development of obesity rather than the ingestion of fluids. The transition between these related fields is now complete and he is now an established member of the international obesity research community with regular invitations to speak about the work of his group at international meetings. Professor Oldfield has strong interests in the coordination of efforts to combat obesity through the formation of collectives to bring a diversity of strategies to the problem.|
|Dr Anna Peeters is head of the obesity and population health research unit at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. Her areas of expertise are chronic disease, aging and medical demography, with particular focus on the population implications of overweight and cardiovascular disease.|
|Ms Cheryl Laurie is a senior research nurse in the Centre for Obesity Research and Education. She has had many years of experience in co-ordination and administration of clinical trials mostly associated with treatment of obesity both medically and surgically.|