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 March 2020

The CRE - EPOCH brings together researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from Australia, New Zealand and England to work collaboratively on approaches to prevention of obesity in children aged 0 to 5 years. For further details, please see our website:
EPOCH CRE Work profiled on World Obesity Day

Some of our recent work on the impact of early education and support programs for parents was profiled by the University of Sydney on World Obesity Day, Wednesday 4th March.

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Very early parent-focused intervention reduces BMI z scores, improves feeding practices and sedentary behaviour at 2 years
We are excited to announce publication in Pediatric Obesity of the Prospective Meta-Analysis (EPOCH-PMA), combining individual participant data from four early childhood obesity prevention trials  conducted by the EPOCH Collaboration.  This study is internationally unique and represents the foundational work of the EPOCH collaboration. 
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Promoting Healthy Infant Growth to Australian GPs
Supporting GPs in best practice infant feeding

Professor Elizabeth Denney-Wilson delivered a two series webinar promoting healthy growth in infants 0-2 to over 400 GPs in Australia.  The record attendance suggests that GPs are increasingly aware of the importance of monitoring growth in infancy to prevent excess weight gain.
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Obesity is related to lower Health-Related Quality of Life in children and adolescents

Using data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, lead author and PhD candidate, Anagha Killedar, presents strong evidence on how demographic factors affect the relationship between weight status and health-related quality of life throughout childhood and adolescence.  The study team also developed a rigorous model using age, sex and BMI specific utilities in adolescence which will be useful to health economists when evaluating the cost effectiveness of early childhood obesity interventions

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National Obesity Strategy Submission

EPOCH Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) submitted feedback on the national obesity strategy stating the need to prioritise systemic and environmental factors in tackling the obesity epidemic in Australia.  Evidence from the EPOCH collaboration trials provided key evidence for early childhood obesity prevention.
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Staff News
Farewell Dr Seema Mihrshahi
After four years of fabulous work as the Research Translation Co-ordinator for the EPOCH Centre for Research Excellence, we farewell Dr Seema Mihrshahi.
Congratulations to EPOCH CRE Associate Investigator, Dr Rachel Laws, on being awarded a Faculty of Health Midcareer Fellowship from Deakin University.

Funding Sources

The Centre for Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH) is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC ID:APP1001675) from 2016-2020.

Additional funding to support the CRE - EPOCH  comes from the following agencies:
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of South Australia
  • The University of Sydney
  • Sydney Local Health District (NSW Health)
  • NSW Ministry of Health
We would like to thank them for their contributions.
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Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood
Prevention Research Collaboration
Level 6, Charles Perkins Centre (D17)
University of Sydney  NSW  2006

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Centre for Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood · CRE -EPOCH, PRC, Charles Perkins Centre · Level 6, D17, Charles Perkins Centre · The University of Sydney, Nsw 2006 · Australia

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