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We are delighted to welcome you the Abu Dhabi SCOPE (Strategic Centre for Obesity Professional Education) school in conjunction with the World Obesity Federation and the 2nd UAE Obesity Conference, 2020. The theme of both events will be ’Obesity Across the lifespan’.

We have an excellent line up of speakers from the UAE, GCC, UK and USA including Dr Donna Ryan (President of the World Obesity Federation, and Professor Caroline Apovian (Director, Nutrition and Weight Management Center, Boston Medical Center and Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine).

We look forward to hosting a comprehensive programme making an important contribution to the continuing professional development of healthcare professionals treating people with obesity. The program includes epidemiology, causes of obesity, complications of obesity (including obesity and COVID), and management of obesity as well as obesity in special situations including PCOS, pregnancy, childhood and in older adults.

Given the continuing impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and resulting restrictions, we have taken the decision to hold the SCOPE school and UOC conference as interactive virtual online meetings on October 22-24th and November 26-28th.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to what promises to be a superb program.

Yours sincerely,     

2nd UOC Committee Leadership Team




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Dr. Loney is currently an Associate Professor in Public Health and Epidemiology in the College of Medicine at the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Dubai. Heis a graduate of the University of Bath (UK) and has been admitted to the Fellowship of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Membership of the Faculty of Public Health, Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom (London, Edinburgh and Glasgow).Dr Loney is an epidemiologist with broad interests and expertise in clinical and population-based research assessing the relationship between lifestyle, occupational, and environmental exposures and various health outcomes such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. His current research portfolio includes two large population-based prospective cohort studies: (i) The UAE Healthy Future Study; and (ii) Mutaba’ah Mother and Child Health Study. Dr Loney’spublished research output includes more than 40 peer-reviewed papers, government technical reports, and book chapters.

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Dr Mohgah Elsheikh joined Imperial College London Diabetes Centre as a Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology in May 2012. Her main interests are Obesity and Reproductive Endocrinology. She is the Medical Lead for the Multidisciplinary Obesity and Metabolic surgeryservice, ajoint collaboration between ICLDC and Healthpoint..Prior to moving to Abu Dhabi Dr Elsheikh was a Consultant Endocrinologist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in the UKfor over 10 yearswhere sheset up and was the director of a highly successful multidisciplinary bariatric and obesity service. She is passionate about education. Shewas co-founder and tutor on the Reading University Certificate of Obesity Management and was involved in the development of an online primary care obesity management programme. Shehas authored several papers and chapters including in the Oxford Handbook for Diabetes and Endocrinology and presented at regional and national meetings in the UK and the UAE.