Seminar details

12.30pm—1.30pm, Friday 15 April 2016, QBP Auditorium (Building 80), UQ St Lucia campus

Please note: Seating is limited. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.


Professor Stephen Simpson AC

Academic Director (CEO), Charles Perkins Centre

Professor, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, The University of Sydney

Executive Director, Obesity Australia


Putting the balance back in diet: the nutritional geometry of health and ageing

Macronutrients (protein, fats and carbohydrates) are fundamental dietary components, yet the question of what represents a balanced diet and how this maintains health and longevity remains unanswered.

This talk will set out a new way to describe the multidimensional nature of nutritional requirements, the relative values of foods in relation to these requirements, the behavioural and physiological responses when feeding on diets of varying composition, and the health consequences of being restricted to particular diets.

These models arose from the study of nutritional ecology and were developed initially using a wide variety of species in the laboratory and the field.

Professor Simpson AC will show how they have been used to address problems in ageing, obesity and cardiometabolic health.

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Speaker bio

Professor Stephen Simpson AC is Academic Director (CEO) of the Charles Perkins Centre, a $500 million University of Sydney initiative with the aim to develop and implement cross-disciplinary approaches to treat obesity,
diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions. He is also the Executive Director of Obesity Australia and holds numerous other public and professional roles.

Stephen completed his undergraduate degree at The University of Queensland, and his PhD at the University of London. Stephen spent 22 years at the University of Oxford, first in Experimental Psychology, then in the Department of Zoology and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, before returning to Australia in 2005 as an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow, then an ARC Laureate Fellow.

In 2007, Stephen was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. In 2008 he won the Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, and in 2009 he was NSW Scientist of the Year. In 2013, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, and in 2015 was made a Companion of the Order of Australia.

Stephen has been prominent in the media, including presenting an acclaimed, landmark four-part documentary series for ABC TV, “Great Southern Land”.

Seminar host

Professor Paul Alewood, IMB Seminar Series Coordinator,

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