The course consists of recorded talks, demos and practicals, and this material will go live on our university Moodle Platform from 12th February.
Live Question and Answer sessions via Zoom will take place on March 3rd at 10 am and 5pm and on March 4th at 9 am and 3pm (UK time). We have planned those four Q&A sessions to accommodate different time zones. Each Q&A session will be 1 hour long. All the speakers have committed to attend each session so delegates can choose the must appropriate session for them. We will also record those Q&A sessions and add them to the Moodle platform, so delegated can view sessions they were not able to participate in.
Delegates will have just under 3 weeks to browse the materials and carry out the different tasks prior to the Q&A sessions on Zoom. There are approximately 8 hours of recorded materials, plus some further reading and small assignments that will each take 5-10 minutes to complete.
The recorded materials will be made available to delegates as pdf after the course closes.
The relevance and contributions of anthropometric and body composition measures, in particular fat distribution, to metabolic health outcomes
- Current evidence on the link between obesity (total, central, visceral, by type) and diabetes.
- Growth trajectories and their relationships to later metabolic health outcomes.
The principles of the different methods available to assess adiposity and their feasibility in different age groups and populations
- Focusing on the different methods available for the measurement of obesity, fat distribution and body composition, going from the most precise (e.g. MRI, 4 component) to the easiest (self- reported BMI), considering the balance between the cost/burden/feasibility/settings and the obtained validity/precision and detail.
Practical aspects of the different methods
- For each of the methods (basic anthropometry, including skinfold measures; bioelectrical impedance, BODPOD and PEA BOD, DEXA, Ultrasound, Deuterium dilution, 4 component model, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy) virtual workshop/assignments will be set. Students will be provided with practice datasets and/or videos of procedures where they will be asked to spot deliberate mistakes and identify errors/issues.
- The workshops will report on issues such as inter/intra observer variability
- We will also focus on how to harmonise body composition data from different methods e.g. MRI vs CT and within methods GE DEXA vs Hologic DEXA.
Assessing growth (Growth charts and growth models in lifecourse epidemiology)
- How to derive and interpret growth indicators using reference data (percentiles and z scores).
- Modelling growth from cross-sectional and longitudinal data using LMS vs SITAR.
- Underline the limitations of some of those methods.
- Workshop using LMS and SITAR with practice datasets.
The webinar is delivered using Moodle, which will host pre-recorded talks, demonstrations, practical and quizzes. Live Q & A sessions will also be organised via Zoom. Delegates will be able to submit questions before and during live sessions. Materials and talks will be available for downloads for future reference.