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Anthropometry seminar – Toward a universal body composition assessment using 3D body scan

May 13, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

All are invited to the MRC Epidemiology Unit Anthropometry Seminar:

Toward a universal body composition assessment using 3D body scan

Marcelline Dechenaud, Thecla, LLC.

Professor Steven Heymsfield, Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

Watch a recording of this seminar on our YouTube channel.

About this seminar

Digital anthropometric (DA) assessments are increasingly being administered with 3D optical devices in clinical settings that manage patients with obesity and related metabolic disorders. However, anatomic measurement sites are not standardized across manufacturers, precluding use of published reference values and pooling of data across research centers.

Our group developed “universal” 3D analysis software by applying novel programming strategies capable of producing device-independent DA estimates that agree with conventional anthropometric measurements made at well-defined anatomic sites. Availability of this software, with future refinements, will facilitate clinical applications and creation of large pooled uniform anthropometric databases that can provide new insights into a wide range of research topics.

About Marcelline Dechenaud

Marcelline Dechenaud received an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Université Lyon I in France in 2018 and a MS in Motor Behavior from the Kinesiology department of Louisiana State University in 2020. She has co-developed a universal 3D analysis software and authored 10 peer reviewed publications on body composition and 3D body scan technology. She has co-founded a company that aims to merge and make available clinical body composition data from research groups around the globe. Her current position is manager of the R&D department of Thecla, LLC based in Baton Rouge, LA, USA.

About Professor Steven Heymsfield

Steven B. Heymsfield, M.D. is Professor and Director of the Body Composition-Metabolism Laboratory at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center of the Louisiana State University System in Baton Rouge. Dr. Heymsfield has published more than 600 peer-reviewed papers covering topics such as obesity, malnutrition, cachexia, body composition, and caloric expenditure. His contributions to the study of human nutrition led to the TOPS Award and George Bray Founders Award from The Obesity Society (TOS), the Rhoads Award from the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), the Robert H. Herman Memorial Award, American Society of Nutrition (ASN). Professor Heymsfield is past president of ASPEN, ASN and TOS.

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May 13, 2021
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


United Kingdom


MRC Epidemiology Unit
01223 330315
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