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Seminar – From a pragmatic weight management intervention to bariatric surgery

March 23, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

All are invited to the CEDAR/MRC Epidemiology Seminar:

From a pragmatic weight management intervention to bariatric surgery

Dr Helen Parretti, University of East Anglia.

This seminar will be broadcast live online, please register in advance for this meeting:

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Pregnancy can be a high-risk time for weight gain. However, the postnatal period may present an opportunity to offer weight management support. PIMMS-WL was a NIHR funded randomised controlled cluster trial investigating the feasibility and acceptability of a brief weight management intervention for postnatal women embedded within the national child immunisation programme.

This seminar will start by presenting the results of PIMMS-WL. The remainder of the seminar will focus on the long-term management of patients after bariatric surgery. The multiple health benefits of bariatric surgery are well established. However, in the longer term patients can become vulnerable to procedure specific problems, which can have long term consequences. Issues and research around the management of patients who have had bariatric surgery will be discussed.

About Dr Parretti

Dr Helen Parretti is clinical senior lecturer in Norwich Medical School. Prior to this she completed a NIHR Academic Clinical Lectureship in Birmingham. She has a research interest in obesity.

Her research has mainly focussed on novel pragmatic interventions for weight management (e.g. Weigh2Go and PIMMS-WL trials) and the long-term care of patients after bariatric surgery. She led the development of the RCGP guidance for the long-term management of patients post-bariatric surgery and was a member of the expert subgroup commissioned by NHS England Obesity CRG to develop bariatric surgery follow-up guidelines.

She is the RCGP representative to the RCP JSC for diabetes and endocrinology and the RCP Advisory Group for Nutrition, Health and Weight. She was elected to the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society council in 2020.

Twitter: @helen_parretti

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March 23, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


United Kingdom


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