Professor Stephen Simpson to speak at next Science & Research breakfast seminar

10 May 2013

Professor Steve Simpson is Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney.

Stephen Simpson is leading the development of the Charles Perkins Centre's research and education strategies.

Professor Simpson's research spans locusts to humans, and is richly multidisciplinary. His work in nutritional biology has revolutionised our understanding of the dietary causes of human obesity and ageing.

"Tackling complex problems such as obesity and metabolic diseases requires many disciplines to work together," he says. The Charles Perkins Centre will provide an environment where new perspectives can yield paradigm shifts in understanding and provide novel solutions."

Speech Summary

Obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease are the leading causes of death, disability and reduced quality of life in Australia, and have become epidemics of global proportions.

The Charles Perkins Centre aims to inform, educate, and empower people to make better lifestyle decisions. We are bringing together outstanding academics and practitioners from within the University and beyond to:

  • develop research programs that generate major shifts in our understanding
  • communicate the knowledge we develop to inform, educate and empower individuals to make better lifestyle decisions
  • translate our knowledge into practical solutions for society
  • forge new partnerships within and beyond the University
  • develop innovative, multidisciplinary teaching programs informed by the latest research
  • inspire, train and mentor the next generation of researchers and practitioners.

Obesity is a complex topic. Most other worldwide initiatives have narrowed their research to the level of genes, cells and organs. Although these are important factors, obesity related diseases are much more complicated than biology.

About the Science & Research breakfast seminar series:

The Science & Research breakfast seminar series aims to give executives in the business, law and finance sectors a better understanding of key science and research issues and their impact on business, the economy and the community.

The seminars have featured prominent leaders in reproductive technology, photonics, and quantum computing including Laureate Professor John Aitken, Professor Ben Eggleton and Professor Michelle Simmons.  They provide unfiltered, informative material about key issues and open up the conversation between the business and professional communities and the experts at the heart of leading edge science and research.

The speakers appearing are the top experts of their research disciplines and outstanding communicators.

Seminar details:

DateWednesday 24th July 2013

7.45am for coffee and breakfast.

Starting at 8am sharp

Finishing no later than 9am

VenueNSW Trade & Investment Centre

Level 47, MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place, SYDNEY

RSVPBy Friday 19 July 2013

Ph: 02 9338 6787or email: