Skip Navigation

Global Obesity Prevention Center

Archived Event Videos


Dean's Invited Lecture: Virtual Baltimore 


 virtual baltimoreWhen: Wednesday, November 30th @ 4:00 PM EDT - 5:00 PM EDT

Speaker: Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA
Topic: Virtual Baltimore, A new frontier for understanding and controlling non-communicable diseases

Dr. Lee discussed VPOP (Virtual Population for Obesity Prevention), a simulation model platform that allows decision makers and stakeholders to design and test various obesity prevention measures, policies and interventions, and how it's used at the GOPC.

Going Beyond featuring Colin O'Brady


Colin O'BradyWhen: Tuesday, October 4th @ 12:00 PM EDT - 1:00 PM EDT

Speaker: Colin O'Brady
Topic: A journey from conquering the Explorers Grand Slam to tackling childhood obesity

Colin O'Brady will cover his 139-day world record setting journey to conquer the Explorers Grand Slam, a mountaineering challenge to climb the Seven Summits, the tallest mountain on every continent, and ski the last degree to the North and South Poles.

Now, Colin is interested in a new challenge- fighting against childhood obesity.

Colin will discuss the personal tragedy that lead him to attempting this feat, overcoming obstacles and the setbacks he encountered both before and during the journey, the power of dreaming big and believing in yourself, the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and getting outdoors, and the dedication and commitment of a team to accomplish a goal.

Removing ‘Humans’ from ‘Health’ through Maori Environmental Physical Activity Seminar


ihiWednesday, September 14th @ 12:00 PM EDT - 1:00 PM EDT

Speaker: Dr. Ihi Heke
Topic: Using systems science in the Maori environment

Mainstream Systems Science Dynamics and Group Model Building suggests that an individual or group’s poor health outcomes may be traced back to the systems that they interact with. This discussion will generate some insight into validating centuries old Maori processes known as whakapapa.

If the Maori tribe is able to move away from a health focus and instead prioritize knowledge transferal through environmental awareness, then they may be able to remove deficit based information that has traditionally failed to engage previously. 

Taxes on Energy-dense Foods Talk


john cawleyThursday, May 19th @ 12:00 PM EDT - 1:15 PM EDT

Speaker: John Cawley, PhD
Topic: Sugar-sweetened beverage taxes and incentivizing nutritious diets


Dr. John Cawley will examine how consumers respond to price incentives for nutritious relative to less-nutritious foods, and whether the framing of the price incentive as a subsidy for nutritious food or a tax on non-nutritious food influences consumers’ responses.

Dr. Cawley will also cover an analysis of the sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax that was passed in Berkeley, California in November 2014.

Indigenous Solutions for Global Health Issues Seminar


wayne ngataihi hekeThursday, November 12th, 2015 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Speakers: Dr Ihirangi Heke & Dr Wayne Ngata 
Topic: Exploring solutions to the rise in global obesity rates


Global obesity rates are now the most significant threat to Māori tribe and indeed all indigenous peoples today.  Dr Ihirangi Heke & Dr Wayne Ngata are exploring solutions to confront and impede the rate of indigenous obesity.  

Central to this is the notion that we revisit and reinstate ancient Environmental Science practices alongside mainstream Systems Science with the aim to improve the health outcomes of Māori people. This lecture will discuss these practices as a contemporary indigenous response to a global epidemic and how indigenous frameworks of practice can motivate change behavior and healthy outcomes for indigenous peoples.  

Neal Baer's Telling Tales


nealMonday, September 21st, 2015 @ 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Speaker: Neal Baer, MD
Topic: How Stories Can Improve Public Health

Neal Baer, MD will be visiting our Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) to discuss how his work as a pediatrician and television writer on ERLaw and Order: SVU and Under the Dome have influenced the way he tells stories and how those stories can have a profound impact on global health.  Drawing on his own experiences, Dr. Baer will describe how we can all use our stories to improve public health.

After Dr. Baer's talk, there will be a reception in Room W1030 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please email GOPC.