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At the ASO Scotland Network, we aim to organise regular meetings, to bring together basic and applied researchers, practitioners and educators, patient groups, policy makers and industry agencies in Scotland. The ASO Scotland Network should be the focus for sharing of evidence to inform practice, aimed at reducing obesity and the harms arising from it.

Interested individuals, groups, and organisations are welcome to contribute ideas and efforts for future activities. Please contact Dr Anne Martin.

Local organising committee:

Dr Emilie Combet: Senior Lecturer in Nutrition, University of Glasgow
Audrey Roberts: Vice-President of the European Coalition for People Living with Obesity
Meigan Thomson: PhD candidate, University of Glasgow
Jenny Gillespie: Child Healthy Weight Dietitian and Senior Health Promotion Officer, NHS Tayside
Prof Alex Johnstone: Human Nutrition, Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen
Dr Kevin Deans: Consultant Chemical Pathologist, Clinical Lead - Obesity Service, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, NHS Grampian



ASO Scotland Natter Network

Date: 24th May 2021

Time: 13:00 - 14:00 (GMT)

Where: Online

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Title: Does meal timing influence weight loss or metabolic health?

Date: 28th January 2021

Time: 18:00 – 19:30 (GMT)

Where: Zoom/ASO webinar link (link to follow)

Pre-recorded talk 1:

Dr Leonie Ruddick Collins, University of Aberdeen Chrono-nutrition influence on weight loss (Link to follow)

Pre-recorded talk 2:

Prof. James Betts, University of Bath Does timing of eating influence physical activity and energy expenditure? (Link to follow)

Webinar agenda:

18:00 - 18:05 Welcome from the ASO/ ASO Scotland Network. Speaker: Dr Abd Tahani/ Dr Anne Martin

18:05 - 18:20 Live talk 1: Title: Is time restricted feeding superior to calorie restriction? Speaker: Dr Baldry Emma - Senior Clinical Research Dietitian

18:20 - 18:35 Live talk 2: Title: Safety of time restricted feeding in adults with obesity. Speaker: Prof. Krista Varady, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois Chicago

18:35 - 18:45 Q&A - Moderator: Prof. Alex Johnstone, The Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen

18:45-18:50 Elevator pitch of pre-recorded talk (no presentation slides): Dr Leonie Ruddick Collins, Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen. Title: Chrono-nutrition influence on weight loss

18:50-18:55 Elevator pitch of pre-recorded talk. Title: Does timing of eating influence physical activity and energy expenditure? Speaker: Prof. James Betts, University of Bath

18:55 - 19:10 Live talk: Person living with obesity. Title: A patient perspective on challenges and opportunities to modulate meal timing. Speaker: Andrew Healing, European Coalition for People Living with Obesity

19:10-19:30 Panel discussion. Moderator: Prof Alex Johnstone, The Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen


Title: ASO Scotland Network Natter, 30 November 2020

This ASO Scotland Network Natter is an online networking event to provide anyone working in the field of obesity prevention and treatment an opportunity to come together for a chat, to share ideas and support.
We would like to embrace the new way of networking with this online Zoom event. This first online networking will be held via Zoom, hosted by ASO Scotland Network Reps Dr Anne Martin and Prof Alex Johnstone and will last no more than an hour.


ECO2019 Satelite Meeting - Obesity and Cancer, 27 April 2019, Dundee.

Action on weight management in cancer – developing an evidence base to support intervention trials – views from the NIHR Cancer and Nutrition Collaboration research group on cancer prevention and screening.

This event is a satellite meeting for the European Congress on Obesity 2019 and is jointly organised by the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network, the World Cancer Research Fund and the ASO Scotland Network Association. The meeting will be hosted by The Centre for Research into Cancer Prevention and Screening (CRiPS), University of Dundee.

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Joint meeting between the ASO Scotland Network and Bariatric Education Support Training Scotland (BESTS), 30 November 2018, Paisley.

Obesity prevention and treatment: Connecting research & practice across disciplines

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Speaker Presentations

  • Lets tackle Child Obesity, Anne Gebbie-Diben, Health Improvement Lead NHSGGC
  • Long-term weight loss outcomes and economic evaluation of a weight management program for men delivered through professional football clubs, Cindy M Grey on behalf of the FFIT Project Team
  • Psychological interventions in obesity and bariatric surgery, Denise Ratcliffe, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
  • Obesity prevention and treatment: from paper to person, Dr Ruth Campbell, Consultant Dietition in Public Health Nutrition

November 2018

View the video - Members of the ASO Scotland Network reflect on the first network event in November 2018, and talk about the European Congress on Obesity in Glasgow in April 2019.