Good health requires a good diet, and diseases of under-nutrition and over-nutrition (e.g. heart disease and diabetes) are some of the major challenges in modern medicine.

UBVO seminar series - Michaelmas Term 2013

Obesity, Systems and Complexity

Speaker: Harry Rutter, Department of Health Services Research and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Date: 14 November (Thursday, week 5)

Time: 1 - 2pm

Venue: 61 Banbury Road (Seminar Room), Oxford OX2 6PE


UBVO Seminars - Trinity Term 2013

Thursdays 1-2pm, 61 Banbury Road (seminar room), Oxford OX2 6PE

Conveners: Stanley Ulijaszek & Karin Eli

Date: 25 April (Thursday, week 1)

Statusfood and state food: notes on obesity in Cuba

Giovanna NERI, Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital, Bergamo


Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity (UBVO) Seminar Series - Michaelmas Term 2015, Week 7

The Fat(tened) American: Between Consumption, Disgust, and Animality


Speakers: Chris Forth, University of Kansas

Conveners: Stanley Ulijaszek and Michelle Pentecost

Date: Thursday 26th November

Time: 1-2pm

Location: 61 Banbury Road (seminar room), Oxford OX2 6PE


Rosie Kay is the current Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence in the Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity (UBVO), School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography.


Anthropology in Dance or Dance in Anthropology?
Wednesdays, 2.00pm, 64 Banbury Road (Lecture Theatre)

A series of participatory practical sessions with choreographer Rosie Kay exploring the following themes: how dance can inform anthropology, and how anthropology can illuminate dance. Please wear clothes that you can comfortably move in.

24 April (week 1) TRUST – the listening body
1 May (week 2) SPACE – bodies and the environment
8 May (week 3) OTHER BODIES – relationships and collaboration
15 May (week 4) EMOTIONS – internal feeling / external dance


Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity – Karolinska Institutet Workshop

Developmental Frameworks of Childhood Obesity

Conveners: Stanley Ulijaszek and Paulina Nowicka

Date: Thursday 27 November 2014

Time: 1pm - 6.30pm

Venue: 61 Banbury Road (seminar room), Oxford OX2 6PE

Please view Developmental Frameworks of Childhood Obesity workshop 2014: Final programme

To register, contact Paulina Nowicka:


Speaker: Hannah GRAFF, National Heart Forum (TBC)

Title: Beyond 'fat tax': What is the role and potential of food taxes?

Venue: 61 Banbury Road (Seminar Room)

Date: 22 November, Thursday, (week 7)

Time: 1pm - 2pm

Part of the UBVO seminar series, Michaelmas Term 2012



Speaker: Kelvin CHAN, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge

Title: Social marketing and public health with Change4Life

Venue: 61 Banbury Road (seminar room)

Date: Thursday 29 November (week 8)

Time: 1pm - 2pm

Part of the UBVO seminar series, Michaelmas Term 2012


Speakers: Anna LAVIS (University of Birmingham) and Karin ELI (University of Oxford)

Title: Super-size -v- Super skinny

Venue: 64 Banbury Road

Date: Tuesday 27 November (week 8)

Time: 12:30-1:30pm

Part of the UBVO seminar series, Michaelmas Term 2012


Guest Lecture organised by the British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group

“Urban food systems”

Speaker: Sharon Friel, Professor of Health Equity, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University & Head of the Scientific Secretariat (University College London) for the World Health Organisation’s landmark global Commission on Social Determinants of Health (2005- 2008).  

Date: Tuesday 19th November 2013

Time: 1.00pm  - 2.00pm

Venue: Room 211, Second Floor, Rosemary Rue Building,  Old Road Campus

All welcome


Weight gain associated with smoking cessation: Are we anywhere nearer a solution?

Speaker: Dr Deborah Lycett, Coventry University

Time & Date: Wednesday 29th January, 10.30-11.30am

Venue: Room 2, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, 2nd floor, New Radcliffe House, Walton St, Oxford

What is the extent of weight gained as a result of quitting smoking, and how does this vary across individuals?

How do the health risks balance in view of the benefits of smoking cessation and the resulting weight gained?

How effective are the different strategies to prevent cessation-related weight gain, including their effect on quitting success?

What are the limitations of the evidence so far? And, being pragmatic, what should we tell patients?

All welcome!

For more details, please contact Anna Christian: