Professor Cliff Bailey, of the School of Life and Health Sciences, addressed an audience of scholars, students and the public in Aston's Great Hall, using the talk to highlight the issue of ‘Obesity and diabetes: the paradox between health and wealth’.
Each year the Royal Society of Biology invites an expert to outline prevalent contemporary issues in biology and healthcare in the Charter Lecture. For this year’s talk, Professor Bailey considered the underlying mechanisms and inter-relationships responsible for the dual epidemics of obesity and type-2 diabetes.
Exploring the health-related consequences of ‘diabesity’ and the measures being used to combat it, he also set out how societies that become healthier and wealthier almost always face the avoidable healthcare burden of obesity and diabetes.
Professor Bailey, Chair of Clinical Science at Aston University, said: “I am delighted to have been asked to deliver the Royal Society of Biology’s Charter Lecture and will take the opportunity to explore how we deal with the paradox of unhealthy wealthiness.”
An international figure in the field of diabetes, Professor Bailey is known particularly for his involvement in the development of new treatments. In 2013, he was awarded the Lunar Society Medal, an accolade recognising individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the vigour of the West Midlands, and he is the 2015 Banting Memorial Lecturer of Diabetes UK.
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