Masterclass Obesity

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Watch live: Recent advances in the management of obesity

Book now to watch live on Wednesday 27 May 2020 at 5pm

We are delighted to present this live webinar, which is exclusively available to Members and Fellows of RCPI, doctors on RCPI training programmes, doctors on RCPI Professional Competence Schemes.

You must be "in good standing" in order to register for this event, i.e. you must be up to date with your membership and/or Professional Competence fees.

About this Masterclass

This Masterclass, which will be broadcast live as a webinar, is an opportunity to hear updates on the management of obesity.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Francis Finucane, consultant endocrinologist at Galway University Hospitals and and honorary personal professor in medicine at NUI Galway – Obesity and Covid-19
  • Norah Campbell, who is a critical marketing theory/policy expert with an interest in the commercial determinants of obesity - What marketers know about marketing that public health doesn’t
  • Dr Colin Davenport, an expert in obesity drug therapy - Drug Therapy for the Treatment of Obesity
  • Professor Helen Heneghan, Consultant Bariatric Surgeon at St Vincent's University Hospital - Current Status of Bariatric Surgery in Ireland

About our speakers

Professor Francis Finucane

Francis Finucane is a consultant endocrinologist at Galway University Hospitals and an honorary personal professor in medicine at NUI Galway.

While undertaking a fellowship at the MRC Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge, UK, he led the first trial to show that aerobic exercise reduces liver fat content in humans. He also contributed to genetic epidemiological studies that identified important diabetes risk markers and devised a new method for measuring whole-body insulin sensitivity.

Since returning to Ireland in 2010, Prof Finucane has established a regional bariatric service in the West of Ireland. He is on the scientific committee of the European Diabetes Epidemiology Group since 2016. He has over 60 peer reviewed publications.

As of January 2020 he is the highest ranked peer reviewer across all academic disciplines at NUI Galway and the highest ranked peer reviewer in clinical medicine in Ireland. He sits on the editorial board of the journal Obesity Surgery. He has served on RCPI policy groups on obesity and physical activity and is currently a Fellow on Council at RCPI.

Dr Colin Davenport

Dr Colin Davenport is a Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology in the Bariatric Department in Galway University Hospital. As an endocrine trainee he was awarded a Health Research Board fellowship to investigate the effect of common diabetes medications on obesity and cardiovascular disease for which he received his PhD. After qualifying as a consultant in endocrinology he was awarded the inaugural Aspire fellowship in obesity care, allowing him to specialise in obesity medicine under the supervision of Professors Donal O’Shea and Carel le Roux in St Vincent’s University Hospital, and at the conclusion of that fellowship he moved to his current position working in bariatric care in Galway. 

He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine. He has significant research interests with 39 peer-reviewed publications to date and he has been an investigator on multiple seminal international trials of diabetes and obesity medications including the LEADER study of liraglutide in type 2 diabetes. His subspecialty interest is the medical treatment of the highly prevalent and complex disease that is obesity.

Professor Helen Heneghan

Professor Helen Heneghan (MB BCh BAO, PhD, FRCS) is a Consultant Bariatric Surgeon and Professor of Surgery at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. She is a graduate of NUI Galway, and completed basic surgical training in Galway University Hospital.

In 2012 she was awarded a PhD in the molecular expression of breast cancer and obesity from NUI Galway. She then completed the RCSI Higher Surgical Training scheme in General Surgery in 2016. During her training, she spent two years in the Bariatric & Metabolic Institute in Cleveland Clinic, Ohio. She then completed her training with a Bariatric Fellowship in the UK (Chester & Liverpool).

She has co-authored >70 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has written five book chapters on the topics of bariatric and endocrine surgery.

Can't attend? Recordings will be available to watch online afterwards

There are limited places available for the live webinar. If you are unable to book a place, you will be able to watch videos of all of the talks on Panopto, our video sharing platform.

How to join this webinar

First, you must book your place at the webinar on this web page. On the day, you must sign into our virtual learning environment RCPI Brightspace.

On the day of the event, the steps are:

  • Log in to with your username and password (the same credentials used to book this event)
  • Click on the link for RCPI Brightspace
  • In your list of courses you will see Masterclass Obesity. Click on this.
  • Click on "Join the Live Webinar" - This will launch Zoom, the system we are using for live webinars

Note, the webinar will only become available to watch at 5pm on the day, but we recommend logging in ten minutes ahead of time.

To join this webinar on Zoom you will need a computer (Windows or Apple) or mobile device with internet access and speakers.

If you're joining on a computer

If you're joining the webinar on a computer you can use the Zoom desktop website. You do not need to download the Zoom app - if you see a pop up message about the app, you can dismiss this.

The Zoom website functions best on Google Chrome.

When you click on the link for "Join the Live Webinar" you will see a message asking you to open Zoom. Click on “Open Zoom”.

You will then be asked for your name and email address. Once you’ve entered these details, click on “Join Webinar”.

If you’re joining on a mobile device

If you're watching the webinar on a mobile device you will need to download the Zoom app. To save time on the day, we recommend downloading the app in advance:

Click here for the iOS Zoom app

Click here for the Android Zoom app

When you open the Zoom app click on “Join a Meeting”. You will need to enter the meeting ID number. The ID number for this week's event will be sent to you via email beforehand.

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How to submit questions to the panel

When you open Zoom to watch the live webinar you will be able to submit questions to the panel during the event.

To submit questions to the panel:

  • Open the Q&A window in Zoom while you are watching the live event
  • Type your question into the Q&A box and click Send
  • Check Send Anonymously if you do not want your name attached to your question in the Q&A

Note, it may not be possible to answer all questions we receive.

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