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Professor Philip McTernan Inaugural Lecture

Obesity: Is it all in the mind? Fat or Fiction

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Join Professor Philip McTernan for some gentle exercises of the mind and perhaps body as we take on a very different view of obesity and discover what could make us all fat experts.

  • When: Wednesday 3 April 2019, 6.30 pm
  • Registration: 5.45 pm
  • Location: Teaching and Learning building, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
  • Booking deadline: Wednesday 3 April 2019, 12.00 pm
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There are several topics of conversation that everyone has an opinion on – politics, sport, BREXIT, and added to this is definitely weight gain and obesity. Obesity is routinely covered in the press and on TV, as we watch people lose weight, gain weight or have difficulties maintaining their weight. We are now accustomed to watch programmes on weight, viewing people’s fridges for answers, their exercise regimen, their diet or change of diet, how to eat healthily, what to eat and when to eat it. In addition, celebrity culture appears to be very much aligned to body image, where who has gained weight and why is as important as how much they have lost, by which diet and who helped them. This fascination is, in part, because it has a direct impact on how we view our own weight, allowing everyone around us to suggest a solution as to what works to lose weight and what doesn’t. This is not to say people are necessarily wrong as to what may work for them but highlights the complexities of studying what makes us fat, how this might affect our health and why we should care as a society.

Professor Philip McTernan has spent the last 23 years looking into human fat and its secrets, understanding how important fat is in helping to control whether we eat or not, how it influences our blood pressure, why not all is equal when we consume the same calories, why diet matters and how fat can influence our biological age as opposed to our birth related age.

Professor Philip McTernan, School of Science and Technology

Professor Philip is Head of Department of Bioscience in the School of Science and Technology.

Over the last 15 years Professor Philip McTernan has successfully led on a variety of education and research programmes at the University of Warwick (UoW) coupled with delivering a number of high-profile administrative roles.

Appointed as lecturer at Warwick Medical School (WMS) in 2003, following a RCUK fellowship at University of Birmingham, Department of Medicine, Philip continued his research success being awarded the European Association for the Study of Obesity Award ‘for Recognition of Outstanding Scientific Contribution to the field of Obesity’ and several subsequent awards in Warwick.

His research has been funded by, RCUK, EU, local charities, and industry, with training more than 30+ PhD/MD students, within his research team to date and producing over 100 peer reviewed publications. In education Philip, undertook roles as Phase I Coordinator for WMS MBChB for 3 years (2007-2010), Widening Participation lead for UoW gifted and talented programmes, NAGTY and subsequently IGGY (2008-2017).

In 2014, Philip took up the strategic role as Head of Postgraduate Research Degree Studies and concurrently acting as Deputy Academic Director of Graduate Studies for the University. This Deputy role was a key supporting role in the delivery of Postgraduate (PG) Education (PGT & PGR) across the University (30 departments), supporting to set PG strategy and deliver educational excellence.

More information on Professor McTernan can be found on his staff profile.


5.45 pm Registration and welcome refreshments
6.30 pm Inaugural lecture
7.30 pm Buffet & Networking
8.30 pm Event close

Location details


Teaching and Learning building
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
NG11 8NS


Free parking is available. Access via Clifton Campus Main Gate entrance off the A453.

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