Agencies for Nutrition Action

Symposium on Sugar Sweetened Beverages, Sugar and Health

Wednesday, 19 February, 2014 to Thursday, 20 February, 2014
University of Auckland Medical School
85 Park Road
New Zealand

The theme of this event is, Sugary Drink Free Pacific by 2030?

This two day event will cover the science on sugar, Sugar Sweetened Beverages (SSBs) and poor health. It will also examine public health solutions to reducing SSB consumption. The event will conclude with feedback on a draft SSB policy brief prepared by the NZ Beverage Panel.

Professor Richard Johnson M.D., F.A.C.P. - Professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension at the University of Colorado, Denver, and an adjunct professor of medicine at the University of Florida, USA. He will present on The origins of obesity and fattening of man: A Relook at the Role of Sugar & Fructose and its role in driving obesity, metabolic syndrome and fatty liver.

Dr Mike Rayner - Director of the British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group founded at the University of Oxford, UK. Dr Rayner will present on initiatives that address high SSB consumption, in particular SSB taxes.

Professor Boyd Swinburn - Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health at the University of Auckland and Alfred Deakin Professor and Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University in Melbourne. Professor Swinburn will provide a global and policy view on how to address SSBs.

Dr Viliami Tangi - Styled Lord Tangi of Vaonukonuka is a Tongan politician and former Cabinet Minister. He has previously served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health. Dr Tangi is HOD Surgery at Vaiola Hospital, Nuku’alofa, Tonga and will comment on the role SSB’s could play in the prevention of NCD’s and unhealthy weight gain in Tonga and other Pacific nations.

Damon Gameau - Australian filmmaker, actor and part-time pseudo scientist. Damon will present on his current documentary that looks at sugar consumption and its consequences.

Professor Robert Lustig - Professor of pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at University of California, San Francisco. His work has highlighted the serious deleterious effects that sugar can have on human (especially children’s) health. His lecture delivered in May 2009, entitled “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” was posted on YouTube and ‘went viral’ with some 3.47 million views (as of April 28, 2013).

A/Professor Tony Merriman: Sugary drinks and Genes.
Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu: Evidence for policy options to reduce SSB consumption.
Dr Kieron Rooney: Sugar and Cancer: Mitochondria, Glycolysis, and the Pentose Phosphate Pathway.
Dr Lisa Te Morenga: SSB consumption patterns in NZ.
Dr Rob McNeil: An industry initiative to reduce SSB intake.
Dr Robyn Toomath: Lessons learned from Advocacy experience.
Dr Roby Beaglehole: SSBs and Dental caries.
Dr Simon Thornley: Sugar Addiction- What is the evidence and why does it matter?
Dr Gerhard Sundborn: An endgame to SSBs in NZ by 2025?

VENUE: University of Auckland, Medical School 85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland, New Zealand.
DATE: Wednesday 19th February – Thursday 20th February, 2014.
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COST: $100