Takeshi Tanigawa, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Graduate School of Medicine, and Chair of Department of Public Health at Juntendo University. He has worked as an occupational physician at the Daiichi and Daini Fukushima nuclear power plants at the Tokyo Electric Power Company for over 20 years. Dr. Tanigawa was brought in to support and administrate mental health care for the power plant workers after the accident of the Daiichi nuclear power plant after the Great East Japan Earthquake in March, 2011 and he presented a part of the findings in the JAMA (Psychological distress in workers at the Fukushima nuclear power plants. 2012; 308: 667-669). 

Native and immigrant communities are among those most impacted by obesity, diabetes and related disease. Growing, cooking together and eating certain traditional foods are often integral to culture and key to social cohesion and community health. Yet these communities often have less-than-healthy food environments, where policies and other default conditions make access to highly processed, fatty and sugary non-traditional foods more available. Chronic disease prevention in native or immigrant communities is inseparable from food sovereignty, in the eyes of many. In a webinar moderated by Dr Maile Taualii, hear perspectives on food, sovereignty and health from our speakers of the Muckleshoot (WA), Anishinabe (MN), and Tohono O’odham (AZ) nations.


September 23rd, 2014:  9am HT/12pm MT/2pm CT/3pm ET

This lecture will introduce into the current work of the Division of Physical Activity and Public Health/Institute of Sport Science and Sport at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. This institution has a comprehensive record as coordinator of international research projects funded by the European Commission and recently became the first WHO Collaborating Centre for Physical Activity and Public Health in Europe.    Its main research focus in on PA policy implementation, PA infrastructure development, and community-based PA promotion. The lecture intends to provide an overview and to give few examples of the different approaches employed by this unit.    

An Application to the ALSPAC and RAINE Cohort Studies

Obesity in children and adolescents is a serious issue with many health and social consequences that continue into adulthood. Implementing early intervention programs and getting a better understanding of children's BMI growth is important for controlling the obesity epidemic. The Fat Mass and Obesity (FTO) gene has been linked with obesity in large populations of adults and children in a recent series of genome-wode association studies and a longer duration of breatfeeding has been found to be associated with a lower risk of being overweight later in life.


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