During this week’s editions of the newsletter, we have had the pleasure of meeting our three Best Thesis nominees: Louise Tully, Maja Bramming and Rebecca Jones.
In yesterday’s session and presentation, Louise Tully was announced as our winner for her thesis on the use of digital healthcare for children with obesity. Dr Tully’s supervisor, who is one of EASO’s well known faces, Dr Grace O’Malley, had started researching this area about 10 years ago. It has gathered increasing importance as the COVID-19 pandemic emerged and progressed.
Dr Tully has built on this formative work by assessing aspects such as the cost of delivery. She explains: “During the early weeks of the pandemic, I also undertook a rapid review of telehealth acceptability in paediatrics, to inform the emergency response locally. It’s important to continue pursuing innovative ways to ensure obesity care for all who need it, and the future is digital. However, it’s equally important to ensure novel technologies we use in practice provide value for public money.”
Assistant Professor Jennifer Lyn Baker of the Centre for Clinical Research and Prevention, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital, Denmark, was part of the judging panel for the finals session on Friday. She said: “On behalf of EASO I would like to congratulate all of our finalists for the strength and depth of their thesis work, and our winner Dr Louise Tully. Her important work will improve the lives of children living with obesity.”