1-2 December 2020

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 EASO New Investigators United Winter School was a great success. The interactive school was virtual in 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. This popular course is open to early career researchers and practitioners.

Applications are now closed

The 2020 programme focused on ‘Hot Topics in Obesity’ with sessions addressing key issues in research, treatment and public health. Our virtual programme for 2021 will support delegates’ understanding of the field, along with analytic skills and critical thinking development. Interactive teaching will be delivered by European experts, and poster presentations will enable selected participants to present their own work.

As with previous editions of NIU School, the virtual course will provide participants with a thorough grounding in obesity and skill development to support delegate research or clinical practice.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Appreciate patient perspectives and the significant issues of stigma and weight bias.
  • Appreciate the various mechanisms underpinning obesity, and understand latest basic science developments.
  • Recognise that obesity has a multifactorial aetiology and multiple health consequences.
  • Appreciate clinical evaluation techniques and be cognisant of the effectiveness of various intervention approaches.
  • Be familiar with a variety of tools and methods that can assist and enhance the implementation of weight management programmes.

Topics Included

Basic science

  • Adipose tissue function and inflammation
  • Adipose tissue regulation
  • Brain control of energy metabolism

Clinical management

  • Measurement of adiposity beyond BMI
  • Obesity treatment and weight management approaches
  • Endocrinological evaluation of the patient with obesity
  • The gut microbiota


  • Physical activity in obesity management
  • Nutrition in obesity management
  • Pharmacological management of obesity: present and future
  • Personalized nutritional interventions
  • Bariatric surgery and weight management

Public health

  • Obesity stigma: the importance of person first approaches
  • Whole systems approaches and advocacy
  • Public Health and health promotion

Plus Practical Training In

  • Statistical methods in obesity research
  • Systematic reviews and why they are useful
  • Academic career development

There is no registration fee and EASO offers 60 virtual places for this prestigious course, it is therefore important that you provide as much information possible in your submission. We encourage all applicants to join the New Investigator United Network.

The EASO NIU Schools are supported via unrestricted educational grants from Novo Nordisk.