Keynote Peter Bergsten

Professor, Uppsala University, Sweden

Peter Bergsten obtained his medical training at Uppsala University, Sweden. In parallel he conducted cellular research focusing on how insulin secretory patterns are altered during development of type 2 diabetes. After receiving his PhD he spent postdoctoral stays at the NIH, USA and Cambridge, UK. In 2008 he was appointed full professor at Uppsala University. At this time he had combined the mechanistic cellular work with clinical studies addressing causes of obesity-related type 2 diabetes in children conducted at the Uppsala University Children’s Hospital, where he is adjunct professor. The translational research effort also includes clinical trials to increase the pharmacology-based treatment options for this patient group.

With his initiative Ending ChildHood Obesity (ECHO) zone the childhood obesity work also encompasses preventive aspects. Focus of the community-based ECHO zone approach is to build evidence on what interventions effectively and sustainably reduce childhood obesity. He is engaged both in scientific and public contexts, nationally and internationally, promoting health among children. He has published over 110 peer-reviewed articles and received several research awards. Currently, he is evaluating the city of Seinäjoki’s program against childhood obesity.

Topic of his presentation is How do we know what makes a difference in combatting childhood obesity?

3rd International Healthy Kids of Seinäjoki Conference is held on 31st March – 2nd April in the City of Seinäjoki, Finland. More information