Can new genetic markers help personalise weight management to increase success?

Recent advances in Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS) have identified over 300 genetic variations implicated in obesity, metabolism, body composition, appetite and behaviour. 

But which genes really matter - FTO, MCR4, PC1 or others?

Are you destined to be the shape of your genes? Or can your DNA determine your breakthrough diet and exercise plan?

How do the ever growing number of direct-to-consumer DNA testing programs stack up to the science? 

We audit DNA tests to show you - MyDNA, Nutrigenomix,  FitnessGenes, etc.

And how close are we to tailored genomic weight management?

If you are a dietitian, nutritionist, fitness professional, doctor, weight loss counselor or consumer, this is for you.

Become empowered with the genetic knowledge and counselling insights to really know genetic testing for weight management.

The recorded webinar package is included in your ticket, in case you can’t make it live.

And importantly, SmartShape is not affilated with or selling you any DNA testing service or program.

DNA Personalisation?


SmartShape Centre for Weight Management

Prof Lesley Campbell, AM

Matt O'Neill, APD

Lab Head
Clinical Diabetes, Appetite & Metabolism
Garvan Institute

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Recent developments in the genetics of obesity
(30 minutes)

by Prof Lesley Campbell

  • Genetic regulation of body composition
  • Recent breakthroughs across the genome
  • Ranking influence of specific genetic mutations
  • Practical advice for client counseling


Consumer genetic tests and advice
(30 minutes)

by Matt O'Neill, APD

  • The genetic testing marketplace for weight loss
  • Specific gene tests by MyDNA, Nutrigenomix, etc
  • What customised advice is being provided
  • Lessons from the DIETFITS study

Speaker chat
(15 minutes)

  • Lesley and Matt will discuss attendee questions, trends, ethics and issues about genetic testing for weight management.


Your speakers

Prof Lesley Campbell

Lab Head, Clinical Diabetes, Appetite and Metabolism - Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Senior Endocrinologist - Diabetes Service, St Vincent's Hospital
Professor of Medicine - University of NSW

Lesley conducts clinical research in diabetes, obesity and insulin resistance, focusing on the underlying causes of type 2 diabetes and obesity. She has published over 230 peer-reviewed papers, editing books, manuals, and writing book chapters.

She was a member of the Organising Committee of the 2006 International Congress on Obesity, chaired national and international professional committees and is a past President of the Australasian Society for the Study of Obesity and past chair of national and international diabetes- and obesity-related committees.

Lesley has written and edited books, articles and teaching material for the public, students and professionals about diabetes and obesity, and writes about discrimination against people with diabetes or obesity. 

Her clinical work and research includes advocacy for people coping with the daily challenges of life with diabetes and weight problems. Lesley has served on national and international committees and as medical consultant to lay diabetes groups.

Lesley received the Swedish Society of Medicine Medal and the Sir Kempson Maddox Award by Diabetes Australia and has been invited to speak in Denmark, Sweden, Thailand and Malaysia. She has spoken and written about the gender gap in treatment of cardiovascular disease in diabetic women.

Her recent research has highlighted unmet needs in diabetes distress and depression. In collaboration with the team at the Black Dog Institute she has been working in diabetes depression treatment funded by an NHMRC grant.



Learn more about Lesley at the Garvan Institute

Matt O’Neill

BSpSc, MSc(Nut&Diet), APD

Director, SmartShape Centre for Weight Management


Matt is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, passionate about evidence-based nutrition advice that evokes change and delivers outcomes for clients. He is Founder of the SmartShape Centre for Weight Management, where he specialises in inspiring training, resources and business support for health professionals.

Matt has presented seminars, keynotes and workshops in eight countries and is a talented educator. With SmartShape’s online events, he shares his curiosity for the truth about controversial topics in nutrition.

And he has offered genetic testing to clients with hands-on experience in the process.

Matt has been the Nutritionist and Senior Policy Officer for the Australian Consumers’ Association, weight loss coach for Men’s Health Magazine (Australia), Sports Dietitian for the Sydney City Roosters and a TV regular providing nutrition and dietary advice for over 25 years. His own weight management program, Metabolic Jumpstart has attracted over 25,000 participants and 75 official partners.

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How the event works

Live online 11.00am - 12.30pm (90mins)
Thursday 31st May, 2018
Sydney, Australian time (AEST)

Watch live on any device with internet via GoToWebinar.

Recording download included

You can also download the webinar & resources after the event. There is no need to miss out if you are in a different time zone or cannot attend live.

Some important details just in case the technology plays up:

  • Tickets are non-refundable. If you purchase a $39 ticket (live + recorded) and do not attend the live event, you will be provided with the recorded webinar, slide notes, transcript and web links within 7 days of the live event. 
  • Content associated with the event (live presentation, recording and slide notes) is copyrighted premium content that must not be copied, shared or distributed.   
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the event organiser (SmartShape Pty Ltd) has the right to change the date of the event before the event date and ticket holders will be notified.  
  • If any speakers cannot present at the live event every effort will be made to record their presentation within seven days of the live event date and you will be provided with the recording as soon as it is available.  
  • If there are technical issues with the live event associated with the GoToWebinar service or the organiser that prevent the event from being viewed by an attendee a recording will be provided within seven days of the event.  
  • Attendees are responsible for their internet connection, and the organiser cannot be held responsible for any technical failure from the attendee's end. If the event is cancelled a full refund will be provided.   
  • Information provided in the live event, slide notes, and web links are general nutrition advice and are not meant to replace advice provided by your health care provider. SmartShape Pty Ltd or the speakers are not liable for any claim or mishap resulting from your participation in the event, from the recorded package, or by your use of the GoToWebinar service. You should always seek the advice of your health care provider before starting any diet program.

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