We are delighted to announce our confirmed speakers for The British Feeding and Drinking Group (BFDG) Annual Meeting.
Genetics of eating and associated behaviours
Sadaf Farooqi is a Wellcome Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Metabolism and Medicine at the University of Cambridge, UK. She is an internationally leading Clinician Scientist who has made seminal contributions to understanding the genetic and physiological mechanisms that underlie obesity and its complications.
The work of Sadaf Farooqi and her colleagues has fundamentally altered the understanding of how body weight is regulated. With colleagues, she discovered and characterised the first genetic disorders that cause severe childhood obesity and established that the principal driver of obesity in these conditions was a failure of the control of appetite.
Her work is often cited as an exemplar of how the translation of research into the mechanisms of disease can lead to patient benefit. She has received a number of awards, including the 2024 Outstanding Clinical Investigator Award from the Endocrine Society. In 2021, she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of her exceptional contribution to science.
Unhealthy food marketing in the digital age: research and policy challenges
Emma Boyland is a Professor of Food Marketing and Child Health based in the Department of Psychology at the University of Liverpool, where she is Research Lead for the Department and leads the Appetite and Obesity Research group.
Emma also co-leads the Liverpool Obesity Research Network (a research network of obesity units and research laboratories based across the University of Liverpool, University Hospital Aintree and Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital Trusts).
She is an experimental psychologist whose studies seek to identify the extent and nature of young people’s exposures to unhealthy food marketing and the impact that this has on their eating and eating-related (e.g., attitudes, purchase) behaviours.
Emma has extensive experience of knowledge exchange and translation, supporting use of evidence to inform policy progress in the UK and internationally.
Emma is an established global leader in her research field and has authored over 135 peer-reviewed journal articles to date, as well as multiple World Health Organization (WHO) reports. She has received more than £4 million in research funding to her institution, from funders including NIHR, the MRC, ESRC, the Wellcome Trust, WHO, and Cancer Research UK.