EASO Newsletter November 2016

The 24th European Congress on Obesity (ECO2017) will take place in the beautiful city of Porto from 17 to 20 May 2017.

Help us to design a programme for you! The call for abstract submissions is now open. We have listened to delegate feedback and have made special efforts to highlight poster presentations in 2017. We will organise guided poster sessions (at lunchtime with minimal competition), there will be a poster pitch session as part of the parallel programme, and we will host a posters networking reception with refreshments. Be a part of this programme.

We look forward to welcoming you to Porto, one of the most popular city break destinations in Europe.


EASO is celebrating its 30th anniversary!

30 Years of EASO

We are delighted to announce the 30th anniversary of the founding of EASO this year. Looking back on EASO’s history reveals an impressive success story and encourages all of us to tackle current and future challenges in the field of obesity.

Read the history of the organisation on the Obesity Facts website.


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We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Obesity Facts, 2016 issue 5, is available online. View the issue on the OFA website.

We are delighted to announce that the Impact Factor of OBESITY FACTS has improved further. The 2015 Impact Factor of OBESITY FACTS is 2.400, compared to 2.245 in 2014.


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A new and comprehensive analysis of digital marketing to children of foods high in fats, salt and sugars in the WHO European Region is now available. In the absence of effective regulation of digital media in many European countries, the WHO European region calls for immediate action by policy-makers to recognize and address the growing challenge of marketing targeted to children via digital media.

Read the publication on the WHO website.


SONY DSCEASO New Investigators United Award Winner: Spotlight on Sini Heinonen

“In my thesis work, which is to be published this week, I have investigated the biological pathways in adipose tissue that lead to the development of metabolic complications in early-onset obesity in young healthy twins. The aim of the work was to study how acquired obesity affects adipose tissue and adipocyte function and how this links to whole body metabolism.”

Read the full interview.


Jason HalfordFive Questions with Jason Halford

We spoke with Professor Halford, co-founder of both the Human Ingestive Behaviour Laboratory at The University of Liverpool and the Liverpool Obesity Research Network (LORN) about his work in appetite and behaviour and learned about his most recent work.

Read the interview.


MoodFood

MooDFOOD is a multidisciplinary consortium involving 13 organizations in 9 European countries, using a unique integrative approach which combines expertise in nutrition, consumer behaviour, psychiatry and preventive psychology.

View an updated webcast on the project website.


International Postgraduate Programme in Epidemiology

EASO is pleased to share information about the International Postgraduate Programme in Epidemiology (IPPE) in Tampere, Finland for 2017- 2018. The programme is open for applications between 14 November 2016 and 13 January, 2017.

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Sven SchubertEASO Patient Council Spotlight: Sven Schubert

“A big computer nerd, I love science fiction and history. I speak German, English, some French, Czech, tiny bits of Dutch, Norwegian, Polish and Russian and am currently trying to learn Irish and Mandarin. I thoroughly enjoy a good book at home as much as an adventurous road trip. Did I mention that I love and ride motorcycles?”

Read the interview.


Media Masterclass – New Presentations on EASO Media Portal

EASO is pleased to share four excellent new presentations on the Media Portal. Learn more about obesity stigma from the HCP, youth and patient perspectives and see the latest research on Leptin and its effect on the brain.

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ViennaLocations Announced for ECO 2018 and ECO 2019

EASO looks forward to hosting the 25th annual European Congress on Obesity (ECO 2018) from 23-26 May 2018 in beautiful Vienna.

In 2019 we are delighted to host the ECO in Glasgow.

Please check the EASO website for dates and more information coming soon.

ECO2017 Newsletter November 2016

The 24th European Congress on Obesity (ECO2017) will take place in the beautiful city of Porto from 17 to 20 May 2017.

We are currently developing the scientific programme and you have an opportunity to shape it. Help us create a programme that meets your needs, by submitting an abstract or symposium suggestion. The calls for symposia suggestions and abstract submissions are now open. The deadline for receipt of Symposia Suggestions is Friday 25 November 2016.

We have listened to delegate feedback and have made special efforts to highlight poster presentations in 2017. We will organise guided poster sessions (at lunchtime with minimal competition), there will be a poster pitch session as part of the parallel programme, and we will host a posters networking reception with refreshments.

A programme overview and list of topics can be viewed on the congress website.

We look forward to welcoming you to Porto, one of the most popular city break destinations in Europe.

EASO Newsletter October 2016

The 24th European Congress on Obesity (ECO2017) will take place in the beautiful city of Porto from 17 to 20 May 2017.

Help us to design a programme for you! The call for symposia suggestions and abstract submissions is now open. We have listened to delegate feedback and have made special efforts to highlight poster presentations in 2017. We will organise guided poster sessions (at lunchtime with minimal competition), there will be a poster pitch session as part of the parallel programme, and we will host a posters networking reception with refreshments. Be a part of this programme.

We look forward to welcoming you to Porto, one of the most popular city break destinations in Europe.


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We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Obesity Facts, 2016 issue 4 is available online. View the issue on the OFA website.

We are delighted to announce that the Impact Factor of OBESITY FACTS has improved further. The 2015 Impact Factor of OBESITY FACTS is 2.400, compared to 2.245 in 2014.


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EASO is pleased to announce our membership in the Alliance for BioMedical Research in Europe. The BioMed Alliance is a broad collaborative network of leading European medical societies which together include and unite over 400,000 researchers and health professionals.


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COMs Network Summit 29-30 November 2016

EASO has developed a network of accredited specialised obesity centres, where the quality and efficacy of care offered to patients is of the highest standard.

See the November meeting agenda on the EASO website.


Gijs GoossensEASO New Investigators United Spotlight: former NIU Board Member Gijs Goossens

Gijs Goossens’ translational research aims to provide an evidence base for future interventions to prevent and treat obesity-related chronic metabolic and cardiovascular diseases.

Read the interview.


Claudia Sikorski-LuckEASO New Investigators United Spotlight: meet Claudia Sikorski-Luck

“I attended the 2015 NIU Summer School as a teacher which was a great experience. I am always amazed by some of the young researchers coming into the field; and particularly by their knowledge and eagerness to learn.”

Read the full interview.


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MooDFOOD is a multidisciplinary consortium involving 13 organizations in 9 European countries, using a unique integrative approach which combines expertise in nutrition, consumer behaviour, psychiatry and preventive psychology.

View an updated webcast on the project website.


Media MasterclassesMedia Masterclass – New Presentations on EASO Media Portal

EASO is pleased to share four excellent new presentations on the Media Portal. Learn more about obesity stigma from the HCP, youth and patient perspectives and see the latest research on Leptin and its effect on the brain.


ViennaLocations Announced for ECO 2018 and ECO 2019

EASO looks forward to hosting the 25th annual European Congress on Obesity (ECO 2018) from 23-26 May 2018 in beautiful Vienna.

In 2019 we are delighted to host the ECO in Glasgow.

Please check the EASO website for dates and more information coming soon.

EASO Newsletter September 2016

Following a very successful congress in Gothenburg, we are pleased to remind you that the 24th European Congress on Obesity (ECO2017) will take place in the beautiful city of Porto from 17 to 20 May 2017.

A programme overview and list of topics can be viewed on the congress website. The call for symposia suggestions and abstract submissions will be issued in September 2016. We look forward to welcoming you to Porto, one of the most popular city break destinations in Europe.


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We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Obesity Facts, 2016 issue 4 is available online. View the issue on the OFA website.

We are delighted to announce that the Impact Factor of OBESITY FACTS has improved further. The 2015 Impact Factor of OBESITY FACTS is 2.400, compared to 2.245 in 2014.


Ana DomingosEuropean Obesity Summit 2016 Speaker Spotlight Interview:

Ana Domingos

We would like to learn about your work. Tell us why leptin resistance is the topic everyone is talking about!
“Leptin resistance is a disease model that conceptually resembles that of insulin resistance, drawing a parallel between obesity and type 2 diabetes. Leptin resistance explains the kind of obesity that does not derive from leptin deficiency. The later can be cured by leptin injections, just as insulin deficiency can be managed with insulin injections. However, insulin injections do not cure insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes.”

Read the full interview.


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MooDFOOD is a multidisciplinary consortium involving 13 organizations in 9 European countries, using a unique integrative approach which combines expertise in nutrition, consumer behaviour, psychiatry and preventive psychology.

View an updated webcast on the project website.


© Eric de Mildt - SOFAM - all rights reservedNew Investigators United Best Thesis Prize Winner:

Meet Eveline Dirinck

Eveline, it’s great to meet with you. Congratulations on winning the highly competitive 2016 EASO New Investigators Best Thesis prize. Please help us learn more about your thesis and present research interests…

Read the full interview.


Reflections on the European Congress on Obesity:

A Patient Perspective

EASO Patient Council

“I have been privileged to have attended four European Obesity Congresses. Over the years I have observed and have been part of the development and expansion of patient involvement in the Congress experience.”
-Ken Clare, EASO Patient Council Steering Committee

Read the full article.


Marina Biglia Patient Council Spotlight:

Marina Biglia

We are delighted to welcome a new member representing Italy to the EASO Patient Council. Marina was kind enough to participate in an interview.

Read the full article.


Abd Tahrani2016 EASO Training the Trainers Summer School:

Reflections from Abd Tahrani

Train the Trainers Alumni

“I was recently selected by the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) to participate in the first EASO Train The Trainer (TTT) course, which took place between 26th and 29th June, 2016 in the beautiful town of Divonne-Les-Bains, France just across the border from Switzerland, near Geneva.”

Read the full article.


ViennaLocations Announced for ECO 2018 and ECO 2019

EASO looks forward to hosting the 25th annual European Congress on Obesity (ECO 2018) from 23-26 May 2018 in beautiful Vienna.

In 2019 we are delighted to host the ECO in Glasgow.

Please check the EASO website for dates and more information coming soon.

EASO Newsletter May 2016

In 2016 the congresses of EASO (ECO2016) and the IFSO European Chapter (2016 IFSO-EC Annual Congress) will merge to create the inaugural European Obesity Summit (EOS2016). This exciting congress will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden from 1 to 4 June 2016.

Don’t forget to register for EOS2016, you can do this via the congress website.

Remember, the EASO Task Force Teaching Courses will take place on Wednesday 1st June, so plan your journey so that you can participate. There are also special teaching sessions throughout the congress, you can read about them in the main programme.


Save the Date: European Obesity Day is 21 May 2016
Action for a Healthier Europe

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At the recent Obesity Stakeholder Roundtable, EASO reaffirmed support for European Obesity Day, (#EOD2016) which will be held this year on 21 May 2016. #EOD2016 represents an important opportunity to engage and influence diverse stakeholders across Europe.

Read more.


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Meet Grace O’Malley

We are pleased to share our interview with Dr Grace O’Malley, chair of the ASOI and a noted research-clinician in the area of childhood obesity.

Read the interview.


4736fd95-96b1-4bd7-b8d6-97e0e33b66a2A Conversation with Dr Volkan Yumuk, Chairman of the EASO Obesity Management Task Force

Professor Volkan Demirhan Yumuk was born and raised in Istanbul. “I now live in the same glamorous city and my residence is here in Asia Minor; my work place is in Europe proper.”

Read more here.


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We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Obesity Facts, 2016 issue 2 is available online. View the issue on the OFA website.

This issue of Obesity Facts includes EASL-EASD-EASO Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.


European Biotechnology Network Convention: June 23-24, Brussels

Priority access and discount to members of EASO

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EASO is a strategic partner of EBN and we are pleased to offer all EASO members a dedicated registration rate of €50 to attend our first annual convention on June 23-24. This 1.5 day meeting brings together members of EBN, with guests from EASO, to showcase scientific partnership capabilities and understand all aspects of successful collaborations, including funding, IP, skills and of course, exploitation.

Delegates attending include universities, SMEs, large companies and funding providers and it is an exclusive gathering of proactive, partnership-oriented scientists. You are warmly invited to join EBN members in Brussels in June and you can see full agenda and also register through the website here.

We look forward to seeing you in Brussels and you are welcome to contact Claire Skentelbery on any aspect of the conference. Just use the code EASO2016 when you register.


NIU Board: Spotlight on Catherine Gibbons

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Catherine Gibbons is an exercise physiologist, and is particularly interested in exercise, physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the control of appetite and obesity.

Read more.


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We are pleased to announce that the MooDFOOD EU Project has recently published some interesting papers. Visit the project website to view summaries.


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Members of the European Parliament are leading a major new initiative to tackle Europe’s rising obesity epidemic, which currently costs governments more than €70 billion a year in healthcare expenditure and lost productivity.

Learn more.


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Our colleague Sólveig Sigurðardóttir has been awarded a significant community prize by Fréttabladid, the largest Icelandic newspaper, for her work campaigning against ‘fat shaming’. She is photographed here with the President of Iceland Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, who presented the award. Sólveig has been campaigning in Iceland for years on this issue and EASO congratulates her on this impressive national recognition.

Read more.


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Joyce Verhoeven

We are pleased to introduce you to the newest Patient Council Representative from Belgium, Joyce Verhoeven.

Learn more about Joyce.

European Obesity Day announces parliamentary initiative

Members of the European Parliament are leading a major new initiative to tackle Europe’s rising obesity epidemic, which currently costs governments more than €70 billion a year in healthcare expenditure and lost productivity.

The MEPs, led by MEP Alfred Sant (Malta S&D), have launched a Written Declaration highlighting the prediction that by 2030 over 50 % of Europeans will be obese. In some countries the number of people who will be overweight or obese may even exceed 90%.

The initiative calls for the European Commission and the European Council to work towards a Europe-wide recognition of obesity as a chronic disease.

“Obesity causes many other diseases, including Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers.” Sant said. “Better prevention and treatment of obesity will provide tangible healthcare system savings, as well as reducing the suffering of the millions affected.”

Speaking at a Healthy Breakfast event, held for MEPs at the European Parliament to launch the Declaration on 26 April, Mr Sant stressed that obesity is complex and is caused by many factors, including medical, cultural and socioeconomic dynamics.

“This being the case, there is an urgent need to recognise obesity as a disease in order to ensure better mobilisation of resources when it comes to the prevention, treatment and care of the disease,” he said.

Among other speakers at the event were Dr Roberto Bertollini, Chief Scientist and WHO Representative to the EU; Dr Nathalie Farpour-Lambert, President Elect of the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO); and Ellen Govers from the European Federation of the Association of Dietitians.

The World Health Organization says that both societies and governments need to act to curb the growing obesity epidemic. “National policies should encourage and provide opportunities for greater physical activity, and improve the affordability, availability and accessibility of healthy foods. They should also encourage the involvement of different government sectors, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders,” says WHO.

The MEPs who have jointly initiated the Written Declaration with Mr Sant are Enrico Gasbarra (S&D), Marc Tarabella (S&D), Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD), Patricija Šulin (PPE), Giovanni La Via (PPE), Tomáš Zdechovský (PPE), Ivan Jakovčić (ALDE), Edward Czesak (ECR), and Ángela Vallina (GUE/NGL).

The Healthy Breakfast event was held in conjunction with EASO as one of the initiatives held in the run up to European Obesity Day, which takes place this year on 21 May, 2016. For more information about European Obesity Day, please visit the EOD2016 website www.europeanobesityday.eu

EASO Joint Statement on NAFLD Published

The Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) propose recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) patients and are the product of a joint effort by the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) and European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO). They update a position statement based on the 2009 EASL Special Conference

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EASO Newsletter February 2016

News from our 2016 Congress, EOS2016

In 2016 the congresses of EASO (ECO2016) and the IFSO European Chapter (2016 IFSO-EC Annual Congress) will merge to create the inaugural European Obesity Summit (EOS2016). This exciting congress will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden from 1 to 4 June 2016.

You still have a chance to contribute to the EOS2016 scientific programme. We will accept Late Breaking (Hot Topic) abstracts between 1st and 25th March 2016. Please visit the congress website to submit.

EASO Task Force Teaching Courses will take place on Wednesday 1st June. Please plan your journey so that you can participate.


Dr. SchauerEOS2016 Speaker Spotlight: Dr Philip Schauer

We are pleased to present our interview with Dr Philip Schauer, regarded as one of the top 5 physicians in America.

Read the interview…


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We are pleased to announce that British Medical Journal has published a blog on the SPOTLIGHT project, looking at the lessons on community-based interventions.

Read more…


Save the Date for European Obesity Day, 21 May 2016

Action for a Healthier Europe

European Obesity Day 2016

At the recent Obesity Stakeholder Roundtable, EASO reaffirmed support for European Obesity Day, (#EOD2016) which will be held this year on 21 May 2016. #EOD2016 represents an important opportunity to engage and influence diverse stakeholders across Europe.

Read more…


Obesity Facts

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We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Obesity Facts, 2016 issue 1 is available online.

View the issue on the OFA website.


MooDFOOD

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We are pleased to announce that the MooDFOOD EU Project has recently published some interesting papers.

Visit the project website to view summaries.


STOBklubPatient Council News: Czech Republic

Alexandra Fraisova represents patients of the Czech Republic via the organization STOBklub, a patient organization of and for people with weight management challenges and those who strive to live healthier lives.

Read more…


EASO is pleased to shine the spotlight on the Patient Council representative from Belgium, Elly Jeurissen.Patient Council Spotlight: Elly Jeurissen

We are pleased to share our interview with the Patient Council Representative from Belgium.

Read the interview..

EASO Newsletter January 2016

News from our 2016 Congress, EOS2016

In 2016 the congresses of EASO (ECO2016) and the IFSO European Chapter (2016 IFSO-EC Annual Congress) will merge to create the inaugural European Obesity Summit (EOS2016). This exciting congress will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden from 1 to 4 June 2016.

Thanks to all colleagues who submitted symposia suggestions and abstracts. We received a record number of submissions and authors will be informed of the status of their abstract by mid-February. In the meantime, the main scientific programme is regularly updated on the congress website.

Gothenburg has a lot to offer outside the congress. After some intensive scientific discussion you might like to visit the vibrant city centre, take a boat trip or let your hair down at the fairground!

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Ruth Loos, PhD will participate in a review session on ‘personalised treatment of obesities’, giving a lecture on epigenetics. She will also coordinate a teaching workshop on the topic.

Read more about Ruth.


Country Spotlight: Italy

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For EASO one of the most memorable moments of 2015 occurred on 6 June, when the Milan Declaration was formally presented during the Milan Expo in Italy. Read more.


European Obesity Day 2016

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Save the Date for European Obesity Day, 21 May 2016

Action for a Healthier Europe

At the recent Obesity Stakeholder Roundtable, EASO reaffirmed support for European Obesity Day, (#EOD2016) which will be held this year on 21 May 2016. #EOD2016 represents an important opportunity to engage and influence diverse stakeholders across Europe. Read more.


Obesity Facts

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We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Obesity Facts, 2016 issue 1 is available online. View the issue on the OFA website.


Festive FoodPatient Council Spotlight: Healthy Eating with Solveig Sigurdardottir

Patient Council Steering Committee member Sólveig Sigurðardóttir was recently interviewed by the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service – Ríkisútvarpið. Read more.


EASO RoundtableEASO Obesity Stakeholder Roundtable

On 13th January 2016 EASO convened a Roundtable meeting in Brussels on obesity in Europe. More than 30 stakeholders took part in the discussions, including medical professionals, patients, representatives from the World Health Organisation (WHO), Members from the European Parliament (MEPs), and some of the leading European organisations involved in the many illnesses for which obesity is a gateway disease. Read the full report.

EASO Newsletter December 2015

Help us to design a programme you want to see!

In 2016 the congresses of EASO (ECO2016) and the IFSO European Chapter (2016 IFSO-EC Annual Congress) will merge to create the inaugural European Obesity Summit (EOS2016). This exciting congress will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden from 1 to 4 June 2016.

Submit your Abstract

Be a part of the official congress programme and submit your abstract before the submission deadline of Friday 15th January 2016.  Abstract submission is free and we encourage all colleagues with an interest in obesity to submit.

View the main programme topics to see where your work will best fit. The main scientific programme is regularly updated on the congress website.


EOS 20162016 EASO Awards: Applications process now open!

The 2016 EASO Awards application process is now open, with an entry deadline of 15 January 2016. The following EASO awards will be presented at EOS2016, EASO’s 2016 European Obesity Summit:

  • EASO New Investigator Awards (Basic Science, Clinical Research, Public Health and Childhood Obesity Research)
  • EASO New Investigators United Best Thesis Award
  • EASO Travel Grants

Download the 2016 Awards Criteria document for guidance, and use the 2016 EASO Awards Application Form to submit your application.


OMTF Guidelines Just Published

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The EASO OMTF European Guidelines for Obesity Management in Adults are published in OFA 2015 issue 6. Read the guidelines on the EASO website.

The latest edition of Obesity Facts is now published, and is available Open Access on the Obesity Facts website.


EASO EJens Christian Holmxecutive Spotlight: Meet COTF Co-Chair Jens-Christian Holm

EASO has the pleasure this month of turning the spotlight on
Jens-Christian Holm, pioneering child obesity clinician, research scientist, professor …

Read more on the EASO website.


EASO Meet the Editor: Hans Hauner

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EASO is delighted to introduce readers to Professor Hans Hauner, editor-in chief of Obesity Facts, the official journal of the …Read more on the EASO website.


Carlos OlivieraPatient Council Spotlight: Carlos Oliviera

Meet Carlos Oliviera, the EASO Patient Council representative from Portugal.

My name is Carlos Oliveira, I am a Captain in the Merchant navy, and I am a Bachelor in Port Management and Maritime Technologies……

Read more on the EASO website.


EASO Patient Council: A report from Copenhagen

Patient Council member Ken Clare (UK) attended the 3rd Bariatric Rehabilitation Congress, which took place in Copenhagen in November 2015 …..

Read Ken’s report on the EASO website.