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Diabetes on the Net is intended for healthcare professionals

A focus on obesity management in the UK

Obesity is a serious chronic condition associated with great physical and psychological impact on the quality of life of those who live with it – as well as placing pressure on the finances and resources of the NHS. Yet healthcare professionals have limited options for helping patients to manage the condition: until very recently, there have been limited pharmacological treatment options available apart from Orlistat. This webinar will provide an update on the pharmacotherapy for obesity available to healthcare professionals in the NHS: Saxenda® (liraglutide 3mg). Join us to hear in detail about the NICE Single Technology Appraisal (STA) for Saxenda®, learn which of your patients may be suitable for this therapy, and discover how the guidance could affect the way you treat your patients with obesity.

This is a promotional webinar that is organised and funded by Novo Nordisk.
The information presented at this meeting is intended for UK-based healthcare professionals.

What will the webinar offer?

Live webinar offering an update on NICE STA on Saxenda® for managing overweight and obesity

Dialogue with national experts in the field of endocrinology and bariatric medicine

Live panel discussion where the experts will be answering your questions around Saxenda® and the NICE STA

Wednesday 2 December 2020


Changing Paradigms: A focus on
obesity management in the UK

Welcome and introduction

Dr Abd Tahrani (Chair)

The landscape of obesity management - What do we know?

Prof John Wass

Saxenda® (liraglutide 3mg) and the current evidence

Dr Carel Le Roux

Saxenda® NICE Single Technology Appraisal (STA)
and what you need to know

Dr Abd Tahrani (Chair)

Live Q&A panel discussion

Chair: Dr Abd Tahrani


Dr Carel Le Roux, Prof John Wass and Sarah Kerr

Dr Abd Tahrani (Chair)

Senior Lecturer in Endocrinology and Obesity Medicine, University of Birmingham; Consultant Endocrinologist and Bariatric Physician, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Abd Tahrani is a Senior Lecturer in Metabolic Endocrinology and Obesity Medicine at the University of Birmingham (UoB). Abd is also an Honorary Consultant in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Weight Management, and the lead for weight management research and diabetic neuropathy services at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. He is the lead for translational research in the Centre of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (CEDAM), Birmingham Health Partners.

Abd received several awards including NIHR research training fellowship (2008), NIHR Clinician Scientist (2012), the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Young investigator award in OSA research (2013), SCOPE National & International Fellowships from the World Obesity Federation in (2014 & 2020). Abd’s research themes are: 1) the metabolic consequences of sleep-related disorders, 2) obesity management & health care delivery, 3) diabetes-related neuropathy. 

Abd has published over 150 peer reviewed articles and delivered more than 100 invited talks in the leading conferences globally.  Abd is a trustee of ASO (UK), a panel member of the NIHR RfPB, and the British Sleep Society Research Committee. Abd is also and an Expert advisor to NICE and a member of the strategic council of the Obesity All Party Parliamentary Group (Obesity APPG). He is the co-Chair of the Clinical practice and Obesity Management Committee of ASO (UK) and a member of the Obesity Policy Engagement Network (OPEN) UK. He is a regular peer reviewer to the leading journals and research funding organisations. Abd is an associate editor for the European Journal of Endocrinology and the Diabetes Section Editor for BMC Endocrine Disorders.

Prof John Wass

Professor of Endocrinology, University of Oxford

John Wass is the Professor of Endocrinology at Oxford University and was Head of the Department of Endocrinology at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Churchill Hospital Oxford, UK until 2012.

His research interests include all pituitary tumours, especially acromegaly, adrenal disease, angiogenesis in endocrinology, and the genetics of osteoporosis and thyroid disease.

Since 1975 he has published over 385 articles in scientific journals and as well as written many reviews and chapters in textbooks including the Oxford Textbook of Medicine and DeGroot’s Textbook of Endocrinology.  He has also edited a number of different textbooks including the Oxford Textbook of Endocrinology, Clinical Endocrine Oncology and the Oxford Handbook of Endocrinology (3 editions).  He was President of the European Federation of Endocrine Societies from 2001-2003 and was Chairman of the Society for Endocrinology (2006-2009.  He has also served as President of the Pituitary Society.

He has won a number of prizes and given named lectures including the Jubilee Prize of the Society for Endocrinology.  He was recently in June last year awarded the Distinguished Physician of the Year Award by the American Endocrine Society; the first non American to ever receive this award.

Amongst his charitable activities, he is Patron of the St. Pauls Way School (with Professor Brian Cox) and he founded the Pituitary Foundation.

He was Academic Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians in London, from August 2012 until August 2015.

He chaired the Royal College of Physicians Working Party ‘Action on Obesity: Comprehensive Care for All’ published in January 2013, and has been involved improving services for patients with obesity.

Recently he presented the acclaimed documentary ‘The Fantastical World of Hormones’ on BBC4.

Prof Carel Le Roux

Consultant in Metabolic Medicine, King's College Hospital, London

Professor Carel Le Roux graduated from medical school in Pretoria South Africa, completed his specialist training in metabolic medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospitals and the Hammersmith Hospitals. He obtained his PhD from Imperial College London where he later took up a faculty position. He moved to University College Dublin for the Chair in Experimental Pathology and he is now a Director of the Metabolic Medicine Group. He currently coordinates an Innovative Medicine Initiative project on obesity. He previously received a President of Ireland Young Researcher Award, Irish Research Council Laurate Award, Clinician Scientist Award from the National Institute Health Research in the UK, and a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellowship for his work on how the gut talks to the brain.

Sarah Kerr, MRPharm, MSc

Commissioning Pharmacist, West Hampshire CCG

Sarah works as a Commissioning Lead Pharmacist for a CCG. She is responsible for medicines optimisation and commissioning high cost drugs. Her work includes pathway development and service improvement involving both primary and secondary care clinical engagement. She has publications in numerous peer reviewed journals and has presented at National and International Conferences.

She is a member of the Medicines Evaluation Committee and Area Prescribing Committee.

Previously she worked in the pharmaceutical industry for eight years, within NHS operations, both in the field and at head office, in customer marketing roles.

Prior to joining the industry she worked at East Sussex Health Authority and in hospital pharmacy, at University College Hospital, The Royal London Hospital and a private hospital in Harley Street.

Prescribing information for Saxenda® (liraglutide) can be accessed by clicking here.
Adverse events should be reported. Reporting forms and information can be found at or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. Adverse events should also be reported to Novo Nordisk Limited (Telephone Novo Nordisk Customer Care Centre 0845 6005055). Calls may be monitored for training purposes.

Job code: UK20SX00188 | Date of preparation: November 2020

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