Friday, June 8, 2012


Co-Chair: Drs. David Lau, Simon Marceau
8:15 Provision of Bariatric Medical Care
Speaker: Dr. Peter Dent
8:35 Access to Bariatric Surgery in Canada
Speaker: Dr. Nicolas Christou
8:55 Obesity in Children and Adolescent
Speaker: Dr. Jill Hamilton
9:15 Economic Impact of Obesity
Speaker: Dr. Arindam Ghosh
9:35 Barriers to Addressing Canada's Obesity Problem
Speaker: Dr. Arya Sharma


David C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC
President, Obesity Canada
Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Journal of Diabetes
Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cardiac Sciences
Julia McFarlane Diabetes Research Centre
Chair, Diabetes and Endocrine Research Group

Dr. David Lau is Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Cardiac Sciences at the University of Calgary. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Diabetes, President of Obesity Canada, and Vice-President, Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Lau is a practising endocrinologist who specializes in diabetes, obesity and lipid disorders. His research interests include fat cell biology in health and obesity, development of insulin resistance in obesity and diabetes, and cellular mechanisms of diabetic vascular complications. He is also involved in population health and clinical research programmes in diabetes, obesity and lipid disorders. Dr. Lau has published over 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed medical journals, periodicals and books.

Dr. Lau was Chair of the evidence-based Obesity Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) Steering Committee and Expert Panel, and lead author of the 2007 CPG publication in the Can. Med. Assoc. Journal. Dr. Lau was a member of the 1998, 2003 and 2008 Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines Expert Panel, as well as the expert panel of the 2009 Canadian Cardiovascular Society Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of dyslipidemia and prevention of cardiovascular disease in the adult. Dr. Lau is a member of the expert panel committee on the 2013 CDA CPG as well as the 2012 Canadian dyslipidemia CPD update.

In 2004, Dr. Lau was honored as the top 20 notable Calgarians, and top 50 Albertans for his exemplary contributions to improve the health of Albertans.

Dr. Simon Marceau

Dr. Marceau graduated from Laval University in medicine in 1991 and general surgery in 1996. He received a scholarship from the McLaughlin Foundation and continued his education with a fellowship in bariatric surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University Boston. He started his practice in 1998 at Laval Hospital in Quebec city where he joined a surgical team where is father , doctor Picard Marceau had been practicing surgery for 35 years. The latter with Dr. Simon Biron has pioneered the development of surgery for the treatment of severe obesity in Quebec and Canada and their work has had an impact internationally recognized.

Dr Simon Marceau has been in practice now for over 12 years in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He has contributed more than fifty scientific papers, scientific articles, abstracts or book chapters. Being a Clinical Assistant Professor at Laval University, his  contribution includes teaching and supervising students and residents in surgery.