Prof Leonie Callaway
Head, Northside Clinical School Cluster, University of Queensland, School of Medicine
Professor Leonie Callaway holds a conjoint position as Head, UQ's Northside Clinical School Cluster, and Senior Specialist in Obstetric and Internal Medicine at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

Leonie completed her PhD in obstetric medicine in 2007. Her ongoing research interests include obesity and inflammation in pregnancy, the role of the maternal metabolism on fetal programming and neonatal body composition, lifestyle interventions in pregnancy, the role of pregnancy in unmasking the risks of future chronic disease and probiotics for the prevention of gestational diabetes mellitus. With her research team and collaborators, Leonie has been awarded in excess of 4.6 million dollars in research funding. Leonie currently supervises 6 PhD scholars. Three of her PhD scholars have been awarded prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council postgraduate scholarships.

Leonie is currently President of the Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society, and formerly Deputy Chair of the Queensland Maternal and Perinatal Quality Council, and Co-Chair of the Queensland Clinician Scientists Association. She has an active interest in guideline development to support translation of research into clinical practice.
Leonie has had an interest in medical education both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. She previously chaired a number of national education committees for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Leonie was the lead author for the current curriculum for basic physician training. Several years ago, Leonie led an effort to completely revamp the year 1 clinical coaching program. This program remains one of the highest rated within the School of Medicine. For this work, Leonie and her colleagues were recognised with a UQ Award for the Enhancement of Student Learning.


Maternal Obesity: New Insights

Maternal obesity remains a major public health issue, and a major clinical issue in the delivery of clinical care.

It remains a key risk factor in many adverse pregnancy and neonatal outcomes, and is associated with a significant economic burden.

The drivers of human obesity are fascinating - dietary advice and guidelines, the food industry, exercise, exercise guidelines, appetite regulation, industry drivers, endocrine disruptors within our food change, changes in lifestyle, medications, trauma.

New insights into this fascinating area of medicine will be discussed.