Professor Noël Cameron at UNIRI
Tuesday, Mar 19 2019


Professor Noël Cameron, B.Ed., M.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc., FRSB, FHBA, from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at the Loughborough University, UK, visited the University of Rijeka on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019, accompanied by Mr. Saša Missoni, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Anthropological Research, and Mr. Miran Čoklo, Ph.D., Scientific Associate at the Institute for Anthropological Research. The esteemed guests were welcomed at the UNIRI Rectorate by Prof. Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Ph.D., UNIRI Rector, Prof. Sandra Kraljević Pavelić, Ph.D., from the UNIRI Department of Biotechnology, and Ms. Iva Tijan, Head of the UNIRI International Unit.

Madam Rector opened the meeting with a brief introduction about the University of Rijeka in general, and Prof. Cameron presented the Loughborough University and his field of interest. Professor Kraljević Pavelić stated possible avenues of collaboration within the framework of the Department of Biotechnology.

After the meeting, Prof. Cameron held a lecture entitled "Adolescence: Beginning of the End?" at the Student Center's Café "Akvarij" at the UNIRI Campus. Professor Cameron defined adolescence as a critical period of sensitivity to internal and external change that influence the body permanently and emphasized the rapid and intense increase in the rate of growth in height and weight (adolescent growth spurt). He also mentioned Barker's Fetal Origins Hypothesis (1995) which proposes that fetuses learn to adapt to the environment they expect to enter into once outside of the womb. Professor added that this most turbulent period in one’s life, peculiar to Homo sapiens, i.e. the modern man, combines dramatic nutritional and behavioral transition that ultimately result in epidemiologic transition.

Noël Cameron is Professor of Human Biology at Loughborough University, UK and leader of the Global Health and Human Development Research Group in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. His post-graduate education was at Loughborough and London Universities where he initially studied for an MSc in Human Biology and then pursued a Ph.D. in Medicine at London University under the supervision of Professor James Tanner at the Institute of Child Health. He was subsequently appointed to a lectureship and undertook research in normal and abnormal child growth publishing detailed descriptions of anthropometric methods to assess growth in children and working closely with Tanner and R.H. Whitehouse to update and develop methods for the assessment of skeletal maturity and the prediction of adult height.

His current research includes ethnic differences in fetal growth in relation to post-natal outcomes, ethnic differences in the growth of twins, the use of Community Readiness Modelling as an intervention strategy to tackle childhood and adolescent overweight and obesity, season of birth and variation in growth during childhood and adolescence, and auxological methods in talent identification in sport. Noël Cameron was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania (1990), Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University (2008-2010) and the William Evans Visiting Fellow at Otago University, New Zealand (2015) and is an Honorary Professor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and 7 books, is editor of the Annals of Human Biology and an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity.



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