Exchange between BIPS and the University of Bristol

Dr Sarah Forberger, a researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology - BIPS, recently received an invitation from the University of Bristol to give a lecture on the implementation of interventions and health policy. The invitation came from Dr. Bai Li, a globally recognised expert in research on obesity, malnutrition, and the role of climate change in both, with a strong focus on global health issues.

Dr. Sarah Forberger during her lecture in Bristol.

Dr. Sarah Forberger during her lecture in Bristol.

Forberger's presentation focused on the complex interplay between individual intervention implementation and the implementation of health policies to promote healthy lifestyles. Special attention was given to the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), with aspects of impact and implementation evaluation and methodological challenges explored in depth.

Dr Bai Li, the initiator of Forberger's invitation, is known for her extensive studies integrating behavioral sciences, systems sciences, social marketing, and epidemiological methods to develop, evaluate, and implement complex interventions for the global syndemic of obesity, malnutrition, and climate change. A syndemic refers to the simultaneous, synergistic occurrence of two or more diseases or health conditions in a population, where the interaction of these conditions leads to an exacerbated disease burden.

Her outstanding work includes leading a large randomized cluster trial aimed at combating overweight and obesity among Chinese elementary school children (CHIRPY DRAGON). Additionally, she is leading the evaluation of a new national multi-setting regulation implemented by the Chinese central government aimed at reducing multiple types of sedentary behaviors.

The collaboration and knowledge exchange between Dr Forberger and Dr Bai Li is not just a meeting of minds but a convergence of unique perspectives and insights. This collaboration promises to provide valuable approaches and insights that can effectively promote healthy lifestyles. The visit also serves as a testament to BIPS's unwavering commitment to international cooperation and the exchange of scientific knowledge in the field of health research.