Noël Cameron BEd, MSc, PhD, DSc, FRSB

Noël Cameron

Noël Cameron is Professor of Human Biology at Loughborough University, UK. His post-graduate education was at Loughborough and London Universities where he initially studied for an MSc in Human Biology and then pursued a PhD 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. He spent from 1984 to 1997 as Associate (1987) and then Full Professor of Anatomy and Human Biology (1994) in the Department of Anatomy of the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

In addition to several rural longitudinal growth studies, he initiated the Birth to Twenty (Bt20) birth-cohort study in Soweto and Johannesburg in 1991 which has become the longest running and most detailed longitudinal study of child health and growth in any developing country.

Noël Cameron returned to the UK in 1997 as Professor of Human Biology at his alma mater, Loughborough University. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in 1998 for his significant contribution to research in human biology. He continues to be involved in Bt20, the Born in Bradford Birth Cohort initiated in 2007, and the Croatian Islands Birth Study initiated in 2015. Longitudinal data from these birth cohort studies facilitate his research into the early determinants of risk for non-communicable disease of lifestyle such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and cardio-vascular disease. 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 Research Associate of the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He has published over 300 peer reviewed papers, scholarly chapters, and 7 books, is editor of the Annals of Human Biology and an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity. He was awarded the Doctor of Science (DSc) degree from Loughborough University in 2018 for his significant contribution to knowledge in human growth and development.

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Invited speakers

Main topics

  • Early feeding and growth
  • First 1000 days
  • Growth disorders
  • Birth cohorts
  • Croatian Islands' Birth Cohort Study (CRIBS)
  • Obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Nutrition and body composition
  • Epigenetics of growth and development
  • Environmental effects on growth
  • Recent advances in data analysis
  • Clinical considerations in fetal growth and neonatology
  • Kinesiology, maturity and athletic performance
  • Economics of obesity (local producers, sponsors, pharma, insurance) – sponsored session
  • Complex and genetic disorders
  • The exposome and allergic diseases


Important dates

February 10, 2019
Congress registration opens
December 20, 2019
Early bird registration deadline
February 28, 2020
Abstract submission deadline