The Boden Collaboration (formerly known as the Boden Institute) is a joint initiative of the Faculty of Medicine and Health, the Faculty of Science and is administered through the Central Clinical School within the Sydney Medical School.
We aim to take a leading role in the battle to control the global obesity epidemic and lifestyle-related chronic diseases by providing a focus for advancing basic and clinical research, public health and policy development.
The collaboration is a result of the foresight, contribution and generosity of Dr Alexander Boden, AO – a graduate of the University of Sydney, scientist and philanthropist.
The Boden Collaboration is directed by Professor Ian Caterson, who heads up a team of internationally renowned experts. We take a broad approach to combating and preventing obesity and lifestyle-related chronic disease.
Our researchers have expertise across the whole human lifecycle from pre-gestation to old age, and collectively have the broadest approach and expertise for combating and preventing eating disorders, obesity and lifestyle-related chronic disease assembled in Australia – from specialised clinics to public health systems.
Our unique contributions to research and translation to health systems and practice include:
We can't do research without your help. If you would like to get involved, we are currently looking for volunteers for the following studies. To participate in a clinical trial, please register on our online Clinical Trials Registry.
For clinical trials queries please contact:
PH: +61 447 316 078
Did you know there are many causes of obesity?
A research study for rare genetic obesity is enrolling now.
If you and/or your child struggle with your weight, you may want to find out more about a research study we’re conducting in adults and children over two years of age. If you and/or your child are eligible and choose to take part, you will be asked to provide a cheek swab or blood sample for genetic testing. This may help you understand the cause of obesity in you or your child. There is no charge for the study-related tests or visits.
If you have always struggled with your weight and feel like you are hungry all the time, you may be interested in this study. Your privacy is important to us and your information will be coded and protected.
This study has received ethics approval from the RPAH Ethics Review Committee (Protocol No. X19-0021).
You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:
Your child may be eligible to participate in this study if they:
The University of Sydney is in the process of developing a simple method to assess central blood pressure in children. Help us develop better ways to detect cardiovascular disease early.
Type 2 diabetes can result in an array of cardiovascular and metabolic complications and is often seen in people who are overweight or obese. High-intensity interval training (HIIT), which involves regular short exercise bouts, has been shown to produce similar benefits to more time-consuming exercise which is currently recommended in public health guidelines. For instance, recent scientific studies have suggested that HIIT can improve fitness, cardiovascular health, and reduce visceral fat with or without weight loss.
This research aims to examine the effect of a novel approach to HIIT training (only four minutes of vigorous exercise per exercise session) compared with traditional aerobic exercise guidelines on metabolic and cardiovascular risk outcomes. Participants randomised into an exercise group will receive full supervision by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.
The intervention runs for 12 weeks and requires attendance at the Charles Perkins Centre for 3 days each week. The key eligibility criteria are:
For information or to register your interest, contact:
Although you might be healthy, carrying extra weight at the start of a pregnancy can be associated with complications in pregnancy such as hypertension, diabetes, miscarriage and caesarean delivery.
Obesity and Clinical Trials
Public Health Nutrition
Eating and Dieting Disorders