Founding Group

We would like to thank our Founding Group who have dedicated their expertise to creating the scientific programme for this meeting.


Barbara McGowan

Dr Barbara McGowan is a Consultant and Honorary Reader in Diabetes and Endocrinology at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital.

Clinically, she leads the obesity bariatric service at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital where she manages patients with complex obesity. 

Dr McGowan is an active Trustee of The Association for the Study of Obesity, a member of the ASO obesity management sub-committee and the Treasurer for the UK Society of Endocrinology, leading the SFE’s Metabolic and Obesity network.

Katarina Kos

Dr Katarina Kos is a physician in diabetes and endocrinology and the Clinical Lead of the Exeter Medical Obesity Service (EMOS) at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

Katarina shaped EMOS to a specialist service offering individualised care and access to multi-professional input from specialised dietetics, exercise/physiotherapy to psychology and psychiatry.

As senior lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical school, her research interest is in the field of Type 2 diabetes and its link with obesity and its complications.

Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy is a Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Imperial College London.

Professor Murphy's research focuses on the regulation of energy and glucose homeostasis, which both have important implications for human health. He is particularly interested in how the gut senses nutritional status and signals to appetite centres of the brain such as the hypothalamus and brain stem to regulate food intake.

Nick Finer

Professor Finer trained as an endocrinologist and developed an early interest in obesity and its complications, building specialist multidisciplinary obesity services at Luton, Cambridge and University College London hospitals.

He is Past Chair of the UK Association for the Study of Obesity, and World Obesity Federation Clinical Care when he was responsible for developing the education and accreditation program SCOPE.

Tricia Tan

Tricia Tan is a Professor of Practice in Metabolic Medicine and Endocrinology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Her clinical interests lie in the treatment of obesity with bariatric surgery, and the diagnosis and management of neuroendocrine tumours.

She is the Director of the UK Supraregional Assay Service Endocrine Laboratory for Gut Hormones, and serves as the Clinical Lead, Biochemistry, for North West London Pathology Consortium.