Health Sciences welcomes Professor Andrew Hills

International obesity expert Professor Andrew Hills has joined the University of Tasmania as Professor of Sports and Exercise Science in the School of Health Sciences at Newnham.

Professor Hills was most recently Professor of Allied Health Research at Mater Mothers' Hospital in Brisbane, and Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland's Mater Research Institute from 2011.

Prior to 2011, Professor Hills was Professor of Energy Metabolism in the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at Queensland University of Technology, where he was Co-Director of the Australian Technology Network of Universities' Centre for Metabolic Fitness, a national Centre devoted to understanding the lifestyle implications of obesity and related conditions.

Professor Hills grew up in Hobart and received his Education degree at the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education (now University of Tasmania), his Master of Science degree at the University of Oregon, USA and doctorate from the University of Queensland.  

He is a world-leading clinician, researcher and advocate in public health, having primary interests in physical activity and health, particularly the prevention and management of obesity and related conditions.

Professor Hills has made major global contributions in the field of obesity, including the assessment of body composition and energy expenditure. His work has played an integral role in the development of safe and effective treatments for the overweight and obese, including novel nutrition and exercise approaches to weight management.

In addition to his broader contributions to the field of physical activity and health plus exercise and obesity, Professor Hills has a passion for working with mothers and young children, including the challenge of improving the health status of young women prior to conception and during pregnancy, plus the implications for longer-term maternal and child health.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity to return to my home state, and particularly keen to assist the University of Tasmania and the State Government work towards its bold but important goals in the prevention and management of chronic diseases," Professor Hills said.

Dean of the Faculty of Health Denise Fassett welcomed Professor Hills, and said it was a coup to have someone of his expertise join the University of Tasmania.

"Like other parts of Australia, Tasmanians are confronting increasing and concerning levels of chronic disease, particularly those diseases related to inactivity and poor nutrition," she said.

"We look forward to learning from Professor Hills and working towards improved health outcomes for all Tasmanians."

Published on: 12 Apr 2016 9:24am