Application for the ASCEND Global Obesity Training Centre Programme - Stage 1

The Academy for Science and Continuing Education in Diabetes and Obesity (ASCEND) is a CME-accredited programme designed to improve the care of people with diabetes and obesity worldwide. Led by an international faculty, ASCEND provides practical, independent content about diabetes and weight management for medical practitioners. This programme is supported by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk A/S.

The ASCEND programme is organized by International Medical Press (IMP), specialist providers of independent and accredited medical education. In collaboration with a Steering Committee of experts in obesity management and the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO), IMP is developing a programme of practical training for obesity clinics with aspirations to become recognized specialist obesity treatment centres. The programme will be delivered at a national or regional level by established specialist obesity clinics that are selected as ASCEND Obesity training facilities. 


Steering Committee

  • Carel le Roux (Chair, Ireland)
  • Ebaa Al Ozairi (Kuwait)
  • Walmir Coutinho (Brazil)
  • Kirsi Pietiläinen (Finland)
  • Jonathan Purnell (USA)
  • Arya Sharma (Canada)


Information for applicants

Thank you for your interest in applying to participate as a training centre in the ASCEND Global Obesity Training Centre programme. This is the first of a two-stage application process. Information provided in the form below will be reviewed by a Steering Committee and EASO and used to select candidates for entry into the second stage. Centres that are selected as training facilities based on the two-stage application will deliver practical training to healthcare professionals in their country or region who wish to develop the knowledge and skills required to establish and operate a specialist obesity treatment centre. The training will provide:

  • Practical and theoretical education focusing on the implementation of state-of-the art evidence-based care for obesity.
  • Practical training on how to establish and operate a multidisciplinary obesity treatment centre. 

All successful centres will receive relevant course materials and guidance on how to facilitate and deliver the programme in their country. The closing date for applications is 30 October 2020 (5pm GMT).