Welcome to the Project Page of MeMo International
The MeMo International project is a collaboration between researchers from the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research from the VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam; the Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition research (C-PAN) from the Deakin University, Melbourne; the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, Lisbon and the University of Ghent. This exchange project is funded under the IRSES (International Research Staff Exchange Scheme) program of the 7th Frame Work programme of the European Commision and started on May 1st, 2010 and has come to an end at April 30, 2014.

Kylie in the middle with her guests Anouk and Sofie who worked on the READI data

Anna (middle) working with Ariane and Maité.

Project at a Glance:

The great public health burden of overweight and obesity requires effective intervention programs targeting energy balance behaviours (e.g. active transport, tv viewing, soft drink and snacking consumption). However, up to now the efforts to prevent overweight had disappointing effects. To better inform future systematic intervention development and to improve effectiveness of energy balance behaviour interventions, identification of how the interventions worked (analyses of

mediators) and for whom the interventions worked (analyses of moderators) is needed. Identifying mediators of intervention effects can prompt future intervention developers to strengthen or add effective intervention components and to remove ineffective intervention components resulting in more cost efficacious interventions. In addition, identifying moderations can stimulate intervention developers can seek for new intervention strategies for non-responders.

The MeMo International programme has the overall aim to strengthen and enrich international cooperation in the research field of mediation and moderation analyses applied in obesity prevention research. Therefore the MeMo International programme will include training and skills development related to statistical techniques and applications of theoretical models. To reach these goals a

multidisciplinary team including researchers with different scientific backgrounds, and with different levels of work experience will work together. The researchers will exchange knowledge related to statistical techniques and applications of different theoretical models necessary for the subtypes of mediation and moderation analyses.~

Project Objectives

The proposed exchange programme has an overall aim to strengthen and enrich international cooperation in the research field of mediation and moderation analyses applied in obesity prevention research. This exchange programme will further lead to future cooperation and exchanges of staff between the Netherlands, Portugal and Australia. This will be reflected in joint scientific papers and joint future research proposals. The main objective of the current exchange programme MeMo International is to bring the field of mediation and moderation analyses applied in obesity prevention research to a higher level by:

1. Exchanging knowledge and skills on mediation and moderation analyses in studies on energy balance-related behaviours among children and adults based on different theoretical frameworks by means of seminars, workshops, joint data analyses and reporting in international journals/international conferences.

2. Exchanging knowledge and skills on advanced statistical techniques used for mediation and moderation analyses by data analyses sessions or workshops and report on the results in international journals/ conferences.

3. Developing an integrated mediation and moderation theoretical model on energy balance related behaviours that can be used as a framework in future overweight prevention research and publish and present this new framework in an international journal or international conference.

 Past exchanges:
20 March 2014: three researchers from UGhent, Maité Verloigne, Ariane, Ghekiere and Sofie Compernolle, joint Anouk in Melbourne and worked on different topics, all related to physical activity, overweight and mediation analyses.

7 March 2014:
Anouk Middelweerd left to Deakin to work with Kylie Ball and Ester Cerin on mediation analyses in the READI data.

12 October 2013:
Femke van Nassau left for her visit to Deakin to share her knowledge on implementation and to learn how to apply this in mediation analyses.

25 june 2013:
Ellen den Decker from UGhent left to Deakin to work with the Deakin team on the ToyBox and the HAPPY study.

21 June 2013
: Adrian Cameron from Deakin visiting VUmc. He worked with Anouk Middelweerd on preparations for mediation analyses on the READI data and he worked with Ingrid Steenhuis on supermarket studies influencing purchase behaviour of healthy foods.

24 May 2013: joint lunch seminar during annual meeting of ISBNPA: Mediators and Moderators of overweight risk behaviors with flash presentations by Anna, Katrien, Ines, Adrian, and Delfien.

30 January 2013
Mine Yildirim from EMGO+, VUmc, leaving for her visit to C-PAN, Deakin. She will work with Jo Salmon on mediation analyses on the Transform us! data.
15 May: David Crawford from Deakin visiting EMGO+, VUmc
May - July 2010: Jo Salmon visited EMGO+, VUmc
November - December 2010: Maartje van Stralen visisted C-PAN, Deakin
April - May 2011: Adrian Cameron visited EMGO+, VUmc
June 2011: Saskia te Velde, Maartje van Stralen, Johannes Brug visited C-PAN, Deakin.
August - September 2011: Anna Timperio visited EMGO, VUmc