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Call for Applicants: 2015 Early-Career Research Grants
Letter from the Executive Director
Dear Colleagues,

The Obesity Society (TOS) was founded on a commitment to encourage research into the causes and treatment of obesity, and keeping the medical community and public informed of new advances. As part of this commitment, each year we award grants to promote, reward and encourage research in the field. These grants are intended to foster and stimulate new research in any area of investigation related to the disease.

I'm pleased to announce the funding of two Early-Career Research Grants for up to $25,000 each for the 2015 grant period. TOS is now seeking applicants who have received their PhD within the past five years or MD within the past eight years. Please keep in mind that you must be a TOS member to apply.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS


Reminder: Submit papers for the 3rd Annual Obesity Journal Symposium at ObesityWeek℠ 2015
TOS
Don't forget, the editors of Obesity are looking for your best research for the 3rd Annual Obesity Journal Symposium, which will be held during ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. The Symposium and the accompanying special section of the journal are designed to showcase the journal's top papers.

The authors of the winning papers will give oral presentations during the Symposium, and a special section at the front of the November 2015 issue of Obesity will be reserved for their work. Both the Symposium and the full published papers will be publicized to the obesity research community and the press. Investigators planning to submit an abstract for ObesityWeek are encouraged to submit their full paper for the Symposium in order to bring even greater visibility to their work. State-of-the art research on the mechanisms of energy balance, innovative clinical or translational studies that challenge current paradigms and novel "proof of concept" papers are particularly sought.

Please submit your paper through the journal's online manuscript submission system. Entries are now being accepted, and all papers must be submitted for consideration by June 1.

Additional details are available here. Read last year's winning papers here.

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Congratulations to TOS's David B. Allison, PhD, for receiving the F1000 Diabetes & Endocrinology Faculty Member of the Year 2014 award
TOS

Dr. David Allison
The Obesity Society would like to extend its congratulations to TOS member David B. Allison, PhD, for receiving the Faculty of 1000 (F1000) Faculty Member of the Year Award 2014 for the Diabetes & Endocrinology Faculty. Dr. Allison is a distinguished professor and director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) and Office of Energetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and he was recognized by the F1000 editorial team as having made the most significant contribution to the F1000 recommendation service over the past year.

F1000 is comprised of more than 10,000 leading biomedical experts who help scientists discover, discuss and publish biology and medicine research worldwide. F1000 initiated the Faculty Member of the Year awards to recognize its faculty members’ dedication and efforts. Dr. Allison’s impact on nutrition and obesity research—including the genetic and environmental contributions to obesity and the connections among caloric restriction, obesity, body composition, weight gain/loss and longevity—has earned him numerous distinctive honors.

Do you know a TOS member whose achievements should be highlighted in the eNews? Send an email to communications@obesity.org.

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Don't miss next Thursday's type 1 diabetes webinar from DiabetesSeriesLive
TOS
Watch top diabetes specialists discuss using adjunct therapies for managing patients with type 1 diabetes via live streaming video on Thursday, March 19, from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET. The complementary webinar titled, Utilizing Adjunct Therapies in the Management of Patients with Type 1 Diabetes, will allow participants to join a real-time Q&A and earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

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Celebrate March with AND's National Nutrition Month®
TOS
Each March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) hosts National Nutrition Month® to increase awareness and dialogue on nutrition education. The month-long campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

AND's theme for 2015 is "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle," which encourages the adoption of eating and physical activity plans focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food decisions and getting daily exercise to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall health.

Find out more about how you can get involved with National Nutrition Month® here.

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eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner
TOS
To keep the community up to date on the developments in this important area, TOS eHealth/mHealth section offers the eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner. This week's articles include:
Azar KM, Aurora M, Wang EJ, et al. Virtual small groups for weight management: an innovative delivery mechanism for evidence-based lifestyle interventions among obese men. Transl Behav Med. 2015 Mar;5(1):37-44.

Compernolle S, Vandelanotte C, Cardon G, et al. Effectiveness of a web-based, computer-tailored, pedometer-based physical activity intervention for adults: a cluster randomized controlled trial. J Med Internet Res. 2015 Feb 9;17(2):e38.

Piette JD, Farris KB, Newman S, et al. The potential impact of intelligent systems for mobile health self-management support: monte carlo simulations of text message support for medication adherence. Ann Behav Med. 2015 Feb;49(1):84-94.
If you have an article you would like to share, we would love to hear from you! Please send article information to Danielle Schoffman (schoffmd@email.sc.edu), and we’ll add it to the EMS Reading Corner Library.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Better late than never, doctors begin to treat obesity
Healthline
More than two decades into an epidemic that affects 1 in 3 Americans, doctors are getting serious about treating obesity.
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Obesity is hurting the US economy in surprising ways
Bloomberg via Yahoo News
Obesity is weighing on the U.S. economy. As a panel of scientists considers ways to help Americans trim down, unpublished research shows medical expenses linked to being extremely overweight have skyrocketed. Experts say the damage is augmented by reduced productivity, wider gender and income inequality and even higher transportation costs.
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This new drug turns 'bad' white fat into 'good' brown fat
Time
Scientists claim they have found an experimental drug that turns "bad" white fat cells into "good" brown ones. Known as GC-1, the drug speeds up metabolism, or the burning off of fat cells, reports Science Daily. Researchers found it caused weight loss in fat mice.
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Liraglutide improves weight, HbA1c in adults with overweight/obesity, type 2 diabetes
Healio
More patients with overweight and obesity achieved clinically meaningful weight loss with liraglutide 3 mg and 1.8 mg compared with placebo, according to research presented here. Patients who responded to liraglutide (Saxenda, Victoza; Novo Nordisk) achieved a total weight loss of approximately 10 percent and greater improvements in HbA1c, suggesting an additional treatment benefit, with the rates of adverse events similar at both doses.
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Gaps in measuring behaviors that contribute to obesity
ConscienHealth
Everybody knows the behaviors that cause obesity, right? Wrong. It turns out that we're a couple of steps away from that knowledge. A new study in the Journal of Public Health points out that we're not even particularly good at measuring behaviors thought to contribute to obesity. Without good measurements, we can't even be confident of associations between behaviors and obesity outcomes. And even then, with well-documented associations, important work remains to resolve questions about what's causing what.
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Mixed outcomes in pregnancy after weight-loss surgery
MedPage Today
Women with a history of bariatric surgery who later gave birth faced both benefits and risks including a lower risk for gestational diabetes, but a higher one for shorter gestation, according to a Swedish cohort study.
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Oxytocin nasal spray helps men eat fewer calories
HealthCentral
Researchers from Harvard University tested the effects of an oxytocin nasal spray, and found that it was able to reduce caloric intake in men after just one use. They found the spray also helped improve insulin regulation, and that the positive effects occurred in both normal weight and overweight men.
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Losing just 30 minutes of sleep per night can affect your metabolism
HealthDay News via Health
Think twice the next time you don't get as much sleep as you need: A new study suggests that missing just 30 minutes of shuteye during weeknights could boost your weight and disrupt your metabolism. Many people skimp on sleep during the week and try to make up for it on the weekend, wrote study author Shahrad Taheri, a professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in Doha, Qatar. But weekday sleep debt may lead to long-term metabolic disruption, which may promote or exacerbate type 2 diabetes.
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New Puerto Rican law would brand parents of obese children 'child abusers'
Raw Story
Nikhol Cruz Cepeda doesn't look like a victim of child abuse. She has a wide, sparkling smile, enjoys spending time with her family and close circle of friends, and is doing well at school. Like any young teenager, she is a little shy when you first start talking to her, but she warms up quickly and is soon chatting happily about maybe working in science when she completes her studies.
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