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NIDDK announces new Office of Nutrition Research, seeks Director
Special Letter from TOS President
Dear Colleagues,

I'm pleased to share some exciting news with you coming out of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) intended to enhance the nutrition research coordination efforts within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

In the coming months, the NIH Division of Nutrition Research Coordination (DNRC) will form the NIDDK Office of Nutrition Research (ONR), with a formal launch on August 1, 2015. According to a recent letter from NIDDK Director, Griffin P. Rodgers, MD, MACP, the new Office will bring a more strategic focus to NIH's nutrition research coordination activities and support new NIH-funded nutrition research initiatives. One of its primary initial responsibilities includes leading a trans-NIH group to engage in a strategic planning process for support and development of a cutting-edge nutrition research portfolio.

In addition, NIH is conducting a nationwide search for a leading health scientist to act as Director of this new Office.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS


Charting our future together: NHLBI's Strategic Visioning process
TOS
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) recently launched its Strategic Visioning Initiative and invites you to participate, as the success of this Initiative is dependent upon participation from the obesity professional community.

For decades, NHLBI has worked to stimulate groundbreaking scientific discoveries and translate them into better prevention and treatment interventions, enhanced health outcomes, and dramatic contributions in longevity and quality of life. For heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) research to continue to contribute to enhancing lives and improving public health, the Institute has launched its Strategic Visioning process. This initiative is intended to help the Institute identify scientific priorities, ensure the NHLBI community and partners have a shared understanding of its future direction, and shape how the Institute makes strategic research investments to achieve scientific breakthroughs in the decade to come.

The NHLBI seeks to engage everyone with an interest in HLBS research, from health professionals and researchers to patients and the general public, and collect the most innovative and pressing ideas. The best ideas are a result of collective brainpower; please share your ideas in order to help shape the future of HLBS research. Visit the NHLBI Strategic Visioning website to learn more and get involved.

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Free online childhood obesity reduction training from HHS
TOS
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the Department of Health and Human Services has developed a free eLearning course that explores a systems approach to childhood obesity and offers free continuing education credit. Learn how a multidisciplinary team of community leaders in San Diego County, CA reduced the prevalence of childhood obesity in their community and how the county is learning to evaluate its systems approach to childhood obesity and create healthier environments here.

The lesson includes:
  • Key determinants of childhood obesity
  • The value of a systems approach to reduce childhood obesity
  • How to identify processes involved in using collective impact to create large-scale social change
  • Ways to measure and define success in a systems approach
Learn more about the growing eLearning library at HHS here.

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TOS Early Career Committee hosts successful research program webinar, slides available
Contributed by TOS Early Career Member Committee
As part of its mission to engage with early career members, TOS's Early Career Member (ECM) Committee organized a webinar titled "Strategies to Build a Successful Research Program in Obesity-Related Research." The webinar, held on Thursday, February 19, was very successful with more than 100 participants.

Two acclaimed investigators, Drs. Oliva Affuso from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Jean-Philippe Chaput from the University of Ottawa, shared their experiences and lessons learned in establishing their independent research programs. Drs. Affuso and Chaput discussed strategies to address key elements necessary to plan for an independent research: identifying goals and timelines, negotiating for resources, writing grants and getting published. The presentations were followed by an interactive Q&A session.

With such a great response, the ECM Committee plans to host additional webinars in the near future on detailed topics, specifically those related to questions asked during the webinar, such as grant writing and publications. We appreciate any feedback you have to offer as well as suggestions for potential topics in the future. Please send any suggestions to Tapan Mehta at tapan@uab.edu.

If you were unable to participate in this webinar, the recorded webinar and slides are available on TOS website here.

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ASN honors members of TOS Council with annual awards
TOS
The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) recently announced the recipients of its 2015 Scientist, Clinician, Educator/Mentor & Young Investigator Awards.

"The work of these scientists, from young investigators to lifelong researchers, has helped advance the field in leaps and bounds," said ASN President Simin Nikbin Meydani, DVM, PhD. "I couldn't be more pleased to honor these individuals."

TOS is pleased to congratulate all of the recipients, including the following members of TOS Council, who will be recognized in a ceremony on Sunday, March 29 during the ASN Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2015 in Boston, MA.


Osborne and Mendel Award, Supported by ILSI North America, Nikhil V. Dhurandhar, PhD, FTOS, TOS President, Texas Tech University


Robert H. Herman Memorial Award, Steven B. Heymsfield, MD, TOS Councilor, Clilnical/Translational, Pennington Biomedical Research Center



Find more information about all ASN award recipients for 2015 here. Do you know a TOS member whose achievements should be highlighted in the eNews? Let us know by emailing: communications@obesity.org.

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Call for LOIs: Early Career Research Grants
TOS
TOS recently announced the funding of two Early Career Research Grants for up to $25,000 each for the 2015 grant period. We are now seeking applicants who have received their PhD within the past five years or MD within the past eight years.

TOS offers this program as a member service to foster and stimulate new research ideas in any area of investigation related to obesity. The program targets junior-level investigators and postdoctoral trainees by funding proposals that demonstrate a high likelihood of resulting in new and innovative approaches in obesity research. Recipients will be announced and honored during the Opening Session at the TOS annual meeting, as part of ObesityWeek℠ 2015, Nov. 2-7, in Los Angeles, CA.

Find out more here and plan to submit your letter of intent by the deadline, March 30, 2015. Please keep in mind that you must be a TOS member to apply.

Have you received an early career research grant (or other grant) from TOS in the past that resulted in advancements in the field? If so, we'd love to hear from you. Please email your story to governance@obesity.org.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Funding, focus lacking for health care that gets results
USA Today
As the Affordable Care Act pushes doctors and hospitals to join forces to slash health care costs, those with the least-expensive solutions say they're still largely being ignored. Community health groups and companies that specialize in healthy eating and fitness are arguing for more recognition of non-medical ways to prevent and treat chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
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Depression increases risk for obesity, poor nutrition in low-income populations
Healio
Among urban residents receiving food assistance, depression appears to affect dietary quality and BMI, according to research published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The results from a cross-sectional analysis of adults living in mainly low-income black neighborhoods in Pittsburgh characterized as "food deserts" suggest mental health interventions could offer a range of benefits for the population.
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Do we need new guidelines for 'levels of obesity' and weight gain during pregnancy?
HealthCentral
In recent years, obesity experts, in conjunction with obstetrics and gynecology experts have revised weight gain recommendations during pregnancy. The revisions came in light of obesity trends as well as the impact of a mother's excess weight on the growing fetus, delivery outcomes, and the health destiny of a child. It's well known that a healthy pregnancy does require weight gain. But if the woman is already carrying excess weight, especially a large amount of extra weight and gaining even the normally recommended amount of weight, it may create health hazards for both mom and the growing baby.
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Tackling obesity may ease a dangerous irregular heartbeat
HealthDay News
There's good news for people who are obese and have atrial fibrillation, a common form of irregular heartbeat: Losing weight may help restore healthy heart rhythm. That's the finding from a new Australian study involving 355 obese people with atrial fibrillation. Researchers led by cardiologist Dr. Rajeev Pathak, of the University of Adelaide, tracked outcomes for the patients for four years while they tried to lose weight.
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Sewage testing can predict obesity rates
Mashable
We are all populated by microbes — helpful or otherwise — which form a community known as a microbiome. Recent research by Ryan Newton and co-workers has shown that sewage-based analysis of the human microbiome can be used to diagnose health issues at a population level.
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Experts: TV takes a toll on your child's health for life — early habit could lead to lifetime as couch potato
Daily Mail
It may be all too easy to plonk your child in front of the television at the end of a busy day — but scientists warn you may be creating the habit of a lifetime. A study spanning three decades reveals that children who spend their evenings watching television are likely to become lifelong couch potatoes.
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Study: Obesity raises women's cancer risk by 40 percent
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Obesity takes a huge toll on health, and a new British study finds that obese women have a 40 percent higher risk for cancer than thinner women. Overall, the Cancer Research UK study found that obese women have about a one in four risk of developing a weight-related cancer in their lifetime. Those include cancers of the bowel, gallbladder, uterus, kidney, pancreas and esophagus, as well as post-menopausal breast cancers.
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A short walk reduces chocolate cravings
The Huffington Post
For many of us, the ever-present temptation to reach for the chocolate becomes nearly impossible to resist when we're feeling stressed. The combination of deadline pressure and easily available sweets can easily sink your weight-management plans for the day. But newly published research suggests this dynamic can be circumvented with a bit of folk wisdom: If you sense your craving is about to be triggered, take a short, brisk walk.
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What you should know about waist training
Health
The Kardashians are "obsessed." Jessica Alba claims it helped her return to her pre-baby body. But what exactly is "waist training," and does it work? More importantly, is it safe? We talked with health and fitness experts to get the skinny on Hollywood's latest must-have accessory: a modern-day corset.
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