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Call for Abstracts — April 1, 2015
Special Letter from TOS President
Dear Colleagues,

There is just one week left before you will be able to submit your abstracts for oral and poster presentation at The Obesity Society Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek 2015. The abstract submission site opens on April 1 and will remain open through May 1 of this year. Please note that this year you will have just one month to submit your abstracts.

TOS has a long history of highlighting cutting-edge findings in obesity research at our Annual Meeting, which in turn expands the scientific and clinical understanding of obesity as a disease. Invariably, research at our meetings is covered in high-profile media outlets, such as Prevention, Huffington Post and Yahoo! News, and is valuable for policy-making efforts by state and federal government organizations, such as the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. Since this year's meeting will be held in Los Angeles, CA, there is a unique opportunity to reach key influencers in the city and nearby, including the film and technology industries.
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Last chance: Submit your LOIs for TOS's Early Career Research Grants by 3/30
TOS
Earlier this month, TOS 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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TOS partners with Nurse Practitioners to offer obesity treatment course
TOS
TOS is pleased to announce our latest partnership with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) to bring an obesity-focused course to its 2015 National Conference, held June 9 – 14 in New Orleans, LA. The course, Obesity Treatment? Diet, Exercise, Drugs & Surgery: Everything the NP Needs to Know to Treat Obesity, will be held from 8:00 am – 11:00 am on Thursday, June 11. The course will be taught by TOS members Caroline M. Apovian, MD, FACP, FACN, FTOS, Kenya D. Palmer, FNP-BC and Katie S. McClendon, PharmD, BCPS.

The course will explore obesity as a disease and provide information about the mechanisms of pathophysiology involving the hypothalamus and neurobiological control of energy balance, appetites and satiety. Attendees will also learn about various obesity treatments, including dietary therapy, exercise and lifestyle modification, as well as the types of drugs and surgery that can be effective when combined with diet and exercise.

For more information, review AANP's 2015 National Conference website here.

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Submit your clinical research to Obesity!
TOS

Editor-in-Chief Eric Ravussin, PhD, FTOS, and Associate Editor-in-Chief Donna Ryan, MD, FTOS
In the April 2015 issue of Obesity, the journal's editorial team unveils a new article category, Clinical Trials and Investigations, which will be available for online submission starting tomorrow, March 26. This category replaces the section of the journal previously titled Clinical Trials: Behavior, Pharmacotherapy, Devices, Surgery.

The change is designed to encourage researchers to submit more clinical articles to the journal. Obesity seeks to publish a broader range of clinical studies that explore the biologic and physiologic underpinnings of obesity and its complications in both children and adults.

Editor-in-Chief Eric Ravussin, PhD, FTOS, and Associate Editor-in-Chief Donna Ryan, MD, FTOS, explain that while Obesity will continue to feature high-quality basic science and epidemiology research, publishing additional clinical papers will enhance its appeal to healthcare professionals, as well as physiologists, pharmacologists, microbiologists and other disciplines.

Find out more about Obesity and submit your research here.

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Don't miss the SSIB annual meeting in Denver CO, July 7-11
TOS
The Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB), the world's largest professional organization devoted to basic scientific research on eating, drinking and appetite, invites TOS members to attend its annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, July 7-11.

SSIB members investigate all aspects of ingestive behaviors, from cellular and molecular levels to the behaviors' impact on human diseases, such as obesity and diabetes. The annual meeting program offers opportunities for all levels of investigators — from graduate students to leaders in the field — to present and discuss their cutting-edge research. SSIB supports students and early stage investigators, and offers a number of travel awards to help graduate and post-doctoral students attend the meeting.

For additional information, visit the SSIB annual meeting website here.

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New collaboration brings obesity workshop to ENDO 2015
TOS
More than 170 attendees participated in the inaugural Obesity Management Workshop on March 4 at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting, ENDO 2015. Cosponsored by TOS, this workshop highlighted emerging treatment therapies and current strategies for the prevention, diagnosis and management of obesity. Attendees had the opportunity to attend the plenary on the gut microbiome and obesity, followed by a symposium on the management of obesity through lifestyle and using the new Endocrine Society guidelines on the pharmacological management of obesity. The afternoon symposium covered bariatric surgery and pre- and post- care of the bariatric patient. Attendees were also given the opportunity to attend small group "Meet the Professor" sessions that covered a wide range of topics including pediatric obesity, sleep apnea and weight-loss maintenance.

This activity was supported by educational grants from Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.; Novo Nordisk Inc.; and Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.

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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:
Lee S & Lindquist R. A Review of Technology-Based Interventions to Maintain Weight Loss. Telemedicine and e-Health. March 2015, 21(3): 217-232.

Stoyanov SR, Hides L, Kavanagh DJ, et al. Mobile App Rating Scale: A New Tool for Assessing the Quality of Health Mobile Apps. JMIR mHealth uHealth 2015;3(1):e27.

Case MA, Burwick HA, Volpp KG, et al. Accuracy of Smartphone Applications and Wearable Devices for Tracking Physical Activity Data. JAMA. 2015;313(6):625-626.
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


For many, fat stigma makes obesity smell foul
The Seattle Times
Experimental subjects who were tricked into thinking they should smell something reported they smelled less pleasant odors when they viewed pictures of overweight and obese people than when they looked at trim individuals, new research has found. The experimental exercise, conducted by psychology professors at the University of California, Los Angeles, is a clever way to smoke out "implicit association," or prejudice that lies beneath the level of conscious awareness.
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Weight-loss drugs seek acceptance from patients and physicians
The Wall Street Journal
A new generation of weight-loss medications that suppress patients' appetites and make them feel full is facing reluctance among patients because of safety issues with past diet drugs.
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LA fast food ban no fix for obesity
MedPage Today
A controversial "fast food ban" in some of the poorest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, enacted in 2008, has had little impact on the health or weight of the residents there after 7 years, researchers said. The ordinance — which didn't ban all fast-food sales, but rather restricted the opening or remodeling of certain stand-alone restaurants — was an attempt to improve health outcomes and lower obesity rates among the 700,000 residents living in the affected areas.
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High fat meals: Worse for men than women?
HealthCentral
With much evidence to prove it, we are a nation susceptible to the temptations of fast food and generally poor eating habits. The result is the current obesity crunch. When it comes to a "just say no" approach, most of us can use some practice. But men may be less equipped than women to claim victory in the battle of the bulge.
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Final approval for Saxenda in Europe
ConscienHealth
The European Commission granted final approval for Novo Nordisk's Saxenda brand of liraglutide 3mg to treat obesity. Saxenda is the first obesity treatment in nearly a decade to receive approval in Europe. Novo Nordisk is already in the final stages of preparing to launch Saxenda in the U.S., where it was approved late last year.
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Several commonly prescribed drugs affect weight
Healio
Several commonly prescribed drugs are associated with varying degrees of weight change, according to recent findings. M. Hassan Murad, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic, Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit, and colleagues used an umbrella search strategy to query databases for published systematic reviews as a source of randomized clinical trials. Studies identified for inclusion compared a selected list of drugs to placebo and evaluated their effects on weight. The researchers identified 257 randomized controlled trials that assessed the impact on weight of 54 different drugs.
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Fat is not a feeling
The Huffington Post
Maria Rodale writes: Recently, Facebook came under fire for offering the emoticon "fat" as an option under "feeling ___" when posting on the site. Since I rarely use emoticons when posting on my Dr. Pam Peeke page, I was shocked when I scrolled down over the countless choices to find a bloated, double-chinned yellow face next to "fat." Curiously, "fat" followed "hopeless" on the list.
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Is a soda tax the solution to America's obesity problem?
The Washington Post
Obesity costs. A lot. The tab comes in obvious ways, like increased health care costs, and less obvious ways, like decreased fuel efficiency. And we're all paying. Looking just at Medicare and Medicaid expenses for obesity-related problems, we're already north of $60 billion annually. If more taxpayer money is going out, it has to come from somewhere, and one possible somewhere is a soda tax.
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