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The Obesity Society is pleased to announce the 2017 grants to be awarded this year. The grants program demonstrates our commitment to promote, reward, and encourage research in the field of obesity.
All applicants must be TOS members. An applicant cannot receive more than one award or grant within a given calendar year.
Members of The Obesity Society are encouraged to apply by sending in their Letters of Intent (LOI) by the deadline of April 14, 2017 for the following grants:
Early Career Research Grant (ECRG) – The Early-Career Research program funds studies proposed by new investigators who have completed their doctorate within the past 5 years with a PhD or 8 years with an MD. One grant will be funded up to $25,000 for a 1-year pilot study.
Early Career Grant Challenge (ECGC) – The winner receives a $25,000 research grant based on presentation of a research idea during The Obesity Society’s Opening Session at ObesityWeek 2017. Four to five finalists will receive a $1,500 travel grant to attend ObesityWeek.
Please click here for additional information and how to apply. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s time to put the finishing touches on your obesity research abstracts! TOS’s abstract submission site for ObesityWeek 2017 opens on March 31. Don't miss your chance to present the latest groundbreaking research on obesity prevention and treatment at TOS’s annual meeting – ObesityWeek 2017 – at National Harbor, Maryland (Washington, DC metro area) Oct. 29 – Nov. 2. Please note, the only opportunity to be considered for an Oral Abstract Presentation is during this abstract call.
Researchers who present abstracts at TOS's annual meeting at ObesityWeek have increased:
Abstract submission will close on Sunday, April 23. Information about abstract submission will be available here. Stay up-to-date on the latest ObesityWeek 2017 information here.
- Visibility among the leaders in the field. Countless experts – including basic scientists, practicing physicians and surgeons, pharmaceutical researchers, public policy workers and other professionals – attend ObesityWeek to learn about the latest research in obesity treatment and prevention.
- Networking with like-minded researchers. Forge new research collaborations. Uncover pioneering scientific tools. Find a new job. ObesityWeek offers these and countless other opportunities to get the edge needed to advance your career in obesity.
- Global reach. People read about ObesityWeek in leading outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, TIME, AP, HealthDay, Huffington Post, as well as in leading health-related publications including Medical Daily, MedPage Today, Medscape, Healio/Endocrine Today and HealthCentral.
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By: Edwina Yeung, PhD
Fellowship is one of the highest honors The Obesity Society bestows. Today the Membership would like to take a few minutes and recognize Dr. Alexandra Brewis, PhD.
Q: What is your name and credentials?
A: Alexandra Brewis (Slade), PhD, President’s Professor and Associate Vice President, Arizona State University.
Q: What is your primary research question or clinical field?
A: I am an anthropologist interested in how norms, beliefs and social structure become literally embodied as weight, and how weight in turn shapes society.
Q: How long have you been in your career?
A: I finished my PhD 25 years ago and started working on obesity at that time as a post-doctoral scholar on a project based in Samoa. I have had forays into many different health-related topics through the years such as child growth, infertility and mental illness, but much of my work in the last decade has been specifically focused on the social dimensions of weight.
Q: What excites you the most about your work?
A: When I started working on obesity in the early 1990s, it was considered a strange topic. It has been really interesting to see obesity turned from a sideline to a mainstream academic concern. What most excites me about my current work, much of it focused on weight stigma, is unraveling what is an extremely complex problem using tools from far outside of medical approaches to obesity. I most love working on large transdisciplinary teams, using anthropology as a means to engage and integrate more sophisticated ways to understand why weight now matters so much to us as a species. A complex problem like obesity more generally provides a great platform to work at the intersections of traditional academic fields.
Q: What advice do you have to offer early career obesity professionals?
A: First, seek and take advice from people who have been around for a while and have already succeeded in the areas you want to advance in. I acted on advice from mentors early in my career that was not fully explicable to me at the time. But I trusted that they knew better and it turned out later to be solid advice that set me off in the right direction.
Stay up-to-date on developments in the important field of obesity with TOS Basic Science Section:
Keeping it basic: A review of the study, "Acute recapitulation of the hyperinsulinemia and hyperlipidemia characteristic of metabolic syndrome suppresses gonadotropins"
By Zahra Ezzat Zadeh, PhD, RD
A recently published study in Obesity by Dr. Justin Chosic and Dr. Irene E. Schauer and their team suggests that an acute increase in plasma levels of lipids and insulin, under euglycemic conditions, might impair pituitary gonadotropin synthesis and secretion in healthy human subjects of both sexes without obesity. Previous work by Dr. Schauer, an assistant professor of medicine at University of Colorado and the senior author on the paper, indicates that there is impaired secretion of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) in women suffering from obesity. Insulin resistance and abnormal lipid profile, two main characteristics of obesity, may be the underlying cause of the impaired pituitary function evidenced by abnormal secretion of LH and FSH.
In this study, Dr. Schauer and her team investigate the mechanisms underlying the impact of obesity on pituitary function. The study participants were healthy individuals without obesity, of both sexes, between 18-40 years of age who underwent acute hyperlipidemia and hyperinsulinemia induced by infusions of lipid/heparin and insulin respectively. Infusion of lipid/heparin and insulin were used to mimic the impaired metabolism in healthy individuals that is usually observed in obese subjects. The authors showed that serum LH and FSH levels remain unchanged following the infusion of insulin and lipid alone. However, combined infusion of insulin plus lipid significantly lowered FSH and LH levels in both men and women.
While scientists have been aware of about two dozen genetic conditions that can cause obesity, a new study published in the journal Obesity Reviews finds there are many more.
The Canadian researchers have identified and cataloged 79 rare genetic syndromes where obesity is a key symptom. A body mass index of 30 or higher is considered obese, where weight is higher than what is considered healthy for a given height.
Reuters via The Huffington Post
Even without high blood pressure or other signs of illness, obese adults have a much higher risk of developing heart disease than normal-weight peers, according to a study from Denmark.
The results contradict recent research suggesting a subgroup of obese individuals known as “metabolically healthy obese” may not face an increased risk for obesity-related complications such as heart or kidney disease, researchers write in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
The Medical News
Bariatric surgery is a procedure that makes changes to the digestive system in order to help people with severe or morbid obesity to lose weight. Research has shown that, depending on which form of surgery they have, many individuals who undergo bariatric or weight loss surgery manage to lose around 15 to 30 percent of the weight they were prior to surgery. However, none of the procedures can guarantee weight loss and some individuals are disappointed with the results. Factors that may influence how much weight is lost postoperatively include how obese the person was in the first place and the surgical method applied.
The Daily Caller
Children and adults who have access to nature and regularly go outside are less likely to be inactive, obese and depressed, according to a recent report.
A team of 11 researchers with the Institute for European Environmental Policy reviewed more than 200 academic studies and discovered that “access to nature is vital for good mental and physical health at all ages,” the report says.
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