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TOS announces new Early Career Grant Challenge, Call for LOIs
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TOS is pleased to announce an all-new early career research grant competition. Proposals are invited that would advance our understanding about any aspect of prevention or treatment of obesity.

This unique competition offers an opportunity for five finalists to present their grant submissions orally to the audience at TOS Opening Session at ObesityWeek℠ 2015, Nov. 3 at 5:00pm PT. Each of the five finalists, selected by TOS Scientific Review Committee from the pool of applicants, will receive a $1,500 travel grant and free admission to attend ObesityWeek 2015, Nov. 2-7 in Los Angeles, CA. Finalists will have five minutes to present their proposals at the session, and will be judged by a panel of 4 judges, as well as the audience serving as the collective fifth "judge." The winner will be announced at the closing of the session and receive $40,000 for the grant.

"Nurturing the careers and development of early career obesity professionals is an investment in the future of obesity research and weight management," says Nikhil Dhurandhar, PhD, FTOS, President of The Obesity Society. "We're pleased to launch this new program to support future leaders in obesity research and medicine — and the Society."

TOS is now accepting 1-page Letters of Intent from interested early career members. LOIs should be submitted to grantsandawards@obesity.org by May 30, 2015. Find out more about the grant and the submission process here.
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April 30 deadline approaching for 2015 awards nominations
TOS
TOS's awards program promotes, rewards and encourages research in the field of obesity. Awards reflecting different aspects or points in the careers of obesity researchers will be presented at ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA, November 2-7, 2015.

TOS encourages you to identify the talented and exceptional people in the field who deserve to be recognized and awarded for their work. You can find descriptions of each award, as well as instructions on how to submit a nomination here.

TOS's Awards Committee will review nominations and winners will be announced by June 12, 2015. Nominees are not required to be TOS members. See a list of previous award recipients here.

The deadline for submitting award nominations is Thursday, April 30, 2015.

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Will obesity protect you from Alzheimer's?
Contributed by ConscienHealth
The answer is no. You better not count on obesity to protect you from Alzheimer's disease, regardless of what you might read in the newspaper.

A study published in Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology led The Washington Post to proclaim "being fat in middle age reduces risk of developing dementia." Of course, this is not what the study showed. What they found is an association between higher weight and a lower incidence of Alzheimer's disease. They did not show that higher weight reduced the risk. This distinction may seem small, but it makes a huge difference.

UAB Distinguished Professor David Allison pointed out that that these findings are neither entirely new, nor accurately reported.

"It is well documented that weight loss precedes the onset of frank cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer's disease," he says. "This is an observational study, which cannot show cause and effect. It is at least equally plausible that the underlying process of Alzheimer's disease causes lower BMI long before the onset of notable cognitive decline."

Correlation proves nothing about causation. Read the full article here.

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Nominate yourself or a colleague for TOS Diversity Leadership Award
TOS Diversity Committee & Section
TOS Diversity Leadership Award aims to recognize an investigator whose research has made a significant difference in the field of obesity disparities. A certificate and recognition plaque will be awarded at ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 2-7, 2015. The recipient of the award will also be announced in TOS eNews, Diversity Section Newsletter and ObesityWeek Daily. A formal recognition letter will be sent to the recipient's Dean/Chairperson or Corporate President (if from industry).

Nominate a TOS member or self-nominate here. For additional questions you may contact TOS Membership Department at membership@obesity.org.

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Call for Abstracts: TOS Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek 2015
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Submit your abstracts for oral and poster presentations at TOS's Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek 2015. The abstract submission site remains open through May 1, 2015.

Each year, ObesityWeek highlights cutting-edge findings across a broad range of topics — from the basic science of obesity, to treatment and prevention. You won't want to miss this prestigious opportunity to present your research to your esteemed colleagues, industry, media, state and federal health authorities and the public.

You can find a full list of instructions for submitting your abstracts here and access the submission site here. Read more about the submission process in this letter from TOS President Nikhil Dhurandhar, PhD, FTOS.

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Get to know a TOS Fellow! Q&A with Shine Chang, PhD, FTOS
Contributed by TOS Early Career Committee

Dr. Shine Chang, FTOS
It's time for another edition of the Q&A interviews with TOS Fellows! This is the perfect opportunity to get to know leaders in the obesity field a little better, and learn more about their personal lives outside of work. Here are some questions and answers from our interview with TOS Fellow Shine Chang, PhD, FTOS, University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Epidemiology, and Director, Cancer Prevention Research Training Program:

Q: Please tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory.
A: My research focuses on bio behavioral aspects of excess body weight as a cancer risk factor. I lead an ancillary study of the Women's Health Initiative to look at hormonal, behavioral and genetic determinants of obesity. In addition, I lead research on diversity, workforce and leadership.

Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Don't be discouraged by the research funding climate; science is fun, and the work is important.

Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
A: The opportunity to make important contributions in so many areas! Prevention, community interventions, policy, basic mechanistic studies, clinical strategies — the world is your oyster!

Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: Travel, hiking/camping, my dog and husband, crazy British TV.

Read the rest of the interview with Dr. Chang here. These interviews are featured bi-monthly in the TOS eNews. Don't miss the next one on April 29!

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Have you visited our Clinician Directory?
TOS
TOS's Clinician Directory is a fantastic tool for finding obesity clinicians in specific fields and geographic locations. The Directory includes Society members who are physicians and healthcare professionals in all areas of obesity and can assist patients and primary care practitioners in finding clinical care professionals to meet patients' needs. Find out more and access the directory here.

Not yet in the Clinician Directory?
TOS Member Clinicians: Log into the Member Center and add your profile to promote yourself and your practice here.

Non-Member Clinicians: Don't miss out on this opportunity to be included in this valuable resource. Find out more about becoming a TOS member here, which is the first step to being listed in the Directory.

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World Obesity Hot Topic Conference: Dietary Sugars, Obesity & Metabolic Disease Risk – June 29 & 30, 2015, Berlin, Germany
TOS
The program of this special Hot Topic Conference held by World Obesity will cover topics such as global consumption patterns, policies, taxes to the effects of sugars on obesity during development and early life. Registration is open to hear the most recent research and developments on this topic.

Registration scholarships and a limited number of travel bursaries are available. Find out more here.

Did you know TOS members receive a membership with the World Obesity Federation (formally IASO)? Please contact Heather Budd at hbudd@worldobesity.org for access to your membership. If you are not a member of TOS you may join now here.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Is a contagious virus what's causing the obesity epidemic?
MSN
Out-of-the-box thinking often appears nuts at first. (People scoffed at the Wright brothers.) Then the world catches up, and we embrace the concept we thought was ridiculous. That's the path "infectobesity" — the idea that some portion of the obesity crisis may be the due to a viral infection — is traveling.
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Pesticide exposure may increase CVD risk in premenopausal women
Healio
Premenopausal women may have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease and inflammation not only from obesity, but also from pesticide exposure, according to recent study findings published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. According to the Endocrine Society and IPEN, DDT was one of the first recognized endocrine-disrupting chemicals. The compound and related pesticides, known as environmental estrogens, can mimic and interfere with estrogen functioning.
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Facing facts
ConscienHealth
Facing facts can be tough in heated policy debates. So tough, in fact, that a minor trend of shopping for facts to support your views is at work in different ways, polluting the scientific literature. This trend is not entirely new. Both zealous advocates for a cause and business interests have always been motivated to look for sources of information that support their agendas. The inevitability of some mistakes in scientific analysis creates the need for rigorous peer review.
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Researchers: Junk foods start to impact metabolism after just 5 days
FoodNavigator
Just five days of eating extra amounts of fatty foods can cause long-lasting metabolic changes that alter how muscles process nutrients, new research has found. Many are aware of the risks associated with consuming a diet high in "junk foods" and unhealthy fats over a long period of time — such as increasing weight gain, and a higher risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
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Serious childhood life events may triple risk for type 1 diabetes
Healio
Psychological stress during childhood may be a risk factor for type 1 diabetes, according to research in Diabetologia. In a population-based prospective study, researchers estimated that a child’s risk for developing type 1 diabetes before age 14 years was three times higher if the child experienced a serious life event — including death or illness, a new child or adult in the family or family conflict — than if he or she had not.
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Workplace wellness programs can help employees lose weight
Healio
Work-based wellness interventions coordinated by employees reduced mean BMI and the percentage of employees with overweight or obesity, according to data published in the American Journal of Public Health. "This study suggests that worksite environmental interventions might be promising strategies for weight control at the population level," Diana Fernandez, MD, PhD, MPH, associate professor in the department of public health sciences at the University of Rochester, said in a news release.
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