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Great news – You have an extra week to put the finishing touches on your obesity research abstracts! The TOS abstract submission site for ObesityWeek℠ 2017 is staying open until April 30. Take advantage of this opportunity to present your 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. Remember, this is the only opportunity to be considered for an Oral Abstract Presentation is during this abstract call.
Researchers who present abstracts during TOS's annual meeting at ObesityWeek have increased:
Stay up-to-date on the latest ObesityWeek 2017 information here.
- Visibility among the leaders in the field.
- Networking with like-minded researchers.
- Global reach.
Registration for ObesityWeek 2017 will open in June. Use code TOSNEW for a special discount.
The ODP Early-Stage Investigator Award recognizes early-career prevention scientists who have already made significant, outstanding research contributions to their respective fields and are poised to become future leaders in prevention research. On Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm, the winners will give presentations at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), directly preceding the Robert S. Gordon, Jr. Lecture in Epidemiology. The presentations will be held on the NIH main campus in the Masur Auditorium, Building 10.
All are invited – registration is not required. This presentation will also be available via NIH Videocast. To find out more continue reading here.
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This award is given annually to a scientist who has made significant contributions to the field of epidemiology or clinical trials research. On Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 3:00 pm, the 2017 award winner Dr. Mark Schiffman will give a presentation on The Changing Epidemiology of HPV and Cervical Cancer: From Etiology, to Validation of Prevention Methods, to Dissemination. The presentation will be held on the NIH main campus in the Masur Auditorium, Building 10.
All are invited to watch the lecture in person or via NIH VideoCast. To find out more continue reading here.
Call for 2017 Awards Nominations
The Obesity Society'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 2017 in Washington, DC October 29-November 2, 2017.
The Obesity Society encourages you to identify the talented and exceptional people in the field who deserve to be recognized and awarded for their work.
Nominations will be reviewed by The Obesity Society's Awards Committee and the winners will be announced this summer.
All award nominations must be received at the national office by Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
Atkinson-Stern Public Service Award
The George A. Bray Founders Award
The George A. Bray Master’s Thesis & Doctoral Dissertation Awards
The TOPS Research Achievement Award
TOS Scientific Achievement Award
The Friends of Albert (Mickey) Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award
Thomas A. Wadden Award for Distinguished Mentorship.
For more information on how to apply and to read the awards descriptions click here.
Want to get more involved? Become a leader? Apply today to join a committee.
TOS has a variety of committees that play an active role in assisting the Council to plan and administer the programs and activities that are at the heart of The Society's mission. Committees (standing and ad hoc) are responsible for studying issues, making recommendations, carrying out liaison activities, and implementing specific short-term projects approved by the Council.
Please note that committee seats necessitate a commitment to the cause of obesity and a dedication to the work. For example, committees meet each year during the Annual Scientific Meeting and committee members attend this meeting at their own expense. Acceptance of committee appointment implies a commitment to attend these meetings. Committee terms are a minimum of two years.
All TOS members are eligible to serve as on committees, with a few exceptions. Members interested in serving on a committee(s) may complete and submit the 2017 Committee Volunteer Self-Nomination Form. Submit your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, June 9, 2017. You will be asked to list your committee interests in order of priority.
The Council urges interested members to volunteer. Your assistance in this effort to increase the effectiveness and productivity of The Society's objective and goals is recognized and appreciated.
The Call for Volunteers will remain open through Friday, June 9. Find out more about applying online here.
Important advances in the diagnosis and treatment of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease continue to emerge, and these advances must be consistently implemented into clinical practice to provide the best care for patients. The American Society for Preventive Cardiology's 2017 Congress on CVD Prevention is designed to educate clinicians on state-of-the-art care for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
Join us September 15-17, 2017 at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL as expert faculty cover a wide range of topics on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Congress attendees will return to their practice equipped with the latest evidence and practical information to improve patient outcomes.
Learn more and register at aspconline.org/congress.
|Members in the Spotlight: TOS members who were recently in the news
Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, FTOS, Instructor in Medicine and Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School was interviewed by AMA Wire. “I truly hope that we can advance the health of patients using a multidisciplinary, multi-sector, cost-sensitive approach, with an emphasis on the elimination of health disparities and the treatment of our nation’s most pervasive disease, obesity.” To read the article, click here.
Dr. Samer Mattar, MD, FTOS, Professor of Surgery at Oregon Health and Science University, spokesperson for The Obesity Society, weighed in on a Knowridge Science Report article. “Bariatric surgery has long been recognized as one of the most effective treatments for severe obesity.” To read the article, click here.
Dr. Steven Heymsfield, MD, FTOS, Obesity Society Vice President, Professor of Metabolism and Body Composition at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, contributed to a ConscienHealth piece by explaining “a bit about the growing base of science pointing the way to better therapies. Though much of the risk of obesity is genetic, most often it’s not the result of a simple single-gene defect. Multiple genes play a role.” To read the article, click here.
Dr. Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, FTOS, Director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness in Washington, DC, added to a HealthDay article. “We have no biologically plausible reason to think that carrying excess weight would be protective in any way noting that extra pounds place added stress on the body while larger fat cells produce harmful inflammatory chemicals and hormones.” To read the article, click here.
This chick hasn’t hatched. But the conversation is encouraging. Recently, Maine State Senator Nate Libby presented a bill in committee to reduce obesity and chronic disease rates in Maine by providing better obesity care. Specifically, Libby’s bill would provide better access to evidence-based obesity care for participants in MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid program. It would open up the possibility for covering medical nutrition therapy by registered dietitians and for FDA-approved obesity treatment medications.
International Business Times
A new study has found that fewer Americans who are overweight are trying to drop the fats off in recent years. The result left researchers to consider fat
acceptance as one of the reasons why.
The study has also found that the number of obesity cases rose. Dr Jian Zhang, a public health researcher at Georgia Southern University and lead author of the study, said socially accepted normal body weight is shifting towards the heavier weight. "As more people around us are getting heavier, we simply believe we are fine, and no need to do anything with it," Zhang said.
From a stomach-emptying device to gastric balloons to reformulated drugs, weight-loss options continue to multiply. But are they the wave of the future or a temporary solution to a chronic problem?
As the challenge of treating obesity continues to grow, so do the treatment options. Over the past two years, physical interventions that are less invasive than bariatric surgery and new formulations of established drugs have received Food and Drug Administration approval.
Trying to lose weight is like giving up smoking: you try, you fail, you try again. But yo-yo dieting has been thought to cause problems. Weight cycling — defined as losing and regaining at least 5lb-10lb per cycle — has been linked to high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and even cancer. Some research suggests that it can actually increase the proportion of fat, especially around the waist. It has also been accused of slowing the metabolism, making it harder to lose weight in the future. Surveys estimate that 25 percent of men and 27 percent of women are always trying to lose weight.
Six in 10 obese children are victims of bullying and many are missing days from school as a result.
More than one-in-three children referred to the obesity service in Temple St Hospital in Dublin had emotional difficulties, a new study has revealed.
They suffered low mood, lack of self-esteem and were involved in deliberate self-harm.
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