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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.
One last chance to identify the talented and exceptional people in the field who deserve to be recognized and awarded for their work.
All award nominations must be received at the national office by 11:59pm on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
For more information on how to apply and to read the awards descriptions click here.
Robyn Gordon, Communications Coordinator, TOS
Anthony Comuzzie, PhD, FTOS, a world-renowned obesity researcher, scientist and co-director of the TOPS Nutrition and Obesity Research Center at Texas Biomedical Research Institute, will serve as the new executive director of The Obesity Society (TOS). “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Comuzzie,” said TOS President Allen Levine, PhD, FTOS. “He is an accomplished scientist, well respected among his peers and has the experience and dedication to successfully helm our professional society. We greatly look forward to his ideas and plans for TOS as it continues to be a leader in the field of obesity.”
Dr. Comuzzie has more than 25 years of research experience focused on the genetics of obesity. He is active in numerous scientific societies, served as a member of the NHLBI Expert Panel on Obesity and Overweight and continues to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW). Dr. Comuzzie also sat on TOS’s Executive Committee as Secretary/Treasurer before accepting the position of executive director. Continue reading more here.
Tanesia Dwight, Membership & Marketing Coordinator, TOS
5/25/17 12-1pm EST
The Obesity Society’s Diversity Section and Early Career Member Committee have partnered to offer members an insightful webinar on study sections and grants. What happens at a study section? What makes a good or bad proposal?
To answer these questions, we invited panelists with experience reviewing NIH grant proposals and participating in study sections to share their thoughts and advice. Each speaker will present for 10-15 minutes, leaving time for Q&A at the end. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions through a chat tool in the webinar software.
This is a ticketed webinar. Free for TOS Members Only. To reserve your spot, please register online by 5pm EST on May 22nd, 2017.
Members and guests at all career stages are welcome. Register here.
Michelle Cardel, PhD, RD, is the Assistant Professor/nutrition and obesity researcher in the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy at the University of Florida.
Fungai Chanetsa, PhD, is the Scientific Review Officer for the Center for Scientific Review’s Kidney Nutrition, Obesity and Diabetes (KNOD) Study Section in the Population Sciences and Epidemiology (PSE) Division of AIDS, Behavioral and Population Sciences.
Holly L. Nicastro, PhD, MPH, is a Program Director in the Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch, Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
Christina Economos, PhD, is a Professor and the New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Medical School at Tufts University. She is also the co-Founder and Director of ChildObesity180, a unique organization that brings together leaders from diverse disciplines to generate urgency and find solutions to the childhood obesity epidemic.
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Camille Schneider, RD
Fellowship is one of the highest honors The Obesity Society bestows. This week TOS Member Spotlight features a conversation with TOS Fellow.
Q: What is your full name, credentials, and title?
A: Candida J. Rebello, PhD, LLB, RD, FTOS, Postdoctoral Fellow - Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
Q: What is your primary research question or clinical field?
A: I am investigating the effects of botanicals on components of the metabolic syndrome in human adipocytes.
Q: How long have you been in your career?
A: I have been a research dietitian involved in clinical trials for the past five years but for my postdoctoral research which started a little over a year ago, I elected to also engage in the basic sciences as a prelude to my goal of doing translational research.
Q: What excites you the most about your work?
A: I wake up every day excited at the prospect of new findings in the lab, with the ultimate aim of being able to take the results from laboratory intervention trials and evaluate them in humans.
Q: What advice do you have to offer early career obesity professionals?
A: Don’t be afraid to venture into areas of research that are unfamiliar to you. Diversity breeds innovation. However, take a moment to sit back and think things over carefully, look at the literature, and allow your research to guide you. Continue reading more here.
TOS is pleased to welcome the following members to TOS Fellowship:
Are you a TOS Fellow? Fellowship is one of the highest honors bestowed by TOS and sets you apart by acknowledging your high-level contributions to the field of obesity research, treatment and/or prevention.
- Anthony P. Goldstone, MD, PhD, FTOS
- Cora E. Lewis, MD, MSPH, FACP, FAHA, FTOS
Did you know that there is also an online community in TOS Connect exclusively for TOS Fellows? Offered as a special member benefit, this is your opportunity to network and connect with leaders in the field in real time.
Find out more about Fellowship here and explore TOS Connect here.
Susan F. Franks, PhD, ABPP
Post-menopausal women are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease due to estrogen-related changes linked to abdominal adiposity and chronic low-grade inflammation. Short-term studies of Paleolithic diets (PD) have found favorable changes in metabolic health as compared to control diets, but there are few studies on longer-term effects. A recent study by Blomquist and colleagues examined the effects of a 24-month PD as compared to a control diet (CD) on 70 postmenopausal (PM) overweight/obese women, measuring serum inflammatory biomarkers and genes expressed in adipose tissue associated with inflammation. Blood samples and fat biopsies were collected at 6 and 24months. The effects of the intervention were analyzed using separate multiple regression models where diet, time, and diet-by-time interaction were used as predictors. Additional multivariate modeling examined the intervention effects on the entire inflammation profile using each subject as her own control. Android fat was decreased for both diets at 24 months, but more pronounced at 6 months for women under PD. In contrast to CD, PD significantly reduced serum C-reactive protein at 6 and 24months. Both diets reduced serum interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor-α, although the diet-by-time interaction suggested that IL-6 is impacted differently over time. At 24 months, both groups had a reduction in gene expression for toll-like receptor 4 but an increase for macrophage migration inhibitory factor. The authors linked the changes in the expression of inflammatory genes to reductions in abdominal adiposity, adding to the growing literature as to how dietary interventions may modify metabolic risk factors. Read the full article in the Obesity journal here.
In the most recent issues of Obesity, you may have noticed small “iD” symbols next to some author names. These symbols are hyperlinks to author identifications on ORCID, a nonprofit aiming to solve the problem of name ambiguity among contributors to research, and they are the first step in a new initiative being launched at the official TOS journal.
Beginning June 1, all submitting authors will be required to provide an ORCID iD when uploading a manuscript for consideration by Obesity. This requirement will apply to the submitting author only, but all authors will be able to associate an ORCID iD with their Scholar One account.
Why is using an ORCID iD a good idea?
Wiley, the publisher of Obesity, is a founding member of ORCID and has provided additional information about the service’s benefits on the new Wiley Author Services site. As always, you may contact the Obesity Editorial Team at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about our submission process.
- By providing a unique and persistent digital identifier, an ORCID iD easily connects you with your achievements and contributions, meaning no one else will get credit for your work. Funders, institutions and societies can easily identify you and your research, and you can easily comply with funder mandates.
- It saves time. When you associate your ORCID iD with your Obesity author account, our publisher can deposit your author iD to CrossRef, allowing your ORCID record to be automatically updated every time you publish in our journal.
- Researchers can connect their ORCID iD to the profiles they’ve already created in systems like Kudos, Mendeley, Scopus and Web of Science as well as in research information management systems such as Converis, Pure and Symplectic Elements, enabling information to flow between these different systems with minimal effort. Using your Obesity Scholar One account, you can create a new ORCID iD or associate your account with an existing iD in less than 2 minutes! See full instructions here.
Jeffrey Zigman, MD, PhD, FTOS and Lori Zeltser, PhD
The TOS Annual Program Committee is pleased to announce the “headliners” who will be presenting at ObesityWeek 2017 in Washington, DC.
Rudy Leibel will present the Keynote Address for the overall conference.
Key Lecturers in each educational track include:
Wendy Kohrt and Claude Bouchard (Track 1/Metabolism and Integrative Physiology)
Harvey Grill and Joel Elmquist (Track 2/Neuroscience)
Rena Wing, Laura Germine and Deanna Barch (Track 3/Intervention and Clinical Studies)
Mercedes Carnethon and Emily Oken (Track 4/Population Health)
Louis Aronne and Joseph Skelton (Track 5/Clinical and Professional Practice)
Karen DeSalvo and Eric Rimm (Track 6/Policy/Public Health)
This is just a sneak preview of this year’s meeting.
Stay tuned for more details which will be posted here in the coming weeks.
AND, while our abstract submission site is currently closed, there will be another opportunity to submit late-breaking abstracts starting July 21 at http://obesityweek.com/abstract-information/.
We look forward to seeing you in Washington DC!
Robyn Gordon, Communications Coordinator, TOS
|ObesityWeek 2017 — What's New?
ObesityWeek 2017 is even bigger and better than previous years:
Be on the lookout for more OW announcements!
- We’ve increased the number of joint TOS/ASMBS symposia, which are specifically designed for both TOS and ASMBS attendees.
- We’ve created "Lunch Table Topics” where we facilitate opportunities for networking by directing participants with similar interests to specific tables during lunch time.
- We’ve established two themes that will link our five Tracks together: Dietary Interventions and Physical Activity. Attendees can learn about these important topics in a variety of disciplines.
- We’ve ensured that the popular basic science symposia are not in competition with each other, effectively doubling the basic science content available to participants.
- We’ve ensured that the Track 4 Population Health symposia and the Track 6 Policy/Public Health symposia are not in competition with each other.
- TOS leaders will guide poster tours. These will be in addition to several self-guided poster tours.
- We’ve added a OW lounge in the exhibit hall where you can network with keynote speakers after their sessions.
- We’ve added additional symposia curated by Level 2 partners.
- We’ve added more board-style questions to the TOS Review Course.
Obesity Action Coalition
The OAC is currently revamping its programs and services to most effectively reach toward our mission and goals, and we need YOUR valuable insight! As a healthcare professional, we want to learn more from you about how we can better serve your interests and needs which play an integral part in how we reach and support patients with obesity.
Please take a few moments to complete our brief survey and share your insights with us on the types of resources and programs you want to see the OAC continue to offer and develop.
CLICK HERE to Take Our Survey! BONUS – THREE Lucky Survey Responders Will Win a $25 Starbucks Gift Card for Taking the Survey! Please complete the survey by Friday, May 19 to qualify for the drawing! The winners will be contacted via email, so be sure to include your name and email address at the end of the survey. You can choose to remain anonymous, but will be unable to participate in the drawing.
We appreciate you sharing your insights with us!
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is hosting the Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Methods for Evaluating Natural Experiments in Obesity to better understand high-quality natural experiment research designs in obesity prevention and control. The workshop will take place on December 5–6 on the NIH Main Campus in Bethesda, Maryland. In addition, the workshop will be free and open to the public, and attendees can join either in person or via NIH VideoCast. Also, the workshop will include a poster session for early-stage investigators to exhibit their research. If you’re interested in submitting an abstract, be sure to check the box under “Poster Session” on the registration form. To learn more about the event click here.
The Biggest Loser has been a popular show for years, but it faced some serious backlash last year after The New York Times profiled an explosive study that revealed the contestants' weight loss is often unsustainable and can actually harm their metabolisms. Now, The Biggest Loser creator J.D. Roth is working on a new show, The Big Fat Truth, in an attempt to find out why so many of his former stars regain the weight — and to help six of them who will appear on the show lose it again.
It’s pretty obvious that carrying around extra weight can make you feel sluggish, affect your self-esteem and put you at increased risk for heart disease and diabetes. But increasingly, researchers are also making connections between obesity and cancer — several different types of cancer, in fact.
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Researchers say they have identified a potential pathway in our muscle tissue to improve the rate at which our bodies burn calories.
The study is one of the first to explore the tie between genetics and calorie burn (or energy expenditure), a relatively new area of biological study.
At 73, Kanta Patel is contending with a host of chronic health conditions. In 2004, she went for a physical and learned she had elevated cholesterol. Then, two years later, Patel’s doctor diagnosed her with hypertension. She’s also a borderline Type 2 diabetic.
One would never think Patel, who emigrated from India 50 years ago, had such serious illnesses. She appears fit: 5 feet tall, 102 pounds, with a body mass index of only 19.
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