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|TOS Leaders Co-chair NIH Pediatric Body Composition Workshop
TOS President Steven B. Heymsfield, MD, FTOS, and TOS member Dympna Gallagher, EdD, will co-chair a workshop titled “Body Composition Measurements from Birth through 5 Years: Challenges, Gaps, and Existing & Emerging Technologies” May 30–31, 2019.
The aim of the workshop is to identify specific needs for research that will help fill existing knowledge gaps and to identify opportunities to improve measurement of body composition components in infants from birth through age 5 years, with a special focus on measures that can be used longitudinally and for evaluation of intervention studies.
Event organizers anticipate support will be available to cover allowable travel, lodging, and per diem expenses for a limited number of early-stage investigators (ESIs) to attend this workshop. ESI attendees will be asked to participate in the workshop discussions and interactions as appropriate, and to give a presentation in the form of a poster on May 30, 2019.
The workshop will be held on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.
TOS members who are planning to attend the workshop can find visitor information on the NIH website.
|Seven TOS Members Co-author Study Published in NEJM
Seven TOS members are part of the research team that have found adolescents compared to adults who undergo gastric bypass surgery have a greater advantage for better health outcomes to combat severe obesity, according to a new study published May 16, 2019, in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The study, titled “Five-Year Outcomes of Gastric Bypass in Adolescents as Compared with Adults,” examined the health effects of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery in a cohort of 161 adolescents enrolled from 2006–2012 and a cohort of 396 adults enrolled from 2006–2009. The two cohorts consisted of participants in two related but independent studies. Linear mixed and Poisson mixed models were used to compare health outcomes with regard to weight and comorbid conditions between the cohorts five years after the surgery. The rates of death and subsequent abdominal operations and selected micronutrient levels—up to two years after surgery—were also compared between the cohorts.
Researchers found no significant difference in how much weight the adolescent (ages 13–19) and adult (ages 25–50) groups lost. However, despite undergoing similar surgical procedures, the study’s authors discovered that adolescents were 27 percent more likely than adults to have remission of type 2 diabetes and 51 percent more likely to experience remission of high blood pressure.
TOS members who co-authored the study include: Thomas H. Inge, Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Anita P. Courcoulas of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania, Todd M. Jenkins and Stavra Xanthakos of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio, Mary L. Brandt, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, Carroll M. Harmon, University of New York at Buffalo, and Mary E. Evans of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
Read this article in Endocrine Today to learn more about the study. The article includes a commentary from TOS President Steven B. Heymsfield, MD, FTOS.
|NIH Study Finds Heavily Processed Foods Cause Overeating and Weight Gain
People eating ultra-processed foods ate more calories and gained more weight than when they ate a minimally processed diet, according to results from a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study. The difference occurred even though meals provided to the volunteers in both the ultra-processed and minimally processed diets had the same number of calories and macronutrients. The results were published in Cell Metabolism.
Read this NIH press release to learn more about the study.
|7th Annual Obesity Journal Symposium Call for Papers Deadline is June 1, 2019
Investigators planning to submit an abstract for the 7th annual Obesity Journal Symposium have 11 days left to put the final touches on their work. Entries can be submitted through the journal's online manuscript submission system. All papers must be received for consideration by June 1, 2019. The winners will be announced this summer.
The Symposium will be held during the annual meeting of The Obesity Society (TOS) at ObesityWeek℠ Nov. 3-7, 2019, in Las Vegas, NV. The Symposium and the accompanying special section of Obesity are designed to showcase the journal’s top papers that provide important insights into preventing and treating obesity.
The authors of the winning papers will give oral presentations during the Symposium. A special section located in the front of the November 2019 issue of Obesity will be reserved for their work. The Symposium and the full published papers will be publicized to the obesity research community and the press.
The presenting authors will also receive complimentary ObesityWeek registration. In addition, for all submissions that are accepted by the journal but not chosen as winners, the journal is offering immediate online publication.
Investigators planning to submit an abstract for ObesityWeek are also encouraged to send their full paper for the Symposium in order to bring greater visibility to their work. In particular, papers discussing state-of-the art research on the mechanisms of energy balance, innovative clinical or translational studies that challenge current paradigms, and novel “proof of concept” papers are of special interest for this year’s event.
The full call for papers is available on the TOS website. Take time to read the winning papers from the 2018 competition on the Obesity journal website.
|Workshop to Focus on MRI of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders
Senior investigators and junior scientists are encouraged to register for the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Workshop on MRI of Obesity & Metabolic Disorders. This workshop will be held July 21–24, 2019, at the Matrix Building in Singapore.
Magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy have become widely used to quantify not only fat accumulation in adipose tissue depots, organs, and muscles, but also the molecular substrates, products, and dynamic rates of metabolism and biochemical pathways. As a follow-up to the 2012 ISMRM workshop held in Long Beach, California, on water-fat MRI, the purpose of this proposed workshop is to bring together and reunite internationally recognized scientists and clinicians who are currently developing and applying advanced MRI and MRS techniques to investigate the causes and consequences of obesity and metabolic dysfunctions.
Continuing Medical Education credits will not be offered for the workshop.
Prospective attendees are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations. Participants who qualify may apply for stipends. The abstract and stipend deadline is June 3, 2019.
Early-bird registration rates end on July 8, 2019.
Register now and book your hotel reservation.
Read more about the workshop.
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|NIH to Host Workshop on the Physiology of the Weight Reduced State
Preventing regain of lost weight is the most difficult challenge in the treatment of obesity. Various physiological adaptations occur that make maintaining weight loss difficult by reducing energy expenditure and increasing energy intake.
The overarching goal of this workshop is to explore the mechanisms and integrative physiology of adaptations in appetite, energy expenditure, and thermogenesis (metabolic adaptation) that occur in the weight reduced state and may oppose weight loss maintenance.
The workshop will include:
- Clinical experience with weight reduction and weight loss maintenance versus regain across interventions
- Factors opposing weight loss maintenance
- Factors affecting energy intake in the weight reduced state, including neural and endocrine regulation and the integration of homeostatic and hedonic pathways along with microbiome links
- Metabolic adaptation/adaptive thermogenesis and tissue-specific roles and mechanisms
- Strategies for understanding the physiology of the weight reduced state and improving weight loss maintenance
- Factors potentially responsible for physiological variability in weight maintenance versus regain
Rudolph L. Leibel, MD, Columbia University
Kevin D. Hall, PhD, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Mary Evans, PhD, NIDDK
Maren Laughlin, PhD, NIDDK
Christopher J. Lynch, PhD, NIDDK
Stavroula K. Osganian, MD, ScD, MPH, NIDDK
Susan Z. Yanovski, MD, NIDDK
The registration deadline is May 25, 2019.
|8th Annual Your Weight Matters Convention and EXPO
Don’t forget to register and access early-bird registration rates by May 31, 2019 for the 8th Annual Your Weight Matters (YWM) Convention & EXPO scheduled for Aug. 1–3, 2019, at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina in Tampa, FL. Advanced and on-site registration rates are also available. Pricing information can be found here. The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is sponsoring the event.
The YWM2019 experience and agenda was created with you in mind—your goals, challenges and your health journey. The convention will offer:
Interested attendees can read session descriptions and learn more by viewing the YWM2019 conference program and schedule.
- Real Experts—Top-notch weight and health education presented by the nation’s leading physicians, researchers, scientists, and other industry experts.
- Real People—Meet people invested in their health and who care about the issues surrounding obesity and weight.
- Real Support—Whether from a speaker who is also a health care provider to the new friend you met chatting before a session, YWM2019 is a welcoming, safe place to seek education and support.
The OAC was able to secure a discounted hotel room rate of $145 per night (single/double occupancy) for the conference. After you register for the conference, reserve your hotel room.
The OAC will offer up to 18 Continuing Education (CE) credits for nurses and some healthcare professionals. For attendees seeking CE credits, a higher registration rate will be charged.
We strongly encourage health professionals to check their eligibility prior to registering to earn CE Credits at the convention. To determine your eligibility, contact Taylor College at 1-800-743-4006 and reference the Your Weight Matters Convention & EXPO.
Read more and register for the conference.
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|Final NIH Lecture on the Gut Microbiome Scheduled for June 2019
“Microbes in Our Gut: Emerging Insights on Health and Disease” is the theme of a series of lectures in Spring 2019.
The human microbiome is the community of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi that naturally live in and on our bodies. These talks have focused on specific components of the gut microbiome, and natural products of interest produced by these organisms that might confer health benefits. Natural products and their potential effects on health promotion and various clinical conditions are a priority research area for the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). Gut health, what affects it, and its potential connections with wellness and illness are of interest to NCCIH and the public as well.
The series is taking place on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, and will be streamed live and archived on NIH Videocast (videocast.nih.gov) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/nih.nccih). The presentations are part of NCCIH's Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series. Admission is free to the public.
Videocast: Watch these NCCIH lectures online! Go to “Today's Events” at https://videocast.nih.gov/.
Bacteria Get on Your Nerves: How Bugs Modulate Pain and Immunity
Speaker: Isaac Chiu, PhD
Assistant Professor of Immunology
Department of Immunology
Harvard Medical School
Date: June 10, 2019 11:00 a.m. ET
Location: Lipsett Amphitheater, NIH Clinical Center, NIH campus, Bethesda, MD
Video: Watch this Live at NIH Videocast
Chiu's research focus is uncovering interactions between the nervous system, the immune system, and microbes, in health and disease. Ultimately, Chiu’s goal is to leverage knowledge to develop novel treatment approaches for chronic pain and inflammatory diseases. Among his discoveries, Chiu has found that bacteria directly interact with sensory neurons to modulate pain, and that neurons signal to the immune system to modulate bacterial survival and inflammation.
|Advanced Therapies for Pediatric Obesity Oct. 4, 2019
University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital
PRESENTED BY: Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine (CPOM)
Claudia Fox, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, CPOM Co-Director
Aaron S. Kelly, PhD, Associate Professor, CPOM Co-Director, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
Advanced Therapies for Pediatric Obesity (ATPO) is a workshop with a focus on youth with severe obesity who are often unable to lose a clinically-meaningful amount of weight with lifestyle modification alone. Pharmacological therapies are emerging as a recognized adjunctive strategy to address this otherwise recalcitrant disease, yet no guidelines currently exist for the responsible clinical use of obesity pharmacotherapy in the pediatric patient.
This workshop is offered as a Continuing Education designated activity with up to 6.75 AMA PRA Category1 Credits™. ATPO invites healthcare providers, researchers, and others interested in the clinical management of pediatric obesity while utilizing case studies, lectures and group discussions.
Following completion of this activity, attendees will be better able to utilize pharmacotherapy for pediatric obesity in a safe and responsible fashion, identify biological targets of obesity treatments, and identify the mechanisms of action and outcomes of current FDA-approved and off-label medications for the treatment of obesity in adults and youth. Workshop enrollment is limited.
For more information or to register, visit http://www.z.umn.edu/PedsObesity
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