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A Message from Our President
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I hope your summer is off to a good start. However, TOS doesn't get a vacation, and has numerous things going on.

Annual meeting preparations are going on at a quickening pace. September is closer than it looks. Hopefully you have all submitted abstracts for the meeting and gotten good news on their fates.

Please be aware that there will be a two-week submission period for Late Breaking Abstracts for Obesity 2012, from June 29 to July 13. Late breaking abstracts present new and high-impact data that were not available for submission at the time of the regular abstract deadline; these abstracts will be presented as either posters or during oral sessions during Obesity 2012.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS


Register Now for Obesity 2012! — Early-Bird Registration Ends June 20th
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Attendees may book housing and register for the Annual Meeting by clicking HERE.

Advance Program:
Click HERE to view and download the online Advance Program.

Preconference workshops:
The TOS preconference workshops are intended to provide the attendee with the basics needed to understand and apply the techniques in this field to their obesity research. There will also be a day and a half prep course for the Obesity Medicine Certification Exam. Click HERE to learn more.

Who should attend?
Click HERE to Read about Who Should Attend TOS 2012

Late Breaking Abstracts
Late-Breaking Abstracts Are Being Accepted for Submission to Obesity 2012 The Obesity Society will be accepting late-breaking abstracts for the 2012 Annual Meeting, beginning in late June. Abstracts may be submitted in the following four tracks:
  • Metabolism and Integrative Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Intervention and Clinical Studies
  • Population Health and Policy
Accepted abstracts will be presented at the Annual Meeting as oral presentations or as posters. The call for Abstracts website will close on July 13.

To learn more click HERE.

Housing Piracy Warning
The Obesity Society reminds all Obesity 2012 attendees and exhibitors to use the official Society-Society-Contracted vendor, Wyndham Jade, for all reservation needs. You may access the reservation system through the Obesity 2012 website or by calling directly at 888-241-8405 for U.S. and Canada or 972-349-7485 for international. It has come to the attention of The Obesity Society that a small number of attendees have been contacted by a non-sanctioned housing vendor and have been offered reservation assistance. Any information or updates regarding housing will be sent by The Obesity Society or by Wyndham Jade. The Obesity Society and its contracted housing vendor do not solicit attendees for housing reservations. Please DO NOT give personal or contact information to anyone who may contact you claiming to be able to provide housing assistance.


TOS supports efforts to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages
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The Obesity Society supports the efforts of Mayor Bloomberg to ban the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages larger than 16 ounces. This is a measure that will help efforts to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, which research shows are a major contributor to increased calorie intake by both children and adults, thus potentially contributing to the nation's obesity epidemic.

Two-thirds of American adults and over half of Canadians are overweight or obese. In addition to the significant cost it imposes on the nation's health care system, obesity at any age increases the risk of many chronic illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, some types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes, and can significantly worsen quality of life.
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In Memoriam: Ahmed H. Kissebah, MD, PhD
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Ahmed H. Kissebah, M.D., Ph.D., an internationally recognized obesity researcher and one of the founding members of The Obesity Society, died on Thursday, May 17, at his home in Brookfield, Wis. He was 74 years old.

Kissebah's research over the decades focused on the areas of metabolism, obesity and genetics. In 1981, he described for the first time a cluster of metabolic features in patients that became known as "Metabolic Syndrome." His seminal publication described the role of insulin resistance in the metabolic complications of abdominal body fat versus gluteal obesity and the health effects of each. These findings became forever engrained in the public mind as the "apple" versus "pear" body shape, a concept many of us have grown up with.
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The Obesity Society announces 2012 awards winners!
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Prestigious Awards to Be Presented at Obesity 2012, Sept. 20-24 in San Antonio.

The Obesity Society is pleased to announce that the following recipients have been selected by the Awards Committee to receive the Society's highest awards for their significant contributions to the field of obesity.

2012 TOPS Research Achievement Award
Thomas A. Wadden, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

2012 Lilly Scientific Achievement Award
Kevin D. Hall, Ph.D.
National Institute of Health/NIDDK

2012 Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award
John G. Kral, M.D., Ph.D., FACS
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

2012 George A. Bray Founders Award
James O. Hill, Ph.D.
University of Colorado Denver

2012 Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service
Theodore K. Kyle, R.Ph., MBA
ConscienHealth

Congratulations to all on this well-deserved honor! For listings of the Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award and the Pat Simons Travel Grants please click here.


TOS calls for Council and Nominating Committee nominations
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The 2012 call for nominations for council and the nominating committee will close July 6.

Members of The Obesity Society will have the opportunity to submit a nomination for themselves or a colleague for one of the four open positions on Council or the two open positions on the Nominating Committee.

Please contact Sadie Campbell if you have any questions regarding these nominations.


The critical role of lymphocytes and macrophages in diet-induced obesity, insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes — May 2012
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Obesity caused by over-nutrition is increasing at such an alarming rate in the United States and internationally that public health authorities have become extremely worried about a coming epidemic of obesity-associated diseases, including cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer. Indeed obesity is now thought to represent one of the most important preventable causes of cancer. The American Cancer Society estimated in 2008 that obesity-associated malignancies account for 14–20 percent of U.S. cancer mortality, notably colorectal, endometrial and post-menopausal breast cancer. More

Harvard Launches Obesity Prevention Website
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We are delighted to announce the launch of The Obesity Prevention Source website from the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. The website offers an in-depth, authoritative resource for all who seek to understand — and reverse — the obesity epidemic.

To connect to the Obesity Prevention Source Website, click HERE.

For background information - press release, click HERE.


David B. Allison elected to prestigious fellowship
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David B. Allison, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor and associate dean for science in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, has been elected to fellowship in the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.

To be considered for the IMS fellowship, candidates must have a demonstrated distinction in research in statistics or probability. Fellows are honored for outstanding research and professional contributions — both of which the IMS believes helps keep them in a leading role in the field.

Allison, along with the other newly elected fellows, is invited to the IMS Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony on July 11, during the eighth World Congress/IMS annual meeting in Istanbul. For more information, click HERE.


5As of Obesity Management
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The Canadian Obesity Network - Réseau canadien en obésité (CON-RCO) have developed a new toolkit for health practitioners which provides a roadmap for obesity management. The toolkit — called the 5As of Obesity Management — provides health practitioners with five steps to better manage their patients' weight and related health issues:
  • ASK for permission to discuss weight and explore readiness
  • ASSESS obesity related risks and 'root causes' of obesity
  • ADVISE on health risks and treatment options
  • AGREE on health outcomes and behavioural goals
  • ASSIST in accessing appropriate resources and providers
The 5As of Obesity Management includes a desktop tool to facilitate discussions on weight with patients, as well as a practitioner's guide to incorporating the 5As into daily practice. They are available for a nominal fee from the Canadian Obesity Network.

WHO consultation on NCD targets and working partnerships:
IASO-IOTF have submitted responses to the World Health Organization's call for comments on their proposed targets for reducing non-communicable diseases in the next decade, and also their proposals for working with stakeholders and partners to develop policies and monitor action. Please see the comments from IASO-IOTF regarding the Partnerships consultation response and the Monitoring consultation response.


Novo Nordisk Research award program
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Novo Nordisk is a world leader in diabetes treatment innovation and as such is committed to supporting novel research in protein-based therapies and technologies that have the potential to improve the effective treatment, prevention and/or cure of diabetes.

In keeping with this commitment, Novo Nordisk R&D has renewed its research award program to support new and established scientists in their exploration of novel hypotheses in the area of diabetes and obesity research. The aim of this research award program is to help scientists substantiate early innovation research efforts and clarify if their hypotheses could result in new treatment options for diabetes and obesity.*

For more information, click HERE.

*From the Novo Nordisk Website


INDUSTRY NEWS


How do you put a nation on a diet?
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For decades, people have treated obesity as a personal failure. They blame individuals and families for eating junk food and choosing television over exercise. But experts in this country and other industrialized nations have increasingly recognized that obesity is caused mostly by social and environmental factors that limit people's ability to eat healthy foods and get enough exercise. More

Obesity epidemic threatens to bankrupt the nation
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The obesity epidemic in the U.S. will eventually bankrupt the nation if left unchecked, according to the Bipartisan Policy Center, which held a webcast recently to outline its recommendations for curbing the crisis. More

Docs aren't coaching overweight kids on how to slim down
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While U.S. doctors often urge obese teens to eat better and exercise more, overweight kids headed for obesity seldom get the same medical advice, a new study shows. That's important, experts say, because preventing obesity is much easier than dealing with it once it's there. More

Study: Exercise benefits black girls less than whites
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In a dispiriting finding for African American girls and women, a new study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine finds that while engaging in high levels of physical activity is a good bet for preventing obesity in white adolescent girls, it does not give their black peers the same benefit. More

US Study: Despite obesity rise, kids' blood pressure dipped
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Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that while the obesity rate among children in the state of Louisiana nearly tripled between 1974 and 1993, their blood pressure actually improved a bit. More

Obesity, diabetes may raise complications after joint replacement
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About 3 percent of patients who have total hip and knee replacements require critical care services before they leave the hospital, a large new study indicates. The findings highlight the risks of these elective surgeries in older patients with other health problems and show that the procedures are placing an increasing burden on the health care system's critical care services, according to the study authors. More

ADA: Gastric bypass cuts diabetes in mild obesity
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Gastric bypass may be an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes in patients who are only mildly obese, researchers said. The vast majority of patients had remission of their diabetes, bringing their glycated hemoglobin to 6.5 percent, even after coming off their anti-diabetic drugs, David Cummings, M.D., of the University of Washington in Seattle, and colleagues reported online in Diabetes Care and during a session at the American Diabetes Association meeting here. More


 

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