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There’s still time to SUBMIT for the opportunity to present in Washington DC, Oct. 29–Nov. 2, among your peers and distinguished colleagues.
This is the second and FINAL opportunity to submit your research to TOS for ObesityWeek 2017. ALL new data are welcome AND both oral and poster submissions will be considered. Authors of exceptional abstracts may be invited to present in oral sessions.
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Bio Behavioral Research Section
Join the Bio-Behavioral Research Section Ignite Talk Competition
Are you a student, post-doctoral fellow or early career investigator? If you would like to present your research idea and gain valuable feedback from leaders in the field, apply for the opportunity to give a five-minute “Ignite Talk” at the 2017 TOS Bio-Behavioral Research Section Business Meeting during ObesityWeek 2017.
To be considered, submit a project narrative by August 4 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your narrative should include:
If you haven’t participated in an Ignite Talk before, you’ll want to seize this opportunity! An Ignite Talk is a high-energy, fast and fun presentation where speakers present on a subject accompanied by 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. Speakers will be expected to discuss the following in under 5 minutes:
- An innovate, creative and exciting idea related to obesity research
- Why your idea is truly creative
- A brief overview of the approach
Your presentation will be followed by a three-minute discussion and feedback session with experts in the field. Application details are available here. Completed applications should be sent to Dr. Emily Dhurandhar, Chair of the Bio-behavioral Research Section, at email@example.com.
- Overarching research question
- Current plans for approach
- Clinical or real world implications
You will be notified by mid-September if you are among the five finalists. First, second and third place winners of the Ignite Talks competition will win cash prizes.
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In a study published in this issue of Obesity, Vikrant Rachakonda, MD, Rachel Wills, James P. DeLany, Phd, Erin E. Kershaw, MD and Jaideep Behari, MD investigated the changes in body composition and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in individuals with obesity enrolled in a weight loss intervention. NAFLD is one of the most common obesity-related comorbidities and can be ameliorated with weight loss. However, the degree of weight loss needed to result in clinically significant improvements in NAFLD risk is not clear. At baseline, participants with NAFLD had greater metabolic dysfunction, in the form of increased fasting glucose, insulin, low-density and very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and liver enzymes, compared to participants without NAFLD. After the six-month intervention, participants with NAFLD experienced greater weight loss and greater decreases in circulating glucose and liver enzyme concentrations. Additionally, these participants lost greater amounts of visceral fat, a finding which was even further pronounced in participants experiencing completed NAFLD resolution. Visceral fat has greater lipolytic activity than subcutaneous fat, and loss of visceral fat can decrease the concentration of free fatty acids available for esterification in the hepatocyte, attenuating NAFLD. This research reinforces the crucial role of weight loss in NAFLD resolution but shines the spotlight on visceral fat as a metabolically active organ whose role in comorbidity resolution, specifically hepatic dysfunction, requires further elucidation.
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Fellowship is one of the highest honors bestowed by The Obesity Society. The prestigious “FTOS” designation sets you apart by acknowledging your significant contributions to the field of obesity research, treatment and prevention.
The next deadline for applications is August 18.
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Rachel Goldstone, PhD
Fellowship is one of the highest honors The Obesity Society bestows. This week’s TOS Member Spotlight features a conversation with TOS Fellow Tony Goldstone.
Q: What is your full name, credentials, and title?
A: Tony Goldstone, MD, PhD, FTOS, Head PsychoNeuroEndocrinology Research Group, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Neuropsychopharmacology Unit, Centre for Psychiatry, and Computational, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Laboratory, Division of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London, UK; and Consultant Endocrinologist, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
Q: What is your primary research question or clinical field?
A: How do gut hormones, bariatric surgery, nutritional manipulations, psychological traits and genetic variants modify eating and addictive behaviors?
Q: How long have you been in your career?
A: 12 years.
Q: What excites you the most about your work?
A: Working at the intersect of endocrinology, neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, gastroenterology and neuroimaging.
Q: What advice do you have to offer early career obesity professionals?
A: Be resilient; think long-term to overcome short-term frustrations; work at the intersection of disciplines; network and find colleagues with whom you enjoy collaborating; research something common so that it is fundable, and something more unique so that you can be a specialist. Continue reading more here.
National Association for Biomedical Research
Recently, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins said in an interview, “Animals are still crucial to our understanding of how biology works.” This prompted People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to pen a letter, “A need to rethink spending on animal-based research at NIH,” to The Hill as part of their call to defund the NIH for animal use in studies.
NABR’s President Matt Bailey responded in The Hill by detailing the enormous benefits of animal research in medical discoveries such as malaria and cancer. The NIH’s research also supports hundreds of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in new economic activity. Read Bailey’s full letter.
Many of us have experienced it firsthand: As the years go by, the pounds become more difficult to keep off. But have you ever wondered exactly why we experience weight gain as we age? Hint: Your eating habits actually aren't to blame.
There are a variety of reasons, explains Dr. Caroline Apovian, the Director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at the Boston Medical Center, professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, and the vice-president of The Obesity Society.
International Business Times
When people start noticing that they are putting on a few pounds, it is hard to tell at the time whether they see themselves becoming overweight or if they will end up suffering from obesity. While many may think that being overweight and obese are the same, that's not really correct.
Obesity is a disorder that involves the accumulation of excessive body fat and increases the risk of several health problems. Overweight, however, means having a weight more than normal or desirable.
An educational initiative at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine is reducing medical students' negative attitudes toward people with obesity, a finding researchers hope will translate into better outcomes for patients struggling with weight, according to research published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
New research with mice suggests an ingredient found in green tea may alleviate high-fat and high-fructose induced insulin resistance and cognitive impairment.
The study, published in the July edition of The FASEB Journal, found that the most abundant and biologically active ingredient in green tea, epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG, can improve memory impairment, brain insulin resistance and obesity in mice studies.
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