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TOS presents new early career opportunities at ObesityWeek
Letter from the President
Dear Colleagues,

As many of you are aware, a key priority identified in our five-year strategic plan is to continue to grow the careers of early career professionals. Our efforts toward this goal will be on full display at ObesityWeek 2015, Nov. 2 - 6. I'm pleased to share some information about the new opportunities for our early career members, which are also a chance for all attendees to actively participate as audience members.

For the first time at the conference, a select group of early career researchers will compete as part of a poster competition at the Education Theater held during poster presentation times in the Exhibit Hall. Each day, the six poster abstracts among the top ranked for presentation that day will be presented by the authors on stage. We created this opportunity to give our future leaders a chance to refine their speaking skills and give attendees, as part of the audience, an opportunity to vote on the best research. Prizes will be awarded to the presentations receiving the most votes. Keep an eye out for signs in the Exhibit Hall with more information on the scheduled presenters.

Our efforts to support early career researchers and clinicians are also evident in our awards and grants program. This year during TOS Opening Session, Tues, Nov. 3 at 5:00pm PT, you'll experience an all-new Early Career Research Grant Challenge. For the first time, this grant competition is offered as a member service to foster and stimulate new research ideas related to obesity. TOS accepted applications earlier this spring and we’ve invited five finalists — Nicholas Burd, PhD; Erin Stephenson, PhD; Jessica Alvarez, PhD, RD; Latha Ramalingam, PhD; and Samrat Yeramaneni, MBBS, PhD — to pitch their research ideas on stage.
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Call for Applications: George Bray, MD, Master's Thesis & Doctoral Dissertation Awards
TOS
Beginning in 2015 and awarded annually at Obesity Week, TOS is pleased to announce the establishment of two new awards targeting our student members.

1) George Bray, MD, Master's Thesis Award
2) George Bray, MD, Doctoral Dissertation Award


Each recipient receives $1500 travel and registration for ObesityWeek plus a $500 cash award.

These awards were created to honor two students for their complete master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation (respectively) that was successfully defended in the current year (between May 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015). Applications will be judged by a committee of three appointed TOS members based on: significance, relevance/potential impact in the field of obesity, scientific methodology, writing quality, overall approach and scope and innovation.

The winners will be announced/awarded at ObesityWeek during the George Bray Founders Award Lecture. Find out more here and submit your application before the October 15, 2015 deadline.

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Read the new virtual issue of Obesity: Obesity and the brain
Obesity Journal
A growing body of evidence suggests that individuals with obesity are more "neurologically sensitive" in regions of the brain associated with reward, emotion and motivation. Meanwhile, increased body fat has been linked to functional and structural changes in the brain. How does this knowledge inform our efforts to help people of all ages achieve and maintain a healthy weight? And how does weight loss affect these neurological differences?

To provide a wider audience for these findings, the editors of Obesity are now offering "Obesity and the Brain," a new virtual issue featuring 13 of the most relevant articles on these topics from recent issues of the journal. This special collection was selected by Obesity Associate Editor Steve Anton, PhD, Associate Professor and Clinical Research Division Chief in the Department of Aging and Geriatric Research at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida.

Don't miss the opportunity to read and share the most up-to-date findings in this important area of obesity research. Download the 13 free articles for a limited time here.

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TOS members: Download the audio recording from the early career webinar on grant-writing
Contributed by TOS Early Career Member Committee
Last week, TOS's Early Career Member Committee hosted its second webinar titled: Strategies for Successful Grant-Writing. Approximately 100 TOS members and guests at all career stages joined the webinar on how to write a successful grant proposal.

The webinar was structured as an informal dialogue between two panelists: Drs. Julie Lumeng from the University of Michigan and Gareth Dutton from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Michele Levine from the University of Pittsburgh moderated the discussion.

Topics from the webinar included:
  • The idea development process
  • Size and scope of your research aims
  • Highlighting the novelty and innovation of your idea
  • Budget narratives
  • "Deal-breakers" to avoid
  • Style and tone
A recording of the webinar is available for TOS members here. Please note: You will need to log in using your TOS User ID and password to access the recording. Stay apprised of upcoming TOS webinars and download recordings from other past webinars here.

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Interested in obesity and cancer? Attend the meeting and reception at ObesityWeek 2015
Contributed by TOS Obesity & Cancer Section
If you are interested in any aspect of the obesity-cancer link, you won't want to miss the Obesity & Cancer (O&C) Interest Section meeting during ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. Held on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7:30pm PT, the meeting will include a panel discussion on critical topics in obesity-associated cancer.

The panelists will include:
  • Cheryl Rock PhD, RD — Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, and the Cancer Prevention and Control Program, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Jennifer Ligibel, MD — Assistant Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Attending Physician, Adult Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, USA
  • Ǻsa Anveden, MD — Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Institute of Medicine at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • June Stevens, PhD (moderator) — Professor in the Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is the American Institute for Cancer Research Distinguished Professor
There will also be ample opportunity to engage with speakers through an interactive Q&A session and a wine and cheese reception sponsored by the American Institute for Cancer Research to follow. Don’t forget to add this one-of-a-kind meeting and reception to your ObesityWeek itinerary!

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Don't miss the NYAS event on obesity and nutrition policy
Contributed by the New York Academy of Sciences
Nutrition policy decisions should consider scientific evidence and aim to improve health outcomes on a large scale. The New York Academy of Science (NYAS) will host a one-day conference on obesity and nutrition policy on Friday, Oct. 16, from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm in New York City. The conference, titled Towards Evidence-based Nutrition and Obesity Policy: Methods, Implementation, and Political Reality, will focus on emerging research methodology, how to interpret research outcomes and how these can be used to inform policy.

Speakers will cover the following topics:
  • The Reality of Using Evidence to Inform Nutrition and Obesity Policy
  • Connecting the Dots: Translating Systems Thinking into Public Health Innovations
  • Using Quasi-Experimental Methods and Big Data to Build Evidence in Obesity Policy
  • A Mathematical Modelling Approach to Inform Nutrition and Obesity Policies
  • From Policy Research Evidence to Policy Unfolding
  • Sugar Sweetened Beverages in Mexico: Designing a Tax and Evaluating Impact
  • Using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to Influence Dietary Change
  • Labeling Calories of "Restaurant-Type" Food: NYC to the FDA
Registration for this full-day event is $20 for students, $30 for NYAS members and $65 for non-profit organizations. Find out more and register here.

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Early view articles now available in Obesity Science & Practice
TOS
The first issue of Obesity Science & Practice, an official journal of The Obesity Society and World Obesity (WO), is coming soon, but in the meantime you can review these early view articles for free now!

Obesity Science & Practice is a peer reviewed, online-only, open access journal for rapid dissemination of high-quality research related to all aspects of obesity and its comorbidities. The journal publishes papers of interest to researchers in academic, clinical, governmental and industry roles working to develop, test and refine new medical, behavioral, dietary, pharmalogic and surgical approaches to treat obesity. The journal also publishes papers of interest to professionals engaged in the clinical management of obesity and its related comorbidities as well as individuals actively involved in the prevention of obesity at the local, regional, national and international level.

Obesity Science & Practice offers:
  • High standard, rigorous peer review
  • Immediate open access
  • Articles published under Creative Commons Licenses
  • Fully compliant with all open access mandates
Find out more about this exciting new journal here.

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eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner
Contributed by the eHealth/mHealth Section
To keep the community up to date on the developments in this important area, TOS eHealth/mHealth section offers the eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner. This week's articles include:
Cadmus-Bertram LA, Marcus BH, Patterson RE, et al. Randomized Trial of a Fitbit-Based Physical Activity Intervention for Women. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Sep;49(3):414-8. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.01.020.

Spark LC, Fjeldsoe BS, Eakin EG, et al. Efficacy of a Text Message-Delivered Extended Contact Intervention on Maintenance of Weight Loss, Physical Activity, and Dietary Behavior Change. 2015 Sept 15:3(3):e88. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.4114.

Forde C, Hussey J. How Children Use Active Videogames and the Association Between Screen Time and Physical Activity. Games Health J. 2015 Aug;4(4):312-7. doi: 10.1089/g4h.2014.0135.
If you have an article you would like to share, we would love to hear from you! Please send article information to Danielle Schoffman (schoffmd@email.sc.edu), and we'll add it to the EMS Reading Corner Library.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Adult obesity rate tops 30 percent in half of states
HealthDay News via WebMD
Obesity still plagues millions of Americans, as rates remain high in most states, a new report finds. The South and Midwest have the highest adult obesity rates, making up 23 of the 25 states with rates now topping 30 percent. In 42 states, blacks have obesity rates of 30 percent or more, as do Hispanics in 30 states. Obesity rates of 30 percent or more among whites are found in 13 states, the findings showed.
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Study: Kids consume 12 percent of their calories from fast food
USA Today
At a time of growing concern over childhood obesity, a new report shows kids get 12 percent of their calories from fast-food restaurants. A third of kids eat fast food on any given day, according to the report made public Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Toddler diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes
HealthCentral
A three-year-old American girl has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, making her possibly the youngest patient of the condition linked to obesity. The Hispanic toddler was brought to a clinic in Houston, exhibiting symptoms of excessive thirst and urination. She weighed 77 pounds and had a body mass index in the top 5 percent of children in her age group.
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Stumbling toward access to evidence-based care for the chronic disease of obesity
American Journal of Managed Care
Many hoped the 2013 declaration by the American Medical Association that obesity is a disease would open the door to improved coverage for pharmcotherapy. That did not happen right away, but signs of change are emerging.
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Obesity at pregnancy linked to diabetes later
MedPage Today
Women who are overweight or obese at the time of their first pregnancy are more likely to receive a diagnosis of diabetes a decade down the road, researchers reported. A study of more than 15,000 women in Sweden found that being overweight at the start of pregnancy resulted in a six-fold risk of diabetes diagnosed 10 to 17 years later, said Ulrika Moll, MD, a PhD candidate at Lund University in Sweden.
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Good results in small packages
ConscienHealth
Small packages can yield big results for changing food consumption. That's the word from a new, exhaustive evidence review published by the highly respected Cochrane Collaboration. Researchers led by Gareth Hollands analyzed 72 studies over the last 35 years and found that smaller portions, packages and tableware consistently lead people to consume less food and drink.
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NIH framework points the way forward for building national, large-scale research cohort, a key component of the president's Precision Medicine Initiative
National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director presented to NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., a detailed design framework for building a national research participant group, called a cohort, of 1 million or more Americans to expand our knowledge and practice of precision medicine. Dr. Collins embraced the design recommendations made by the ACD, noting the need to remain nimble and adaptable as the Initiative progresses.
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Excess weight linked to brain cancer risk in study
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Weight and physical activity levels may affect the risk of a certain brain cancers, new research suggests. Excess weight was associated with a higher risk of a type of brain cancer known as meningioma. Obesity increased the risk of meningioma by 54 percent, and being overweight upped the risk by 21 percent, the study found.
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Liver Disease: Another reason not to sit for too long
LiveScience via MSN
Sitting for long periods has been linked to obesity, diabetes and heart disease — and now there's new evidence that it may also increase the risk of liver disease, according to a new study from South Korea. In the study, researchers found that people who sat for 10 or more hours daily had a 9 percent greater risk of developing a condition called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease than those who spent less than five hours a day sitting.
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