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|SPOTLIGHT — TOS Executive Director: We're Stronger Together
The field of obesity research and medicine is a small, yet vital community. We rely on each other to advance our understanding of obesity as a disease in order to prevent and cure. Whether we build on each other’s research, work together on position statements, share policy goals or develop universal best clinical practices, we are constantly collaborating and cooperating. The Obesity Society membership is unique and diverse, consisting of registered nurses, dieticians, mental health professionals, physicians and researchers. Each of our members contributes through their respective specialized expertise and concentration. Together, we form a comprehensive body of professionals committed to the same objectives.
Similarly, it’s critical that our partnerships and coalitions be inclusive and thorough. Obesity is a multi-dimensional condition with an array of causes and associated complications. Phenomenologically, there are biological, environmental and socio-economic contributing factors to obesity. Therefore, our attempts to understand and combat this disease require an integrative and holistic approach predicated on the active cooperation of the professionals in this field. TOS is proud to co-produce ObesityWeekSM with ASMBS each year, and we are honored to be a founding champion of National Obesity Care Week as well as a leader in the Obesity Care Advocacy Network, STOP Obesity Alliance and Obesity Care Continuum.
Thank you for joining TOS and our entire community as we recognize World Obesity Day.
Together, we are making a difference.
World Obesity Federation
World Obesity Day is an international opportunity to raise awareness about obesity and the need for urgent action. Obesity is responsible for significant portion of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including heart disease, diabetes, liver disease and many types of cancer. Your support is needed to achieve the campaign's objectives, which include:
• Investing in treatment services to support people affected by obesity
• Investing in early intervention to improve the success of treatment
• Investing in prevention to reduce the need for treatment
|ObesityWeek — TOS Member Lodging in Style!
CONGRATULATIONS Dr. Rekha Kumar on being the TOS SUITE WINNER for ObesityWeek 2017!
TOS appreciates everyone who participated and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Enjoy your suite at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center Dr. Kumar!
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Presented at ObesityWeek
The Rolls-Simons Travel Grant is part of The Obesity Society’s commitment to young investigators in the field of obesity research. The endowment provides travel grants for TOS students and post-doctoral members.
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|ObesityWeek — TOS Section Awards: And the Winners Are!
Pioneer Award for Excellence in the Field
Congratulations to William T. Riley, PhD, National Institutes of Health, for demonstrating excellence in the field and paving the way for further advancements in technologies to enhance obesity research, prevention and treatment.
Congratulations to Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, for significant contributions to basic and applied pediatric obesity research that have resulted in major advances in scientific understanding of etiology, prevention and treatment.
TOS Shiriki Kumanyika Diversity and Disparities Leadership Award
Congratulations to Sara N. Bleich, PhD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, for research that has made a significant impact in the field of obesity disparities. This award will be presented during the Research in Diverse Populations Section meeting.
Clinician of the Year Award
The award recipient, an ABOM diplomate who best exemplifies and embodies the clinical management of obesity, will be announced during the TOS Clinical Management of Obesity Section Meeting. This award is sponsored by the American Board of Obesity Medicine.
The Genetic Obesity ID (GO-ID) Genotyping Study is an IRB-approved study that is screening people for obesity resulting from either POMC (pro-opiomelanocortin) or LepR (leptin receptor) deficiency—two rare but important types of genetic, early-onset obesity. Learn more and get your patients involved: The Genetic Obesity Project.
Check out these terrific Section events at ObesityWeek and plan to attend! Use promotional code TOSNEW to register.
Pediatric Obesity Section Mentor Program: POS is launching a new mentor-mentee program to best serve its members. The program will match junior faculty with senior members in the field in addition to facilitating their interactions. The program will be led by POS Chair Prof. Youfa Wang and POS Chair-elect Prof. Aaron Kelly.
Meet The Professor Breakfast: This unique networking event is an exclusive opportunity to participate in a Q&A with industry-leading Professor Nikhil Dhurandhar, PhD.
eHealth/mHealth Section Meeting: A lively and interactive discussion with the EMS Pioneer Award winner, early career poster honorees, scientists, clinicians and industry partners as we explore the role of eHealth/mHealth in obesity-related research and treatment. Sponsored by Slimming World and Bite TECHNOLOGIES.
Basic Science Section Meeting: A must-attend for scientists with interests in metabolism, neuroscience, genetics, immunology, molecular mechanisms, mathematical modeling and any other pursuits that advance our basic understanding of obesity. Sponsored by ThermoFisher SCIENTIFIC.
Health Services Research Section Meeting: Join us in recognizing the Top Overall Abstract in HSR, the Top Trainee Abstract in HSR and the winners of the 4th Annual HSR Poster Competition.
Research in Diverse Populations Section Meeting: Help us recognize the top abstracts from the 7th annual Diversity Self-Guided Tour.
Meet The Professor Breakfast: This unique networking event is an exclusive opportunity to participate in a Q&A with industry-leading Professor Gary D. Foster, PhD.
Bariatric Surgery Section Meeting: “Controversies Around New Metabolic Operations” – Attend this exciting series of debates over two new metabolic operations. The speakers are a mix of select surgeons and non-surgeon physicians with expertise in their respective fields. The debates will be followed by an engaging panel of multi-disciplinary speakers who will be providing opinion and soliciting viewpoints.
Moderator: Samer Mattar, MD
Surgeons: Pro Daniel R Cottam, MD and Surgeons: Con Ali Aminian, MD
Non-Surgeons MDs: Pro Caroline Apovian, MD and Non-Surgeons MDs: Con Richard Lindquist, MD
Clinical Management of Obesity Section Meeting: Attend our award ceremony featuring the 2017 Clinician of the Year as well as poster/abstract winners. Presentations will be given by Executive Director of ABOM, Dana Brittan, and the Clinician of the Year. Sponsored by the American Board of Obesity Medicine.
Latin American Affairs Section Meeting: Join us for a riveting keynote by Durval Ribas Filho, MD, on “Pharmacological treatment of obesity as a chronic disease: drugs and challenges.”
Pediatric Obesity Section Meeting: Attend the prestigious Bar-Or award recipient presentation! Sponsored by ACE and Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
Bio-Behavioral Research Section Meeting: Must-attend inaugural IGNITE-style CREATIVITY competition for early career investigators. Five speakers will present high-energy, five minute presentations on their most creative research ideas and receive feedback from senior leaders in Bio-behavioral research.
Obesity & Cancer Section Meeting: Learn about the latest in obesity-cancer research while enjoying this exciting poster competition showcasing the work of young investigators. The Susan G. Komen® Breast Cancer Challenge semi-finalists will explain their idea in 10-minute presentations. First prize is $7,500 and second prize is $2,500.
Epidemiology & Population Health Section Meeting: Support young investigator work by attending this exciting poster competition. Sponsored by Momentum Center.
ONLY 12 seats remain! Register today for this free preconference.
"Low Calorie Sweeteners and Weight Management” – Low calorie sweeteners (LCS) are intended to permit the consumption of sweet tasting foods and beverages while reducing the calories that these items contain. Whether this substitution is of benefit for weight loss or weight loss maintenance is, however, an area of considerable controversy. The goal of this pre-conference is to elucidate the current science on whether the consumption of low calorie sweeteners is of overall benefit for calorie reduction and concomitant weight management. Continue reading.
Bernadette Marriott, PhD, John Glendinning, PhD, Peter Rogers, BSc(Sus) MSc(Sus) PhD(Leeds) CPsychol, FBPsS, RNutr, and Allison C. Sylvetsky Meni, PhD
MUST REGISTER BY OCTOBER 23
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Take the TOS Review Course for the American Board of Obesity Medicine Exam during the ObesityWeek preconference.
Verify your competency in obesity management, distinguish your practice and be at the forefront of this important field. On Oct. 29-30, prepare for the ABOM Exam by participating in the TOS Review Course, a stimulating educational experience instructed by top experts.
Physicians with an interest in obesity medicine are invited to sit for the 2018 American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) certification exam. More than 2,000 physicians throughout the United States and Canada are certified as ABOM diplomates. Exam candidates are required to complete 60 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits on the topic of obesity in order to qualify to sit for the test.
ABOM KEY DATES
October 15, 2017: Early Application Deadline (Save $250)
November 15, 2017: Final Application Deadline
February 26-March 1, 2018: Exam administered at Prometric computer testing centers throughout the U.S. and Canada
Have questions? Contact ABOM at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-770-9100.
During ObesityWeek 2017 and as part of NOCW, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) will be coordinating trips to Capitol Hill to meet with congressional representatives in order to encourage the passage of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA). This legislation will provide Medicare beneficiaries with meaningful tools to reduce obesity by improving access to weight loss counseling and new prescription medications for chronic weight management. The schedule:
Monday, October 30, 2017: 1:00 PM — 5:00 PM
Tuesday, October 31, 2017: 9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Wednesday, November 1, 2017: 1:00 PM — 5:00 PM
Thursday, November 2, 2017: 9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Friday, November 3, 2017: 9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
To register or receive more information, click here. Direct questions to email@example.com or 571-235-6475.
LET’S GET TROA PASSED!
Junior investigators are invited to submit a one-page letter of intent (LOI) in response to Susan G. Komen® Breast Cancer Challenge.
The one-page LOI should focus on answering one of the following questions:
1. Is obesity linked to patients developing specific types of breast cancer? Are obese individuals more at risk to develop metastatic breast cancer? Are obese breast cancer patients more at risk to develop recurrences?
2. How does obesity affect the efficacy of treatments for metastatic breast cancer?
3. Is obesity playing a role in breast cancer disparities? Are breast cancer patients of specific race or ethnicity more likely to suffer worse outcomes due to them being obese?
4. Could diet or exercise interventions (or both) favorably impact breast cancer patients with primary or recurrent cancers? Does diet or exercise interventions (or both) resulting in weight loss diminish risks of developing breast cancer, recurrences or metastatic breast cancer? What mechanisms involved in breast cancer recurrences are impacted by obesity, diet, or exercise?
Applications from across the translational continuum are invited, from genes to geography.
Junior investigator (less than 8 years of full time research experience post terminal degree) or postdoctoral research fellows or junior faculty with no previous major research funds
Potential to generate future funding
Applications from postdoctoral research fellows must have an active mentor.
There is no requirement of TOS membership
There is no restriction on nationality of awardees (international applicants are welcome)
Funds may be used for salary, materials, assays, subject incentives, personnel, equipment
Finalists must be able to register for and attend the 2017 TOS annual meeting, including the Obesity and Cancer Section meeting. No funding is provided for registration or travel costs.
The winners must be able to register for and attend the 2018 TOS annual meeting, including the Obesity and Cancer Section meeting. No funding is provided for registration or travel costs.
Submission and Selection
The LOI is due October 17, 2017 by 11:59pm Eastern, and can be submitted to Shameeka Green at firstname.lastname@example.org. The only requirement for submission is a one-page LOI in the format of an NIH specific aims page. No biosketch required.
All semi-finalists must attend the Obesity and Cancer Section meeting at the 2017 Obesity Week meeting and explain their idea in a 10-minute presentation.
Two winners will be selected at the Obesity and Cancer Section meeting at the 2017 Obesity Week meeting. First prize winner will receive $7,500 and second prize winner will receive $2,500.
The grant will be payable as follows:
75% will be paid to the recipient organization at the start of the grant period.
The final 25% will be paid after receipt of a final report, which should be submitted within 60 days after the end of the funded period. This final report shall include a statement of financial expenditure signed by the appropriate authorized person.
The period of funding will be for one year, starting December 1st, 2017. Both winners will be asked to present the results of their pilot studies at the 2018 Obesity Week meeting in Nashville, TN within a session devoted to results from the Susan G. Komen® Breast Cancer Challenge.
SUBMIT YOUR LOI TODAY
|eHealth/mHealth Reading Corner
Jaspe MR, Roy M, Brown RC, et al. The effects of different types of monitoring strategies on weight loss: a randomized controlled trial. Obesity. 2017:25;1490-1498.
Thomas JG, Raynor HA, Bond DS, et al. Weight loss and frequency of body weight self-monitoring in an online commercial weight management program with and without a cellular connected “smart” scale: a randomized pilot study. Obesity Science & Practice. 2017. In Press.
Please send article recommendations to Carly Goldstein at email@example.com.
The Washington Post
The researchers analyzed data from 28 studies, involving more than 270,000 people who worked various shifts in such sectors as health care, government, manufacturing, telecommunications and transit. Overall, comparing those who worked nights with those who did not, obesity was 23 percent more likely among night workers, especially if they worked night shifts long-term.
Medical News Today
Scientists have discovered a previously undocumented group of immune cells that interact with the nervous system to play a key role in obesity. They suggest that the breakthrough may lead to new targets for obesity treatments.
The cost of treating ill health caused by obesity around the world will top $1.2 trillion every year from 2025 unless more is done to check the rapidly worsening epidemic, according to new expert estimates. Obesity and smoking are the two main drivers behind the soaring numbers of cancers, heart attacks, strokes and diabetes worldwide, grouped together officially as non-communicable diseases. They are the biggest killers of the modern world.
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