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|Susan G. Komen® Breast Cancer Challenge
Susan G. Komen® Breast Cancer Challenge presented by The Obesity Society: Obesity and Cancer Section
Junior investigators are invited to submit a one page letter of intent (LOI) in response to Susan G. Komen® Breast Cancer Challenge. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the United States by 2026. Find more about Komen’s Bold Goal: https://ww5.komen.org/ourboldgoal/.
Specifically, the research described in the one page LOI in response to Susan G. Komen® Breast Cancer Challenge should focus on answering one of the following questions:
Applications from across the translational continuum are invited, from genes to geography.
- Is obesity linked to patients developing specific types of breast cancer? Are individuals with obesity more at risk to develop metastatic breast cancer? Are patients with obesity and breast cancer more at risk to develop recurrences?
- How does obesity affect the efficacy of treatments for metastatic breast cancer?
- Is obesity playing a role in breast cancer disparities? Are patients with breast cancer of specific race or ethnicity more likely to suffer worse outcomes due to them being obese?
- Could diet or exercise interventions (or both) favorably impact patients with breast cancer 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?
Junior investigators are defined broadly as:
There is no citizenship requirement (international applicants welcome).
- Completed doctoral level training less than 8 years ago.
- Holds a position of post-doc, fellow, or assistant professor at an academic institution.
Submission and Selection
The LOI is due Nov. 2, 2018, by 12 noon EST, and can be submitted to Shameeka Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A panel of experts from basic, clinical, and population sciences along with a breast cancer research advocate will review the LOIs and choose the top 5 as semi-finalists. All semi-finalists must attend the The Obesity Society’s (TOS) Obesity and Cancer Section meeting at the 2018 ObesityWeek conference and explain their idea in a 10-minute presentation.
TOS’s Obesity and Cancer Section meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 from 1:30pm-3:00pm at the Music City Center, Room 209 A-C. Following the presentations, the expert panel will convene for a short period of time, and then announce the three grant recipients.
Three winners will be selected at the Obesity and Cancer Section meeting at the 2018 ObesityWeek meeting. Grantees will receive $5,000 each.
The period of funding for the pilot program will be for one year. All three winners will be asked to present the results of their pilot studies at the 2019 ObesityWeek meeting in Las Vegas, NV, within a session devoted to results from the Susan G. Komen® Breast Cancer Challenge.
|ObesityWeek Hot Session Alert — Basic Science and Beer Lightning Talks
Tuesday, Nov. 13 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Wednesday, Nov. 14| 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Wind down from a long day with a free beer while listening to lightning talks from top basic science poster presenters. 30 minutes. Learn more.
|ObesityWeek Hot Session Alert — The Role of Single Foods in Body Weight Change: Critical Empirical Considerations and Future Research Directions
Wednesday, Nov. 14 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm
This panel presentation and discussion will focus on the empirical considerations and novel strategies for elucidating the role of single foods in body weight change. Emily Dhurandhar, PhD, will clarify the empirical framework that the discussion will be based on. Erik Stice, PhD and John Peters, PhD, will then discuss critical emerging factors that merit consideration within the framework. Dr. Stice will present the rationale for considering the effect of specific foods on hedonic reward pathways and future consumption of the food or related foods. Dr. Peters will discuss the contextual factors regarding circumstance, dose, cognitive and downstream effects on other weight related behaviors that need to be considered when studying a link between a specific food with weight change. Kevin Hall, PhD, will discuss trial and error, agent-based, modeling approaches to elucidating the role of specific foods in body weight change while accounting for all other possible known contributing factors. Dr. Carson will then lead a panel discussion and the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions. Learn more.
|ObesityWeek — TOS Section Awards: Winners
Pioneer Award for Excellence in the Field
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 12:00 – 1:30pm CT, Music City Center: 201 A-B , Level 2
Congratulations to the following recipients recognized by the eHealth/mHealth Section for demonstrating excellence in the field and paving the way for further advancements in technologies to enhance obesity research, prevention and treatment.
Delia West, PhD, FTOS
University of South Carolina
Oded Bar-Or Award
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 12:00 – 1:30pm CT, Music City Center: 101 C-E, Level 1
Congratulations to this distinguished recipient recognized by the Pediatric Obesity Section for significant contributions to basic and applied pediatric obesity research that have resulted in major advances in scientific understanding of etiology, prevention, and treatment.
Denise E. Wilfley, PhD, FTOS
Washington University School of Medicine
TOS Shiriki Kumanyika Diversity and Disparities Leadership Award
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6:30 – 8:30pm CT, Music City Center: 201 A-B , Level 2
Congratulations to the recipient recognized by the Research in Diverse Populations Section in recognition of research, which has made a significant impact in the field of obesity disparities. This award will be presented during the Research in Diverse
Populations Section meeting.
Kari North, PhD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Congratulations to all on this well-deserved honor!
Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 3:30–5:00pm
Learn to Leverage Communications and Media to Support Your Work: Further Refine Your Technique
Join TOS for a Media and Communications Workshop at ObesityWeek. This workshop is included with a Scientific Sessions registration.
Get a refresher on obesity communications of obesity research and secure new tools to take it a step further such as:
Instructed by Sylvia Rowe and Nick Alexander, who have decades of experience as journalists, media trainers and science communicators, will present the workshop.
- Integrating social media
- Communicating with reporters
- Tips for public speaking
- Effective one-on-one meetings and more!
Mark your calendars and attend this special workshop to learn from the experts!
Shelby Sullivan, MD
|Obesity Research Spotlight — Having Trouble Concentrating? Maybe It's Your Blood Sugar Control
A study published in the October issue of Obesity by Naiman A. Khan and co-authors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign evaluated the relationship between neurophysiologic indices of attention and glucose control in adults with overweight and obesity, but without baseline diabetes. Blood samples were collected before and during a frequently sampled oral glucose tolerance test to measure blood glucose and insulin concentrations to determine fasting blood glucose concentration, the homeostatic model of insulin resistance, the Matsuda index and the Stumvoll metabolic clearance rate. Attention was measured with an electroencephalogram (EEG) measuring event-related brain potentials while patients were performing a two-stimulus task to assess attention. Researchers found that higher fasting blood glucose concentration and lower insulin sensitivity were associated with slower reaction times.
Previous research has demonstrated slower reaction times in patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus compared with controls. Although data from the current study only correlate slower reaction times with peripheral insulin resistance and cannot prove causation, they suggest that adverse effects of peripheral insulin resistance on cognitive function occur before patients develop diabetes. At a time when obesity affects more than one-third of the population in the United States, the results from this study are concerning and warrant further investigation on causation and reversibility of changes in cognitive function related to decreased peripheral insulin sensitivity.
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|Call for Nominations — 2019 ODP Early-Stage Investigator Lecture
Nominations Due: Nov. 2, 2018, at 11:59pm
Winner Notified: Jan. 15, 2019
Lecture Presentation at the NIH: March 27, 2019
We are pleased to announce the 2019 Call for Nominations for the ODP Early-Stage Investigator Lecture. The award is made annually to an early career scientist who has made significant research contributions in disease prevention but who has not yet successfully competed for an R01 or R01-equivalent National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant.
The award winner will be invited, with all travel expenses covered, to give a lecture at the NIH on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The awardee will also have the opportunity for professional networking with NIH program directors and scientists. Learn more about the eligibility criteria and how to submit a nomination.
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|TOS Review Course for the ABOM Exam
A preconference event at ObesityWeek
Sunday, Nov. 11-Monday, Nov. 12, 2018.
TOS Review Course follows the ABOM rubric, giving you the most concise and yet sufficiently detailed material to enhance your knowledge of exam questions. Learn from leading obesity educators and practice board-exam style questions with answers, and receive a workbook of slides to take home for future study. Earn all 30 required Group One Credits by attending both the Review Course and ObesityWeek.
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Stay for scientific sessions at ObesityWeek and continue your preparation by following the Obesity Medicine Exam Prep Track!
Save $20 on ObesityWeek Registration by using code TOSNEW.
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This is your LAST CHANCE to earn Group One Credits before the Feb. 25-28, 2019, ABOM exam.
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The Obesity Society is recognizing American Diabetes Month in November. Multiple chronic health conditions such as diabetes are associated with obesity. More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, according to federal government statistics. An estimated 70 percent of diabetes risk in the United States can be attributed to excess weight. The American Diabetes Association is sponsoring this national health observance. Learn more.
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