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A Special Thanks to OW2014 Level 2 & 3 Partners
As we continue with the planning of ObesityWeek 2014, I’d like to take a minute to recognize the outpouring of interest and support from our partner organizations that have committed to participating in the event. This support comes as a result of our close ties to a number of thought leaders in endocrinology, diabetology, cardiology, surgery, nutrition, clinical research, medical care and policy who have a commitment to preventing and treating obesity. Because of the global and cross-functional nature of ObesityWeek, we have asked a variety of scientific societies and organizations for a formal conference endorsement
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Reminder: Register Today for ObesityWeek℠ 2014
This is a reminder that registration is now open for ObesityWeek 2014 — the premier annual obesity conference where science and practice meet. The second annual conference will take place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, in Boston, MA, Nov. 2 – 7, 2014. Take advantage of Early Bird rates and register online before Friday, August 15.
In addition to joint sessions and keynotes, a single registration fee covers both TOS and ASMBS meeting sessions and events. No other obesity meeting delivers this level of value. ASMBS and TOS Members: include your ASMBS or TOS username when registering to receive discounted rates.
Be sure to also check out the Top Five Reasons Why You Don't Want to Miss ObesityWeek 2014 in this online video! You and your colleagues may even be featured if you attended ObesityWeek 2013. Don't forget to watch and share on social media with the hashtag #OW2014.
Get to know a TOS Fellow! Q&A Interview with Steven Smith, MD
TOS Early Career Committee
TOS is pleased to introduce a new series in the eNews — Q&A interviews with TOS Fellows! This is the perfect opportunity to get to know leaders in the obesity field a little better, and learn a bit more about their personal lives outside of work. Here are some questions and answers from our interview with TOS President, Steven Smith, MD:
Steven Smith, MD
Q: Please tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory.
Read the rest of the interview with Dr. Smith here. These interviews will be featured bi-monthly in the TOS eNews. Don't miss the next one on August 6!
A: We perform clinical and translational science to better understand the causes, consequences and novel treatments for people with obesity. These studies focus on human metabolism but also start in animal and cell models and bridge over into medical practice.
Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Balance the portfolio. Not every project has to be groundbreaking with a high impact. There is a need for incremental science but not the entire portfolio. Keep a couple of high risk, high yield projects in play.
Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: Spend casual time with my family, take long walks (wherever I am), read (for fun) and cruise with an open-top convertible in the Florida sunshine!
TOS Announces New 2014 Egg Nutrition Center Research Grant!
TOS is pleased to announce a new research grant sponsored by the Egg Nutrition Center, which will award one TOS member with a $40,000 research grant for a period of one year. All TOS members interested in applying may now submit their proposals for studies designed to look at the impact of macronutrient composition on overweight and obesity-related conditions (e.g., insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, etc.).
Applications are due by end of day on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 (5:00 pm EST). Applicants whose LOI are judged well will be announced on Aug. 26, 2014, and will be invited to submit a full proposal by Sept. 16, 2014. The grant recipient will be notified by Oct. 14, 2014, and announced at ObesityWeek 2014, Nov. 2-7 in Boston, MA.
For more information about the grant application process, please visit the website.
TOS Early-Career Grant Funds Study to Examine Ban on Happy Meal Toys
In 2010, TOS awarded Jennifer J. Otten, PhD, RD, with its Early-Career Research Grant to examine the effectiveness of San Francisco's 2010 happy meal ban. The citywide ban prohibited the free distribution of toys and/or other incentive items — such as games, trading cards, admission tickets, etc. — with children's meals that exceed the pre-determined criteria for calories, sodium, sugar and fat.
The study, which was recently released by the Centers for Disease Control, found that although none of the restaurants complied with the ban's specific calls for changes in nutritional content, there were improvements. McDonald's in particular cut the serving of french fries in happy meals in half, stopped serving caramel sauce with apples and began offering nonfat chocolate milk. These changes reduced calories in a happy meal by 110, and cut the sodium and fat content of the meal as well. Although these changes may not be in direct response to the ban, they were certainly consistent with its goals.
Congratulations to Dr. Otten on this exciting research! You can read more about the research here and here, or find the full study here.
Spotlight on Early-Career Activities at ObesityWeek 2014!
The Early-Career Member Committee has planned some exciting and informative events for ObesityWeek 2014! Make sure to look for these events when you register for ObesityWeek and make your travel plans:
TOS Academic Early-Career Workshop: This free, pre-conference workshop provides early-career members in academia, or those considering an academic path, the opportunity to meet, learn from, and mingle with TOS Fellows and other early-career members.
Monday, November 3, 2:30 – 5:00 pm
FREE — Pre-register Online
Early-Career Member Roundtable Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast and get the opportunity to have in-depth discussions with TOS Fellows.
Wednesday, November 5, 7:00 – 8:30 am
$25 — Pre-register Online
Industry Career Workshop: Ever wonder whether a career in industry is for you? All are invited to this discussion and Q&A with industry leaders who have successfully used their scientific and/or clinical skills to build careers in industry.
Thursday, November 6th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
FREE — All are welcome
Early-Career Member Happy Hour: Wrap up ObesityWeek with drinks, food, and socializing, on us!
Thursday, November 6, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
FREE — All are welcome, pre-register online
Looking forward to seeing you in November!
TOS in Action: TOS Participates in Cardiometabolic Think Tank
Last month, TOS president-elect Nikhil V. Dhurandhar, PhD, joined industry leaders for a think tank discussion on cardiometabolic disease. The discussion, Cardiometabolic Think Tank: Focusing on Care Models and Approaches, was spearheaded by Drs. Laurence S. Sperling, of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), and Jeffrey I. Mechanick, of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). The Cardiometabolic Think Tank focused on addressing cardiometabolic disease, as well as identifying a new care model that would take an integrated approach to treating risk factors across diverse populations.
Nikhil Dhurandhar, PhD
Other participants included pediatricians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dieticians, pharmacists, and patient educators from diverse fields ranging from cardiology to primary care to endocrinology. You can read more about the discussion here.
Photo from Bill Petros Photography
Attention Obesity Researchers: Sign Up for NIH Funding Alerts!
Did you know you can sign up to receive weekly funding alerts from the NIH? These emails include notices of new funding opportunities and requests for applications that may be relevant to obesity research. To sign up for the email alerts, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following text in the body of your email (not the subject line): Subscribe NIHTOC-L your name (Example: Subscribe NIHTOC-L Bill Jones).
You can also search for specific funding opportunities by keyword here. For example, here are all the funding opportunities with the keyword "obesity."
For additional information about funding from NIH, visit the NIH Grants Website.
New Report Documents Serious Consequences of Cuts to Public Health Programs
The Coalition for Health Funding recently published a report, "Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Hurt America's Health," to document the consequences of Congress's extreme budget cuts to public health programs in recent years. The report illustrates how cuts in government funding for biomedical research have significantly impeded efforts to find cures and new therapies for diseases like obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, and thyroid cancer.
Millions of Americans are affected by obesity and obesity-related problems, and TOS agrees that investing in biomedical research funding is a critical aspect to solving the problem, and should not be further eroded.
The new report, available online at www.cutshurt.org, was presented at a Hill briefing in Washington, D.C. last week.
Obesity treatment guidelines' expert panel report highlights thorough review process
Obesity via Healio
The comprehensive expert panel report that laid the foundation for the obesity treatment guidelines compiled by The Obesity Society, American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology has been published in Obesity.
Best diet deal: Weight Watchers
Weight Watchers is the most cost-effective diet program, according to a new assessment of commercial diet programs.
The findings, by researchers at Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School, also found the diet drug Qsymia offered the best value for the money, in a comparison of weight-loss medications.
Weight loss pills: 6 common myths
Here's a look at six common myths about diet supplements.
Tipping the scales on obesity: How to sell health
The Lancet via The Huffington Post
Obesity is among the most pressing public health concerns today — and the situation has just taken a turn for the worse. The Lancet recently published an alarming new report that charts the skyrocketing obesity rates across the globe.
Obese women may have learning deficit with food rewards
Yale School of Medicine via Examiner
Is your wife or girlfriend obese or does she struggle with obesity? Her struggle may be that of a learning deficit, according to findings from a new study. Researchers from Yale School of Medicine found obese women may not be able to learn the cues that predicted food as a reward.
Is obesity an advantage after heart procedures?
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
While a host of cardiovascular ailments are associated with excess pounds, new research supports a puzzling "obesity paradox." It found that overweight heart patients experience fewer heart attacks and higher survival rates after cardiac procedures than their slimmer peers.
Organic foods are more nutritious, according to review of 343 studies
Los Angeles Times
Most everyone who has ever selected their fruits and vegetables from the "organic" section while grocery shopping probably thought they were doing something good for their bodies and the environment.
How overparenting makes kids overweight
PLOS One via Time
A study found that maternal overprotectiveness increased the odds of children being overweight.
Maybe if we stopped calling it The Obesity Epidemic and started calling it The Fear Epidemic we could finally make a dent in the widening waistlines of our country's kids.
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