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Submit your late-breaking research to ObesityWeek
TOS & ASMBS
Do you have new data that was not available during the regular TOS and ASMBS abstract submission periods? There is still time to submit your research for presentation at ObesityWeek.

ASMBS' Emerging Technologies Late-Breaking Abstracts submissions
Submissions are open until July 20! Share your latest and greatest innovations in the Emerging Technologies Late-Breaking Abstracts Session, an addition to ObesityWeek 2016. Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to highlight your contributions to the bariatric surgery community. For more information, contact abstracts@asmbs.org.

TOS's late breaking abstract submission site opens Aug. 1
TOS late breaking abstract submission period for ObesityWeek 2016 will open Aug. 1, 2016 and close on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 at 11:59pm ET. Late breaking abstracts must describe high impact research for data that were not available or fully analyzed at the standard (May 2016) abstract deadline. Find additional details and abstract submission instructions here. Please note the submission link will not be available until the submission period opens on Aug. 1.
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Don't book the wrong hotel for ObesityWeek!
TOS & ASMBS

Booking your stay for New Orleans? Be sure to make your hotel reservation with one of the "official" ObesityWeek hotels listed on the ObesityWeek website here. TOS and ASMBS have negotiated preferred rates in these hotels, and any hotels not listed on the website are not affiliated with the conference, even though some might advertise ObesityWeek booking.

We encourage you to book your hotel only through the ObesityWeek website to take advantage of the negotiated room rates. Additionally, once you complete your conference registration you will receive a link to book your housing in your confirmation email, and we urge you to book through that link to avoid confusion.

A full list of official ObesityWeek hotels is available here.

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Introducing featured ASMBS Integrated Health Keynote Speaker: Kelly Brownell, PhD
ASMBS
Kelly Brownell, PhD, is Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, where he is also Robert L. Flowers Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience. In 2006, Time magazine listed Kelly Brownell among “The World’s 100 Most Influential People” in its special Time 100 issue featuring those “whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world.” Brownell was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) in 2006 and has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association, Graduate Mentoring Award from Yale, the James McKeen Cattell Award from the New York Academy of Sciences, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Purdue University, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Rutgers University, and the Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology from the American Psychological Association. Prior to joining the faculty at Duke, Brownell was at Yale University where he was the James Rowland Angell Professor of Psychology, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, and Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.

For more information on ASMBS' Integrated Health Keynote Speaker, visit the ObesityWeek website.

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Don't forget: Early registration ends Aug. 15
TOS & ASMBS
Registration is open for ObesityWeek 2016 and attendees who register by Friday, Aug. 15 can take advantage of early registration discounts. Join thousands of professionals who are working to solve the obesity epidemic through research and treatment in New Orleans, Oct. 31 – Nov. 4.

ObesityWeek is the leading international conference where you can:
  • Learn and collaborate with 5,000+ clinical and research experts
  • Participate in any of 100+ sessions
  • Access more than 30 CME/CE accredited sessions
  • Gain exposure to more than 1,800 scientific presentations
Health professionals of all types will come together for this meeting in vibrant and historic New Orleans, Louisiana – home of Mardi Gras, Jazz, and Jambalaya. Explore the online schedule, find out more about pricing and register today at ObesityWeek.com. We hope to see you there!

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Linking primary care to public health: A TOS session on CORD projects
TOS
ObesityWeek attendees interested in childhood obesity won’t want to miss the session on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 8:30 – 10:00am on lessons learned from the Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (CORD) projects.

The goal of the CDC-funded Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (CORD) project was to determine if primary care interventions, together with early care and education, and school and community-based interventions could prevent and control obesity among low-income racially/ethnically diverse children aged 2 to 12 years. Three sites were funded for this study, along with an Evaluation Center responsible for coordinating a multi-level mixed methods cross-site analysis. The Obesity Care Model and the Socio-Ecological Framework were used to frame the interventions in all three sites; however, intervention component selection and implementation varied according to the needs and resources of each site.

Results of these complex multi-level interventions will be available in this summer, and this symposium would be the first to highlight major findings and lessons learned from the three sites (CA, MA, TX) and the cross-site evaluation efforts (Evaluation Center). Find additional details here.

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Mark your calendars for the Balloons Endoscopy: Didactic Course
ASMBS
Don’t miss the ASMBS pre-conference course, Balloons Endoscopy: Didactic Course, on Monday, Oct. 31 from 8:00am – noon. Under the direction of Dr. Jaime Ponce and Dr. Manoel Galvao-Neto, this course is designed to assist surgeons in understanding the risks, benefits, expected outcomes and more regarding balloons endoscopy. Two recent intragastric balloons that were approved by the FDA as a primary weight loss strategy will be featured. This course will also address the needs of surgeons along with the entire multidisciplinary team. Be sure to add this to your conference itinerary!
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Trends in ObesityWeek science: gut microbiota
TOS
This year at ObesityWeek, gut microbiota is a hot topic. If you’re interested in how the microbiome affects obesity, you won’t want to miss these three sessions:
    Key lecture: The gut microbiome; An environmental factor in developing obesity and metabolic syndrome?
    Wednesday, Nov. 2, 5:15 – 6:15pm
    Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD is a serious obesity-related liver disease that is becoming more common. Dysregulation of autophagy, the recycling of intracellular components in the lysosomes, is strongly associated with metabolic diseases such as obesity and NAFLD. This key lecture explores the central role of autophagy in hepatic lipid metabolism.

    Don’t bug me: Gut microbiota and brain function
    Friday, Nov. 4, 4:15 – 5:45pm
    During this session, world-leading experts in microbiome and neuroscience research will discuss the physiological, neural and functional mechanisms underlying bug-to-brain, inter-kingdom signaling.

    How much do the bugs in our gut drive population-level human obesity and health?
    Thursday, Nov. 3, 3:45 – 5:15pm
    This session will bring together speakers who are investigating how gut microbita relate to health. Specific attention will be paid to the question of how compelling the evidence is for a link between microbial community structure and activity and obesity in humans.
Explore the full interactive schedule to plan your itinerary for ObesityWeek.

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Stay connected with ObesityWeek
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Excited about ObesityWeek? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and then tell us what you are most excited about. Can’t wait to hear the latest research at the Scientific Sessions? Excited to connect with peers at the social events? Tell us using the hashtag #OW2016 to be featured on ObesityWeek's official Twitter account.

You can also sign up to receive ObesityWeek email updates, and keep an eye out for the ObesityWeek mobile app (coming soon!).

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


What are employers doing to address obesity?
Forbes
Obesity in the workplace in the Western world is an increasing concern, both for employers and productivity. Officially, more than one-third of adults over the age of 20 in the United States have obesity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The implications of a sedentary workforce shouldn’t be underestimated: Sitting is more disruptive to workplace productivity than cyber-loafing according to an Ergotron 2016 JustStand Index. Banking is a pretty sedentary profession, so how does the sector fare when it comes to supporting the physical well-being of its employees?
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Medicine is failing people with obesity
Vox
Watching a person die from cardiac arrest in an intensive care unit is devastating. It’s especially so when the person is a woman in her 40s who has been smothered to death by her own weight — and we doctors can do nothing to save her.
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Is the AspireAssist bariatric device right for you?
HealthCentral
The toolbox of bariatric therapy options continues to grow. A new approach called AspireAssist has just received FDA approval — even as it appears to be eliciting mixed feelings from some patients and health advocates.
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NHANES: HbA1c increasing among adults with obesity
Healio
Adults with obesity have experienced a steady increase in mean HbA1c during the past 3 decades, which indicates a rising risk for type 2 diabetes, despite an overall reduction in blood pressure and cholesterol levels, according to an analysis of National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data.
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Study: Obesity more deadly for men than women
HealthDay News
Obesity is nearly three times more deadly for men than it is for women, new research suggests. In a study of nearly 4 million men and women around the globe, the risk of dying before the age of 70 was 19 percent for men and 11 percent for women of normal weight.
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Childhood obesity in the lazy days of summer
ConscienHealth
The lazy days of summer are speeding by and new research is suggesting once again that summer might be a time when some kids have a high risk for developing obesity. Tzu-An Chen and colleagues conducted a careful longitudinal analysis of 1,651 elementary school children from kindergarten to the beginning of fifth grade.
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