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Early registration for ObesityWeek extended to Aug. 21
Early registration for ObesityWeek 2016 has been extended! Now attendees who register by Sunday, Aug. 21 can still take advantage of early registration discounts. Whether you're a researcher, clinician or integrated health professional, you can get the professional development you need to advance your career at ObesityWeek in New Orleans, Oct. 31 – Nov. 4. Don't forget to join TOS or ASMBS to save even more on registration prices.

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 educational 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 We hope to see you there!
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Submit TOS late-breaking abstracts through Aug. 21
Researchers who have new, high-impact data that were not available or fully analyzed during the regular TOS abstract submission period for ObesityWeek now have until Sunday, Aug. 21 to submit research to TOS's late-breaking abstracts.

Late-breaking abstracts can be submitted to one of the following tracks:
  • Metabolism & Integrative Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Interventional & Clinical Studies
  • Population Health
  • Policy
Our abstracts undergo careful peer review for oral or poster presentation at ObesityWeek. Submit your abstract here through Aug. 21.

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Mark your calendars for the ASMBS featured integrated health course on behavioral health
Don't miss this casual, engaging opportunity for behavioral health professionals to interact in an intimate setting. The objective of the session is to encourage the creation of a strong network of ASMBS-affiliated behavioral health providers from around the world. It will advance the development of the bariatric behavioral health field by fostering connections among a community of providers. Be sure to add this session on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 4:15 – 6:00pm to your itinerary!
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Trends in ObesityWeek science: All about genes
This year at ObesityWeek, attendees will have the chance to learn all about genetics and obesity. If you're interested in how genes affect obesity, you won't want to miss these three Scientific Sessions:

Genes are only one piece of the puzzle: From universal to precision treatment for weight management
Thursday, Nov. 3, 8:30 – 10:00am
Presentations by Molly Bray, MD, MPH; Jason Vassy, PhD; Jeanne M. McCaffery, MD, PhD

Update on genetic syndromes for the clinician

Thursday, Nov. 3, 1:30 – 3:00pm
Presentations by Joan C. Han, PhD; Jack Yanovski, PhD; Theresa V. Strong, PhD

Individuals in environments: Novel approaches to exploring gene X environment interactions
Friday, Nov. 4, 8:00 – 9:30am
Presentations by Paul Franks, PhD; Patricia P. Silveira, PhD; Laurette Dube

Find out more about these and other ObesityWeek sessions through the interactive schedule.

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Early career obesity professionals: Don't miss these TOS ObesityWeek events
Early career obesity professionals won't want to miss these two exciting events at ObesityWeek:
  • Early Career Academic Workshop, Tues. Nov. 1, 2:30 – 5:00pm: This free, TOS pre-conference workshop has something for everyone in academia or anyone considering an academic path. It will include a roundtable session with discussions and hands-on activities. This year, TOS is honored to have Dr. David Allison from the University of Alabama at Birmingham present at the workshop. Representatives from TOS's Sections, the Early Career Member Committee and TOS Fellows will also be available for a meet-and-greet session following the workshop. Find out more here.
  • Early Career Industry Panel & Reception, Wed., Nov. 2, 6:30 – 7:30pm: All ObesityWeek attendees are welcome to attend this free discussion and Q&A with industry leaders who have successfully applied their scientific and/or clinical skills to build careers in industry. Panelists for this year include:
    • Dr. Tamara Darsow, who completed postdoctoral training in 2005 and is currently the Vice President of Research Programs at the American Diabetes Association;
    • Dr. Allison Grupski, who completed postdoctoral training in 2011 and is currently a Senior Manager of Applied Behavior Change Science, Envolve People Care;
    • Dr. Erin Whalen, who completed postdoctoral training in 2006 and is currently the Director of In Vitro Pharmacology at Novo Nordisk.
    • Sylvia Rowe, president of SR Strategy, will also join once again as an expert moderator.
A reception with refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will follow from 7:30 – 8:30pm. Find out more here. Don't forget to add these events to your ObesityWeek schedule.

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ASMBS members, sell your publication at ObesityWeek 2016!
We are excited to offer the ASMBS MarketPlace & Bookstore at our 33rd Annual Meeting in New Orleans. You are invited to make your book, tape, CD, DVD or other publication available for purchase during the conference.

If you are interested in participating, please contact by Oct. 7, 2016.

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ObesityWeek early career education theater returning to the exhibit hall
Last year, TOS was pleased to offer an all-new poster competition for early career obesity professionals in the exhibit hall, and we are excited to bring back the poster education theater again for ObesityWeek 2016. Each day, top poster abstract authors will have five minutes to present their abstract on the education theater stage. This opportunity allows early career abstract submitters to practice presenting their research in front of an audience and allows senior researchers to offer constructive feedback.

Join us for the presentations in the exhibit hall on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 12:30 – 1:00pm, Thursday, Nov. 3 from 6:30 – 7:00pm and Friday, Nov. 4 from 12:30 – 1:00pm.

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Cancer survivors more prone to obesity, study finds
Obesity is more common among cancer survivors in the United States than in the general population, a new study finds. The problem is particularly high among survivors of colorectal and breast cancer, the study authors said. The researchers analyzed data gathered from nearly 539,000 American adults between 1997 and 2014. Among people with no history of cancer, 21 percent had obesity in 1997, compared to 29 percent in 2014. Among cancer survivors, the obesity rate went from 22 percent to 32 percent over that time.
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Metabolic adaptations in energy expenditure follow bariatric surgery
Weight loss after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and laparoscopic adjustable gastric band in patients with obesity may lead to metabolic adaptations in energy expenditure, recently published data show. Eric Ravussin, PhD, Boyd professor and associate executive director of clinical sciences at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and colleagues evaluated 30 adults who self-selected bariatric surgery or a low-calorie diet. The low-calorie diet consisted of 800 kcal/day for 8 weeks followed by weight maintenance.
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9 dimensions of progress in addressing obesity
Three years after the AMA decided that obesity is a chronic disease, have we seen progress in addressing obesity? Earlier this year, Arya Sharma commented that "The U.S. has made remarkable progress in policy recognition of obesity as a disease." In a new paper to be published in Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics, Ted Kyle, Emily Dhurandhar, and David Allison assess the progress on nine dimensions.
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Many children's heart health not up to standards
Babies are generally born with healthy hearts that should be cared for during childhood to ensure good health later in life, according to the American Heart Association. Yet many U.S. children don't meet seven basic standards of good heart health, the AHA says in a statement in the journal Circulation. The standards include having a healthy weight in relation to height, getting enough physical activity, not smoking, following a healthy diet and maintaining healthy cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
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Gestational diabetes increases obesity risk by 53 percent in children, study reports
The children of women who have had gestational diabetes have an increased risk of obesity between the age of 9-11 years, according to new research. U.S. scientists at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, report that exposure to gestational diabetes can also increase blood sugar and insulin levels in offspring. This new study involved an analysis of 7,372 children from 12 countries, all of whom were aged between 9-11 years. Australia was responsible for 386 children, the highest of all the countries.
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