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Top papers selected for 3rd Annual Obesity Journal Symposium at ObesityWeek℠ 2015
TOS
The editors of the journal Obesity are pleased to announce the four winning papers that will be featured in the 3rd annual Obesity Journal Symposium on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 5:15–6:15pm PT. This session will highlight the following innovative papers, which will be published in a special section of the November 2015 issue of Obesity:
  • Cell Phone Intervention for You (CITY): A Randomized Controlled Trial of Behavioral Weight Loss Intervention for Young Adults Using Mobile Technology, Laura P. Svetkey, MD, MHS, Duke University Medical Center
  • Noninvasive Neuromodulation Targeted to the Lateral Prefrontal Cortex Induces Changes in Energy Intake and Weight Loss in Obesity, Marci E. Gluck, PhD, NIDDK, National Institutes of Health
  • Maternal High-Fat Diet and Obesity Impact Palatable Food Intake and Dopamine Signaling in Nonhuman Primate Offspring, Heidi M. Rivera, PhD, Oregon National Primate Research Center
  • Radiologic Evidence that Hypothalamic Gliosis is Associated with Obesity and Insulin Resistance in Humans, Ellen Schur, MD, MS, University of Washington
  • Congratulations to the authors for their groundbreaking work! Don't forget to add this session to your itinerary as you plan your schedule.
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    Attention ObesityWeek abstract authors: Poster printing service available
    TOS & ASMBS
    As a benefit to abstract authors, ObesityWeek is pleased to offer the Call4Posters® poster-printing service and we recommend all poster authors use this to their benefit. With Call4Posters® you can have your poster professionally printed, reviewed and shipped directly to the poster hall in Los Angeles. Enjoy the convenience of onsite pick-up without the hassle of traveling with your poster. Find out more and get started here.

    Poster set up is Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 6:00am – 8:00am and tear down is Friday, Nov. 6 from 1:30-3:30pm.

    Other questions about your poster presentation? Find the answers here.

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    TOS announces esteemed award recipients to be honored at ObesityWeek 2015
    TOS
    TOS is pleased to announce the esteemed recipients of its 2015 named awards. The Society created this program more than a decade ago to promote, reward and encourage research in the field of obesity, with the end goal of helping to improve the lives of those affected. Each award recognizes the honoree for their scientific achievements and major contributions to the basic science, treatment and prevention of obesity.

    2015 George A. Bray Founders Award: Samuel Klein, MD, FTOS, Washington University

    2015 Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award: Thorkild I. Sorenson, MD, ScD, Bispebjerg and Frederiskberg Hospitals

    2015 Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service: Louis J. Aronne, MD, FTOS, Weill Cornell Medical College

    2015 TOPS Research Achievement Award: Andrew Greenberg, MD, FTOS, Tufts University

    2015 Lilly Scientific Achievement Award: Dongsheng Cai, MD, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

    2015 Thomas A. Wadden Award for Distinguished Mentorship (new): Thomas A. Wadden, PhD, FTOS

    Read more about all of these recipients in this article by ConscienHealth. These prestigious awards will be presented at ObesityWeek 2015. Congratulations to all on this well-deserved honor!

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    TOS Track 2 Feature: Neuroscience experts address gut-to-brain signaling, sex differences
    Contributed by Jeffrey M. Zigman, MD, PhD

    Tim Moran, PhD, FTOS
    Timothy Moran, PhD, FTOS and Deborah Clegg, PhD, will serve as this year’s Neuroscience Track (Track 2) Key Lecturers. Dr. Moran is the Paul R. McHugh Professor of Motivated Behaviors, Vice Chair and Director of Research for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Associate Director of the Global Center for Obesity Prevention at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research interests are in brain/behavior relationships applicable to food intake and body weight. Dr. Moran, past TOS program committee chair, will deliver his Key Lecture entitled, "Gut peptide satiety signaling," on Wed., Nov. 4 at 5:15pm.

    Dr. Clegg holds the position of Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cedars-Sinai, where she works in the Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute. Her research is aimed at discovering how nutrients, the environment, and hormones together contribute to diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Dr. Clegg has appeared in a segment on The View, in the HBO special Weight of the Nation and has presented a TED talk. Look forward to Dr. Clegg's Key Lecture entitled, "Sex differences and obesity," on Fri., Nov. 6 at 5:15pm.

    Find out more about the neuroscience sessions in Track 2 here.

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    Childhood Obesity Treatment and Reimbursement: Report from the 2015 AHRQ/AAP/TOS Conference
    Pediatric Obesity Section
    Led by former Pediatric Obesity Section chair Dr. Denise Wilfley and incoming chair Dr. Steve Cook, this symposium will highlight the evidence underlying childhood obesity treatment and recommendations to improve systems of care and payment for comprehensive, high quality obesity treatment for children and adolescents. Following this session held Thurs., Nov. 5, 10:30am – noon, join us for the annual Pediatric Obesity Section meeting from noon – 1:30pm.
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    Corporate Supported/Sponsored Symposia space still available
    TOS & ASMBS
    ObesityWeek Corporate Supported/Sponsored Symposia give the corporate community an opportunity to host additional educational/informational sessions during the conference. Program content and product information are developed by the corporate sponsors. Symposia are scheduled to be conducted adjacent to scheduled ObesityWeek scientific/educational sessions and may be scheduled during the following time slots:
  • Monday, November 2, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 4, 6:45-7:45am and 6:30-8:30pm
  • Thursday, November 5, 7:00-8:00am and 7:30-9:00pm
  • Find additional details in the Guidelines and Application here.

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    Printed Program Books & Abstract Books: Order yours at registration
    TOS & ASMBS
    Don't delay! Order your printed 2015 Program Book and Abstract Book today to ensure your copy is ready and waiting for you at check in. Make sure to check the box for Program Book when registering for ObesityWeek. This year, a very limited number of copies of these materials will be available for purchase at the on-site registration desk.

    Both books can be pre-ordered for only $25 apiece, and if you're like most ObesityWeek attendees, you'll be flipping through these books day in and day out during the conference. The Program Book contains important conference information, along with course and session schedules and details on speakers and poster presenters. Abstract Books contain full-length abstracts that will be delivered in both TOS and ASMBS sessions.

    Attendees are also encouraged to use the ObesityWeek app, which can be downloaded for free shortly before and during the event. With the app, you won't need the printed books; the app will have everything the books have, and more. Through the app, you'll also be able to participate in in-session polls and you'll receive announcements and schedule changes directly to your device.

    Use both or use one; the choice is yours!

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    OBESITY IN THE NEWS


    Study: Half of adults in the US have diabetes or pre-diabetes
    Forbes
    According to a study published online in JAMA, nearly 50 percent of adults living in the U.S. have diabetes or pre-diabetes, a condition where a person already has elevated blood sugar and is at risk to develop diabetes. Diabetes, a condition where blood sugar is elevated, may reflect lack of production of insulin to lower blood sugar, (Type 1) or insulin resistance (Type 2), generally the result of obesity, poor diet or lack of exercise leading to the metabolic syndrome.
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    The new obesity drugs: An Rx for weight loss?
    U.S. News & World Report
    People who need to lose a significant amount of weight — and there are a lot of them — finally have more medical options. After a string of disappointments, the Food and Drug Administration has lately approved four drugs that can aid in weight loss when used alongside diet and exercise. The drugs can't melt away the fat while you sit on the sofa for a Netflix marathon, but they can help kick-start the lifestyle habits crucial to dropping pounds.
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    Weight-loss surgery helps fight Type 2 diabetes
    HealthDay News via WebMD
    Prior research has suggested that weight-loss surgery might help people rid themselves of type 2 diabetes, and a new study finds that the effect might be long-lasting. "This is a very important study because it's the first randomized trial comparing bariatric surgery to medical treatment of diabetes with five years of follow-up," said Dr. Philip Schauer, who directs the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.
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    Surgeon general to call for national walking campaign
    The Washington Post
    U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy will call Wednesday for a national campaign centered on walking, an effort he said is intended to combat chronic disease and obesity, and to surmount obstacles that stand in the way of simply taking a walk. Murthy said the government will partner with schools, nonprofit organizations and the private sector to promote walking at home, at school and in the workplace.
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    ADA/AHA statement includes recommendations for surgery
    Bariatric News
    The American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association have released a revised joint scientific statement outlining best practices to reduce cardiovascular risk in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus, published in both Diabetes Care and Circulation. The statement, "Update on Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Light of Recent Evidence: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association," includes recommendations on surgical options for weight loss.
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    Science says people determine your competence, intelligence, and salary based on your weight
    Business Insider via Yahoo News
    We're often biased to see overweight people as less capable in the workplace. What factors would you consider when evaluating candidates for a job or a promotion? Their past performance? Personality? These qualities might be meaningful, but a growing body of research suggests that we're swayed, too, by aspects of a person's physical appearance — namely, their weight. When it comes to judging professional potential, we're often biased to see overweight people as less capable.
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