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ObesityWeek welcomes you with New Orleans Jazz, Mardi Gras Floats
TOS & ASMBS
ObesityWeek offers attendees multiple opportunities to network and connect throughout the conference. Tonight, we look forward to welcoming you at TOS Opening Reception, followed by the Welcome Reception, both free events open to all attendees registered for the Scientific Sessions.
Join us tonight at TOS’s Opening Session from 4:45 – 6:45pm where you can enjoy a live jazz band and a cash bar to welcome you to the meeting in New-Orleans style. As in the past, this session includes TOS award presentations and the early career grant challenge, where early career obesity professionals will pitch their research ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win a $25,000 research grant.
After the Opening Session, join conference attendees for the ObesityWeek Welcome Reception at Mardi Gras World from 7:00 – 9:00pm where you can drink and dine with your colleagues. Here you can get a behind-the-scenes look at New Orleans Mardi Gras with more than 40 years of historic show-stopping floats featured in Mardi Gras parades, among other attractions. Attendees may even have a chance to catch Mardi Gras beads courtesy of ASMBS and TOS. Shuttles will be provided, view the schedule in Hall B of the Convention Center for specific travel times.
Don’t forget to post your pictures of your fun times at ObesityWeek using the hashtag #OW2016.
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#OW2016 Research Spotlight: Can we harness our genes to burn more calories?
Researchers here in New Orleans this week say they have identified a potential pathway in our muscle tissue to improve the rate at which our bodies burn calories. The study is one of the first to explore the tie between genetics and calorie burn (or energy expenditure), a relatively new area of biological study. The findings of the study will be unveiled during a poster presentation later this week on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 6:00pm.
“Obesity research continues to show that our ability to gain or lose weight may not be completely reliant on individual behaviors, but perhaps our genetic traits,” says lead author Paolo Piaggi, PhD, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health. “This new study is one of the first to identify a specific genetic pathway in our muscle tissue that we may be able to harness to develop new treatments for obesity.”
To reach their findings, researchers at NIDDK’s Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch performed an exome-wide gene expression study in skeletal muscle biopsies from 219 healthy individual donors at rest and over 24 hours and measured long-term weight change over seven years. Among the genes associated with energy expenditure (EE), they found that the expression of the THNSL2 gene in skeletal muscle tissue had the strongest association between lower energy expenditure and weight gain. Based on their findings, it appears that an mRNA splice variant, a key player in translating a gene to a protein, impacts the production of a cytokine (SOFAT) secreted by T-cells that stimulates production of interleukin 6, suggesting that SOFAT may influence EE through the inflammatory pathways related to EE and obesity.
Read more in TOS press release here and search by author name, Piaggi, in the meeting app.
ASMBS Foundation LEAD Awards, Nov. 1 at noon
The ASMBS Foundation will honor the frontrunners in metabolic and bariatric surgery at noon in Room 217-219 at the LEAD Awards. ASMBS members and the healthcare industry are welcomed to come to this ticketed event. Purchase tickets and to view award recipients here.
Two hot-topic obesity forums bring you leaders from industry and advocacy
Pharma Device Forum: Innovative emerging pharmacotherapy and devices in obesity
Tues., Nov. 1, 1:45-3:15pm CT, EMCC Room 211-213
This forum will cover emerging obesity pharmacotherapy and medical device pathways in phase 2, 3 or 4. Speakers will explore clinical and basic science developments and treatments and challenges for bringing products to market. Look forward to presentations from researchers developing various treatment pathways from both market leaders and emerging companies, including Novo Nordisk, Eisai, Rhythm, Ambra Bioscience and Fractyl Laboratories.
Advocacy Forum: Regulation and safety in the realm of dietary supplements for weight loss
Tues., Nov. 1, 3:30-5:00pm CT, EMCC Room 220-220
Planned by TOS Advocacy Committee, this forum addresses one of the leading policy issues related to obesity - dietary supplements for weight loss. Here attendees can learn about the safety, efficacy and regulation of dietary supplements for weight loss directly from the experts. Before you attend, read TOS position statement to learn more about the issue.
- 3:30 p.m. - Public standards to promote transparency of dietary supplements quality and to adulterants,
Speaker: Nandakumara Sarma, MD
- 4:00 p.m. - Supplements for weight management and nutrition: helping your patient navigate the marketplace, Speaker: Steve Mister
- 4:30 p.m. - The known dangers of dietary supplements for weight loss,
Speaker: Asghar Naqvi, MD
Visit TOS's Member Services Desk at ObesityWeek 2016
Stop by TOS Member Services Booth (Level 2 foyer) where staff will be on hand to answer questions about the conference, and also help you discover new ways to get more involved with the Society. Carve out some time to:
TOS staff and volunteers will be available at the booth from Tuesday, Nov. 1, through Friday, Nov. 4, during the following times:
- Meet the editors of the Obesity journal
- Wednesday: 7:30-8:00am; 9:30-10:30am; 1:00-3:00pm and
- Thursday: 9:30-10:30am; 1:00-3:00pm
- Receive a free, signed copy of “The Battle of the Bulge: A History of Obesity” or “The Low-Fructose Approach to Weight Control” by George A. Bray, MD (Wednesday, 9:30-11:30am and Thursday, 8:30-10:30am)
- And add your name to the Pledge to Treat Obesity Seriously
- Tuesday, Nov. 1: 1:00pm–7:00pm
- Wednesday, Nov. 2: 7:30am–6:30pm
- Thursday, Nov. 3: 7:30–5:15pm
- Friday, Nov. 4: 7:30am–4:00pm
Look ahead at tomorrow:
- Meet The Professor Breakfast, 6:45-7:45am CT, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Le Croissant Restaurant
- ObesityWeek Opening Session & Farooqi Keynote, 8:00 – 9:30am CT, EMCC Great Hall A-D
- TOS Media and Communications Workshop, noon – 1:30pm, EMCC Room R03
- Obesity Journal Symposium, 3:30 – 5:00pm, EMCC, Room 215-216
- Key Lecture: Kelly Brownell, PhD, MD, 5:15-6:15pm, Room 203-205
- Early Career Industry Panel, 6:30 – 7:30pm, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Grand Salon A4 (reception to follow in Grand Salon A3)
10 studies at the top of our list for ObesityWeek 2016
Sorting through all of the new research at ObesityWeek 2016 is a bit of a treasure hunt. With literally thousands of studies, you can't even come close to seeing them all presented. But choosing is never easy. So here are ten at the top of our list to see.
'Big Easy' hosts Obesity Week 2016
Obesity Week kicks off with a full slate of research reports, lectures and other activities for healthcare professionals interested in metabolic illnesses.
The meeting is hosted by The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and runs through Nov. 4. With nearly 30 prominent partner organizations, including the American Heart Association, American Society of Nutrition, World Obesity Federation and many more, the week will include keynote speakers, presentations and the "largest exhibit hall of its kind."
Bugs and guts and ObesityWeek
ObesityWeek offers a perfect opportunity to chase down hot topics. And one of the hottest in obesity over the past decade has been the link between our bugs and guts and obesity. In a session chaired by Obesity Society President Penny Gordon-Larsen, top researchers on the microbiome will give us a thoughtful update on this trendy topic.
ObesityWeek: Scientific conference on obesity, weight loss
The Wichita Eagle
New Orleans is the site of a meeting that bills itself as the "largest international scientific conference on obesity and weight loss."
Organizers say some of the studies to be presented look at whether bones affect metabolism, whether the hormone oxytocin can treat obesity, and whether policies such as warning labels and portion reduction have prevented obesity.
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