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|Program Committee Lays Out Plans for ObesityWeek 2020, 'Pathways to Precision Obesity Care'
In recent years, each ObesityWeek® meeting has adopted a theme, providing a heightened focus on selected aspects of obesity biology and clinical care. In 2018, the theme was Obesity and the Heart, and in 2019, it was Obesity and Diabetes. For 2020, the ObesityWeek® theme will be Pathways to Precision Obesity Care. Obesity, like many other complex diseases, exhibits wide patient-to-patient variation in phenotype and response to therapy. "Better understanding of the biology underlying this variability, and identification of predictive markers for therapeutic outcomes, will accelerate progress in the prevention and treatment of obesity and its myriad complications," noted TOS President Lee Kaplan, MD, PhD. "Precision care for metabolic diseases, including obesity, is early in development. Greater focus on the biological basis of variation, however, will help us achieve success in obesity care that has been elusive over the past four decades."
Program Committee member Lanese Ogunkua, NP and Committee Co-chair Jaime Almandoz, MD, MBA, determine the times and dates of sessions to be held at ObesityWeek 2020.
"The theme of this year's meeting is very timely as the science of precision medicine and the practicalities of applying it to people with obesity for better health outcomes is rapidly emerging," said Jaime Almandoz, MD, MBA, co-chair of the Program Committee.
While the broad theme of this year's meeting will be Precision Obesity Care, the Program Committee has designed a diverse and exciting scientific program in topics extending from basic research to clinical and public health application. "It's going to be an impactful program for researchers and clinicians alike," said Michelle Cardel, PhD, MS, RD, chair of the meeting's Population Health track. Rachel Goldman, PhD, FTOS, added that in terms of her own clinical work, she is most excited about the inter-professional panel, noting that "I know the importance of working on an interdisciplinary team, but being able to understand how other professionals think about patient management is particularly helpful."
Cardel and Goldman are two of the approximately 40 TOS Program Committee members broadly representing the obesity community who participated in the planning meeting held Jan. 23–24, 2020 in Arlington, VA to develop ideas for sessions, symposia and key lectures across all six program tracks. The Committee has recommended that this year’s Blackburn symposia (honoring former TOS President George Blackburn, MD, PhD) focus on the interactions among obesity, nutrition and cancer biology.
This year's meeting will include an expanded number of sessions co-sponsored with other professional organizations. Matthew Hayes, PhD, chair of the Program Committee, said that such interactions allow each partner organization to highlight the relationship of its specialty with obesity, adding to the diversity of programming and engaging a wider audience of scientific and clinical professionals. These co-sponsoring organizations already include the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Association of Diabetes Educators, American College of Sports Medicine, the NIDDK-sponsored Nutrition Obesity Research Centers, Obesity Canada, Obesity Action Coalition, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, European Association for the Study of Obesity, Obesity Medicine Association, Society of Behavioral Medicine, Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior and the World Obesity Federation. The list of collaborating partners continues to grow. Examples of co-sponsored programming at ObesityWeek® 2020 include a TOS-AND Symposium titled Something New to Chew On: Updates and Controversies From the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and a TOS-WOF Key Lecture titled The Reality of Diabetes Remission - An International Perspective.
Also new for ObesityWeek® 2020, TOS will be introducing a greatly expanded series of optional courses for clinicians and investigators during the two days preceding the start of the scientific meeting. Complementing our long-running Review Course for the ABOM Examination, the ObesityWeek® program will feature five new courses, including (1) Medical Management of the Bariatric Patient, (2) Use of Animal Models in Obesity Research, (3) Evidence Evaluation in Obesity Research, (4) Tools and Strategies in Population-based Research, and (5) Endoscopic Therapies for Obesity and Related Diseases.
ObesityWeek® 2020 will be held Nov. 3–6 in Atlanta, GA.
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|Coming Soon: Obesity Journal Symposium Call for Papers
Are you planning to submit an abstract for ObesityWeek® 2020? Are you also considering developing your work for a full manuscript and looking for even greater exposure for your findings? Then you should consider submitting your paper for the 8th annual Obesity Journal Symposium.
The editors of The Obesity Society official journal are looking for the year's top papers to showcase during this special event at ObesityWeek® to be held Nov. 3-6, 2020, in Atlanta, GA. Young investigators and experienced researchers alike are welcome to submit their current work in any area of obesity research for consideration in the annual competition.
The selected papers will be featured in a special section of Obesity — prime real estate on the first pages of the November 2020 issue, with hard copies distributed on site in Atlanta. TOS also promotes the recognized studies to the media and the obesity research community. The presenting authors receive complimentary registration to ObesityWeek®.
Submissions will open in early February with a June 1, 2020 deadline.
The selected papers from previous years are available on our journal website. Email the journal staff at email@example.com with any questions about this year's Symposium.
|Less Than One Month Left to Prepare for ABOM Exam
Are you planning to sit for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) Exam? Less than one month remains until the exam takes place, which will be Feb. 24–27, 2020.
To ensure you are well prepared, you can purchase the TOS Review Course for the ABOM Exam OnDemand. This resource follows the ABOM rubric, giving you the most concise and yet detailed material to enhance your knowledge of the exam materials and exam questions. You can learn from top educators and earn up to 18 hours of Group 2 continuing medical education credits. The TOS Review Course for the ABOM Exam is available online.
For more information or to order, visit the website.
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|OCAN to Hold Advocacy Day
During its early December 2019 face-to-face meeting, leaders from the Obesity Care Advocacy Network (OCAN) set Monday, March 2, 2020 as the date for the next OCAN Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.
As with past days, participants will be advocating for passage of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) during visits with congressional staff from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Obesity Society and other organizations will be participating in this important activity.
Please save the date and encourage participation from your organization. The event is free.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
|Request for Information on Improved Understanding of Early Childhood Obesity
For children and adolescents with obesity, compared to those of normal weight, there is a five times greater risk of having obesity in young adulthood. As a result, the National Institutes of Health has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit innovative ideas to better characterize risk factors and understand the underlying mechanisms through which these factors contribute to the development of obesity during early childhood. The goal is to develop innovative, targeted and more effective strategies for childhood obesity prevention.
The RFI seeks input from stakeholders throughout the scientific research community and the public regarding any of the following topics, as well as any ideas not included below:
The RFI may be accessed at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-DK-20-004.html.
- Research to better characterize molecular profiles (including the genome, epigenome, transcriptome, proteome, metabolome, lipodome, and microbiome) and metabolic and bio-behavioral phenotypes that predict or determine the development of obesity during early childhood.
- Use of a systems biology approach (including the study and integration of the genome, epigenome, transcriptome, proteome, metabolome, lipodome, and microbiome) to determine underlying biological and behavioral mechanisms for the development of obesity during early childhood and their interactions.
- Use of technological advances to characterize individual variability in neurocognitive function/traits, sleep, activity/exercise, ingestive behaviors, and nutrition and the composition of diet (including composition of human milk, if applicable) and to better understand how they impact growth, body composition, and the development of obesity during early childhood.
- Use of methods, including Global Positioning System and others, to better understand how differences in social and environmental context may differentially influence phenotypic expression.
- Research approaches that will improve understanding of the mechanisms by which children are at higher or lower risk for accelerated growth trajectories and the development of obesity in the early years, including types of study designs, study sample characteristics, and assessment methodologies.
- Specific populations for whom research on risk and underlying mechanisms should be prioritized (and a rationale for the proposed priorities). This could include, but is not limited to, developmental stage (e.g., intrauterine environment, first six months of life, puberty, etc.); families with a strong family history of obesity or with siblings discordant for obesity; children with severe obesity; or at-risk populations, such as racial and ethnic minority populations or children/families of low-socioeconomic status.
- Characterization of particular challenges, acceptability, and feasibility of obtaining bio-specimens/tissue samples, imaging, and other relevant metabolic, bio-behavioral, and environmental measures in real-time and at sensitive time periods from mothers, infants, young children, and families as well as strategies to address/overcome them.
- Resources (e.g., biorepositories, registries, and electronic health records) that could be leveraged or used to advance mechanistic studies in humans.
All responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to NIDDKOOBRES@nih.gov by 11:59 p.m., (EST), on Feb. 28, 2020.
For more information, contact Voula Osganian, MD, ScD, MPH, at the NIDDK by phone (301) 827-6939 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Obesity Care Week
Sign up now for OCW alerts and get the latest news and information about Obesity Care Week 2020 (OCW2020).
OCW2020 will be held March 1–7 and each day of this awareness week is dedicated to highlighting an issue impacting people with obesity. Themes for each day will include:
The Obesity Action Coalition, The Obesity Society, STOP Obesity Alliance, Obesity Medicine Association, and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery launched Obesity Care Week with a vision to create a society that understands, respects and accepts the complexities of obesity, and values science and clinically-based care.
- March 1—Launch
- March 2—Weight Bias
- March 3—Obesity Treatment
- March 4—World Obesity Day
- March 5—Access to Care
- March 6—Childhood Obesity
- March 7—"I Care" Day
To sign up for alerts, visit the OCW website.
Harvard Medical School
|Announcing the 33rd Annual Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine: Treating Obesity 2020 & One-day intensive Board Review for ABOM Certification Exam
Join your colleagues from around the world for the Harvard Medical School Obesity Medicine Continuing Medical Education course, the Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine: Treating Obesity 2020, June 4-6, in Boston, MA. Taught by the foremost authorities in obesity medicine, this course delivers practical strategies to optimize the management of obesity and its many complications, and provides the most up-to-date approaches to obesity prevention and treatment.
One day prior to the start of Treating Obesity 2020, on June 3, we offer an intensive Obesity Medicine Board Review, which provides comprehensive preparation for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) certification exam.
Participation in both Treating Obesity 2020 and the Obesity Medicine Board Review fully satisfies the 30-hour live Group One CME requirement to qualify for the ABOM certification.
Early registration is strongly recommended; this course has sold out in the previous six years.
For more information or to register, visit the course website.
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