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|TOS Provides Support to Obesity Canada Paper
The Obesity Society is among 20 organizations that has provided input and support to a paper prepared by Obesity Canada titled "Weight Bias, Obesity Stigma and COVID-19." The paper has been prepared by Obesity Canada's EveryBODY Matters Collaborative.
People living with obesity frequently experience weight bias, stigma and discrimination. This is due in part to the lack of understanding of obesity as a chronic disease characterized by adiposity that impairs health, not just body size or high body mass index. The role that weight bias, stigma and discrimination play in healthcare has been well documented.
Emerging data indicate that people with obesity may be at higher risk for developing more severe COVID-19 complications, requiring access to critical care. Based on existing weight bias and disaster management research, there are important implications for healthcare professionals to consider during the COVID-19 pandemic.
TOS/American Society of Nutrition
|TOS Members Invited to Attend Nutrition 2020 Live Online
Members of The Obesity Society are invited to attend NUTRITION 2020 LIVE ONLINE, June 1-4, 2020, the annual meeting of the American Society of Nutrition (ASN). This new virtual event will be a rich, interactive experience that you can join from anywhere in the world, offering great content in the form of lectures, scientific sessions, satellite programs, virtual abstract presentations, community activities, virtual exhibits, and more. Connect with a global audience through panel discussions, live Q&A and interaction for selected sessions.
"During these times when we are learning how to work in new ways, it's more important than ever that we come together to achieve our shared goal of improving health around the world through evidence-based nutrition," said ASN President Richard Mattes, MPH, PhD, RD. "With new technologies, innovative thinking, and flexible approaches to work, NUTRITION 2020 LIVE ONLINE allows nutrition scientists and clinicians to continue to learn and share in a safe way."
The event is completely free due to support from the ASN Foundation. "It is important to us that we offer the new meeting at no charge. We want to show our support for the nutrition community during one of the most challenging times any of us had ever, and may ever, experience in our careers," said ASN Foundation President Robert M. Russell, MD.
For more information or to register, visit the meeting website.
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|TOS Accepting Nominations for Named Awards
The Obesity Society (TOS) is accepting nominations for named awards. Awards from TOS recognize specific research achievements as well as other major contributions to the basic science, treatment and prevention of obesity. The Society's prestigious awards also highlight the careers of obesity researchers.
Nominations are being accepted for the following awards:
Instructions for nominations:
- Atkinson Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service recognizing an individual or organization whose work has significantly improved the lives of those affected by obesity whether through research, public policy, patient care or other means.
- The TOPS Research Achievement Award recognizing an individual for singular achievement or contribution to research in the field of obesity.
- The Friends of Albert (Mickey) Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing an individual who, like Mickey Stunkard, has made a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the field of obesity in terms of scholarship, mentorship and education.
- Thomas A. Wadden Award for Distinguished Mentorship recognizes mid-career or senior TOS members for distinguished mentorship of the Society's early career investigators.
- A letter of recommendation addressed to TOS Awards Committee. The letter must be signed by two members of The Obesity Society and state:
- Reasons for nominating the individual
- The nominee's qualifications for the selected award
- An overall summary of the nominee’s contributions to the field of obesity
- The nominee's complete CV.
- TOS Awards Committee encourages additional letters to support the nomination.
To submit a nomination for a named award, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is July 15, 2020.
- Self-nominations will not be accepted
- Nominations must be supported by at least two current members of The Obesity Society
- A nominator should not submit a nominee for multiple awards in a given calendar year
For more information, visit the awards page on the TOS website.
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|Deadline June 1: Call for Papers for the 8th Annual Obesity Journal Symposium
The editors of Obesity want your best research for the 8th annual Obesity Journal Symposium, which will be held during the annual meeting of The Obesity Society (TOS) at ObesityWeek®. The Symposium and the accompanying special section of Obesity are designed to showcase the journal's top papers that provide important insights into preventing and treating obesity.
The authors of the selected papers will give oral presentations during the Symposium, and a special section at the front of the November 2020 issue of Obesity will be reserved for their work. Both the Symposium and the full published papers will be publicized to the obesity research community.
The presenting authors will also receive complimentary ObesityWeek® registration. In addition, for all submissions that are accepted by the journal but not chosen to be presented at the Symposium, the journal is offering immediate online publication.
Investigators planning to submit an abstract for ObesityWeek® are also encouraged to submit their full paper for the Symposium in order to bring greater visibility to their work. In particular, papers discussing state-of-the art research on the mechanisms of energy balance, innovative clinical or translational studies that challenge current paradigms, and novel "proof of concept" papers are of special interest for this year's event.
Entries are now being accepted through the journal's online manuscript submission system. All papers must be received by June 1, 2020, for consideration. The selected papers will be announced this summer.
Take time to read the selected papers from previous Symposium competitions on the Obesity journal website.
The full call for papers is available on the TOS website.
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|Latest Studies on COVID-19 and Obesity
Information continues to rapidly accumulate regarding obesity and COVID-19. The Obesity Society (TOS) and our flagship journal, Obesity, want to provide a trusted source of information on this important topic. The following are the latest studies available for free on the TOS and journal web pages.
"Morbid Obesity as an Independent Risk Factor for COVID-19 Mortality in Hospitalized Patients Younger than 50" – Klang et. al
"Body Mass Index, Weight Discrimination, and Psychological, Behavioral and Interpersonal Responses to the Coronavirus Pandemic" – Sutin et. al
"Good Deeds and Cheap Marketing—The Food Industry in the Times of COVID-19" – White et. al
"Increased ACE2 Expression in the Bronchial Epithelium of COPD Patients who are Overweight" – Hingham and Singh
"COVID-19 Related Home Confinement in Adults: Weight Gain Risks and Opportunities" – Bhutani and Cooper
Check back regularly for updates.
|Anti-Obesity Medications Mitigate Weight Regain in RYGB Surgery Patients
Researchers have discovered that anti-obesity medications such as phentermine and topiramate, used individually or in combination, can significantly reduce weight regain in patients after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, according to a retrospective study published online in Obesity, the flagship journal of The Obesity Society.
"Our study provides evidence that medications can help, especially in situations where the weight gain is occurring at a rapid rate. Characterization of weight regain as a rate is novel and adds to the understanding of this important clinical problem," said Nawfal Istfan, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and attending physician at Boston Medical Center in Boston, Mass. Istfan is the corresponding author of the study.
Weight regain after gastric bypass surgery is well recognized, normally occurring two years after the surgery and ultimately affecting 25 percent of patients. It is becoming increasingly urgent to mitigate its occurrence and preserve the metabolic and medical benefits of weight loss surgery. The application of pharmacologic agents to deal with this specific problem has been limited in the medical literature.
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Obesity Medicine Fellowship Council
|OMFC Accepting Applications
The Obesity Medicine Fellowship Council (OMFC) is currently accepting funding applications for new or existing fellowship programs designed to expand the community of clinically-trained specialists in an important and emerging discipline. Obesity Medicine Fellowship programs in development that provide full-time training of physicians may apply for this funding.
The OMFC will consider existing qualified programs along with seed funding to aid in establishing new obesity medicine fellowship programs. The current deadline for a Fellowship Development Grant application is July 1, 2020. Access the funding application.
View a list of frequently asked questions.
For more information, visit www.omfellowship.org.
The Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine
|Blackburn Obesity Medicine 2020 Course Moved to Live-Streaming Format
In recognition of the disruptive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine will be held online beginning on June 3, 2020, using live streaming, electronic Q&A, and other remote learning technologies.
In the revised, online version, the full programs of both components of the live course will be presented: Obesity Medicine Board Review: June 3, 2020, and Treating Obesity 2020: June 4-6, 2020.
PROGRAM EXPANSION AND ENHANCEMENTS:
We are introducing several enhancements made possible by use of the online format:
IMPORTANT TO NOTE:
- Two new presentations on COVID-19 and obesity
- More time for faculty panel discussions and Q&A sessions
- Greater opportunity for real-time audience response and sample board review test questions
- Opportunity to set the pace of your own learning by reviewing course lectures, workshops and discussions stored online for a limited period after initial live streaming
- Flexible scheduling to accommodate those of you who are living in different time zones
- A modified course schedule to optimize online learning
- The opportunity to participate in all 16 workshops instead of a maximum of 5 during the live course
Visit the course website for more information.
- Faculty: Harvard Medical School and guest faculty will provide the live-streaming program
- Credits: The program will continue to offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, ABIM MOC points, and other relevant CME credits
- Board Review: For physicians preparing for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) certification examination, there will be enhanced sample question sessions and reference material
Please also feel free to forward this message to any of your colleagues who may wish to participate in the Blackburn Course online.
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|Online Course Prepares Physicians for ABOM Exam
The challenge of reversing the obesity epidemic has highlighted the need for new ways to teach complex skill sets which effectively target lifestyle behaviors, particularly diet and physical activity. However, most health professionals (with the exception of registered dieticians) have minimal or no training in the science of nutrition, diet and physical activity. Moreover, health professionals lack training in facilitating behavior change.
The Institute of Human Nutrition (IHN) at Columbia University is an American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) partner organization; the IHN now offers Obesity 2020: Etiology, Prevention and Treatment, an online course to prepare physicians for the ABOM exam. The course also provides CME credits to help physicians meet the requirements to become a Diplomate of the ABOM.
Examples of topics for discussion at this year's course include Obesity and COVID-19, The Epidemiology and Health Risks of Obesity, Genetics of Obesity, and Physical Activity and Weight Loss and Maintenance of Weight Loss. Health professionals can attend the course for five days at a cost of $650. The Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons designates this enduring material for a maximum of 53–60 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
To earn CME credits, participants must complete the course evaluation to receive a certificate. For MOC credits, participants must pass the quiz and complete the course evaluation. Once complete, IHN will notify the board of fulfilled requirements and MOC credits will appear in the participant's account with the board within 4-6 weeks. This course is eligible for GROUP ONE credits towards ABOM certification.
For more information or to register, visit the IHN website.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
|Applications/Nominations: Director of Nutrition Research Institute
Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Director of the Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). The Director has multiple and institutional responsibilities for promoting and overseeing scientific research, educational, grant-development and regional economic re-development activities.
Nominees and applicants for Director must have a record of distinguished nutrition research based on scholarship, as well as the administrative, leadership and grant-development skills required for a major research institution. The applicant should be a senior scholar who appreciates and fosters interdisciplinary research. The Director will have an appointment at the rank of full professor in an appropriate academic department at UNC.
Applicants should submit an online application with a letter of application, a current CV, and a list of references. Screening will begin immediately. The position will become available Jan. 1, 2021. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or status as a protected veteran.
Questions can be directed to Associate Professor, Associate Chair for Research, and Chair, Search Committee for the Nutrition Research Institute Director, Raz Shaikh, PhD, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Cancer Institute
|June 2 Deadline for NCI Funding Opportunity Announcements
The first of two deadlines for two Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) that have been issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute (NCI) are approaching. These announcements include Research Answers to National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Provocative Questions (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) and Research Answers to National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Provocative Questions (R21 Clinical Trial Optional). The first deadline is June 2, 2020.
The purpose of these FOAs is to support new research projects designed to use sound and innovative strategies to solve specific problems and paradoxes in cancer research identified by the National Cancer Institute as the NCI's Provocative Questions (PQs) program.
This program covers two parallel FOAs of identical scientific scope. FOA, RFA-CA-20-004 solicits applications for well-developed research projects using the NIH R01 funding mechanism. The companion FOA, RFA-CA-20-005, is a parallel announcement for exploratory/developmental projects using the NIH R21 mechanism.
To be responsive to these FOAs, each application must specifically address a particular scientific problem identified by a PQ listed in the FOA.
The second deadline is Nov. 17, 2020.
For more information, visit the web pages for FOA, RFA-CA-20-004 and FOA, RFA-CA-20-005.
InsideScientific, American Physiological Society, The Obesity Society
|InsideScientific, APS and TOS Present Obesity Webinar Series
InsideScientific and the American Physiological Society in partnership with The Obesity Society present The Obesity Epidemic: How Basic and Translational Research are Paving the Way to Improved Health focused on late-breaking research and discovery relating to the physiological mechanisms of obesity, cardiometabolic processes and obesity-related disease.
The series will include a number of live webinars hosted between June and December 2020 focused on top science being conducted by leading obesity researchers from around the world.
Webinars for June begin at 11 a.m. (EDT) and include:
Brain Circuits Driving Appetite
Presenter: Lora Heisler, PhD
June 10, 2020
This webinar will feature a discussion about why is it so difficult to lose weight and yet all too easy to gain those extra pounds.
Utilizing Stable Isotope Tracers in Preclinical Models of Obesity
Presenter: Marshall D. McCue, PhD
June 17, 2020
Marshall D. McCue, PhD, will review stable isotope biochemistry, standard nomenclature, unit conversions and simple calculations.
Calories, Carbs or Quality? What Matters Most for Body Weight
Presenter: Kevin Hall, PhD
June 24, 2020
Kevin Hall, PhD, will discuss the physiology of body weight regulation and how we adapt to various changes in diet, including the amount of calories, carbs versus fat, as well as differences in diet quality varying in the amounts of "ultra-processed" foods.
For more information or to register, visit the event website.
National Institutes of Health Common Fund
|NIH Common Fund Seeks Information in Precision Nutrition Research
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund is planning a potential program in precision nutrition that aims to understand individual responses to diet, enabling tailored dietary recommendations to be provided by physicians as well as development of tools to allow individuals to make more informed decisions about healthy food choices. As part of ongoing planning, the NIH Common Fund has issued a Request for Information: Challenges and Opportunities in Precision Nutrition Research.
To help identify the needs and priorities, and to plan future activities that can most significantly impact nutrition research, the trans-NIH Precision Nutrition Working Group of the NIH Common Fund, in collaboration with the NIH Nutrition Research Task Force, is seeking comments from the global community. Areas of comment include conceptual, technical or methodological barriers limiting progress and to help prioritize research activities or community resources that are most likely to propel this field forward for the greater benefit of the biomedical research community. To learn more about the different areas in need of comment, click here.
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