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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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|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.
"Obesity is Associated with Worst Outcomes in COVID-19: An Analysis of Early Data from New York City" – Hajifathalian et. al
"Possible Role of Adipose Tissue and Endocannabinoid System in COVID-19 Pathogenesis: Can Rimonabant Return?" – Briand-Mésage et. al
"Obesity and COVID-19: An Italian Snapshot" – Busetto et. al
"Screen Time for Children and Adolescents During the COVID-19 Pandemic" – Nagata et. al
Check back regularly for updates.
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University of Minnesota Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine
|UMN Seeking Pediatric Obesity Medicine Fellowship Applicants
The University of Minnesota Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine is seeking Pediatric Obesity Medicine fellowship applicants for the 2021–2022 academic year. Eligible candidates are board certified and board eligible in pediatrics. Pediatricians completing the one-year clinical fellowship will be eligible to sit for the American Board of Obesity Medicine certification examination.
For interested fellows, a second year of training in obesity research may be available, pending funding availability. The research training includes a Master's of Clinical Research degree from the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health.
For more information, please visit the Pediatric Obesity Medicine Fellowship Program website.
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.
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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 email@example.com.
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|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.
Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to email@example.com and must be received by 11:59 p.m. on July 1, 2020.
For more information, contact Holly Nicastro, PhD, MPH at 301-435-0383
or Christopher Lynch, PhD, at 301-827-3988 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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