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|TOS Member Portal and Database Update
TOS is establishing a completely new Association Management System (AMS) to support the Society's membership database. TOS is requesting that all prospective, new, or renewing members refrain from accessing the membership portal beginning June 20, 2019.
This will enable TOS staff to cut over and launch the new database without duplications. We expect to go live with the new MemberSuite system the last week in June. In the meantime, please email or call TOS at 301-563-6526 and ask for our Membership Department if you require assistance. Thank you for your patience as we develop a more member-friendly experience! Stay tuned for more updates!
|Coming Soon: TOS 2019 Call for Grants
Mark your calendar! TOS 2019 call for grants will be opening soon.
Among the many opportunities TOS will offer this year is the WW Karen Miller-Kovach Research Grant. This grant will focus on the development of a scalable, behavioral weight-loss intervention that includes digital tools. One grant will be funded for $50,000 for a one-year period.
Stay tuned for more announcements.
|The Obesity Society 2019 Call for Awards
The Obesity Society's (TOS) awards promote, reward, and encourage research in the field of obesity. Each award recognizes specific research achievements and major contributions to the basic science, treatment and prevention of obesity. Awards highlighting the careers and accomplishments of obesity researchers will be presented during TOS's 37th annual meeting held at ObesityWeek℠. ObesityWeek will be held Nov. 3-7, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV.
TOS encourages its members to identify the talented and exceptional people in the field of obesity who deserve to be recognized and awarded for work in their field.
Nominations will be reviewed by The Obesity Society's Awards Committee and the recipients will be announced later this summer.
All award nominations should be submitted to email@example.com. Awards nominations must be received by Monday, July 1, 2019.
Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service
The George A. Bray Founders Award
The George A. Bray Master's Thesis Award
The George A. Bray Doctoral Dissertation Award
The TOPS Research Achievement Award
The Friends of Albert (Mickey) Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award
Thomas A. Wadden Award for Distinguished Mentorship
Contact Regina Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
|TOS Past President George A. Bray Recognized by USDA ARS and ASN
TOS Past President George A. Bray has won the honor of being named the 2019 W.O. Atwater Memorial Lecturer. The honor is presented as a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS) and the American Society of Nutrition (ASN).
Established in 1968, the W.O. Atwater Memorial Lecture honors the memory of Wilbur Olin Atwater (1844–1907) and recognizes scientists who have made unique contributions toward improving the diet and nutrition of people around the world. Atwater, considered the father of modern nutrition research and education, was the U.S. Department of Agriculture's first chief of nutrition investigations.
"Dr. Atwater has been one of my heroes, and over the years I have collected many of his works. I am grateful to have been nominated for this award," observed Bray.
Read more in this Q&A interview by ASN.
Do you make your colleagues laugh? Do you know someone who does? Smart people often have a killer sense of humor, and let's face it — members of TOS are brilliant. TOS is hosting a Nerd Night at ObesityWeek. We are looking for members who can deliver real science in a funny presentation. Nerd Nights are becoming an institution at campuses all over the world. We are having ours from 8:30 to 10:00pm on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV. Nominate yourself or a colleague to present by sending an email to email@example.com.
|Study Explores Connection Between Sleep, Artificial Light and Weight Gain in Women
National Institutes of Health
Sleeping with a television or light on in the room may be a risk factor for gaining weight or developing obesity, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the research is the first to find an association between any exposure to artificial light at night while sleeping and weight gain in women. The results suggest that cutting off lights at bedtime could reduce women's chances of becoming obese.
Read the NIH press release
Access the abstract
|Partnering to Tackle the Obesity Epidemic: How Employers are Rethinking Obesity to Better Address Care, Treatment and Engagement with Their Employees
There is more evidence than ever that connects obesity and related diseases with chronic health issues that can have negative effects on quality of life and ability to work.
The authors of the newest #NAMPerspectives commentary suggest that individual employees, employers and healthcare providers play a role in helping to alleviate the nation’s obesity epidemic, both to ensure the health of their employees, and the long-term health and prosperity of the nation's workforce.
Read more about potential actions employers can take to support their employees.
|Workshop to Focus on MRI of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Senior investigators and junior scientists are encouraged to register for the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Workshop on MRI of Obesity & Metabolic Disorders. This workshop will be held July 21–24, 2019, at the Matrix Building in Singapore.
Magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy have become widely used to quantify not only fat accumulation in adipose tissue depots, organs, and muscles, but also the molecular substrates, products, and dynamic rates of metabolism and biochemical pathways. As a follow-up to the 2012 ISMRM workshop held in Long Beach, California, on water-fat MRI, the purpose of this proposed workshop is to bring together and reunite internationally recognized scientists and clinicians who are currently developing and applying advanced MRI and MRS techniques to investigate the causes and consequences of obesity and metabolic dysfunctions.
Continuing Medical Education credits will not be offered for the workshop.
Early-bird registration rates end on July 8, 2019.
Register now and book your hotel reservation.
Read more about the workshop.
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