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A Message from Our President
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This summer continues to be hot, hot, hot…in temperature, and in activity in the obesity field in general and for TOS in particular.

Your TOS Annual Meeting Program Committee is busy reviewing the late-breaking abstracts that were submitted, so our meeting content can provide you with the best and latest obesity science around! If you haven't yet registered and booked your hotel, please register today! You can do it in the cool of your office, home or favorite coffee house. And don't forget the impressive variety of pre-conference meetings you also may wish to include in your visit to San Antonio.


Register Now for Obesity 2012!
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Attendees may book housing and register for the Annual Meeting by clicking HERE.

Attendees May Book Housing and Register for Obesity 2012:
Click HERE to book housing and register.

Advance Program:
Click HERE to view and download the online Advance Program.

Preconference Workshops:
The TOS preconference workshops are intended to provide the attendee with the basics needed to understand and apply the techniques in this field to their obesity research. There will also be a day and a half prep course for the Obesity Medicine Certification Exam. Click HERE to learn more.

See video footage of TOS members sharing their thoughts about our annual meeting
To see video clips, click the icon and look for videos on the left side of our Annual Meeting Page.

Who Should Attend?:
Click HERE to Read about Who Should Attend TOS 2012.

Special Announcement Regarding This Year's Abstract Supplement: TOS is Going Green!:
For anyone attending the TOS Annual Scientific Meeting, this will be the first year that TOS is going green and providing the Abstract Supplement available downloadable as a searchable PDF as part of your registration. But for those of you who still prefer a paper copy, we are offering the opportunity to purchase it for $10 through your registration. If you’ve already registered, you can call customer service at 888-241-8405 and they can add it to your registration.

Supporters of Obesity of 2012:
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Keynote Debate:
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Recently Added Sessions:
Click HERE to learn about some exciting new sessions added after the publication of our Advanced Program.

TOS President Elect, Harvey Grill, PhD, Awarded Hoebel Prize for Creativity
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This Prize is intended to honor a Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB) member, at any stage of their career, for an exceptional level of creativity and excellence in his or her research on ingestive behavior. This research should constitute a significant advance in our understanding of mechanisms controlling ingestive behavior and have the potential of benefiting society by elucidating methods for treating or preventing disorders of ingestive behavior.

In Dr. Grill's words, "I am extremely proud to be acknowledged by my scientific peers for their positive judgment of my research creativity and excellence. My work has focused on pursuing the idea that the neural control of feeding is not localized or centered in one part of the brain (as typically described) but is neuronatomically distributed, involving groups of neurons in many structures and within all levels of the nervous system. I and my many wonderful trainees have developed a range of behavioral and other research strategies to highlight the contribution of neurons in the hindbrain to the control of food intake and energy expenditure. For example, we've shown that leptin's feeding inhibitory actions are mediated in part by integrations with gut satiation signals performed by hindbrain neurons. We have also highlighted the role of connections between the hindbrain and a variety of forebrain structures and other circuits that mediate the rewarding effects of food and likely contribute to the hyperphagia that drives human obesity."

The Prize is awarded in memory of Bartley Hoebel, Princeton professor of psychology at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute who became internationally known for his research on food addiction.

We're Prepping to Prep You
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TOS is working persistently to prepare physicians planning to sit for the Obesity Medicine Certification Exam. In coming weeks, you can look forward to the practice exam, which will include approximately 100 multiple-choice questions, single best answers, a discussion of these answers and associated references. The live review course commences September 19, 2012, 2-6PM and continues all day September 20th, just one day before OBESITY 2012. This course has been designated for 10 CME credit.

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• Environment-controlled enclosures (temperature and light cycle).

TOS Preconference Series Link Science to Solutions
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The TOS Preconference Series presents four topics that differ greatly, but they share a common thread of making practical application of the latest research. Why not arrive in San Antonio, Texas a little early to benefit from this stellar series. Topics include:
  • Pediatric Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome | 09/20/2012 |8AM-5PM| Co-chairs: Larry Cheskin, MD Jennifer Laurent, PhD
  • Adipocyte Function & Immunometabolism | 09/20/2012 | 1-5PM| Chair: Gerald Denis, PhD
  • Physical Activity Monitoring Methodologies | 09/20/2012 | 1-5PM| Chair: Lara Dugas, PhD
  • Genome and Beyond: Genome Science in the Study of Obesity | 09/20/2012 1-5PM| Chair: Tony Comuzzie, PhD
Register or click here to learn more about the content for each session.

The Obesity Society's 2012 Elections!
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The Obesity Society's 2012 Council and Nominating Committee Elections e-ballot is scheduled to open this month. The e-ballot will be sent to current Fellows and Regular Members of The Obesity Society. Please ensure your membership status is active so that you may be able to vote for the Society's new leaders. Please click here to login to the TOS Member Center and verify your membership status.

We have an outstanding group of candidates for you to consider for the following four positions on Council: Vice President, Advocacy/Public Affairs Councilor, At-Large Councilor, and At-Large Canadian Councilor and two positions on the Nominating Committee. Members will have the opportunity to review the candidates' biographical statements prior to casting their votes, once the e-ballot has opened.

Please contact Sadie Campbell, Governance and Executive Assistant at or 301-563-6526, if you have questions regarding the election process.

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Nutrisystem, Inc. is a leading provider of structured meal programs for weight loss and weight maintenance in the U.S. and Canada. The company is pleased to announce the recipient of its third annual grant opportunity through The Obesity Society, for investigators interested in performing a clinical study using one of its Nutrisystem® Weight Management Programs. An award of $40,000 is given to this year’s recipient for a one-year pilot study.

Melissa A. Kalarchian, PhD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA
Title: "Use of Nutrisystem to Facilitate Dietary Adherence and Maximize Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery"
Collaborators: Yu Cheng, PhD; Anita Courcoulas, MD; Marsha Marcus, PhD

To view the recipients of the Early-Career Research Grants, please click here.

Great News about the Journal Obesity's Impact Factor
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TOS has great news about Obesity's 2011 Impact Factor, and we wanted to pass on the attached table showing the increase in Obesity's score to 4.284.

Here is a chart of recent history.

Basic Science Newsbrief: Epigenetic reprogramming of metabolism
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The search for "obesity genes" has received significant attention. Recent results have identified genes strongly associated with dysregulated metabolism, including FTO (fat mass and obesity associated), PPARγ, LDL receptor, hormone-sensitive lipase, inflammatory cytokine genes and other loci. Rudy Leibel has noted that more than 100 genes control body weight (1). Yet the obesity epidemic is beyond solely genetic explanation. More

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Weight loss may change brain
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MRI scans done after bariatric surgery reveal different patterns of brain activation in response to food cues according to a study reported here. Resistance to craving manifested in activation of multiple regions of the brain in patients who had successful weight loss, whereas unsuccessful weight loss had no consistent activation pattern, Rachel Goldman, Ph.D., reported at the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery meeting. More

Doctors hesitant to deal with patients' weight problems
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In 2010, there were 78 million adults classified as obese in the United States, and roughly 164,000 primary care doctors to take care of them. It doesn't take a math wizard to figure out that doctors who handle routine care, although they may well want to help their patients lose weight, are unlikely to have the time to provide the kind of intensive coaching to that would help their patients make a lasting change. More

From brain to mouth: The psychology of obesity
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Everyone knows that people put on weight because they consume more calories than they burn. But as the medical community struggles to get a handle on obesity in the U.S., a growing body of research is delving deeper to find out more about the psychology behind the numbers. More

Research shows Chinese methods work in fighting obesity
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For the past decade China has been fighting an increasingly tough battle against obesity but a report has suggested that perhaps the most effective ways of fighting the flab have been known to the nation all along. A Hong Kong Hospital Authority-commissioned study out this spring has apparently found that traditional Chinese medicine and medicinal therapies are not only as effective in treating obesity as their Western equivalents, in some cases they even have few side effects. More

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Researchers: Most Americans ignore truth about obesity
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Many Americans think that people's individual decisions — not societal factors — are to blame for the obesity epidemic, but this is an oversimplified view that could hinder progress toward obesity prevention, researchers argue in a new editorial. More

How the Midwest drought could help curb obesity
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"Midwest drought worsens, threatening food prices," warns Michael Muskal on Nation Now. With the drought spreading across the Midwest, drying up the land and damaging crops, the price of what's salable has started to climb. Of biggest concern: corn and soybeans. "Corn prices have spiked 20 percent in the past month, while soybean prices have jumped 15 percent," writes Aaron Smith for CNN Money. And you know what feeds on corn? Livestock. More

Study: Larger waist size may be bad news for men's sexual and urinary health
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Large waists not only affect heart health and diabetes risk, it can negatively impact sexual and urinary health in men. A new study published in the August 2012 issue of the British Journal of Urology International showed that men with larger waist lines who were experiencing lower urinary tract symptoms had more sexual problems. More

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