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|The 2019 Voting for TOS Vice President, Council and Nominating Committee Members is Now Open!
Members of The Obesity Society (TOS) are now casting ballots for Vice President, as well as Council and Nominating Committee positions. Eligible members and Fellows can now vote on our election website, Simply Voting. Eligibility was determined by Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Active members should have now received an email from Simply Voting with their unique ID number and password. Ballots can be cast directly through a link in the email, or by visiting the TOS website and following the path through the provided link.
Not a member? Did you know 370 ballots have already been cast and 13 percent of those were international members? Find out more about early voting trends.
Join and become involved now with the premier scientific organization in the field of obesity. Voting is one of the many benefits of being a Society member!
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|Susan G. Komen® Breast Cancer Challenge Closes Oct. 4
Susan G. Komen® Breast Cancer Challenge presented by The Obesity Society: Obesity and Cancer Section
Junior investigators are invited to submit a one-page letter of intent (LOI) in response to the Susan G. Komen® Breast Cancer Challenge. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Find more about Komen's Bold Goal.
Specifically, the research described in the LOI should focus on answering one of the following questions relevant to Komen's Bold Goal:
Applications from across the translational continuum are invited, from genes to geography.
- Is the development of specific subtypes of breast cancer associated with obesity? What factors contribute to patients with obesity having an elevated risk of recurrence or developing metastatic breast cancer?
- How does obesity influence the efficacy of breast cancer treatments?
- Does obesity contribute to breast cancer disparities? Are patients with obesity of a specific race or ethnicity at a higher risk of having poor clinical outcomes?
- Do diet and/or exercise interventions reduce the risk of recurrence alone or is it the associated weight loss that reduces the risk of having a recurrence or developing metastatic breast cancer? What are the mechanisms associated with weight, diet, and/or exercise that influence the onset of breast cancer recurrence?
Junior investigators are defined broadly as:
Submission and Selection
- Completed doctoral level training less than 8 years ago
- Holds a position of post-doc, fellow, or assistant professor at an academic institution.
- No citizenship requirement (international applicants welcome).
The LOI is due Oct. 4, 2019, by 12 noon (EST), and can be submitted to Shameeka Green at email@example.com.
A panel of experts from basic, clinical, and population sciences, along with a breast cancer research advocates, will review the LOIs and choose 5 semi-finalists. All semi-finalists must attend The Obesity Society's (TOS) Obesity and Cancer Section meeting at the 2019 ObesityWeek® conference to be eligible as a finalist. The 5 semi-finalists will have 10 minutes to present their proposal with 3 finalists chosen based on the presentations.
Based on the review of the submitted LOIs, five individuals will be invited to present their proposals at the Obesity and Cancer Section meeting at the 2019 ObesityWeek® conference. Based on these presentations, three individuals will be selected as grant recipients. Each grantee will receive a $5,000 award to be used to conduct the research proposed in their LOI/presentation. The period of funding for the pilot program will be for one year. All three winners will be asked to provide a final written report. The grantee will also have to present the results of their pilot studies at the 2020 ObesityWeek® conference in Atlanta, GA, during a session devoted to results from Susan G. Komen® Breast Cancer Challenge.
TOS's Obesity and Cancer Section meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, 10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. in the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center, Mandalay Bay C, Las Vegas, NV.
The editors of Obesity are pleased to announce the five winning papers that will be featured at the 7th annual Obesity Journal Symposium at The 37th Annual Meeting of The Obesity Society (TOS) at ObesityWeek®.
Innovative research designs providing the latest insights into preventing and treating obesity will be presented during the symposium hosted by the editorial team of Obesity, the flagship scientific journal of TOS. Editors-in-Chief Eric Ravussin, PhD, and Donna H. Ryan, MD, will begin the session with a presentation on the state of the journal. The Obesity Journal Symposium will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Mandalay Bay C at the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.
This year's presentations and winners are:
Children and Adolescents' Anthropometrics Body Composition From 3D Optical Surface Scans, Michael C. Wong
The Pattern of Biliary Disease Following Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy in Adolescents, Evan P. Nadler, MD
Early Non-Food Parent-Infant Interactions and the Development of Obesity in a High-Risk, Diverse Sample, Kai Ling K. Kong, PhD
Plasma High-Resolution Metabolomics Differentiates Adults with Normal Weight Obesity From Lean Individuals, Moriah P. Bellissimo, MS, RD
Hyper-Palatable Foods: Development of a Quantitative Definition and Application to the United States Food System Database, Tera Fazzino, PhD
Congratulations to these TOS members for their groundbreaking work! Don't forget to add this session to your itinerary as you plan your ObesityWeek® schedule.
Healthcare practitioners and researchers have a new tool to combat obesity in primary care settings, according to a study published online in Obesity, the flagship journal of The Obesity Society.
In 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began covering intensive behavioral therapy (IBT) for obesity when provided to qualified beneficiaries in primary care settings. The benefit provides weekly, brief (15 minute) visits the first month, followed by every-other week visits in months 2-6. Patients who lose 3 kg (6.6 lb) at month 6 are eligible for monthly brief (15 minute) visits in months 7-12 to facilitate weight loss maintenance. This sums to a maximum of 22 possible visits in 1 year.
"CMS's IBT benefit for obesity represents a major advance in recognizing the perils of obesity and the health benefits of moderate weight loss. We hope that CMS's historic decision in covering IBT for obesity will encourage other insurers and employers to do so," writes author Thomas Wadden, Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine, a colleague of co-author Jena Tronieri at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Weight and Eating Disorders in Philadelphia. Adam Tsai, an obesity medicine physician at Kaiser Permanente Colorado in Denver, and at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine in Aurora, also co-authored the paper.
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|Don't Wait — Book Your Hotel Room for ObesityWeek®
If you have not booked your hotel room yet for ObesityWeek®, act now!
Special discounted rates for hotel rooms at the Mandalay Bay Resort will be available until Sept. 30, 2019 or until the hotel sells out — whichever comes first. Register for the conference to receive a link to book your room. Save $20! Use code TOSNEW.
For more information, visit the hotel information section on the ObesityWeek® website.
A preconference event at ObesityWeek®
|TOS Review Course for the ABOM Exam
Sunday, Nov. 3–Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV.
The Obesity Society (TOS) Review Course for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) Exam is taught by top educators in the field of obesity medicine. Designed to strengthen your knowledge of obesity and lead to status as a diplomate of the ABOM, the course is scheduled before ObesityWeek® each fall.
TOS Review Course follows the ABOM rubric, giving you the most concise and yet sufficiently detailed material to enhance your knowledge of exam questions. Learn from leading obesity educators, practice board-exam style questions with answers explained, and receive a workbook of slides to take home for future study. Earn all 30 required Group One Credits for the ABOM application by attending both the Review Course and ObesityWeek®. View the Review Course
Stay for scientific sessions at ObesityWeek® and continue your preparation by following the Obesity Medicine Exam Prep Track!
Learn More About ABOM Certification
Save $20 on ObesityWeek Registration by using code TOSABOM.
This is your LAST CHANCE to earn Group One Credits before the Feb. 24-27, 2020 ABOM Exam.
|Beware of Fake Websites for ObesityWeek® 2019
REAL OBESITYWEEK WEBSITE: OBESITYWEEK.COM
The Obesity Society (TOS) wants to alert perspective attendees that fake websites can be found online advertising ObesityWeek® 2019. Individuals are advised to be aware and avoid these websites. These pirate sites are not affiliated in any way with TOS or ObesityWeek®.
The official website for The 37th Annual Meeting of The Obesity Society at ObesityWeek® 2019 can be found here. In searching for information online about ObesityWeek®, look for the TOS logo to ensure you are using the correct website.
If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Human Genome Research Institute
New grants totaling approximately $29.5 million will enable scientists to generate and maintain the most comprehensive reference sequence of the human genome. The awards, made over five years pending the availability of funds, are managed by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health.
The currently available reference sequence of the human genome is becoming obsolete. The funds are necessary for making advances in DNA sequencing technology and computational methods possible. As a result, NHGRI will fund two centers as a part of a new Human Genome Reference Program.
UTHealth Center for Obesity Medicine and Metabolic Performance
|Clinical Fellowship in Obesity Medicine Deadline is Nov. 30
The deadline is Nov. 30, 2019, for the UTHealth Center for Obesity Medicine and Metabolic Performance Clinical Fellowship in Obesity Medicine that will begin on Aug. 1, 2020. This one-year fellowship, the fifth in the nation, is designed for current residents or recent graduates of internal medicine, family medicine, or endocrinology training programs who wish to obtain rigorous, subspecialty training in the area of obesity medicine.
This fellowship has been designed to provide trainees with expertise and clinical experience in the emerging field of obesity medicine, with a primary focus on the evaluation and management of patients with obesity. Fellows will learn how to treat obesity through intensive lifestyle intervention, nutritional, behavioral, pharmacological and surgical means, as well as how to address the comorbidities of this condition most effectively. Trainees who complete this fellowship program will be prepared to pursue clinical and/or academic careers focused in obesity medicine and to become leaders in this emerging discipline.
This fellowship is available to physicians who will have completed an accredited residency program in internal medicine, family medicine, or endocrinology. Other backgrounds considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must have completed a United States or Canadian residency program.
For more information or to obtain application materials, send an email to Rena Leslie.
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