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TOS honors leaders in the field with 2015 Awards

Richard Atkinson, MD, accepts Mickey Stunkard Award in 2014
The Obesity Society is pleased to announce that the following individuals have been selected by the Awards Committee to receive the Society's highest honors for their significant contributions to the field of obesity.
  • 2015 TOPS Research Achievement Award recognizes an individual for singular achievement or contribution to research in the field of obesity.
      Andrew Greenberg, MD, FTOS
      Tufts University
      Human Nutrition Research Center
  • 2015 Lilly Scientific Achievement Award recognizes excellence in an established research career and is made possible through an annual grant from the Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Company.
      Dongsheng Cai, MD
      Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • 2015 Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award, in remembrance of Albert (Mickey) Stunkard, is designed to recognize people who, like Mickey, have made a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the field of obesity in terms of scholarship, mentorship and education.
      Thorkild I. Sorenson, MD, ScD
      Institute of Preventive Medicine
      Bispebjerg and Frederiskberg Hospitals
  • 2015 George A. Bray Founders Award recognizes an individual for significant contributions that advance the scientific or clinical basis for understanding or treating obesity and for extensive involvement with the Society.
      Samuel Klein, MD, FTOS
      Washington University, School Of Medicine
      Center for Human Nutrition
  • 2015 Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service recognizes 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.
      Louis J. Aronne, MD, FTOS
      Weill Cornell Medical College
      Department of Medicine
  • 2015 Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award Finalists recognizes excellence in research by young investigators based on their submitted abstracts and presentation during the Annual Scientific Meeting.
    • Vance L. Albaugh, MD, PhD
    • Charlotte C. Ronveaux, PhD
    • David J. Hume, BSc
    • Aditya J. Desai, PhD
    • Clare H. Llewellyn, MA, GDip, MSc, PhD
  • These prestigious awards will be presented at ObesityWeek 2015, Nov. 2 - 6 in Los Angeles. Congratulations to all on this well-deserved honor!
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    TOS introduces new award to honor mentors in the field, named for Thomas A. Wadden, PhD

    Thomas A. Wadden, PhD
    TOS is pleased to announce a new award created to honor leading mentors in the field of obesity research and treatment, the Thomas A. Wadden Award for Distinguished Mentorship.

    For more than 30 years, Professor Wadden, of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has mentored dozens of scientist-practitioners who have pursued successful careers in obesity research and clinical care. Dr. Wadden, Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, is TOS past-president (2005 – 2006) and received the Arthur Asbury award at the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 for mentoring junior faculty.

    TOS's new award was created with a generous endowment from multiple contributors, comprised primarily of Dr. Wadden's prior mentees. Former mentee, Adam Gilden Tsai, MD led the effort. TOS offers our sincere gratitude to Dr. Tsai for his leadership and to all of those who contributed to the endowment, which provides for a plaque and $1,000 award each year.

    In its inaugural year, it is with great pleasure that TOS recognizes Dr. Wadden with this award, which will be presented at ObesityWeek 2015, in Los Angeles (Nov. 2-6). The annual award will honor a mid-career or senior TOS member for distinguished mentorship of our society’s early-career scientists, practitioners and educators.

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    Move it! Leading obesity groups meet with White House
    With a little less than 18 months to work with, Let’s Move! Executive Director Debra Eschmeyer has an impressive to-do list: bring revised nutrition facts labeling over the finish line, rally support for gains in school nutrition, and prepare for the post-presidency phase of Let’s Move!

    Leadership of some of the top scientific and professional organizations focused on obesity met with Eschmeyer in the White House in late August to discuss ways to support this work. The group included Penny Gordon-Larsen, TOS President-Elect and Francesca Dea TOS Executive Director, Jeanne Blankenship of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Ted Kyle and Joe Nadglowski of the Obesity Action Coalition, and Raul Rosenthal of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (pictured to the right).

    Members of the group reiterated their support for Let’s Move! initiatives and their commitment to addressing the needs of people living with obesity.

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    Instagram and Tumblr ban fat-shaming accounts
    The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)
    Social media giants Instagram and Tumblr have banned "Project Harpoon" (also known as "Thinner Beauty") pages due to site policy violations.

    "The OAC was very excited to learn of the swift action among social media leaders in their removal of 'Project Harpoon' accounts. 'Project Harpoon' is a clear example of the reality of fat-shaming in today's society, and it must absolutely stop," said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO.

    According to the leader of the group, the mission of "Project Harpoon" is to "promote thinner beauty" and "skinny acceptance." To date, the group’s main focus seems to be taking pictures of women and editing the photos to display what the women would look like if they were "thinner."

    Despite the recent ban, the remaining outlets for the campaign at this point seem to be Facebook and Twitter. The OAC is calling on its more than 50,000 members nationwide to contact Facebook and Twitter and advocate for the immediate removal of all "Project Harpoon" pages. Read more in the OAC press release.

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    Early career webinar: Strategies for Successful Grant-Writing
    TOS Early Career Member Committee
    Being a successful principal investigator or member of a research team requires winning grants in an increasingly competitive funding climate. The Obesity Society's Early Career Member Committee hosts its second webinar titled: Strategies for Successful Grant-Writing.

    Strategies for Successful Grant-Writing will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17 from 2:00-3:00pm EST. Members and guests at all career stages are welcome. To reserve your spot, please register online by Sept. 13, 2015.

    This webinar is designed to highlight key strategies for writing a successful proposal. Topics will include:
  • The idea development process
  • Size and scope of your research aims
  • Highlighting the novelty and innovation of your idea
  • Budget narratives
  • "Deal-breakers" to avoid
  • Style and tone
  • The webinar will be structured as an informal dialogue between two panelists: Drs. Julie Lumeng from the University of Michigan and Gareth Dutton from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Michele Levine from the University of Pittsburgh will moderate the discussion. Attendees will also have an opportunity submit questions through a chat function in the webinar software. Find out more and register online.

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    Nov. 2 & 3: TOS gets you ready for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) Certification Exam
    Certification as a Diplomate by the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) distinguishes a physician as having achieved a high level of competency and understanding in obesity care.

    As a pre-conference to ObesityWeek, TOS offers a Review Course for the ABOM exam for 15.5 CME credits. Taught by the industry's top educators, the Course is designed to strengthen physicians' obesity knowledge and offers sample exam questions, didactic lectures, and a 100+ page educational workbook for attendees to take home.

    ObesityWeek attendees may use the CME credits from the meeting to count toward their 60 CME credits required to sit for the ABOM exam, even though the conference takes place after ABOM's final application deadline of Aug. 24. Find out more.

    Register for ObesityWeek 2015 and TOS’s Review Course for the ABOM Exam here.

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    Get to know a TOS Fellow! Q&A with Chris Ochner, PhD, FTOS
    Contributed by TOS Early Career Committee

    Chris Ochner, PhD, FTOS
    It's time for another edition of the Q&A interviews with TOS Fellows! This is the perfect opportunity to get to know leaders in the obesity field a little better and learn more about their personal lives outside of work. Here are some questions and answers from our interview with TOS Fellow Chris Ochner, PhD, FTOS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

    Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
    A: The field is finally coming to realize that obesity is not just a lifestyle choice and "move more and eat less" is inadequate as the basis for a treatment strategy. Intensive exploration of the neural and biological mechanisms that sustain obesity once present are ushering in a whole new era and new outlook on the etiology and treatment of obesity.

    Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?

    A: Plan far ahead, work harder than you thought you could and never ever give up.

    Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
    A: Think about work, plan for work the next day, prepare to do work. Kidding! Getting away from work is vital to prevent burnout. I'm a book author, a junior chef and an avid exerciser. Your body has to be healthy for brain to function properly.

    Read the rest of the interview with Dr. Ochner here. These interviews are featured bi-monthly in the TOS eNews. Don't miss the next one on Sept. 16!

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    Attention ObesityWeek abstract authors: Poster printing service available
    As a benefit to abstract authors, ObesityWeek is pleased to offer the Call4Posters® poster-printing service and we recommend all poster authors use this to their benefit. With Call4Posters® you can have your poster professionally printed, reviewed and shipped directly to the poster hall in Los Angeles. Enjoy the convenience of onsite pick-up without the hassle of traveling with your poster. Find out more and get started here.

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    The new obesity drugs: An Rx for weight loss?
    U.S. News & World Report
    People who need to lose a significant amount of weight — and there are a lot of them — finally have more medical options. After a string of disappointments, the Food and Drug Administration has lately approved four drugs that can aid in weight loss when used alongside diet and exercise. The drugs can't melt away the fat while you sit on the sofa for a Netflix marathon, but they can help kick-start the lifestyle habits crucial to dropping pounds.
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    Sara Bleich named 2015-2016 White House Fellow
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    Sara N. Bleich, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a leading expert on obesity prevention policy, has been appointed one of the 2015-2016 White House Fellows. The White House Fellows program was created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to give promising American leaders "first hand, high-level experience with the workings of the federal government, and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs."
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    Healthy workplace tied to fewer workers with obesity
    Workplaces that encourage healthy lifestyle practices are tied to fewer obese employees among millennials, according to a new study. About 17 percent of young employees in workplaces that encouraged several healthy lifestyle practices were obese, compared to about 24 percent in spaces that promoted one or no healthy practices, researchers found.
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    Is obesity risk 'hardwired' in the brain?
    Some people become obese because their cravings for food are built-in, according to new research. Australian and Spanish research teams came to their conclusions using MRI brain scans to investigate people's responses to pictures of food. They found that a food craving activates different brain networks in obese people compared to those at a normal weight.
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    Too much iron may boost appetite
    You may want to cut down on your red meat intake. Researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that consuming high amounts of dietary iron, often in red meat, suppresses an appetite-regulating hormone called leptin. And since humans can't excrete iron, having a high amount in your diet may trigger overeating due to increased appetite. Study authors also said high iron amounts are associated with an increased risk for several conditions, such as diabetes and Alzheimer's.
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    Brief interruption of sedentary behavior improves blood glucose in children
    Children's blood glucose levels could be improved by simply taking short breaks to walk during sedentary activities, according to recent study findings published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. "Interrupting a long period of sitting with a few minutes of moderate activity can have short-term benefits on a child’s metabolism," Jack A. Yanovski, M.D., Ph.D., of the NIH's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, said in a press release.
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    NIH study finds calorie restriction lowers some risk factors for age-related diseases
    National Institutes of Health
    A National Institutes of Health-supported study provides some of the first clues about the impact of sustained calorie restriction in adults. Results from a two-year clinical trial show calorie restriction in normal-weight and moderately overweight people failed to have some metabolic effects found in laboratory animal studies. However, researchers found calorie restriction modified risk factors for age-related diseases and influenced indicators associated with longer life span, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and insulin resistance. The study was reported in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.
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    Bringing the farm to Lowell's inner city
    The Boston Globe
    Noontime on Jackson Street. Blistering heat. The slow crawl of cars past the farm stand on the sidewalk. "A pound of peaches. Make that two." "How much for your corn?" "Will you be here next week?" Almost everything on the table, shaded from the sun by an awning, was grown a block or two away and picked the day before: carrots, lettuce, and kale pulled from raised beds on the eighth-of-an-acre plot at the corner of Middlesex and Pearl streets; Cambodian eggplant, hot peppers, and cilantro from a field behind the industrial park on Pawtucket Boulevard, 3 1/2 acres surrounded by a deer fence.
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