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Today the Membership would like to take few minutes and recognize a Fellow, Dr. Steven B. Heymsfield. After receiving his B.A. in Chemistry from Hunter College of The City University of New York, Dr. Heymsfield completed his medical degree at the Mt. Sinai Icahn School of Medicine. At Emory University, Dr. Heymsfield completed his internship and residency and became a Pharmacology Fellow. Dr. Heymsfield went on to be appointed a Professor of Medicine and the Deputy Director of the New York Obesity Research Center at Columbia University. Currently, Dr. Heymsfield is a Professor and the George A. Bray, Jr. Chair in Nutrition at the Pennington Biomedical Research...
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This mo nth’s Member Spotlight features a conversation with TOS Member Stephanie Anzman-Frasca Q: Can you tell us your full name (with credentials), affiliation, and any leadership roles (Committees, Sections, etc.) you’ve held with TOS? My name is Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, PhD, and I’m an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University at Buffalo. I have been involved with TOS and the Pediatric Obesity Section (POS) since 2008 and held the Early Career Representative position on the POS Council from 2014-2016. Q: What is your primary research area? My research is centered at the intersection of developmental psychology...
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This Member Spotlight features a conversation with TOS Member Rebecca L. Pearl, Ph.D. Q: Can you tell us your full name (with credentials), affiliation, and any leadership roles (Committees, Sections, etc.) you’ve held with TOS? A: Rebecca L. Pearl, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Q: What is something you’ve worked on or accomplished recently for TOS? A: My colleagues and I recently published a study in Obesity examining the relationship between weight bias internalization (or self-directed weight stigma) and metabolic syndrome...
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On behalf of the Annual Program Committee Co-Chair Lori Zeltser, PhD, and myself we are happy to report that after months of preparation, the 30-member Committee met Jan. 19 – 20 in Dallas, Texas to develop the bulk of TOS’s scientific content for ObesityWeek 2017. Over the two-day meeting, members of the Metabolism and Integrative Physiology, Neuroscience, Intervention and Clinical Studies, Population Health, Clinical/Professional Practice, and Policy/Public Health Tracks of the Program Committee – with input from solicited suggestions from our membership – proposed a series of symposia and key lectures that run the gamut of obesity...
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Hello Dr. Rolls, Thank you again for your generous contribution to The Obesity Society by creating the Rolls-Simons Endowment. Before we get into the endowment can you please give us a little bit of background information on your membership with The Obesity Society? Dr. Rolls : I became a member of TOS in 1987. I am also a Past President of the association serving from 1996 to 1997. I’ve been involved with many of TOS’s committees as well as advocating for further education and research in obesity. What made you decide to create the Rolls-Simons Endowment? Dr. Rolls: My mom married at 19 and she put on the weight almost immediately....
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Leaders from Milken School of Public Health, STOP Obesity Alliance, National Quality Forum (NQF), payers, industry and myself, representing The Obesity Society, came together at the third roundtable to discuss steps to secure obesity management coverage at the federal level. One outcome of the prior meetings included the Obesity Care Algorithm, which serves as a source for potential measurement concepts. The current task of the roundtable is to both: 1) identify measures specific to weight loss and weight maintenance that can be adopted to ensure quality outcomes, and 2) to obtain these measures via the electronic medical record (EMR). The group discussed...
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Letter from the President Dear Colleagues, Twenty-sixteen was yet another successful year for The Obesity Society. As a result of the hard work of our leadership, volunteers, staff and partners, we have continued to improve the understanding – and acceptance - of obesity as a disease, a cause generously backed by the evidence-based research of our members. Further, we’ve taken multiple steps to refine our processes and practices as an organization, improve our communications about the scientific work of our members (both basic and applied) and advance our transdisciplinary work. As we close out the year, the Society celebrates these...
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Dear Colleagues, I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season with your loved ones. As the year winds down, I want to take a moment to reflect on our accomplishments during TOS’s Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek℠ 2016 in New Orleans. This year we had a strong turnout with nearly 4,900 attendees, many of whom presented groundbreaking science for TOS and ASMBS as part of more than 1,200 abstracts . Here are some other key figures from the meeting: Attendees: Domestic to U.S. (82.79%) vs. International (17.21%) International attendees from 57 countries 103 different primary professions, with the top five citing 1) clinician, 2) surgeon,...
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Welcome to ObesityWeek 2016! Each year the annual conference of The Obesity Society gets bigger and better, and this year’s conference is exceptional. By bringing together world-renowned experts, this event presents a unique opportunity to weave together the diverse communities working to advance the research, treatment and prevention of obesity. Our interdisciplinary focus on both science and treatment sets this meeting apart, and it benefits our expected 5,000 plus attendees who will learn about innovative research, treatment breakthroughs and public policy all in one place. With more than 1,500 cutting-edge scientific presentations, compelling key...
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October 5, 2016 Dear Colleagues, As professionals in the obesity community and members of The Obesity Society (TOS), we all have an opportunity and a responsibility to vote for those who represent us in the Society’s Council . Each fall, we rely on you, our members, to select the best and brightest to fill open positions and support the future of the Society. TOS Council consists of an Executive Committee, made up of five primary officers, who are joined by 10 Councilors representing various areas of the field. We have an outstanding group of candidates for you to consider for the following positions on TOS Council: Vice President,...
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September 28, 2016 Dear Colleagues, Under the leadership of Chair Corby Martin, PhD , FTOS, and Co-Chair Jeffrey Zigman, MD, PhD , FTOS, The Obesity Society Annual Program Committee has coordinated the review and programming of more than 830 abstracts submitted as part of both regular and late-breaking abstract periods for ObesityWeek SM 2016 . As in past years, the Committee has spent countless hours reviewing and selecting the most compelling science in obesity treatment, prevention and policy for both oral and poster presentation at this year’s conference. In just more than a month, you will have the opportunity to explore...
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September 7, 2016 Dear Colleagues, For the last four years, we have had the pleasure of cohosting our annual meeting, ObesityWeek℠ , alongside the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). By combining the annual meeting of TOS – the leading professional society dedicated to better understanding, preventing and treating obesity – with the annual meeting of ASMBS – the leading organization for bariatric and metabolic surgeons and integrated health professionals – we are able to offer ObesityWeek attendees an unparalleled educational agenda. Considered the Level 1 partnership for ObesityWeek, this joint venture between...
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August 17, 2016 Dear Colleagues, With just 75 days until ObesityWeek 2016, I’m pleased to share that we’ve secured some exciting speakers for this year’s event, particularly in the public policy field. If you’re interested in digging deeper into obesity policy, as well as treatment and prevention, and are not yet registered – now is the best time to save! The early registration pricing has just been extended to Sunday, August 21. During a Key Lecture this year we are incredibly fortunate to be joined by Kevin Concannon, PhD , Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services at the United States Department of Agriculture. Under...
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July 20, 2016 Dear Colleagues, Today, I’m pleased to make a very exciting announcement. At The Obesity Society, we continually strive to provide the most valuable and meaningful resources to our members. We understand that you look to us to keep you well informed on topics that impact your work, and give you access to the tools you need to advance your career. To build on that value, we are excited to now provide TOS members with an online environment to connect , engage and share information, best practices, and your personal and professional points of view... in real time. Over the past year, TOS staff has been hard at work to build out...
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July 6, 2016 Dear Colleagues, Later this month, representatives from TOS will be heading to Philadelphia and Cleveland for the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. While there, we hope to encourage all individuals – regardless of political affiliation – to take a stand to understand and support patients with the serious, but treatable disease of obesity. Obesity is not a lifestyle disease addressed simply by diet and exercise alone, and our goal is to help Americans understand the multiple genetic, biologic, metabolic, behavioral, social, economic and cultural determinants that have driven obesity to epidemic levels. Novo Nordisk...
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June 22, 2016 Dear Colleagues, Now that registration for ObesityWeek SM 2016 is officially open, I’m pleased to highlight some of the planned activities designed specifically for early career professionals in attendance. Advancing the careers of early career researchers and clinicians is a top priority for TOS, and one that we have worked diligently toward during the past several years. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to learn more about them and share the details with your friends and colleagues who may be interested in participating. One of the best things about ObesityWeek are the many opportunities for early career professionals to...
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June 1, 2016 Dear Colleagues, As part of our planning for ObesityWeek 2016, TOS looking is also looking forward to co-hosting the second annual National Obesity Care Week , Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, 2016, a campaign that seeks to ignite a national movement to ensure anyone affected by obesity receives respectful and comprehensive care. Last year, TOS was pleased to introduce the campaign along with our partners the Obesity Action Coalition, Strategies to Overcome and Prevent Obesity Alliance and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and we were thrilled to have more than 30 like-minded organizations from across the healthcare industry...
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March 18, 2016 Dear Colleagues, With the planning for The Obesity Society meeting at ObesityWeek 2016 well underway, I’m pleased to announce some exciting updates that I’m really looking forward to in New Orleans. Our program is sure to offer you cutting-edge obesity research from basic science and clinical research to population and policy research. For our keynote this year, we’ll be joined by genetics of obesity expert, Professor Sadaf Farooqi PhD, FRCP, FMedSci, Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow and Professor of Metabolism and Medicine at the University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories. In her work, Dr. Farooqi is...
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May 11, 2016 Dear Colleagues, Here at TOS, we firmly believe that membership with our Society is an integral part of developing the careers of individuals working to end the obesity epidemic. Whether you are a basic or clinical researcher, physician or clinical care provider, educator, public health and policy professional or anyone else working to end obesity, TOS can connect you with others in the field and help advance your career. Over the past few years, TOS has worked to ensure membership is achievable to all professionals – regardless of how far along they are in their careers – as outlined in our five-year Strategic Plan . We recognize...
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April 20, 2016 Dear Colleagues, Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Roundtable on Obesity Solutions. The Roundtable was established in 2014 and was designed to engage leadership from multiple sectors to solve the obesity crisis. The April 2016 Roundtable, entitled “The Role of Business in Multi-Sector Obesity Solutions: Working Together for Positive Change” focused on why and how the business community can be involved in obesity solutions. The Roundtable brought together leading speakers and stakeholders to provide examples of businesses engaged in obesity-related efforts with a focus on community level multi-sector collaborations....
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