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Why submit abstracts to TOS's annual meeting at ObesityWeek℠?
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The abstract submission site for TOS's annual meeting at ObesityWeek 2016 opens on April 1, and you won’t want to miss your chance to present the latest groundbreaking research on obesity prevention and treatment at ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Oct. 31 – Nov. 4.

Researchers who present abstracts at ObesityWeek have the opportunity for:
  • Visibility among the leaders in the field. Countless experts – including basic scientists, practicing physicians and surgeons, pharmaceutical researchers, public policy wonks and other professionals – attend ObesityWeek to learn about the latest research in obesity treatment and prevention. Each year we're finding new ways to give added visibility to the science at the meeting. See additional details below! This is also your opportunity to get expert feedback on your research.
  • Global reach of your science. Last year, ObesityWeek impressions – or the number of times a person was reached with a message about the scientific breakthroughs unveiled at ObesityWeek – rose to more than 6.7 billion. People read about ObesityWeek in leading news outlets including The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, TIME, NPR, AP, Reuters, HealthDay, Huffington Post, as well as in leading health-related publications including WedMD, MedPage Today, Medscape, Kaiser Health News, Healio/Endocrine Today and HealthCentral.
  • Career advancements. Forge new research collaborations. Uncover pioneering scientific tools. Find a new job. ObesityWeek offers these and countless other opportunities to get the edge needed to advance your career in obesity.
Abstract submission for TOS’s annual meeting at ObesityWeek 2016 opens on April 1 and will close on Monday, May 2. Information about abstract submission will be available here. Stay up to date on the latest ObesityWeek 2016 information here.
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Genetics of obesity expert, Professor Sadaf Farooqi, PhD, to offer ObesityWeek 2016 Keynote
TOS
TOS and ASMBS are pleased to announce that the ObesityWeek 2016 keynote will be offered 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 applying a genetic approach to help patients with early onset obesity. Under her leadership, her team has identified patients with genetic mutations related to leptin encoding, receptors and action, and is exploring how these mutations regulate food intake. You won’t want to miss her talk at ObesityWeek 2016 on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 8 – 9:30am CT.
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New for ObesityWeek 2016: TOS & ASMBS keynote conversation
TOS
New this year, TOS and ASMBS worked together to create an hour-long discussion session designed to engage the full spectrum of ObesityWeek attendees: basic scientists, neuroscientists, clinicians, surgeons, integrated health professionals, population researchers and policy makers. The session will include a panel of leading scientists from TOS and ASMBS who will discuss a challenging case study with audience participation. The case will touch on complex issues related to surgery, weight loss and/or regain. This exciting discussion will take place at ObesityWeek 2016 on Friday, Nov. 4 from 11:00am – 12:00pm CT.
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All-new nutrition and physical activity area slated for OW2016 Exhibit Hall
TOS
ObesityWeek 2016 attendees will have a chance to explore an all-new area of the Exhibit Hall with a focus on physical activity and nutrition. Here you’ll be able to connect with food, beverage and fitness companies with products, services and initiatives that focus on health promotion to positively impact obesity. This dedicated area will be located in the front, right corner of the Exhibit Hall (aisles 700 – 900) and open during all exhibit hall hours, Wednesday, Nov. 2 – Friday, Nov. 4. Keep an eye on ObesityWeek.com for more details in the Exhibitor Prospectus (coming soon!).
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What's new for TOS posters? Better navigation, Council-led poster tours, two Poster Education Theaters & more!
TOS
TOS has already set into motion several new poster updates for the 2016 event in New Orleans, Oct. 31 – Nov. 4. These changes have been made as part of a larger effort to increase the focus on the science of the meeting and give you – research authors and attendees – more opportunities to present and interact.

First, we are planning to change TOS’s poster area of the Exhibit Hall to make it more compact and easier to navigate. Similar to the way we displayed posters prior to 2013, this year we will highlight a third of the posters each day instead of hanging all posters for the entirety of the week. This change is intended to make the most of the poster experience for both presenters and attendees.

To further improve poster navigation, TOS Council Members and other leading scientists and clinicians will host moderated poster tours of top-scoring abstracts. Keep an eye on the horizon for additional information about which leading researchers and clinicians will be hosting these tours and when.

TOS is also looking forward to hosting two Poster Education Theaters in the ObesityWeek 2016 Exhibit Hall that will feature author presentations of top-scoring abstracts. As in 2015, one of these theaters will be dedicated to recognizing early career authors who will present their research in a live competition. Given the success of the 2015 poster theater, we've added a second theater. All top-ranking abstract submitters will be eligible to present on the all-new, second poster education stage. Keep an eye on ObesityWeek.com for more poster updates!

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Submit papers for the 4th Annual Obesity Journal Symposium at ObesityWeek 2016
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The Editors of Obesity want your best research for the 4th annual Obesity Journal Symposium, which will be held during ObesityWeek 2016, Oct. 31 – Nov. 4 in New Orleans. The Symposium and the accompanying special section of Obesity are designed to showcase the journal's top papers that provide important insights into preventing and treating obesity.

The authors of the four winning papers will give oral presentations during the Symposium, and a special section at the front of the November 2016 issue of Obesity will be reserved for their work. Both the Symposium and the full, published papers will be publicized to the obesity research community and the press.

This year, the four presenting authors will also receive complimentary ObesityWeek registration. In addition, for all submissions that are accepted by the journal but not chosen as winners, the journal is offering immediate online publication.

Investigators planning to submit an abstract for ObesityWeek are also encouraged to submit their full paper for the Symposium in order to bring even greater visibility to their work. State-of-the art research on the mechanisms of energy balance, innovative clinical or translational studies that challenge current paradigms, and novel "proof of concept" papers are particularly sought.

Entries are being accepted through the journal's online manuscript submission system. All papers must be received for consideration by June 1, and the winners will be announced this summer.

Additional details are available here. Also be sure to read the winning papers from the 2015 competition here.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Artificial lights linked to higher rates of obesity
Reuters viaThe Huffington Post
Obesity rates may surge in places where artificial lights blaze all night compared to communities where people tend to live in darkness after the sun goes down, a recent study suggests. To explore this connection, researchers analyzed U.S. military satellite images of nighttime illumination around the globe and country-level data from the World Health Organization (WHO) on the prevalence of overweight and obese people.
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Asians and obesity: Looks can be deceiving
U.S. News & World Report
While only 11 percent of Asian-Americans are obese, they develop obesity-related complications – namely, hypertension and diabetes – at lower BMIs than do people of other backgrounds, research shows. The American Diabetes Association, for one, recommends that Asian-Americans get screened for diabetes if their BMIs are 23 or higher, versus the 25-or-higher guideline for the rest of the population.
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'Mindful eating' may reduce cardiometabolic risk in adults with obesity
Healio
Adults with obesity randomly assigned to a mindfulness intervention program — including sitting meditation, yoga and mindful eating practices — saw greater improvements in both fasting glucose and triglyceride levels than adults in a standard weight-loss intervention program, according to study findings published in Obesity.
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Diplomate researches weight loss programs
American Board of Obesity Medicine
At last month's American College of Preventive Medicine national meeting, ABOM Diplomates Scott Kahan, Kimberly Gudzune, Robert Kushner, and Christopher Still, and ABOM Master Donna Ryan led an all-day institute on obesity medicine for a standing room-only crowd. After the meeting, Scott Kahan MD, MPH caught up with Kimberly Gudzune MD, MPH to talk about her recent publication on weight loss programs. The study found that patients and health care providers alike face significant challenges when it comes to finding weight loss programs that align with accepted obesity guidelines.
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The economics of obesity & bariatric surgery
The Huffington Post
Americans spend more than $60 billion a year trying to lose weight. And only five percent of those people keep the weight off for five years or longer. The best predictors of life expectancy are nutrition, access to quality health care, income and education. Increased life expectancy is a valid reason to seek better health and body shape. Unless you have a true desire to die at an early age.
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