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Welcome to ObesityWeek℠ 2013!
The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery are pleased to welcome you to Atlanta for the ObesityWeek℠ inaugural event! There's a lot to cover during the next week, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to navigate the meeting:
Here are a few simple tools to help you keep up:
Need help? Stop by TOS's membership booth in the 4th Floor Corridor, or the ASMBS member booth on the 3rd Floor.
- Install the Mobile App: Get your smartphone ready to make the most out of ObesityWeek℠. Download the Mobile App from our website here.
- Read the Latest Program Updates: Check our Program Updates page here for all the latest changes to any printed materials you may receive during ObesityWeek℠.
- Connect to Wi-Fi: Access the online abstract book and final program through the Wi-Fi connection in the conference hall, in all meeting rooms, the Thomas Murphy Ballroom, and levels 3 and 4 of the GWCC. However, Wi-Fi will not be available in the Exhibit Hall.
- ObesityWeek℠ Electronic Newsletter: This newsletter, OW Daily, is intended to help guide you to specific sessions and events, and (in case you missed them) provide you with follow-up summaries and highlights of conference news and events. Keep an eye out for OW Daily in your email inbox each morning.
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Take advantage of the ObesityWeek℠ mobile app
ObesityWeek℠ has gone mobile! The ObesityWeek℠ mobile app is available in the iOS App Store and on Google Play. The app includes a full session schedule, interactive maps, speaker information, and more. You can also use the app to submit questions during some sessions and receive updates from ObesityWeek℠. The app will provide the latest, up-to-date information on any changes to the ObesityWeek℠ Schedule, making it a great tool for planning your schedule for the week.
To sign in to the app, use your registration email address as your username and "obesityweek 2013" as your password. If you need help using or accessing the app, support is available from the ASMBS membership booth. Note that if you just registered today, it may take some time for your login information to be added to our system. Submit a request through our website if you are not able to log in within one business day of registering.
Get Social! Stay Connected with @ObesitySociety and @ASMBS at #OW2013
Help us share the excitement of ObesityWeek℠ 2013 with fellow attendees and social media followers around the globe! The Obesity Society (TOS) and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) will be live-tweeting and updating social media channels throughout the Week: @ObesityWeek, @ObesitySociety, @ASMBS.
This year, we're excited to have a Live Tweet Board (located at TOS Member Service's Desk) to share the excitement. Stop by to see everything attendees, sponsors, exhibitors and media have to say about #OW2013. This is your chance to see your Twitter handle in lights and connect with fellow attendees. To have YOUR tweets appear on the #OW2013 Live Tweet Board be sure to include the official ObesityWeek℠ 2013 hashtag: #OW2013, in your tweet.
We hope you'll support us in spreading the word about the research, treatment and prevention of obesity presented at #OW2013!
Interested in a Subspecialty in Obesity Medicine?
An obesity medicine physician is trained and certified to employ therapeutic interventions, including diet, physical activity, behavioral change and pharmacotherapy. The deadline just passed to sign up to take this year's exam, but there's good news: the next exam takes place Dec. 6 - 13, 2014, and you have plenty of time to study!
The ABOM review course held during ObesityWeek℠ 2013 can help. Just ask one of the nearly 130 physicians attending The Obesity Society ABOM Review Course today and tomorrow. These physicians are diligently preparing for this year's exam and we wish them the best! This year's course includes an updated approach from the previous year, with more coverage of certain domains, a discussion of sample test questions, as well as didactic lectures.
Questions about the ABOM exam? An ABOM representative will be stationed at TOS's membership booth periodically throughout the meeting. Stop the 4th Floor Corridor to find out more!
ASMBS Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary at ObesityWeek℠
With the start of ObesityWeek℠ 2013, ASMBS celebrates its 30th anniversary! Since its founding in 1983, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has worked to better serve bariatric surgeons, integrated health professionals and their patients. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, ASMBS has launched asmbs30.org, a website dedicated to commemorating the past 30 years of perseverance and progress. You can view ASMBS's Presidential Gallery, explore their 30-year timeline, and learn about the largest society for metabolic and bariatric surgery in the world. If you would like to support the ASMBS foundation, you can light a candle to honor ASMBS's 30th anniversary, and keep us moving forward.
If you're interested in learning more about ASMBS membership, the ASMBS Membership Information booth will be set up throughout ObesityWeek℠. You can stop by for membership information, mobile app support, or to make ASMBS staff aware of any other issues or concerns you may have. The ASMBS Membership Booth is located on Level 3 of the Georgia World Congress Center, next to the ASMBS MarketPlace, and will be open during normal convention hours.
A New Approach to Patient Care: Exploring Neurobiology to Regulate Appetite
For many years, obesity research has focused eating behaviors and appetite regulation. Recent neuroimaging studies demonstrate that some neural circuits associated with appetite regulatory hormones are also involved in the development and maintenance of obesity, giving rise to the concept of the "neurobiology of obesity." Understanding the neurobiological basis of obesity and how new and emerging therapeutic options can help to regulate body weight can help healthcare practitioners individualize patient care during various stages of weight loss. This evening, a live CME program by Caroline Apovian, MD, Lee Kaplan, MD, PhD, Robert Kushner, MD, and Samuel Klein, MD, will provide the latest advances on the neurobiology of obesity, and encourage practitioners to change their practice behaviors to improve the health of patients with obesity. This session, sponsored by Vindico Medical Education, will be held from 7:00 – 9:00pm in the CNN Center International Ballroom E-F at the Omni Hotel. Find out more here.
ASMBS Labs Provide Hands-On Experience for Attendees
ASMBS provides a variety of labs and courses during ObesityWeek℠, giving attendees the opportunity to develop surgical skills in a protected environment with expert faculty. Today’s Labs are the Endoscopic Suturing and Flexible Endoscopy labs. These labs are designed for practicing bariatric surgeons and surgeons new to the field. Tuesday will feature the Advanced Laparoscopic Suturing lab. All labs are directed by top-tier bariatric surgeons, giving attendees a chance to educate themselves alongside some of the best and most experienced surgeons in the world.
Space may still be available for some of these courses. If you are interested in attending, stop by the Registration Desk for information on availability and how to sign up. Check your ObesityWeek℠ mobile app or at-a-glance guide for up to date locations and times for each Lab.
Want more hands-on surgical opportunities? Check out the Bariatric Skills Acquisition Center (BSAC), opening Wednesday in booth 201 of the exhibit hall, featuring explant stations for practicing laparoscopic suturing skills. No special registration or surgical experience is necessary!
Meet The Expert Roundtables
ObesityWeek℠ offers a special chance for attendees to interact with the world's most prominent and experienced metabolic and bariatric surgeons. The "Meet-The-Expert" roundtable luncheons, meeting today from 12 p.m. — 1 p.m., provide a unique opportunity to engage prominent bariatric professionals. These cover a wide range of topics, such as Choosing the Right Bariatric Operation, Management of Bariatric Complications, Diversity of Bariatric Procedures and Practice Worldwide, and more.
Meet-the-Expert roundtables will be located in the Omni Hotel. If you're interested in attending a roundtable luncheon, check with the Registration Desk for availability and registration information. If you've registered for one of these luncheons, check your ObesityWeek℠ mobile app or ObesityWeek.com for the latest room numbers.
Get the Latest ObesityWeek℠ Updates Online
ObesityWeek℠ is the world's largest hub for research on obesity and bariatric surgery. Throughout the week we will be releasing information on the posters, abstracts, and other presentations on the research featured during ObesityWeek℠. You can find all of this information online at ObesityWeek.com.
Don’t go to the wrong room! Some room numbers may have have changed since we published our program book. Our website features the latest updates to our program book and other publications. Find a full list of updates here. If you’re not near your computer, our mobile app is also up-to-date on any room or program changes.
Network and Connect at TOS Section Events at ObesityWeek℠
One of the greatest networking opportunities will take place at ObesityWeek℠, Nov. 11-16, in Atlanta. Each year during the event, TOS Sections host events and activities where members with similar interests, expertise and/or educational background come together to recognize groundbreaking research, network and develop a plan to help advance TOS's goals.
Throughout the year, TOS Sections plan activities that commence at our Annual Meeting, this year at ObesityWeek℠. Whether you’re interested in eHealth/mHealth, obesity & cancer or any of the eight other obesity specialties covered by our sections (or all of the above) you can find your niche at one (or all) of the upcoming ObesityWeek℠ Section events. You won’t want to miss these opportunities to meet prestigious Section award recipients, dine and network with others in your specific research field, and hear from some of the leading scientists in the field. Find out more about these events here.
ObesityWeek℠ comes to Atlanta
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
About 4,000 doctors, scientists, policymakers and other health experts will gather at the Georgia World Congress Center next week to tackle what has become a growing national health crisis: obesity. The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery will combine their conferences this year for the inaugural event, ObesityWeek℠ 2013.
ObesityWeek℠ parses dietary lifestyle and weight loss
Obesity experts are anticipating answers on whether a vegan or vegetarian diet will offer better weight loss than a pescatarian or omnivorous one, experts told MedPage Today in the run-up to ObesityWeek℠ here. The New DIETs (New Dietary Interventions to Enhance the Treatments for Weight Loss) Study is the first randomized trial that will compare how these four diets — none of which restrict calories — can influence body weight.
Simple tips to get kids to eat better, exercise more
If childhood obesity expert Melinda Sothern could wave her magic wand and help kids live healthier lives, she'd want parents and children to dine together every night. "Research is clear that family meals equal healthier weights, emotional stability and better school performance," Sothern says. She would have parents insist that their kids ditch cellphones and other media devices when they come home from school and go outside to play for an hour, or if it's too dark when they get home, then they can put on some music and dance inside.
Weight-loss surgery 'generally encouraging' after 3 years
Three years after more than 2,000 severely obese men and women underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass or laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, overall weight loss was substantial and sustained, researchers report. However, not all patients respond the same way: The study identified very different weight-loss trajectories, as well as varied improvements in hypertension, diabetes, and dyslipidemia and in rates of mortality and reoperation.
Put down that doughnut: FDA takes on trans fats
So long, margarine: Artificial trans fat in foods may eventually become a thing of the past. The Food and Drug Administration took a first step toward potentially eliminating most trans fat from the food supply, saying it has made a preliminary determination that a major source of trans fats — partially hydrogenated oils — is no longer "generally recognized as safe."
10 highlights of ObesityWeek℠ not to miss
The first ever ObesityWeek℠ meeting opens on Monday in Atlanta and runs for the entire week at the Georgia World Congress Center. With both the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Obesity Society meeting at once, you'll need to plan very carefully if you’re going to be sure you don't miss the highlights of the week.
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