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REGISTRATION for ObesityWeek℠ is NOW OPEN.
REGISTRATION for ObesityWeek℠ in Washington DC Oct. 29–Nov. 2 is NOW OPEN.

Join ASMBS, TOS and colleagues at the world’s largest obesity-centric conference to explore cutting-edge research, medical advances, surgical practices, public policy and more. ObesityWeek continues to bring together world-renowned obesity experts to share innovations and breakthroughs in obesity treatment.

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Stem Cell-derived Hypothalamic Neurons in the Elucidation of the Pathogenesis of Human Obesity: A New Frontier

The brain plays a major role in the control of food intake and energy expenditure through a variety of neurological pathways and there are several genetic variants known to impact these systems resulting in severe, early-onset forms of obesity.

While the direct experimental manipulation of these pathways in humans is not feasible, Dr. Leibel's team is employing cutting-edge methods to take human obesity modeling to an entirely new level. They collected skin cells from patients with obesity and used recent advances in stem cell technology (iPSC) to create cell lines that could be grown back into neurons. While leaving one set of these cells with the mutations, they used genome-editing technology (CRISPR) to correct the mutations in the other set and were then able to determine the obesity-relevant cellular and molecular phenotypes. Such studies provide proof-of-concept that our patient-specific in vitro model system can enable important insights into the molecular pathophysiology of human obesity, and provide insight into potential therapeutic targets.

Rudolph Leibel, MD is Christopher J. Murphy Professor of Diabetes Research and Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, and Head of the Division of Molecular Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics. He is also Co-Director of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, Co-PI of the Diabetes Research Center (DRC) and, PI of the New York Obesity Research Center (NYONRC).

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CLOSING JULY 1ST — Obesity and Cancer Call for Papers: Highlighting Cutting Edge Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics
The Editorial Team of Obesity joins the leadership of the Obesity and Cancer Section to seek submission of high-quality manuscripts for a special supplement issue of the journal to be published in November 2017.

With the goal of raising the profile of obesity and cancer research, this project seeks cutting edge original transdisciplinary research on obesity, energetics and cancer. The special issue will be released concurrent with ObesityWeek 2017 and will be distributed on site in Washington, DC.

The TOS Obesity and Cancer Section has highlighted the term “transdisciplinary” to encourage submissions across the transdisciplinary spectrum – genes to geography, basic bench science to clinical trials and dissemination and implementation science. All papers will be evaluated by peer reviewers who are experts in the field of cancer research, and final selections for the special issue will be made by members of the Obesity and Cancer section.

Submissions for the special issue will open May 1, and all manuscripts must be received by July 1. To be considered, please submit your manuscript online and follow the guidelines for Original Articles. Contact with any questions.

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$100 Registration Reimbursement

Student volunteers who serve as room monitors for ObesityWeek sessions or assist TOS staff members in other functions as needed are eligible for a registration reimbursement of $100. There are a limited number of spaces available; all volunteers will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register as student/early career to be notified of volunteer opportunities.

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Access the ObesityWeek Housing Share Forum to find a roommate! Please remember, you can only reserve rooms in the ObesityWeek housing block AFTER you have registered to attend the conference.

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  • Largest obesity-centric conference in the world with the broadest, most comprehensive bench-to-bedside & continuum of care content ― basic science, prevention, clinical application and surgical intervention.
  • Groundbreaking, clinically-applicable education and research including Q&A sessions with unparalleled access to researchers, speakers and keynote presenters.
  • Essential early-career opportunities including vital academic workshops, a vigorous Ignite session, effective media training and industry-mentor networking.
  • Engaging social events and dynamic networking receptions to connect with peers, forge new relationships and build lasting collaborations within and beyond each field.

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ObesityWeek is proud to offer discounts with both Delta (save up to 10%) and Southwest Airlines (save up to 8%). You also have access to the official ObesityWeek Travel Hotline at (888) 232-9394. Learn more and start planning your trip!
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Join ASMBS or TOS and Save on ObesityWeek Registration
ASMBS is primarily for medical professionals actively involved in weight loss surgery. The purpose of the society is to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases. Members are primarily doctors, surgeons, and integrated health professionals such as nurses, dieticians and clinic managers. Learn more about ASMBS Membership Benefits and submit a completed application by Friday, October 6th to receive the membership discount for ObesityWeek. Not a Surgeon? Become an Integrated Health Member.

TOS is the leading professional society for obesity clinicians, researchers and academics working to treat and prevent the disease of obesity. The Society’s focus is to advance the science-based understanding of the causes, consequences, prevention and treatment of obesity. A variety of professionals – from basic scientists, to weight-loss physicians to industry researchers – benefit greatly from the career advancement opportunities provided by TOS. Join or renew as part of your ObesityWeek registration for maximum savings! Learn more about TOS Membership Benefits.

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Research: Patients with obesity have higher risk of infection after heart bypass surgery
University of Alberta via The Medical News
Patients with obesity have a higher risk of infection within 30 days after receiving heart bypass surgery, according to a series of studies conducted by University of Alberta researchers at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. The team analyzed data from 56,722 patients in the provincial registry to examine associations between body mass index and various outcomes following coronary artery bypass grafting surgery and percutaneous coronary intervention, also known as coronary angioplasty.
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Report: 1 in 10 people on Earth is obese
CBS News
When 31-year-old Carlos Lazos left the Army Reserve, it didn't take long for him to gain 70 pounds. "Started eating more fried, more fried food, a lot of fried foods," he said. His lifestyle as a long-distance truck driver was putting him on the road to diabetes. He's now dieting and exercising, but his experience is shared by millions.
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Obesity and infertility
University of Utah
Decreased fertility due to obesity may be a problem for more than just moms. An NIH study found that couples in which both partners are considered obese may experience more difficulty conceiving than those in which only one is considered obese. The study confirms what others have shown: Women who are considered obese (BMI over 30) have lower fertility. However, it also finds that this effect is significantly increased when both members of a couple are obese.
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