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Get to know a TOS Fellow! Q&A with Chris Ochner, PhD, FTOS

from 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! more

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