2014 Award and Grant Recipients

2014 Obesity Society Award Recipients
2014 TOPS Research Achievement Award – Michael Goran, PhD
Michael Goran, PhD, is a Professor of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. His work is focused on understanding the metabolic factors linking obesity to increased disease risk during growth and development and using this information as a basis for developing new strategies for prevention and risk reduction.



2014 Lilly Scientific Achievement Award – Rachel Batterham, MD, PhD
Rachel Batterham, MD, PhD, is the Head of the Centre for Obesity Research, Department of Medicine, University College London (UCL) and Head of the Centre for Weight Loss, Metabolic & Endocrine Surgery at University College London Hospital (UCLH). Her laboratory's research is centered on increasing our understanding of how body weight is regulated and developing new therapies for the treatment of patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes.



2014 Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award – Richard Atkinson, MD
Richard Atkinson, MD, is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has spent more than 30 years in the field of obesity. Following a combined Pediatric/Adult Fellowship in Endocrine/Metabolism with George Bray at Harbor General Hospital, he served on the faculty of several medical schools performing obesity research and directing an obesity treatment program at each school. In recent years, the discovery that the human adenovirus-36 causes obesity in animals and is associated with obesity in humans has become the primary focus of his research.




2014 Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service – Martin Binks, PhD
Martin Binks Ph.D. is Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences, at Texas Tech University and leads the Behavioral Medicine & Translational Research Lab. He is a clinical psychologist specializing in behavioral medicine and obesity research. Dr. Binks is an outspoken public advocate for obesity research and access to treatment. Research includes behavioral, pharmacologic and surgical obesity treatment; barriers to treatment adherence (nutrition & exercise); obesity and comorbidities (NAFLD, pain, sleep), Sickle Cell Disease, mHealth & health disparities; and neuroscience of obesity. More information about Dr. Binks can be found here.




2014 George A. Bray Founders Award – Gary Foster, PhD

Gary Foster, PhD, is the Chief Science Officer at Weight Watchers International, Inc. He has authored or coauthored more than 160 scientific publications and three books on the etiology and treatment of obesity. Dr. Foster's research interests include the prevention, behavioral determinants, treatments, and effects of obesity in adults and children. Dr. Foster's recent research topics include the effects of weight loss on diabetes and sleep, and the prevention of obesity in school and community settings.



2014 Early-Career Research Grant Recipients
Courtney Peterson, PhD
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Baton Rouge, LA
Title: "Does Meal Timing Impact Energy Expenditure"

Mentor: Eric Ravussin, PhD

Courtney Peterson, PhD, is currently an Assistant Professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, working in the Skeletal Muscle Physiology Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Eric Ravussin. Dr. Peterson's research interests center on dietary interventions for the treatment of obesity and diabetes, particularly in the areas of intermittent fasting, circadian rhythms, and botanicals.



Christina Roberto, PhD
Harvard School of Public Health
Boston, MA
Title: "Evaluating a Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Portion Cap Policy"
Co-Investigators: Jason Block, MD; Leslie John, PhD; Brian Elbel, PhD

Christina Roberto, PhD, is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar and an Assistant Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a psychologist and epidemiologist whose research aims to identify, understand, and alter the environmental and social forces that promote unhealthy eating behaviors linked to obesity and eating disorders.




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