Early Career Member Committee

Focusing on early career researchers and clinicians in the obesity field is a priority for TOS, as outlined in the five-year TOS Strategic Plan. In this plan, growing the careers of early career professionals emerged as a primary objective for the coming years.


Currently, the Society has a number of efforts to support early career members, including the annual Early Career Research Grants, special sessions at ObesityWeek and a Leadership Development task force. In the next five years, TOS leadership hopes to increase involvement with the early career members and provide ample opportunities for them to progress in their careers.


If you’re an early career researcher or clinician looking for opportunities to get more involved, you can email the Committee chair at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Also be sure to watch our online video:


TOS Early Career Member Events

As part of their mission to engage with early career investigators, the Early Career Member Committee hosted a webinar titled "Strategies to Build a Successful Research Program in Obesity Related Research" on Thursday, February 19, 2015. Two successful investigators, Drs. Oliva Affuso from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Jean-Philippe Chaput from the University of Ottawa, shared their experiences and lessons learned in establishing their independent research programs. Drs. Affuso and Chaput discussed strategies to address key elements necessary to plan for independent research including identifying goals and timelines, negotiating for resources, writing grants and getting published. A recording from the webinar and presentation slides are available here


TOS Early Career Member Committee

Rachel Goldman, PhD (Chair)

NYU School of Medicine/Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, NY

Katherine W. Bauer, PhD, MS (Senior Advisor)

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Paula C. Chandler-Laney, PhD

University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Sarah Everman-Johnston, PhD

A. T. Still University, Mesa, AZ

Michele Levine, MD, PhD

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Tapan Mehta, MS, PhD

University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Wanli Smith, MD

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, MD

Alison K. Ventura, PhD, FTOS

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Milay Luis, Lam, MD

Woodhull Medical Center, Rego Park, MD

Edwina Yeung, PhD

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, MD

Mary-Ellen Harper, PhD (Council Liaison)

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON


Learn more about Early-Career Member activities at ObesityWeek 2014!

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