Obesity Society Awards

The Obesity Society's awards program promotes, rewards, and encourages research in the field of obesity. Awards recognize specific research achievements and major contributions to the basic science, treatment and prevention of obesity. Awards highlighting the careers of obesity researchers are presented annually at The Obesity Society's Annual Scientific Meeting at ObesityWeekSM 2015, November 2 - 7. Find out more about the past recipients here

 

2015 Award Nominations

Nominations for 2015 Awards are now closed.

Ethan Sims submissions will be accepted through May 15. Details are available below. 

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2014 Obesity Society Award Recipients

The TOS Awards Committee is pleased to announce the following 2014 award recipients:

  • 2014 George A. Bray Founders Award: Gary Foster, PhD
  • 2014 Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award: Richard Atkinson, MD
  • 2014 Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service: Martin Binks, PhD
  • 2014 TOPS Research Achievement Award: Michael Goran, PhD
  • 2014 Lilly Scientific Achievement Award: Rachel Batterham, MD, PhD

Click here for information about the 2014 Award Recipients.

Awards are described in greater detail below. Send in your nominations by Thursday, May 15, 2014. Find out more about how to submit your nominations here.

About the Awards

Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service

Recognizes an individual or organization whose work has significantly improved the lives of those affected by obesity, whether through research, public policy, patient care, or other means. This award was established by a gift from Thomas A. Wadden. Recipients receive a plaque and a $1,000 award.

George A. Bray Founders Award

Recognizes an individual for significant contributions that advance the scientific or clinical basis for understanding or treating obesity and for extensive involvement with The Obesity Society. Recipients receive a plaque and a $1,000 cash prize. The award is presented during a plenary session at which the recipient is invited to present the George Bray Founders Award Lecture.

TOPS Research Achievement Award

Recognizes an individual for singular achievement or contribution to research in the field of obesity. This award is made possible through an annual grant from the Take Off Pounds Sensibly Foundation (TOPS). Recipients receive a plaque and $5,000 cash prize plus a travel grant to the Annual Scientific Meeting. The award is presented during a plenary session at which the recipient is invited to present the TOPS Research Achievement Award Lecture.

Lilly Scientific Achievement Award

Recognizes excellence in an established research career and is made possible through an annual grant from the Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Company. Recipients receive a plaque and $5,000 cash prize plus a travel grant to the Annual Scientific Meeting. To be eligible for this award, the recipient must be within 15 years of receiving his or her terminal degree. The award is presented during a plenary session at which the recipient is invited to present the Lilly Scientific Achievement Award Lecture.

Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award

In rememberance of Albert (Mickey) Stunkard, this award is designed to recognize people who, like Mickey, have made a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the field of obesity in terms of scholarship, mentorship and education. Recipients receive a plaque and $1,000 cash prize. The award is presented during a plenary session at which the recipient is invited to present the Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award Lecture. Please find the biography for Mickey Stunkard, which outlines all of his incredible achievements in the field of obesity, here

Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award

Recognizes excellence in research by young investigators based on their submitted abstracts and presentation during Annual Scientific Meeting. Five finalists are selected during the call for abstracts. Each finalist will receive up to $1,000 to cover Annual Scientific Meeting expenses. The award is presented during a plenary session at which the five finalists are invited to present their oral abstracts. The recipient will be announced at the conclusion of the session and will receive an additional $1,000 cash prize. (Note: Letter of Recommendation/Mentor Letter, CV and a hi-resolution photo MUST be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it no later than May 15 to be eligible.)

 

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