Pediatric Section August 2010 Newsletter

Pediatric Obesity Section
August 2010
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Dear Colleague,  

Welcome to the Pediatric Obesity Section newsletter! 
Share Your News!
Pediatric Section Members are encouraged to submit news items for a new section of our quarterly newsletter entitled "Pediatric Section News".    POS would like to support its members and pediatric obesity research by sharing significant pediatric news items.  News items may include career awards, new centers, large projects, upcoming conferences, etc.   These items may also be added to the Pediatric Section webpage.
If you'd like to include any news or announcements in the newsletter, please email Sadie Campbell at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All items will be reviewed by POS Council prior to posting. Please note that POS, as part of TOS, is unable to accept news items that request participation in a study or seek to promote a study so that it can gain participants.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Pediatric Obesity Section Meeting
Join us for the Bar-Or Award Lecture!
Please join us for the presentation of the Bar-Or Award during the annual Pediatric Obesity Section Meeting to be held on Monday, October 11th at noon at Obesity 2010, the 28th Annual Meeting of The Obesity Society in San Diego, CA.  
Founded in 2007, the Bar-Or Award recognizes significant contributions to basic and applied pediatric obesity research that have resulted in major advances in scientific understanding of etiology, prevention, and treatment.   
The Pediatric Section is delighted to announce Dr. Leann L. Birch, PhD as the 2010 recipient of the Bar-Or Award for Excellence in Pediatric Obesity Research.  Dr. Birch is a Distinguished Professor of Human Development at the Pennsylvania State University.  She is widely considered the preeminent scholarly authority on the developing controls of food intake from infancy through adolescence. Her research focuses on both predictors and consequences of eating behavior, including a focus on the development of food preferences, and on problems of energy balance, particularly obesity.

Dr. Birch will give a scholarly lecture entitled "Childhood Obesity: Learning to Eat in Obesogenic Environments" as part of the award presentation at the annual Pediatric Section Meeting. 
A luncheon will be provided to Pediatric Section Members, with details to follow in coming weeks.
Pediatric Sessions at Obesity 2010
Support the present and future of pediatric obesity research by attending the following sessions at the 2010 Annual Meeting of The Obesity Society in San Diego October 8th-12th.
Saturday, Oct. 9
3:00-4:30pm - Impact of the Fetal and Neonatal Environment on Adult Health
Sunday, Oct. 10
1:45-3:15pm - Preventing Obesity and Diabetes in Schools: Results of the HEALTHY Study
Tuesday, Oct. 12
8:00-9:00am - Child Obesity - What to Do?
9:45-11:15am - Molecular Defects in Pediatric Syndromes Associated With Obesity
9:45-11:15am - Childhood Obesity Policy
Key Lecture:
Monday, Oct. 11
2:00-3:00pm - Building Partnerships to Fight Child Obesity
Oral Abstract Presentations:
Saturday, Oct. 9 - 8:00-9:30am
Plenary Oral Abstract Presentation
Saturday, Oct. 9 - 4:45-6:15pm
Obesity and Altered Immune Function 
Nutrition, Diet and Weight
Sunday, Oct. 10 - 3:30-5:00pm
Diabetes Metabolic Syndrome
Environment and Policy Influences on Obesity
Monday, Oct. 11 - 3:15-4:45pm
Metabolic Correlates of Obesity
Please consult the final program as times are subject to change.
POS Elections
POS Elections Results are In! 
The Pediatric Obesity Section Council would like to announce its new leaders.  Thanks to everyone who participated in the online election!
Denise Wilfey, PhD is a Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, Pediatrics, and Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, and also serves as Director of the Weight Management and Eating Disorders Program at Washington University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the study of the etiology, prevention, and treatment of obesity and eating disorders in youth.
Council Members:            
Youfa Wang, MD, MS, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Center for Human Nutrition, Departments of International Health and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research focuses on the causes, assessment, health consequences, and prevention of childhood obesity. 
Kirsten Davison, PhD is an Associate Professor at the University at Albany (SUNY), where she conducts basic and applied research on parenting practices linked with obesity risk in children and adolescents.
Erin Hennessy, PhD, MPH is a graduate of the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and a National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Fellow.  Her research interests include the study of socioenvironmental factors on childhood obesity with a particular emphasis on family dynamics; and on designing multilevel, theory-based community interventions.
2010-2011 Pediatric Obesity Section Council Members:
Chair: Ellen Demerath (10/10 -10/11)
Vice Chair: Alison Field (10/10 -10/11)
Secretary/Treasurer: Denise Wilfley (10/10 -10/11)
Council: Nancy Sherwood (10/09-10/11)
Council: Youfa Wang (10/10-10/12)
Council: Kirsten Davison (10/10-10/12)
Fellow:  Erin Hennessy (10/10 - 10/12)
Past Chair:  Jennifer Fisher (10/10) 
Council Liaison: Alison Field (10/10-10/11)
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