Public Affairs Committee

Insures that members are informed about national issues of concern in obesity research, treatment, and prevention; maintains an active interest in knowledge of relevant legislative and governmental activities which may affect obesity research and treatment and utilizes such knowledge to inform the Council, other committees and members of these legislative and administrative issues.


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Amanda E. Staiano, PhD (Chair)

Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA

Chris Ochner, PhD, FTOS (Co-Chair)

Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

Linda M. Arterburn, PhD

Medifast, Inc., Owings Mills, MD

Kiyah J. Duffey, PhD

La Sutherland Group, Blacksburg, VA

Issy C. Esangbedo, MD

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Susan Franks, PhD

University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX

Tapan Mehta, PhD

University Of Alabama Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Shu Wen Ng, PhD

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Lauren Sparks, PhD

Translational Research Institute For Metabolism And Diabetes, Orlando, FL

Rodney A. Velliquette, PhD, FTOS

Amway, Ada, MI

Susanne Votruba, RD, PhD

NIDDK/NIH, Phoenix, AZ

Andrew W. Brown, PhD (Early-Career Representative)

University Of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Diana Thomas, PhD (PA-Advocacy Committee Liaison)

Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

Phillip J. Brantley, PhD (Council Liaison)

Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA

Mollie Turner (Staff Liaison)

The Obesity Society, Silver Spring, MD

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