TOS WEBINARS

TOS Webinars

TOS is committed to developing educational opportunities via innovative platforms for its members, including webinars. This page will be updated with free members-only webinars as they become available.

Have an idea for a webinar you'd like to see? Send your suggestions to communications@obesity.org.

Current Webinar

FREE TOS Webinar: Incorporating Obesity Medicine to your Medical Practice 

 Wednesday 15th February, 2017, 1-2pm EST.

The Obesity Society’s Clinical Management and Early Career Member Committees have partnered to offer you a great new FREE webinar: Incorporating Obesity Medicine to your Medical Practice. Adding obesity medicine to an existing practice can be challenging so we invited panelists from academia, HMO, and private practice, to share their experiences and advice with us.  Each speaker will present for 10-15 minutes, leaving time for joint discussion and Q&A at the end.  Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions through a chat function in the webinar software.
 
Members and guests at all career stages are welcome. Register here.
 
Speakers:
 
Dr.Angela Fitch, MD is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Board-certified in pediatrics, internal medicine and obesity medicine, she is the VP of UC Health Primary Care. She serves as Director of Medical Weight Management at the UC Health Weight Loss Center, and is also the Medical Director of the Executive Health Program (EHP). Her current medical focus is weight loss medicine.
 
Dr. Wendy Scinta, MD is a nationally recognized expert on adult and childhood obesity treatment, and current president-elect of the Obesity Medicine Association.  She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at SUNY Upstate, Diplomat of the American Board of Family Physicians and the American Board of Obesity Medicine. 
 
Dr. Sean Hashmi, MD, MS, FASN is the Assistant Area Medical Director at Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills in California. He is also the Southern California regional lead for Adult Weight Management. Currently, Dr. Hashmi serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Clinical Management of Obesity Section of The Obesity Society.

Past webinars

Now Available Online: How to get the most out of scientific meetings

TOS Early Career Webinar

Being a successful scholar requires building a strong reputation as well as developing meaningful collaborations, both within and across disciplines. This timely webinar, now available right before ObesityWeek, covers a range of topics, including:

  • Redefining and refining your personal objectives in attending scientific meetings
  • Why personal relationships count
  • How to talk to anyone about anything
  • Dos and don’ts to get the most out of scientific meetings
  • Following up and keeping in touch

Dr. Arya M. Sharma, MD/PhD, FRCPC shares his insights in this webinar. He is a professor and chair of obesity research and management at the University of Alberta. He is also the medical director of the Edmonton Regional Weight Wise Program, the scientific director of the Canadian Obesity Network and President of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons. His research focuses on an evidence-based approach to managing patients with obesity.

 

Bio of Expert Speaker:

Arya M. Sharma, MD/PhD, FRCPC is Professor and Chair of Obesity Research and Management at the University of Alberta. He is also the Medical Director of the Edmonton Regional Weight Wise Program, the Scientific Director of the Canadian Obesity Network, and President of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons. His research focuses on an evidence-based approach to managing obese patients. 

Dr. Sharma is on the editorial boards of several international journals and has authored or coauthored more than 275 scientific articles. He has also lectured widely on the aetiology and management of hypertension, obesity, and related cardiometabolic disorders. Dr. Sharma is regularly featured as a medical expert in national and international TV and print media including the CBC, CTV, New York Times, and MSNBC. 

Dr. Sharma maintains a widely-read blog where he regularly posts his ideas and thoughts on obesity prevention and management.

Strategies for Academic Writing and Publishing

TOS Early Career Webinar
Held Monday, May 16  from 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET

Being a successful scholar requires summarizing findings and publishing them in academic journals. To help you polish your academic writing skills and identify strategies for placing your articles in widely read journals, The Obesity Society’s Early Career Member Committee was pleased to host its second webinar titled: Strategies for Academic Writing and Publishing on Monday, May 16, 2016. 

A summary of this webinar is available here.

The webinar was structured as an informal dialogue between two panelists, Dr. Dianne Ward (Professor of Nutrition, UNC-Chapel Hill) and Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen (Professor of Nutrition, UNC-Chapel Hill, current TOS President), with an early career moderator who facilitated the discussion. These panelists have a successful track record of publishing important substantive and methodological articles in an array of journals, giving them unique insight into the academic writing and publishing process. Attendees will also have an opportunity submit questions through a chat function in the webinar software.

Topics included:
  • Identifying the right journal
  • Quality vs. quantity of publications
  • Diversity of publications
  • Navigating co-authorship
  • Style and tone
  • Writing a compelling cover letter
  • Writing a great abstract
Bio of Expert Speakers:
  • Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD: Dr. Gordon-Larsen is Professor of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and held the Dannon Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Nutrition Science before joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Gordon-Larsen’s NIH-funded research portfolio focuses on individual-, household-, and community-level susceptibility to obesity, and her work ranges from microbial to genetic to societal-level factors that shape obesity and its consequences. Much of her research focuses on issues related to ethnicity, disparities, and development of obesity over the lifecycle with attention to pathways linking environment and behavior to cardiometabolic risk. Her published research has appeared in JAMA, Archives of Internal Medicine, Obesity, ObesityReviews, Pediatric Obesity and Pediatrics, among others. She has served as associate editor or as editorial board member of Obesity, Pediatric Obesity, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Nutrition and Diabetes, and Health & Place and Annals of Human Biology. She received the Eli Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society in 2010. Dr. Gordon-Larsen is the current president of TOS.
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  • Dianne Ward, EdD: Dr. Ward is Professor of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her EdD in physical education from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and completed her post-doctoral training in the department of physiology at the University of South Carolina Medical School. Dr. Ward was on faculty at the University of South Carolina, School of Public Health before joining the faculty at University of North Carolina. Dr. Ward currently leads the UNC Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group, dedicated to creating, testing and disseminating programs and policies that improve the health and well-being of children and their families through healthy nutrition and physical activity. Dr. Ward’s NIH-funded work uses an ecological framework and relevant behavioral theories to develop effective interventions to increase engagement with regular physical activity and healthy eating, and that inform state and national policies. Additionally, Dr. Ward has worked to create environmental assessments of micro-environments, including home and child care settings that advance our knowledge of the factors that support positive nutrition habits and healthy weight in young children. Her published research has appeared in Obesity, Obesity Research, Lancet, International Journal of Physical Activity and Behavioral Nutrition, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, among others. She is Section Editor for BMC Public Health and on the editorial boards of the International Journal for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, and the Exercise and Sports Science Research.


 

Strategies for Successful Grant-Writing

TOS Early Career Webinar
Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm ET

Being a successful principal investigator or member of a research team requires winning grants in an increasingly competitive funding climate. To help you get a jump start on writing a successful proposal, The Obesity Society's Early Career Member Committee held its second webinar titled: Strategies for Successful Grant-Writing on Thursday, September 17th from 2:00-3:00pm EST. More than 100 members and guests at all career stages attended.

A recording of the webinar is available for TOS members here. Please note: You will need to log in using your TOS User ID and password to access the recording. 

The webinar was structured as an informal dialogue between two panelists (Drs. Julie Lumeng from the University of Michigan and Gareth Dutton from the University of Alabama at Birmingham), with a moderator facilitating the discussion (Dr. Michele Levine from the University of Pittsburgh). These expert speakers have all successfully proposed R01 grants and/or served on study sections, giving them unique insight into the grant-writing process. The webinar recording also includes a Question and Answer session. 

This webinar was designed to highlight key strategies for writing a successful proposal. Topics included:

  • The idea development process
  • Size and scope of your research aims
  • Highlighting the novelty and innovation of your idea
  • Budget narratives
  • "Deal-breakers" to avoid
  • Style and tone

Target Audience: Graduate and postdoctoral students, junior researchers, mid-career professionals looking to increase their research productivity.

Bio of Expert Speakers:

  • Michele Levine, PhD: Dr. Levine's research concerns the relationships among mood, weight and health behaviors, including the prevention of weight gain among young women and the treatment of pediatric obesity.
  • Julie Lumeng, MD: Dr. Lumeng received her medical degree from the University of Michigan, where she also completed her pediatric residency. She completed her fellowship at Boston University School of Medicine, is board certified in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, and is currently an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan. Dr. Lumeng does research on the development of children's eating behavior.
  • Gareth Dutton, PhD: Dr. Dutton received his PhD in clinical psychology with emphasis on behavioral medicine from Louisiana State University and is currently an associate professor in the division of preventive medicine at University of Alabama, Birmingham. Dutton's research focuses on lifestyle interventions for weight loss, physical activity, and diabetes prevention.


Learn to Leverage Communications & Media to Support Your Work

TOS Communications Webinar
Held Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 1:30 pm ET

The Obesity Society hosted a webinar titled "Learn to Leverage Communications & Media to Support Your Work" on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 with presenters:

  • Sylvia Rowe, president of SR Strategy. Sylvia is an expert in communications and issues management consulting on a broad range of health, nutrition, food safety and risk issues.
  • Nick Alexander, strategic media consultant. Nick specializes in crisis communication, strategic writing and media relations for scientific societies and food industry (nutrition, food safety and scientific communications).

A recording of the webinar is available for TOS members here. Please note: You will need to log in using your TOS User ID and password to access the recording. 

The webinar offered a refresher on obesity communications and highlighted new tools to take it a step further:

  • Integrating social media
  • Communicating with reporters
  • Tips for public speaking
  • Effective one-on-one meetings, and more!

Strategies to Build a Successful Research Program in Obesity Related Research

TOS Early Career Webinar
Held Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm ET

As part of its 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.

Slides from each presenter are available below:

A recording of the webinar is available for TOS members here. Be sure you are using an updated internet browser to access the recording. Due to technical glitches, the first 20 minutes of the webinar are missing from the recording.