TOS Webinars

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

Propose a Webinar

TOS Committees and Sections can submit webinars for consideration. Download the requirements here and send your suggestions to

Presenter Resources for Webinars

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Upcoming Webinars 

The next TOS Early Career Committee webinar will take place in September. Details coming soon.

Past Webinars

Pharmacotherapy of Obesity: Practical Applications for Clinical Care

An ObesitySeriesLive Webinar
Recorded on  June 7, 2017, 12:00-1:00 pm Eastern 
Available until December 7, 2017

Missed this Webinar? Watch top experts via streaming video, get the latest medical science, and earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ at ObesitySeriesLive.

Presented by: 

  • Caroline M. Apovian, MD, FACN, FACP, DABOM, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at  Boston University School of Medicine and Director, Nutrition & Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center
  • Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, FTOS, DABOM, Medical Director, Strategies to Overcome and Prevent(STOP) Obesity Alliance at George Washington University
  • Kimberly A. Gudzune, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Topics Covered:

  • Awareness of obesity as a disease state, not a behavioral issue and implications for treatment
  • Limits of lifestyle interventions for obesity management
  • Pharmacology of and indications for the use of currently available agents for chronic weight management
  • Examining therapeutic efficacy of pharmacologic agents for chronic weight management in order to assess the need for bariatric surgery

TOS, Boston University, Wiley Publishing, and PlatformQ have collaborated to create ObesitySeriesLive, a series of live and enduring CME events free to all providers. For current topics, please see ObesitySeriesLive.

NIH Study Section and Grant Reviews: Behind the Scenes

TOS Early Career Committee Webinar
Recorded on Thursday, May 25, 2017, 12:00-1:00 pm Eastern

Missed this Webinar? Review the PowerPoint slides here

The Obesity Society’s Diversity Section and Early Career Member Committees have partnered to offer members a  Free insightful webinar titled: NIH Study Section and Grant Reviews: Behind the Scenes. What happens at a study section? What makes a good or bad proposal? To answer these questions, we invited panelists with experience reviewing NIH grant proposals and participating in study section to share their experiences and advice with us. Each speaker will present for 10-15 minutes, leaving time for Q&A at the end. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions through a chat function in the webinar software.


Michelle Cardel, PhD, RD., assistant professor, is a nutrition and obesity researcher in the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy at the University of Florida. Her research is focused on understanding factors that contribute to the development of obesity and implementing effective prevention and treatment programs for childhood obesity in underserved populations. Her specialties include nutrition, obesity, weight management, pediatric obesity, psychosocial factors contributing to obesity, and health disparities. 


Fungai Chanetsa, PhD is the Scientific Review Officer for the Kidney Nutrition, Obesity and Diabetes (KNOD) in the population Sciences and epidemiology Integrated review Group, Center for Scientific Review. Currently, as Scientific Review officer, she manages review of applications across the continuum of NIH institutes and mechanisms. She has been with the Center for Scientific review for almost 12 years.

Holly L. Nicastro, PhD, MPH, is a Program Director in the Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch, Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). She is responsible for managing a grant portfolio of research projects related to human nutrition and adult obesity prevention clinical trials.

Christina Economos, PhD, is a Professor and the New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Medical School at Tufts University. She is also the co-Founder and Director of ChildObesity180, a unique organization that brings together leaders from diverse disciplines to generate urgency, and find solutions to the childhood obesity epidemic.

How to Get the Most Out of Scientific Meetings

TOS Early Career Committee Webinar
Recorded October 4, 2016, 11:30am - 12:30pm Eastern

Missed this Webinar? Stream recording below.

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

Presented by: Arya M. Sharma, MD/PhD, FRCPC, Professor and Chair of Obesity Research and Management at the University of Alberta

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 Committee Webinar
Recorded on Monday, May 16, 2016, 12– 1pm Eastern

Missed this Webinar? A summary of this webinar is available here

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. 

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
Presented by:
  • Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, Professor of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Dianne Ward, EdD, Professor of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Strategies for Successful Grant-Writing

TOS Early Career Committee Webinar
Recorded Thursday, September 17, 2015, 2-3pm Eastern

Missed this Webinar? 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. 

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.

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 and Media to Support Your Work

TOS Communications Department Webinar
Recorded Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 1:30-2:30pm Eastern

Missed this Webinar? 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 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).

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 Committee Webinar
Recorded Thursday, February 19, 2015, 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern

Missed this Webinar?A recording of the webinar is available for TOS membershere. 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.

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: