Letter from the President - May 1 TOS eNews

Dear Colleagues,


It’s time to submit your abstracts for oral presentation and posters for The Obesity Society Annual Meeting at Obesity Week 2013! The abstract submission site opens today and we’ll be accepting your submissions through June 15 of this year. We have moved back the deadline this year in recognition of the later meeting time (Nov. 11-16), and to condense the time between abstract submission and presentation at the meeting.

Each year, The Obesity Society annual scientific meeting highlights cutting-edge findings in obesity research to expand our knowledge at the basic science level and ultimately help improve the lives of those affected via translation and clinical research. Without fail, research coming out of the meeting is covered in high-profile media outlets, such as USA Today, and is recognized by state and federal government organizations, such as the National Institutes of Health. Since this year’s meeting will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, there is a unique opportunity to reach key players headquartered in the city, including CNN and the Centers for Disease Control. You won’t want to miss out on this prestigious opportunity to present your research to your esteemed colleagues, the news media, state and federal health authorities and the public.

As the inaugural year of Obesity Week there is added emphasis this year on the research. TOS has combined our resources with those of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) for twice the number of program attendees and a broader impact of the science presented at the meeting. As you plan to submit your abstracts, please keep in mind that the TOS abstract submissions are separate from the abstracts submitted as part of the ASMBS annual meeting at Obesity Week. As noted in previous newsletters, the scientific sessions of TOS and ASMBS are also separate. Obesity Week registration allows registrants to attend sessions in both meetings.

Abstract submission for the TOS portion of Obesity Week 2013 is no different this year than in the past. We’ve only made the site more user friendly by separating the awards into their own section. In this separate section, students, post docs, and trainees will find information regarding the Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award, Pat Simons Travel Grants, and new additional opportunities for abstract recognition that will be sponsored by TOS sections. You can find out more information about the awards and grants here.

As a refresher, here’s a brief overview of what you need to submit your abstracts:

  • 1,850 characters (or 250 word) abstract
  • Abstract title
  • Track selection (choose one of the following five)

               1.Metabolism and Integrative Physiology


               3.Intervention and Clinical Studies

               4.Population Health


  • Names of your and your co-authors’ institutions and affiliations
  • Authors
  • Keywords (one must be provided, but you can choose up to three)
  • Submission fee of $65 (by credit/debit card or check)

Please also keep in mind that financial disclosures are required of all authors submitting research and registration to Obesity Week must be made separately via the registration site to attend and present your findings.

You can find a full list of instructions for submitting your abstracts here, and the submission site here.

We thank you in advance for submitting your best science as abstract submissions and for planning to attend the inaugural Obesity Week event. Your involvement will make this meeting a tremendous success. I look forward to seeing you at Obesity Week 2013!




Harvey J. Grill, PhD

President of The Obesity Society


Uploaded: May 1, 2013

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