Obesity & Pregnancy Conference Addresses Risks to Women and Babies, March 21, 2013

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Inaugural Obesity & Pregnancy Conference Addresses Risks

Obesity Poses to Women and Babies Pre- and Post-Term

The Obesity Society and the International Association for the Study of Obesity Come Together to Expand Research and Education to Support Reproductive Health


SILVER SPRING, MD - The science and research community continues to uncover close ties between obesity and the risks posed to both women and babies pre- and post-birth. New research shows women affected by obesity may be at increased risk for heart attack and stroke after giving birth[i] and another study points to an increased risk of obesity for children born via cesarean section.[ii]


In an effort to further educate clinicians on the many emerging ties between obesity and risks in pregnancy and birth, The Obesity Society (TOS) and the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) are coming together to host the Obesity & Pregnancy Conference in Boston, Mass., May 15-17, 2013.


WHAT: The Conference program will include a balance of basic science, translational research and clinical practice that explores the tie between obesity and pregnancy. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn continuing education credit from experts in nutrition, diabetes, cardiovascular health and metabolism. Participants will also be able to explore the latest research during poster presentations relating to conference themes.


Featured speakers include:

Linda Adair, Professor of Nutrition, University of North Carolina, USA

Nancy Butte, Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, USA

Ronald Devlieger, Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Sarah Finer, Honorary Clinical Lecturer and Specialist Registrar in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Centre for Diabetes, Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, London, UK

Dilys Freeman, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, Glasgow, UK

Kevin Grove, Interim Division Chief, Division of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Senior Scientist, Division of Reproductive and Developmental Science, Oregon Health and Science University, USA


WHO: The conference is open to all clinicians (obstetricians, pediatricians, endocrinologists, psychologists, nutritionists and surgeons), as well as midwives and basic scientists involved in the field of obesity and reproductive health.


WHEN: 12:30 p.m., May 15 – 1:00 p.m., May 17, 2013



                Hilton Boston Logan Airport Hotel           

 One Hotel Drive

                Boston, MA, 02128



REGISTRATION: For more information visit: http://www.iaso.org/events/hot-topics/obesity-pregnancy/. Any reporters interested in attending or learning more should contact Mollie Turner at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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About The Obesity Society

The Obesity Society (TOS) is the leading scientific society dedicated to the study of obesity. TOS is committed to encouraging research on the causes, treatment, and prevention of obesity as well as to keeping the scientific community and public informed of new advances in the field. For more information, please visit www.obesity.org.


About the International Association for the Study of Obesity

The International Association for the Study of Obesity is a not‐for‐profit organisation with over 30,000 professional members in 54 national and regional associations, based in London UK. For more information, please visit www.iaso.org.

[i] J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013;61(10_S): doi:10.1016/S0735-1097(13)60033-9.

[ii] Arch Dis Child. 2012 Jul;97(7):610-6. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2011-301141.

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