Obesity Society Grant Recipients Announced at Obesity 2010

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San Diego, CA, October 8, 2010 -- The Obesity Society, the leading North American professional and scientific organization dedicated to the study of obesity, will recognize this year’s honorees at Obesity 2010, the society’s 28th Annual Scientific Meeting, which starts today at the San Diego Convention Center.

The Covidien Research grants focus on two areas: Childhood Obesity-Prevention and/or Treatment and Weight Gain after Bariatric Surgery. Awards of $50,000 each is given to the recipients for a two-year pilot study. The Recipients of this award were: Marie-Pierre St-Onge, PhD, for Prevention and Treatment and to Rachel Goldman, MA, for Weight Gain After Bariatric Surgery.

The Nutrisystem research grant, a $25,000 grant for a one-year pilot study, was awarded to Kelly H. Webber, PhD. Dr. Webber’s study is The Effect of a Behavioral Weight Loss Program With Nutrisystem Meal Provision on Change in Weight, Fasting Blood Glucose, Cholesterol, and Blood Pressure Over 12 weeks.

The GlaxoSmithKline Research grant is for both clinical and in vitro research. Awards of $25,000 each are given to the recipients for a one-year pilot study. Angel Vahratian, PhD, MPH received the grant for Visceral Obesity, and Kelly C. Allison, PhD for Behavioral Science Research.

The Early Career Research Grant funds studies proposed by new investigators who have completed their doctorates (or residency training) within the past five years. Awards of $25,000 each are given to the recipients for a one-year pilot study. The recipients of the grant were Kent C. Hansen, PhD, Scott E. Kanoski, PhD, and Jennifer Otten, PhD, RD.

Finally, the 2010 Pat Simons Travel Grants were awarded prior to the annual scientific meeting to 15 finalists to help cover their transportation expenses to Obesity 2010.

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