Obesity Society Honors Leading Obesity Professionals at Obesity 2010

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Awards Promote, Recognize, and Encourage Research in the Field of Obesity


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.
At the Opening session held October 8, The George A. Bray Founders Award was presented to Barbara J Rolls, PhD. Dr. Rolls recent work has created a paradigm shift in the way scientists think about the regulation of food intake. Her lecture was titled Drinking, eating, and Then…Obesity.

In the same session, The Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service was presented to Kelly D. Brownwell, PhD. Dr. Brownell was recognized for her tireless public health advocacy efforts to tackle the nation’s obesity epidemic. Awards were also given for outstanding journal articles published in Obesity. The two articles chosen were Adipose Depots Possess Unique Developmental Gene Signatures written by Yuji Yamamoto, Stephane Gesta, Kevin Y. Lee, Thien T. Tran, Parshin Saadatirad, C. Ronald Kahn and Brown Adipose Tissue, Whole Body Energy Expenditure, and Thermogenesis in Healthy Adult Men written by Takeshi Yoneshiro, Sayuri Aita, Mami Matsushita, Toshimitsu Kameya, Kunihiro Nakada, Yuko Kawai, Masayuki Saito.

Saturday, October 10, Van Saxton Hubbard, MD, PhD, received the Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award, for his devotion to advancing the science of obesity and nutrition through research, mentorship, and education. Dr. Hubbard’s lecture was titled Focus on Obesity Research and Research Translation–Past, Current, and Looking Towards the Future.

The TOPS Research Achievement Award sponsored by Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Club, Inc., was presented by Barbara Cady on Sunday, October 10 to Michael D. Jensen, MD, Mayo Clinic. Accepting a $5,000 cash award during the ceremony, Dr. Jensen presented his lecture titled Body Fat Distribution–Causes and Consequences.

The Lilly Scientific Award, sponsored by the Eli Lily Pharmaceutical Company, recognizes excellence in an established research career. On Monday, October 11, the award was presented to Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD. Dr. Gordon-Larsen’s lecture was titled Linking Biology, Behavior, and Environment to Understand Obesity.

The 2010 Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award recognizes excellence in research by young investigators based on their submitted abstracts and presentations during Obesity 2010 and allows each finalist up to $1,000 to cover annual meeting expenses. This year’s five finalists were: Elisa Fabbrini, MD, PhD. Anna Belkina, MD, Susan Carnell, PhD, Dong-Hoon Kim, PhD, and Tuomas O. Kilpelainen, PhD. Elisa Fabbrini was the 2010 Ethan Sims Youth Investigator Award Winner.

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