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Today the membership would like to take few minutes and recognize a new Fellow of the Obesity Society, Diana Thomas, PhD, FTOS . Q: What is your full name, credentials, and title? A:  Diana Thomas, PhD, FTOS, Professor of Mathematical Sciences at West Point   Q: What is your primary research question or clinical field? A: My primary research question is to model phenomena in obesity that informs and predicts. The specific applications I’ve been involved in involve modeling body shape and composition, physiological responses to exercise, long-term response to obesity treatments, and predicting trends in obesity prevalence.   ...
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Today the membership would like to take few minutes and recognize a new Fellow of the Obesity Society,  Candida J. Rebello, PhD, LLB, RD, FTOS. Q: What is your full name, credentials, and title? A: Candida J. Rebello, Ph.D., LL.B.,R.D., FTOS, Postdoctoral Fellow - Pennington Biomedical Research Center   Q: What is your primary research question or clinical field? A: I am investigating the effects of botanicals on components of the metabolic syndrome in human adipocytes.   Q: How long have you been in your career? A: I have been a research dietitian involved in clinical trials for the past five years but for my postdoctoral ...
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Is there any better feeling than clicking “Submit” on the Graduate School website after you upload your dissertation and all the required paperwork? I feel like a new man. A huge weight has been lifted. I can have my evenings and weekends back! I can be a person in the world again! Needless to say, I’ve been riding pretty high since I submitted my dissertation last Friday. It was the culmination of four years of late nights writing papers while consuming too much caffeine. Now all that’s left to do is attend graduation and get hooded by my PhD advisor. It feels a little surreal, actually. I’m finally done with school. There aren’t any other degrees I’m interested ...
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Following is an interview with one of the newest TOS fellows.  Congratulations on receiving this honor! Q: What is your full name, credentials, and title? A: Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, FAAP, FTOS   Q: What is your primary research question or clinical field? A: My primary clinical area is obesity medicine in the care of children, adolescents, and adults. I conduct research on issues related to obesity policy, disparities, physical activity, pharmacotherapy, weight loss surgery, and weight bias.   Q: How long have you been in your career? A:  After the completion of my residencies in internal medicine and pediatrics, ...
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Fellowship is one of the highest honors The Obesity Society bestows. This prestigious mark of distinction highlights a Fellows contributions to the field of obesity research, treatment and prevention.  Q: What is your full name, credentials, and title?  A: Juliana FW Cohen, ScM, ScD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Merrimack College and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health     Q: What is your primary research question or clinical field? A:  My research focuses on policies and innovative strategies to increase the selection and consumption ...
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The Obesity Society welcomes John Fiegel as its interim executive director. The Executive Committee again relied on Transition Management Consulting to provide an interim who will oversee office operations and assist in finding a permanent executive director. John has 30+ of experience as an executive director for two dozen professional societies and trade associations. He has been affiliated with Transition Management Consulting for ten years. TOS is his tenth interim executive director engagement. John will work with TOS to install a new executive director by years en
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Its over! Its all over! Well, mostly. I successfully defended my dissertation on Tuesday and couldnt be more relieved. It was a treat to present my research in front of my committee and friends and family who were able to attend. The Q&A with my committee was a little nerve-wracking, but I guess thats why they still call it a defense. I have a few minor revisions to make before submitting it to the Graduate School. Graduation is May 12 th , which also happens to be my 30 th birthday. One of the many realizations I had since my last blog post was the importance of a good editor. During our final revisions before circulating my dissertation to my committee, ...
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Today the membership would like to take few minutes and recognize a new Fellow of the Obesity Society, Dr. Alexandra Brewis (Slade) Q: What is your full name, credentials, and title? (e.g., John Smith, MD, FTOS, President of X University) A: Alexandra Brewis (Slade), PhD, Presidents Professor and Associate Vice President, Arizona State University Q: What is your primary research question or clinical field? A: I am an anthropologist interested in how norms, beliefs and social structure becomes literally embodied as weight and how weight in turn shapes society. Q: How long have you been in your career? A: I finished my ...
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Fellowship is one of the highest honors The Obesity Society bestows. This week TOS Member Spotlight features a conversation with TOS Fellow Yitka Graham, PhD, FTOS Q: What is your full name, credentials, and title? A: Dr Yitka Graham, PhD, FTOS, Senior Lecturer in Public Health, University of Sunderland, Researcher in Bariatric Surgery, Sunderland Royal Hospital, Specialty Group Lead for both Health Services Research and Public Health, National Institute for Health Research North East and North Cumbria Local Clinical Research Network, England. Q: What is your primary research question or clinical field? A: My primary research field ...
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The first sentence of Temple Universitys Dissertation and Thesis Handbook states, Writing a dissertation or thesis is a time-consuming but ultimately rewarding experience. Ugh, I guess. This is Andy Pool, social media liaison for TOS and Public Health PhD candidate at Temple University. You may remember me from my blogs during ObesityWeek. Ive returned to provide some insight into the life of an early career obesity researcher, who is finalizing his dissertation and preparing for his defense. I imagine some TOS members know what this process is like seemingly endless literature searches, agonizing over word choice, and consuming obscene amounts of caffeine. ...
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This months TOS Member Spotlight features a conversation with TOS Fellow Stephanie Sogg : Q: What is your full name, credentials, and title? A: Stephanie Sogg, Ph.D., FTOS, Clinical Psychologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School Q: What is your primary research question or clinical field? A: My clinical interests include psychosocial contributors to obesity, cognitive-behavioral treatment for obesity and eating pathology, and working with patients before and after weight loss surgery (WLS). My research interests focus on the intersection of obesity and addiction, ...
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Today the Membership would like to take few minutes and recognize a Fellow, Dr. Steven B. Heymsfield. After receiving his B.A. in Chemistry from Hunter College of The City University of New York, Dr. Heymsfield completed his medical degree at the Mt. Sinai Icahn School of Medicine. At Emory University, Dr. Heymsfield completed his internship and residency and became a Pharmacology Fellow. Dr. Heymsfield went on to be appointed a Professor of Medicine and the Deputy Director of the New York Obesity Research Center at Columbia University. Currently, Dr. Heymsfield is a Professor and the George A. Bray, Jr. Chair in Nutrition at the Pennington Biomedical Research ...
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This mo nths Member Spotlight features a conversation with TOS Member Stephanie Anzman-Frasca Q: Can you tell us your full name (with credentials), affiliation, and any leadership roles (Committees, Sections, etc.) youve held with TOS? My name is Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, PhD, and Im an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University at Buffalo. I have been involved with TOS and the Pediatric Obesity Section (POS) since 2008 and held the Early Career Representative position on the POS Council from 2014-2016. Q: What is your primary research area? My research is centered at the intersection of developmental psychology and obesity prevention, ...
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This Member Spotlight features a conversation with TOS Member Rebecca L. Pearl, Ph.D. Q: Can you tell us your full name (with credentials), affiliation, and any leadership roles (Committees, Sections, etc.) youve held with TOS? A: Rebecca L. Pearl, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Q: What is something youve worked on or accomplished recently for TOS? A: My colleagues and I recently published a study in Obesity examining the relationship between weight bias internalization (or self-directed weight stigma) and metabolic syndrome among treatment-seeking ...
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On behalf of the Annual Program Committee Co-Chair Lori Zeltser, PhD, and myself we are happy to report that after months of preparation, the 30-member Committee met Jan. 19 20 in Dallas, Texas to develop the bulk of TOSs scientific content for ObesityWeek 2017. Over the two-day meeting, members of the Metabolism and Integrative Physiology, Neuroscience, Intervention and Clinical Studies, Population Health, Clinical/Professional Practice, and Policy/Public Health Tracks of the Program Committee with input from solicited suggestions from our membership proposed a series of symposia and key lectures that run the gamut of obesity medicine and science. The ...
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Hello Dr. Rolls, Thank you again for your generous contribution to The Obesity Society by creating the Rolls-Simons Endowment. Before we get into the endowment can you please give us a little bit of background information on your membership with The Obesity Society? Dr. Rolls : I became a member of TOS in 1987. I am also a Past President of the association serving from 1996 to 1997. Ive been involved with many of TOSs committees as well as advocating for further education and research in obesity. What made you decide to create the Rolls-Simons Endowment? Dr. Rolls: My mom married at 19 and she put on the weight almost immediately. My whole ...
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Leaders from Milken School of Public Health, STOP Obesity Alliance, National Quality Forum (NQF), payers, industry and myself, representing The Obesity Society, came together at the third roundtable to discuss steps to secure obesity management coverage at the federal level. One outcome of the prior meetings included the Obesity Care Algorithm, which serves as a source for potential measurement concepts. The current task of the roundtable is to both: 1) identify measures specific to weight loss and weight maintenance that can be adopted to ensure quality outcomes, and 2) to obtain these measures via the electronic medical record (EMR). The group discussed ...
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Letter from the President Dear Colleagues, Twenty-sixteen was yet another successful year for The Obesity Society. As a result of the hard work of our leadership, volunteers, staff and partners, we have continued to improve the understanding and acceptance - of obesity as a disease, a cause generously backed by the evidence-based research of our members. Further, weve taken multiple steps to refine our processes and practices as an organization, improve our communications about the scientific work of our members (both basic and applied) and advance our transdisciplinary work. As we close out the year, the Society celebrates these accomplishments ...
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Dear Colleagues, I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season with your loved ones. As the year winds down, I want to take a moment to reflect on our accomplishments during TOSs Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek℠ 2016 in New Orleans. This year we had a strong turnout with nearly 4,900 attendees, many of whom presented groundbreaking science for TOS and ASMBS as part of more than 1,200 abstracts . Here are some other key figures from the meeting: Attendees: Domestic to U.S. (82.79%) vs. International (17.21%) International attendees from 57 countries 103 different primary professions, with the top five citing 1) clinician, 2) surgeon, 3) scientist/researcher, ...
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Welcome to ObesityWeek 2016! Each year the annual conference of The Obesity Society gets bigger and better, and this years conference is exceptional. By bringing together world-renowned experts, this event presents a unique opportunity to weave together the diverse communities working to advance the research, treatment and prevention of obesity. Our interdisciplinary focus on both science and treatment sets this meeting apart, and it benefits our expected 5,000 plus attendees who will learn about innovative research, treatment breakthroughs and public policy all in one place. With more than 1,500 cutting-edge scientific presentations, compelling key lectures, ...
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