Obesity Society Awards

Obesity Society Awards

The Obesity Society's awards program promotes, rewards, and encourages research in the field of obesity. Awards recognize specific research achievements and major contributions to the basic science, treatment and prevention of obesity. Awards highlighting the careers of obesity researchers are presented annually at ObesityWeekSM 2017 in Washington, DC October 31- November 4, 2017 (TOS program scheduled Nov 1-4). Find out more about the past recipients here

2016 Awards

Congratulations to the 2016 TOS Award winners! Find a list of current winners here. For questions please contact grantsandawards@obesity.org.

Note: The call for the Ethan Sims Award will be made separately. See details below for applications for the George A. Bray Master's Thesis and Dissertation Awards.


Award Descriptions

Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service recognizes an individual or organization whose work has significantly improved the lives of those affected by obesity, whether through research, public policy, patient care, or other means. This award was established by a gift from Thomas A. Wadden. Recipients receive a plaque and a $1,000 award.

The George A. Bray Founders Award recognizes an individual for significant contributions that advance the scientific or clinical basis for understanding or treating obesity and for extensive involvement with The Obesity Society. Recipients receive a plaque and $1,000 cash prize. The award is presented during a plenary session at which the recipient is invited to present the George A. Bray Founders Award Lecture.

The George A. Bray Master’s Thesis & Doctoral Dissertation Awards recognizes two students for their complete master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation (respectively) that was successfully defended in the current year (between April 1, 2016 and March 30, 2017). Applications will be judged based on: significance, relevance/potential impact in the field of obesity, scientific methodology, writing quality, overall approach and scope and innovation. Each recipient receives $1500 travel and registration for ObesityWeek plus a $500 cash award. The winners will be announced at ObesityWeek during the George Bray Founders Award Lecture.

Applications should include:

  • A PDF copy of the applicants complete master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation (respectively) that was successfully defended during the time frame April 1, 2016 to March 30, 2017.
  • A signed (by committee chair and student), 1-page TOS application form attesting to the successful defense.

Refer to criteria above for other submission details and deadlines.

The TOPS Research Achievement Award recognizes an individual for singular achievement or contribution to research in the field of obesity. This award is made possible through an annual grant from the Take Off Pounds Sensibly Foundation (TOPS). Recipients receive a plaque and $5,000 cash prize plus a travel grant to the Annual Scientific Meeting. The award is presented during a plenary session at which the recipient is invited to present the TOPS Research Achievement Award Lecture.

The Lilly Scientific Achievement Award recognizes excellence in an established research career and is made possible through an annual grant from the Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Company. Recipients receive a plaque and $5,000 cash prize plus a travel grant to the Annual Scientific Meeting. The award is presented during a plenary session at which the recipient is invited to present the Lilly Scientific Achievement Award Lecture. To be eligible for this award, the recipient must be within 15 years of receiving his or her terminal degree.

Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award recognizes excellence in research by young investigators based on their submitted abstracts and presentation during ObesityWeek. Each year, five finalists are selected during the call for abstracts. Each finalist will receive up to $1,000 to cover ObesityWeek expenses. The award is presented during a plenary session at which the five finalists are invited to present their oral abstracts. The recipient will be announced at the conclusion of the session and will receive an additional $1,000 cash prize.

The Friends of Albert (Mickey) Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award is designed to recognize people who, like Mickey Stunkard, have made a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the field of obesity in terms of scholarship, mentorship, and education. Recipients receive a plaque and $1,000 cash prize. The award is presented during a plenary session at which the recipient is invited to present the Friends of Albert Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award Lecture.

Thomas A. Wadden Award for Distinguished Mentorship was created in 2015, this award honors a mid-career or senior TOS member for distinguished mentorship of the Society's members who were in their early careers at the time of the mentoring relationship. The award is named for Professor Thomas Wadden, PhD, of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, who for more than 30 years has mentored dozens of scientist-practitioners who have pursued successful careers in obesity research and clinical care. The award was created was created with a generous endowment from multiple contributors, comprised primarily of Dr. Wadden’s prior mentees. Former mentee, Adam Gilden Tsai, MD led the effort. The endowment funds a plaque and $1000 cash award each year. The award is presented as part of the Ethan Sims Presentations at ObesityWeek, where the nominating mentee presents their submission, followed by brief acceptance remarks by the recipient.

 

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