Boston: A Place for Learning & Re-Connecting

Letter from the Presidentlobster-rolls

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

Boston. What a fabulous city: interesting people, a great food culture, bustling energy… and ObesityWeekSM 2014.

 

We have a lot of work to do in obesity and what better place for that good work than Boston? ObesityWeek 2014, Nov. 2-7, is the place for collaboration, learning, advocating and re-connecting with old friends. 

 

The science of obesity is charging ahead, providing new insights into causes, consequences, prevention and treatment. Combine that with TOS’s burgeoning public affairs work and advocacy efforts on the hill, and in state capitals, and you’ve got a rich gumbo (or should I say lobster roll!) representing the diversity of perspectives and expertise that defines TOS

 

We are all wonderfully interdependent. Our basic and clinical science informs our policy positions and advocacy work. Policy and advocacy drives us all forward. And, on the front lines our clinicians deliver care to persons with obesity that look to us for our expertise and wisdom.

 

ObesityWeek is the place where obesity professionals, from science to treatment, come together. Start planning now for this superb meeting that you will not want to miss. Boston will be our largest meeting ever. Why? We are never closer to our European colleagues. The city is attractive and vibrant with biotechnology and discovery platforms of big pharma and academia in both Cambridge and Boston. 

 

Help us spread the word. Send a couple of e-mails to your colleagues in academia, medicine or Industry in the Boston area inviting them to meet you at ObesityWeek 2014. If you live in New England, send a note or call a friend to reconnect at ObesityWeek 2014.

 

A final note to our Early-Career Investigators: start planning now to connect with the experts at TOS in Boston. Unlike some of the “mega meetings” you may attend, ObesityWeek is a great opportunity to meet the experts in a casual setting. Stick out a hand and introduce yourself to a speaker. Be prepared to give your elevator speech on your interests and passions in the obesity arena. I think you’ll find ObesityWeek 2014 more productive and engaging this way. Finally, volunteer your time to TOS by joining a Section or Committee.

 

You will find as Helen Keller thoughtfully said: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

 

Steven R. Smith, MD

President, TOS

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