December 2011

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December 2011
In This Issue
Obesity 2012 Abstract Submission Deadlines
TOS Past-President, Jennifer Lovejoy, PhD, Addresses HHS
TOS President, Patrick O'Neil, PhD, Honored by ADA
"Obesity" Announces New Co-Editor-in-Chief
Thanking TOS Mentors
Obesity, TOS, and TOS Members in the News
NIH Funding Opportunity
AAFP Foundation Releases Roundtable on Diabetes Summary Report
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Binge Eating Disorder Workshop
A workshop entitled "Binge Eating Disorder: The Next Generation of Research" will be held next April 19th and 20th in Bethesda, Maryland. This two-day meeting will involve presentations and discussions on research directions for BED by experts in the areas of eating disorders, obesity and addictions.
Registration is free and travel fellowships are available for eligible trainees.

This workshop is funded by a grant to Drs. Marian Tanofsky-Kraff and James Hudson from the National Institute of Mental Health.


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New Obesity-Related Funding Opportunity Announcement
Prevention and Treatment of Obesity, Diabetes, and Chronic Kidney Disease in Military Populations
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Application Receipt/ Submission Date(s):
February 14, 2012
June 14, 2012
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October 11, 2013
February 14, 2014
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Advocacy Update
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The December issue of Capitol Update, the monthly advocacy newsletter of The Obesity Society is now available. Headlines this month include:
  • Medicare Finalizes NCD on Obesity Counseling
  • USPSTF Updating Obesity Counseling Guidelines
  • OCC Sounds Off at HHS Regional Forums on EHB

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December 2011 Journal
 Patrick O'NeilDear Jane, 

As the year winds down, I would like to thank everyone who does so much to advance the mission of The Obesity Society: our members, in particular those who serve throughout the year on our Committees; our phenomenal staff; and our corporate and individual supporters. Thank you for all you do, all year. I'd like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Jennifer Lovejoy for her outstanding leadership as President during the last year.

I look forward eagerly to seeing TOS continue to move forward in the year to come. Our strength lies in our members, so I would like to suggest three ways that you can help TOS to become even stronger and more effective:


1.    RECRUIT: Research, clinical and public health work in obesity is expanding rapidly.  If our membership does not grow as well, we're falling behind!  I am sure you have at least one colleague who should be a TOS member.  Please ask them to join, which they can do HERE. If each of us recruited one new member...well, you can do the math.  

2.    VOLUNTEER: In the summer, we have a call for volunteers who wish to be considered for appointment to Committees.  Please volunteer when the call comes out.  We can't always appoint all the great people who volunteer, so if you didn't make it last year, please know that we'll keep your name available for other opportunities, and we encourage you to re-submit.  Another important way to participate is by joining one or more of our interest Sections.  You can learn more about the Sections and how to join HERE

3.    DONATE: It is the season of giving, and I encourage you to add TOS to your own "Nice" list.  The last several years have been very challenging financially, and we can use all the assistance we can get.  Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to TOS. You can do it online HERE.  (Or if this link isn't handy when you get the moment, just click on "Donate" on the right side of the top menu bar on any of our website pages.)  It's quick and painless.  You use your TOS login and password.  I just did it and it only took 2 or 3 minutes. Please give now.

I hope you have a happy holiday season, and wish you a healthy and prosperous new year filled with funded grants, successful patients, and significant findings!  



Thank you for your support of The Obesity Society.



Patrick M. O'Neil, PhD

President, The Obesity Society


Obesity 2012 Abstract Submission Schedule Announced
It's time to start planning for Obesity 2012! And to help you start planning for the new year, we're releasing the Obesity 2012 Abstract Submission Schedule deadlines for you to update your calendar and plan for your abstracts.

February 1, 2012
Abstract Submission Site Opens

March 12, 2012
Abstract Submission Closes
TOS Immediate Past-President, Jennifer Lovejoy, PhD, Addresses Department of Health and Human Services Forum in Seattle


During November, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) held a series of regional comment sessions across the United States. The purpose of these forums was to give senior HHS officials the opportunity to listen to stakeholder feedback.


TOS Immediate Past-President, Jennifer Lovejoy, PhD, was in attendance at the Seattle, Washington session and gave eloquent testimony. Dr. Lovejoy focused her presentation on balancing coverage and cost, the effectiveness of obesity treatment, and the limiting effects of obesity bias and discrimination.


To read more about the recent HHS sessions, click here.

To read the full text of Dr. Lovejoy's testimony, click here

TOS President, Patrick O'Neil, PhD, Honored by the American Dietetic Association
TOS President, Patrick O'Neil, was recently awarded honorary membership by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) for his long-time work in our field. From the ADA nomination application: "Honorary membership in the American Dietetic Association is considered one of the highest honors the Association can grant to non-members. Each year a maximum of two honorary memberships will be awarded to a non-member for distinguished contributions to the dietetics profession." Dr. O'Neil received this honorary membership in San Diego, CA at the annual ADA conference just this past September. 


According to the ADA, Patrick Mahlen O'Neil, PhD, was awarded honorary membership in recognition of: 

  • His promotion, in practice, research, and scientific and public communications, of lifestyle change (dietary, activity, behavioral, and cognitive) as the foundation of obesity management.
  • His advancement of dietetics and the ADA by collaborating with registered dietitians (RDs) and ADA honorary members on committees, research, and publications. 
  • His commitment to the multidisciplinary team (with RDs as key members) in obesity management as Director of the Medical University of South Carolina's Weight Management Center since 1984.
  • His support of RDs as educators for dietetic interns, psychology interns, medical students, and physicians.
  • HIs efforts to advance RDs in non-traditional positions.
  • His service to the South Carolina Nutrition Research Consortium, Committee on Military Nutrition, Research of the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, and National Institutes of Health review panels on obesity or diet-related topics.
  • His research portfolio concerning obesity and weight management.
  • His service and leadership in The Obesity Society.
  • His Authorship for 8 years of "Weighing the Choices," a weekly column on weight control for the Sunday newspaper in Charleston, SC, which provided dietary information and countered myths, often citing RDs as experts.
  • His compassionate assistance in creating the Amy Joye Memorial Research Award through the ADA Foundation

Congratulations Dr. Patrick O'Neil! 

Obesity Announces New Co-Editor-in-Chiefmarilyn_ader

Obesity, the official journal of The Obesity Society, has great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Marilyn Ader, PhD, former Deputy Editor of the journal, as the new Co-Editor-in-Chief! Dr. Ader is Associate Director, Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Along with her colleague and now Co-Editor-in-Chief, Richard Bergman, PhD, she is a leader in the field of diabetes physiology and research. 

Special Thanks to All Who Gave Their Time as Mentors at Obesity 2011!

TOS would like to proffer a special note of gratitude to each of the busy professionals who gave their time to act as Mentors during mentoring activities at Obesity 2011. The program included: "Meet-the-Professor" Breakfasts sponsored by the Clinical management of Obesity Section; and through the sponsorship of the Early-Career Committee, Diversity Section and Epidemiology Section, a series of Mentoring Breakfasts and Lunches, a Mentoring Workshop and a Mentoring Reception.

These events are invaluable tools, giving the next generation of researchers and practitioners the opportunity to gain first-hand insight from successful professionals in the field.


2011 TOS Mentors:

Jamy Ard, MD
Richard L. Atkinson, MD
George L. Blackburn, MD, PhD
George A. Bray, MD
Anthony G. Comuzzie, PhD
Barbara E. Corkey, PhD
Jimmy Efird, PhD
Alison E. Field, ScD
Diane T. Finegood, PhD
Jose Fernandez, PhD
Susan K. Fried, PhD
Marci E. Gluck, PhD
Terry Huang, PhD
Elissa Jelalian, PhD
Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD
Robert F. Kushner, MD
Michael R. Lowe, PhD
Naima Moustaid-Moussa, PhD
Jennifer Nasser, PhD
Elizabeth Parks, PhD
Barry Popkin, PhD
Jonathan Purnell, MD
Victor J. Stevens, PhD
Jack A. Yanovski, MD, PhD
Susan Z. Yanovski, MD

Obesity, TOS, and TOS Members In The News

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Here's a selection of the media coverage obesity, TOS, and TOS members received recently:


Feds Crack Down on Homeopathic Weight Loss Remedy


US News Releases Ranking of Best Diets for Healthy Eating 


The Sleep-Weight Connection: Gender Matters How  


Medicare To Pay For Obesity Prevention   


China's Obese Teens Seek Help


5 Points on Weight Loss Surgery, Obesity Coverage


Could My Meds Be Making Me Fat?


Ask Dr. Hallberg: Obesity Coverage, Baked Fish and Lipitor


Is Obesity a Ciliopathy, Triggered by Malfunctioning Primary Cilia?


Low Vitamin D Associated With Type 2 Diabetes


Obesity Can Be a Pain in the Back

Funding Opportunity 2012 NIH Director's Early Independence Awards    
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced a funding opportunity for the NIH Director's Early Independence Awards for junior investigators wishing to "skip the post-doc" and immediately begin independent research:
  • Eligible candidates must be within one year of receipt of terminal research degree or completion of clinical residency
  • Only up to two applications per institution (as defined by unique DUNS number) permitted
  • All areas of research relevant to the mission of NIH welcome
  • Budgets may be up to $250,000 in direct costs per year for up to five years

The deadline for submitting Early Independence Award applications is January 30, 2012 with Letters of Intent due by December 30, 2011. See the instructions in RFA-RM-11-007. Additional information, including Frequently Asked Questions about the Early Independence Award Program is available at: Send questions to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
The NIH Common Fund (formerly the NIH Roadmap) encourages collaboration and supports a series of exceptionally high impact, trans-NIH programs. These programs are supported by the Common Fund, and managed by the NIH Office of the Director in partnership with the various NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices. Additional information about the NIH Common Fund can be found at:

American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Releases Behavioral Economics Roundtable on Diabetes Summary Report

The American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation recently released a new report that examines how behavioral economics can address the social and environmental nature of diabetes. The Behavioral Economics Roundtable on Diabetes Summary Report is an outcome of the AAFP Foundation's Behavioral Economics Roundtable on Diabetes, which took place June 2, 2011, and was supported by Sanofi US. More than 30 primary care physicians, diabetologists, behavioral economists, public health and behavioral scientists, government officials and diabetes stakeholders contributed to and shaped the findings of the report.

The findings of the report urge communities to develop comprehensive programs for better management of diabetes.

For the full text of the Behavioral Economics Roundtable on Diabetes Summary Report and more information on the pilot program, please visit:


Earn CMEs by Attending Past Obesity Sessions Online!


Obesity Online is your online destination for continuing medical education all year round. You'll find annual meeting sessions from Obesity 2011 (due to go live mid-December or sooner) and previous years' meetings as well as an opportunity to evaluate Obesity 2011 and access your CME certificates.


Audio Recordings of Obesity 2011 Sessions:

  • View annual scientific meeting sessions you couldn't attend on site
  • Replay annual scientific meeting highlights year round
  • View courses online captured as true multi-media recreations with synchronized slides, handouts, and much more
  • Download audio synchronized-to-PowerPoint slide presentations anytime, anywhere!
  • Each slide presentation is accompanied by audio from the actual session
  • Access to online from 2011 will be available starting in mid-December 
  • Colleagues who did not attend the annual meeting but who wish to view educational content online may purchase access separately

CME for Obesity 2011:

  • Access annual meeting evaluations for the sessions you attended in Orlando
  • Print your CME certificate online


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