October 2011

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Obesity 2011 Evaluation and CME/CEU Credits
ECI Grant Review Program
Financial Statements FY 2011
TOS and TOS Members in the News
2011 Awards and Grants Winners
Orlando Roundup: Program Committee Report
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Obesity 2011 Meeting  Evaluation and CME/CEU Credits

Please visit The Obesity Society's Online Evaluation & Continuing Education Credit Application System at Obesity Online to complete your overall meeting evaluation and to request CME/CEU credits for the sessions you attended at Obesity 2011, the 29th  Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society.

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.

NCCOR Childhood Obesity Research Survey


NCCOR is seeking your input in an online survey to aid in the development of new frameworks for understanding correlates of childhood obesity and to develop new data resources that address key research gaps.


Take the Survey!  

 Patrick O'Neil
I am honored to serve the society as your president for 2011-2012. This is a crucial time for all of us in the obesity field and as we all return home from a very successful annual meeting in Orlando, I am looking forward to continuing our mission and fulfilling your needs.


The year before us presents both challenges and opportunities. As I discussed during our business meeting in Orlando, my overall goals are to:
  • Increase membership numbers and participation
  • Continue the world's best obesity scientific meetings
  • Grow resources for support of TOS Mission
  • Continue our advocacy efforts
  • Increase the public impact of TOS

Last but not least, I want to preserve and nurture what I believe is our greatest resource: our diversity of expertise.

Our core strength lies in our synergy of creative, capable professionals from a wide range of disciplines. Our future success demands that we continue to communicate and collaborate across disciplines in a unified effort to address the complex issue of obesity.


I look forward to working with you all.


Best regards,



Patrick M. O'Neil, PhD

President, The Obesity Society


Early-Career Investigator Grant Review Program

The Early-Career Investigator Grant Review Program is an initiative led by the Early-Career Investigator Committee. The grant review prgram provides a forum for students, postdocs, and junior scientists to receive mentorship from senior investigators on their grant proposal ideas. 


What Is the Grant Review Program?

Established TOS investigators will voluntarily review the "Specific Aims" section of a grant proposal and give feedback to early-career investigators.



Pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior scientists who have held an independent faculty position (or equivalent) for ≤ 5 years and who are currently TOS members.


This year's deadline is: November 14. Communications will go out very soon from the ECI Committee. More details and how to apply for this valuable mentoring opportunity can be found at: http://www.obesity.org/about-us/eci-grant-review-program.htm


(Note: This program should not be confused with the Early-Career Research Grants Program. See http://www.obesity.org/about-us/obesity-society-grants.htm)

Financial Statements FY 2011 
The Council has approved the audited financial statements for the fiscal year ending March 2011.  TOS received a clean opinion letter from the external auditing firm.  The year ended with $2,629,588 in income and $2,731,280 in expense resulting in a $101,692 deficit due primarily to restricted grants that had been given and entered as revenue in years prior to 2011 and the associated project expenditures occurring in FY2011.  This creates inflated income in the prior year and a false deficit in the current year. An example is the certification exam project which is being performed in the current year but for which the restricted funds were raised in a prior year. 




For the full version of the financial statements, log in to the Member Center.
TOS and TOS Members In The News

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Here's a selection of the media coverage TOS and TOS members received at Obesity 2011:

Congratulations to All Our 2011 Awards and Grants Recipients


2011 George A. Bray Founders Award
Eric Ravussin, PhD


2011 Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service
Robert F. Kushner, MD


2011 Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award
Barry M. Popkin, PhD


2011 TOPS Research Achievement Award
Samuel Klein, MD
2011 Lilly Scientific Achievement Award
Lora K. Heisler, PhD


2011 Outstanding Journal Article Published in Obesity
Teri L. Hernandez, John M. Kittelson, Christopher K. Law, Lawrence L. Ketch, Nicole R. Stob, Rachel C. Lindstom, Ann Scherzinger, Elizabeth R. Stamm and Robert H. Eckel


2011 Outstanding Journal Article Published in Obesity
Zhen Pang, Nancy N. Wu, Weiguang Zhao, David C. Chain, Erica Schaffer, Xin Zhang, Preeti Yamdagni, Vaseem A. Palejwala, Chunpeng Fan, Sarah G. Favara, Holly M. Dressler, Kyriakos D. Economides, Daniel Weinstock, Jean S. Cavallo, Souad Naimi, Anne-Marie Galzin, Etienne Guillot, Marie-Pierre Pruniaux, Michael J. Tocci and H. Greg Polites


2011 Editor's Choice Best Reviewer Award

Gladys Strain, PhD


2011 Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award Winner

Michael Krashes, PhD


2011 Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award Finalists

Jason Block, MD

Samantha Scholtz, PhD

Christa Patterson, PhD

Daniel Taber, PhD 


2011 Nutrisystem, Inc. Research Grant

Heather K. Vincent, PhD


2011 Early-Career Research Grants

Kathryn E. Demos, PhD

Daniel L. Smith, Jr., PhD


2011 Pat Simons Travel Grants

Celine Aguer, PhD

Janne Boone-Heinonen, PhD, MPH

Marica Bordicchia, PhD

Melissa Crocker, MD

Alexis Duncan, PhD, MPH

Rebecca Hasson, PhD

Darcy Johannssen, PhD

Kathryn Kaiser, PhD

James Mehaffey, BS, MD Candidate

Tapan Mehta, MS, PhD Candidate

Michael Micahelides, PhD

Carmen Piernas, MS, PhD Candidate

Mads Rosenkilde, Msc, PhD Candidate

Amanda Willig, PhD

Update From the 2011 Annual Meeting Program Committee and TOS Leadership
The Program Committee would like to thank all the participants for making this year's meeting a great success. The meeting had a large turnout, with 1,908 participants attending, including basic scientists, clinical researchers, healthcare providers, government representatives, and educators. This past year, the program planning committee and TOS leadership had a number of goals for the meeting. Below is a brief summary of how we feel we performed in our efforts to accomplish those goals. Our goals for Obesity 2011 were to:

Expand the Preconference Workshops
This year, six courses and symposia were held on Saturday afternoon. The programs were well attended with 750 participants learning and exchanging ideas. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for future courses.

Invite Experts From Other Scientific Associations to Diversify the Topics at the Meeting
Twenty of the speakers in Key Lectures and Symposia had not attended the TOS meeting previously. Many commented they really enjoyed the program and would return next year.

Increase the Participation of Junior Scientists and New Faculty Running the Meeting
We were highly successful in this effort - more than one-third of all the moderators of the symposia and oral abstracts were assistant professors, junior faculty and postdocs (26/77 total). Please let us know if you or your post-docs are interested in chairing sessions at a future meeting.

* Expand Mentoring Opportunities
We had an overwhelming response to the six Mentoring Breakfast and Lunch and two "Meet-the-Professor Breakfast" opportunities that were provided.  Nearly 150 new investigators enjoyed spending time with established investigators.  Additionally, there was a Mentoring Workshop with a panel discussion, a Mentoring Reception for networking, and TOS offers an Early-Career Grant Review Program.
We have had many good suggestions to improve next year's meeting and we appreciate all the input. Among next year's goals are to increase the communication between the Program Committee  and Sections and TOS members who have submitted symposium and keynote suuggestions. We hope to receive symposium suggestions on a broad range of topics, particularly in areas where we have historically received relatively fewer suggestions- new developments in the basic sciences, translational  research, and policy-related sessions.
The Call for Symposia Suggestions will begin in November via online submission so look out for information and stay in touch with your Sections. Please know that we value your suggestions and they influence the planning of the annual program more than you realize. They cannot all be accepted, but they are all valued.
Highlights From Obesity 2011 TOS_Times_graphic
Various highlights from the meeting were published in TOS Times during the annual meeting. In case you didn't get to see them, read now:


TOS Times, Sunday, October 2

TOS Times, Monday, October 3

TOS Times, Tuesday, October 4

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