October 2013 - Letter from the Executive Director

Oct. 2 TOS eNews


Dear Colleagues,


Just a reminder: ObesityWeekSM will be here before you know it! If you haven’t yet registered, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to attend the inaugural event focused on the research, treatment and prevention of obesity. The weeklong conference has been five years in the making and is already breaking records! TOS and ASMBS have received the highest number of research abstract submissions to the respective meetings in history. Our sponsorships and exhibits are expected to reach new heights, as well. And, our housing block is filling up fast; don’t forget to make your reservations before regular registration and housing closes on Oct. 18.


If you haven’t had a chance yet to review the program, I’d like to highlight just a few special events that are taking place during the meeting:

  1. Advocacy Forum: Weight Bias, Employment, and Wellness Programs – With the implementation of the new healthcare law, more employers are creating financial incentives tied to health outcomes, including BMI. This session, Tuesday, Nov. 12, will include a lively presentation of the evidence, trends and policy implications.
  2. Food Industry Outreach Forum: Food Form: Does it Matter for Energy Balance? – Also on Tuesday, Nov. 12, this pre-conference symposium features two food industry scientists who will discuss the effect of food form on energy balance, and food industry exploration into innovation in offerings.
  3. New data and insights from the Look AHEAD trial: Answers to Lingering Questions – During this session on Tuesday, Nov. 12, leading Look AHEAD researchers will discuss the effect of lifestyle intervention on morbidity and mortality, weight loss and changes in the body composition, and how changes in weight loss and fitness impact cardiovascular events.
  4. TOS Special Session: The Future of Obesity Research - Co-Sponsored by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), this session on Wednesday, Nov. 13, will cover the future of obesity genetics; food intake control and stress, addiction and motivation; and, the physiology of weight loss over the long term.


Get more details about these exciting sessions, and the many more at ObesityWeek.com. Make sure to keep an eye out for other conference updates, and don’t forget to register.


Hope to see you in Atlanta!




Francesca Dea

TOS Executive Director

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