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Obesity Week '14: Where science and treatment meet
In November 2014, the 2nd annual ObesityWeek conference – an international meeting designed to present the science behind obesity and excess weight prevention and treatment, will take place at the Boston Convention and Exhibit Center, Massachusetts. Hosted by The Obesity Society (TOS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the conference combines the expertise of these two leading obesity-focused organisations, and will be joined by more than 40 partner organisations from around the world to address key topics in obesity, including prevention, epidemiology, diet, exercise, drug therapy, bariatric surgery and more.
“Obesity is taking stage as one of the most pervasive, chronic diseases in need of new strategies for medical treatment and prevention,” said Dr Philip Schauer, ObesityWeek Chair and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. “ObesityWeek answers the call by bringing together the great minds of unique, seasoned obesity professionals to unveil new research and leading medical techniques.”
Nearly 1,500 research abstracts will be presented at the event, providing attendees one-of-a-kind access to the latest cutting-edge science in the field. Research will explore the disease of obesity and its ties back to cancer, the environment, gastrointestinal biology and much more.
Other scientific presentations and meeting sessions will dig deeper into emerging obesity treatments, such as leveraging the benefits of brown fat, regulating reward circuits in the brain, and applying surgical techniques and medical technologies for weight loss. Not to be overlooked are the variety of sessions on US and international policy initiatives, including those created to address the rapid increase in obesity rates in the Mexican population, others to address weight bias and stigma, and several focused on childhood obesity prevention.
Keynote presentations will come from leaders in the field, including Dr C Ronald Kahn (Chief Academic Officer at Harvard Medical School), Dr Jim Marks, (Senior VP at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) and Dr Rebecca Puhl (Deputy Director at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity).
"This is an exciting year for TOS and ASMBS; we’re expecting a record-breaking turnout that will surpass last year and bring in nearly 5,000 attendees,” said Dr Carey Lumeng, ObesityWeek Co–Chair and Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Medical School. “The conference caters to obesity clinical and research professionals as well as those working in related fields such as fitness, nutrition, nursing and primary care. Obesity has an impact across numerous areas of health, research and medicine, which is why we’ve created a conference that provides value across all disciplines."
To find out more, please click here to visit the conference website.