The Obesity Society (TOS) has announced Dr Catherine ‘Cathy’ Kotz, a leading researcher into the neuroscience of obesity and energy balance, is the new president of the organisation. Kotz's goals for the year include sustaining and expanding on the considerable progress TOS has made in restructuring the Society's sections and committees, the reach with other partner organizations, the new Corporate Obesity Roundtable; education, clinical and policy efforts; and excellence in the annual meeting.
"Due to the considerable efforts of our TOS executive team, staff and members in preceding years, I stand in a great position to help TOS continue to lead the way in improving obesity research, access and care," said Kotz, professor and associate director of graduate studies at the University of Minnesota's Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology. She is also associate director of research at the US Department of Veterans Affairs' Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center in Minneapolis.
Kotz has two major initiatives for the year, which include building on efforts to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion strategies into TOS and to support this in the field of obesity. The second initiative is to increase granting within TOS to continue and expand the support of stellar obesity scientists, and foster excellence and careers in obesity research.
Before being elected as president, Kotz served as a vice president of TOS. Dr Elizabeth Parks is the new vice president. Parks is currently a tenured professor at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, in Columbia. She also serves as associate director of the Clinical Research Center in the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science.
Three new members were elected to the Society's Council.
- Dr Ellen Schur, co-director of the University of Washington Center for Weight Loss and Metabolic Surgery is the new Council member for Clinical Practice
- Dr Marian Tanofsky-Kraff is the Council member At-Large. She is a professor in the Departments of Medical and Clinical Psychology and Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) and a researcher in the Section on Growth and Obesity at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health. Kraff is also director of the Developmental Research Laboratory on Eating and Weight Behaviors and research director for the Military Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Program at USU.
- Dr Edna Nava-González was elected as the Council member At-Large Mexico. González is a professor at the Autonomous University of Nuevo León.
Kotz also noted "we will be undergoing a strategic planning process to develop our goals for the upcoming years of TOS. I'm looking forward to the year."