This award recognizes excellence in research by young investigators based on their submitted abstracts and presentation during ObesityWeek. Five finalists have been selected from the call for abstracts and are invited to present their oral abstracts. The recipient will be announced at the conclusion of the session and will receive an additional $1,000 cash prize. For the finalists’ names and presentation titles, please see the bottom of the page.


Created in 2015, this award honors a mid-career or senior TOS member for distinguished mentorship of the Society’s members who were in their early careers at the time of the mentoring relationship. The award is named for Professor Thomas Wadden, PhD, of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, who for more than 30 years has mentored dozens of scientist-practitioners who have pursued successful careers in obesity research and clinical care. The award was created with a generous endowment from multiple contributors, comprised primarily of Dr. Wadden’s prior mentees. This year’s recipient is:

Harvey Grill, PhD
University of Pennsylvania


The Lilly Scientific Achievement Award recognizes excellence in an established research career and is made possible through an annual grant from the Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Company. This year’s recipient is:

Marian Tanofsky-Kraff, PhD
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

1:35pm T-ES-0001 BMI-Related Alterations in Intrinsic Brain Activity and Connectivity in Reward and Interoceptive Regions - Sex Commonalities and Differences
Authors: Kirsten Tillisch, MD; Emeran A. Mayer, MD PhD; Claudia P. Sanmiguel, MD; Lisa A. Kilpatrick, PhD; Aubrey Love, BA; Bruce Naliboff, PhD; Arpana Gupta, PhD; Jennifer Labus, PhD; Chirag Govardhan, HS
Presenter: Arpana Gupta, PhD
1:50pm T-ES-0002 Six Months of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements Does not Improve Adipose Tissue Functions
Authors: Kazanna C. Hames, PhD; Debra A. Harteneck, AS; Ian R. Lanza, PhD; Michael D. Jensen, MD; Maria Morgan-Bathke, PhD RD
Presenter: Kazanna C. Hames, PhD
2:05pm T-ES-0003 Extended Calorie Restriction Suppresses Overall and Specific Food Cravings: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Authors: John A. Dawson, PhD; Martin Binks, PhD FTOS; Corby K. Martin, PhD; Chanaka N. Kahathuduwa, MD
Presenter: Chanaka N. Kahathuduwa, MD
2:20pm T-ES-0004 Maternal Low-Dose Aspartame Consumption During Gestation and Lactation May Compromise Metabolic Profile, Body Composition and Alter Central Pathways in Offspring
Authors: Nicole A. Cho, BKin; Raylene A. Reimer, PhD; Jane Shearer, PhD; Jodi E. Nettleton; Stephanie L. Borgland, PhD; Teja Klancic, MSc
Presenter: Jodi E. Nettleton
2:35pm T-ES-0005 TAp63 in POMC Neurons Regulates Energy and Glucose Homeostasis by Regulating POMC Neuron Activity
Authors: Yanlin He, PhD; Yongjie Yang, PhD; Yong Xu, PhD; Antentor Othrell Hinton Jr., BS; Chunmei Wang; Pingwen Xu, PhD
Presenter: Chunmei Wang
2:54pm 10Min Thank you
Harvey J Grill, PhD
3:10pm "Endophenotyping Disinhibited Eating: Utility for Informing Obesity Risk and Intervention"
Marian Tanofsky-Kraff, PhD