2016 George A. Bray Founders Award Presentation

Congratulations to this recipient for significant contributions that advanced the scientific or clinical basis for understanding or treating obesity and for extensive involvement with The Obesity Society. This year’s recipient is:

Steven B. Heymsfield, MD, FTOS

Pennington Biomedical Research Center

2016 George A. Bray Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Awards Presentation

Congratulations to these two students honored for their complete master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation (respectively) that was successfully defended in the current year, based on: significance, relevance/potential impact in the field of obesity, scientific methodology, writing quality, overall approach and scope and innovation. This year’s recipients are:

Dissertation Recipient: Amber L. Alhadeff, University of Pennsylvania

Thesis Recipient: Lisa Shank, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

2016 Early Career Research Grant

This program (formerly, New Investigator Research Grants) is offered by The Obesity Society as a member service to foster and stimulate new research ideas in any area of investigation related to obesity. The following junior-level investigator or postdoctoral trainee who will be awarded up to $25,000 for their research is:

John T. Garretson, PhD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

2016 Weight Watchers Karen Miller-Kovach Research Grant Presentation

Weight Watchers and TOS partnered to create the Karen Miller-Kovach Research Grant, a $50,000 grant which focuses on the development of a scalable, behavioral weight-loss intervention that includes digital tools. Congratulations to this year’s recipient:

Allan Geliebter, PhD

Touro College and University System

2016 TOS & Weight Watchers Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program

Congratulations to the recipient of this two-year postdoctoral fellowship which will allow for training and research experience in obesity within an industry context.

Kaitlin Roke, PhD

University of Guelph

2016 TOS Fellowship Sponsored by Pfizer

Congratulations to the recipient of this fellowship with a focus on central control of obesity, with an emphasis on mechanistic studies to deepen our basic understanding of the homeostatic and reward neurocircuitries underlying food intake.

Richard M. O’Connor, PhD

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

2016 Early Career Grant Challenge

For the second year in a row, the TOS Opening Session will feature the Early Career Research Grant Challenge competition offered by The Obesity Society (TOS) as a member service to foster and stimulate new research ideas related to obesity. Four finalists have been selected from early career member applications to pitch their research ideas on stage during this session.

Each finalist will have five minutes to present their proposal. A panel of judges, as well as the audience, will select the winner who will receive a $25,000 research grant. This year’s finalists are:

  1. Priyanka Bakhtiani, MD, University Hospitals, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital

  2. Ki Suk Kim, PhD, University of Michigan

  3. Shristi Rawal, PhD , Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

  4. Chanaka Kahathuduwa, MD, Texas Tech University

Go to www.Pollev.com/obesitysociety to participate in the vote!

5:40pm “Big FaT Secret: Investigating the T cell specific function of Cyclin Dependent Kinase 5 in Inflammation-Induced Obesity”
Priyanka Bakhtiani, MD
5:47pm The role of pancreatic GLP-1 on VSG: breaking a dogma.”
Ki Suk Kim, PhD
5:54pm “Are you what your mother ate? — the transgenerational impact of artificially sweetened beverages on offspring obesity and cardiometabolic health”
Shristi Rawal, PhD
6:01pm “Effects of extended calorie restriction on neurotransmitter levels in human brain food reward circuitry: a magnetic resonance spectroscopy study”
Chanaka Kahathuduwa, MD
6:25pm "A Passion for Discovery”
Steven B. Heymsfield, MD FTOS