Sadaf Farooqi, PhD
Genetics of obesity expert

Neural and Physiological Mechanisms Involved in Human Energy Balance

University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories

TOS and ASMBS are pleased to announce that the ObesityWeek 2016 keynote will be offered by genetics of obesity expert, Professor Sadaf Farooqi PhD, FRCP, FMedSci. Sadaf Farooqi qualified with Honours in Medicine from the University of Birmingham, being awarded the gold medal. After hospital posts in Birmingham and Oxford she moved to Cambridge to undertake a PhD. She identified the first single gene defect to cause human obesity in patients with a mutation in the leptin gene, published in Nature in 1997 and described their dramatic response to leptin therapy (NEJM 1999; SCIENCE 2007). As a Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow at the Institute of Metabolic Science in Cambridge, Professor Farooqi co-ordinates a programme of research into the genetic, molecular and physiological basis of human obesity. She has been invited to speak at numerous international meetings and has been the recipient of a number of awards in recognition of her contribution to Endocrinology including the Andre Mayer Award 2006 (International Association for the Study of Obesity), the RD Lawrence Award 2007 (Diabetes UK), the Society for Endocrinology Medal 2012 and the European Society for Endocrinology Prize 2012.

Camillo Ricordi, MD Distinguished Professor of Medicine

Professor of Surgery, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Microbiology and Immunology,
University of Miami

Camillo Ricordi, M.D. serves as Director of the Diabetes Research Institute DRI and the Cell Transplant Program. Dr. Ricordi also served as Responsible Head of the Human Cell Processing Facility (1993-2014), an NIH funded cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) facility that has been providing Human Cell Products for research and clinical applications at UM, in Florida and worldwide since 1993. Dr. Ricordi has also served as Co-Director of the Executive Office of Research Leadership (2001-2003) as Senior Associate Dean for Research (2003-2006) and chaired the Dean’s Research Cabinet (2006-2012) at the UM Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Ricordi is currently serving on the editorial boards of CellR4 Editor-in-Chief and Cell Transplantation (Co-Editor-in-Chief). He has served also on the boards of the American Journal of Transplantation (Associate Editor), Transplantation, Transplantation Proceedings, Tissue Engineering, and Graft (Editor-in-Chief, 1998-2002). He also serves as Chairman of the Board of ISMETT Mediterranean Institute of Transplantation and Advanced Therapies, and in 2013 was appointed President of Fondazione Ri.MED, by the Italian Prime Minister.

Kelly Brownell, PhD
Leader in nutrition and public policy
Dean, Sanford School of Public Policy
Robert L. Flowers Professor of Public Policy
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Duke University

Addressing Obesity by Changing Environmental Drivers of Obesity: Public Policy Initiatives

Kelly Brownell, PhD, is Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, where he is also Robert L. Flowers Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience. In 2006 Time magazine listed Kelly Brownell among “The World’s 100 Most Influential People” in its special Time 100 issue featuring those “.. whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world.” Brownell was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) in 2006 and has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association, Graduate Mentoring Award from Yale, the James McKeen Cattell Award from the New York Academy of Sciences, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Purdue University, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Rutgers University, and the Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology from the American Psychological Association. Prior to joining the faculty at Duke, Brownell was at Yale University where he was the James Rowland Angell Professor of Psychology, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, and Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. While at Yale he served as Chair of the Department of Psychology and as Master of Silliman College. Dr. Brownell has published 15 books and more than 350 scientific articles and chapters. He has served as President of several national organizations, including the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, and the Division of Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Brownell has advised the White House, members of congress, governors, world health and nutrition organizations, and media leaders on issues of nutrition, obesity, and public policy. He was cited as a “moral entrepreneur” with special influence on public discourse in a history of the obesity field and was cited by Time magazine as a leading “warrior” in the area of nutrition and public policy.

FRIDAY, NOV 4, 11:00 AM

Complex issues related to surgery, weight loss and weight regain

New for 2016, TOS and ASMBS have worked together to create an hour-long keynote discussion session designed to engage the full spectrum of attendees: basic scientists, neuroscientists, clinicians, surgeons, population researchers and policy makers. The session will include a panel of leading scientists and clinicians from TOS and ASMBS who will discuss a challenging case study with involvement from the audience. The case will touch on complex issues related to surgery, weight loss and weight regain, and insurance coverage of several different treatment modalities.