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The News About Bariatric Surgery – And It’s All Good
If you’ve been following the news over the last month or so, you’ve seen a lot of very positive coverage of bariatric surgery. There was the Oscar-nominated actress whose surgery “transformed her life,” the major article in one of the top newspapers in the country that explained “why weight-loss surgery works when diets don’t,” and the news that doctors consider bariatric surgery “a last best hope” for teens with obesity. There was also coverage of a study that shows bariatric surgery halves the risk of heart failure and local efforts to make bariatric surgery more accessible.

ASMBS Research Committee
The ASMBS Research Committee was formed to advance the science and understanding of metabolic and bariatric surgery through research. The committee accomplishes this goal through a number of initiatives, including evaluating the increasing number of grant requests from ASMBS members and awarding ASMBS Foundation research dollars to the most promising studies and investigators. The ASMBS Research Committee is excited to announce that the ASMBS Foundation has dedicated funding for four research grants in the 2017 cycle, two grants in metabolic and bariatric surgery research and two grants in robotic bariatric surgery research.

OCAN Blankets Capitol Hill
On February 27, 2017, the obesity community joined together for the first Obesity Care Advocacy Network (OCAN) Advocacy Day of 2017 -- with 120 attendees visiting more than 150 congressional offices. During their visits, OCAN members educated legislators and congressional staff about both the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) and a congressional resolution that would designate the week of October 29 – November 4, 2017 as National Obesity Care Week (NOCW).