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Submit Applications for the 2016 ASMBS Research Grant Program

The ASMBS Research Committee is accepting applications for the 2016 ASMBS Research Grant Award Program. Grants are open to any principal investigator who is an ASMBS Regular, Affiliate Surgeon/Physician, Associate or Candidate Member. The grant is awarded for a period of two years. In the past, investigators have written grant applications on a broad array of topics in clinical science, basic science and translational research. Grant awards will be presented at the ASMBS Plenary Session during ObesityWeek 2016 as well as will be published in SOARD upon completion. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2016. Click here to learn more or email

Don’t Miss Obesity Week-End Clinical Symposium in Las Vegas (June 23-35)

Obesity Week-End ASMBS’ Annual Clinical Symposium 2016 is right around the corner. This symposium is really popular and will include discussion of the following hot topics, and more:

  • Quality Improvement
  • Insurance Issues
  • Live Surgery: East vs. West
  • Practice Tools for Success
  • Managing Complications

Contact the ASMBS for more information.

Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) Partners on Initiative to Change How the Media Portrays People with Obesity

The OAC is aiming to change the stigma of obesity as it is portrayed in the media. It has a new initiative entitled, “Refocus Obesity.” The OAC says the way people with obesity are portrayed tend to dehumanize individuals and perpetuate a negative stigma. In partnership with photographer Rafael Concepcion, the OAC plans to “show the world that obesity is not a headless person, someone eating food in an animated way or a picture of a stomach or buttocks.” Throughout the next few months, the OAC and Rafael will build an online library of stock images showcasing people with obesity in a positive manner. These images will be available for free to the public, media and healthcare professionals. To learn more click here to watch a video featuring Rafael and follow #RefocusObesity on Twitter.

The Obesity Society (TOS) Meets with Office of Dietary Supplement Programs About Safety and Efficacy of Dietary Supplements for Weight Loss

Representatives from TOS recently met with Robert Durkin, Deputy Director of the new Office of Dietary Supplement Programs (ODSP) under the FDA in an effort to identify strategies that help protect the public from false claims regarding efficacy and safety of dietary supplements. Last fall, TOS issued a public position statement on the topic and in an April blog post, TOS Executive Director, Francesca Dea, wrote, “The ODSP is sympathetic to the issue of dietary supplements sold as curative treatments for obesity.”