The Best is Yet to Come

Published in December 2013 Issue             

As we close out 2013, it is a time for reflection on a year that has gone by so quickly, and a look ahead at a year that will offer new challenges and even greater opportunities.

In 2013, we held the first ObesityWeek, which by all measures was a great success. Attendance was more than 4,700, we had a record number of exhibitors and the data that was presented was among the best ever at an
annual meeting.

Our keynote speakers were fantastic. Bruce Spiegelman, PhD, professor of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School, and Thomas Farley, MD, MPH, the New York City Health Commissioner, were extremely well received and gave fascinating and provocative talks before a full auditorium of ASMBS and TOS members.

Dr. Bruce Wolfe, in the Mason address, provided great insights on the new obesity guidelines and the NIH, and our outgoing president Dr. Jaime Ponce and continuing IH President Karen Schulz articulated their vision for the ASMBS as we continue
our work.

I want to thank and congratulate the entire ObesityWeek board of managers and the ASMBS and TOS staff who worked tirelessly to make the event the success that it was, and a special thanks to Dr. Philip Schauer, the Executive Committee and Program Committee, whose vision, intelligence and enthusiasm helped ObesityWeek become a reality for today and tomorrow.

Beyond the presentations, posters, symposia and lectures though, the thing that impressed me the most was the collegiality, the energy and passion of our members for learning from each other and exploring new possibilities. We all may not always agree on every detail as a membership, but as Dr. Ponce said in his presidential address, what we can all agree on is that we must always "do what's right for the patient." I am proud that our membership has this as its first and foremost guiding principle.

I am excited to be your president and I will put everything I have into helping build upon the progress that has been made over the last 30 years. The best days lie ahead for the ASMBS and our patients. I wish you a wonderful holiday with your family and friends and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.