Published in June 2014 Issue             

ObesityWeek 2014 Keynote Speakers Announced

The Keynote Speakers for ObesityWeek 2014, Nov. 2 through 7 in Boston, have been announced. Visit to learn more about the presenters, who include:

  • C. Ronald Kahn, MD, Harvard Medical School Mary K. Iacocca Professor and Chief Academic Officer at Joslin Diabetes Center. Named one of the "most highly influential scientists and scholars” by The Scientist magazine, Dr. Kahn will present the basic scientific keynote presentation on the “Developmental Genes and miRNAs in Control of Body Fat,” Tuesday, Nov. 4.

  • Jim Marks, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Dr. Marks directs the RWJF’s Portfolio Group, which works to reduce health-related disparities among vulnerable populations. Prior to joining RWJF, Marks retired as assistant surgeon general after serving as director of the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for almost a decade. Dr. Marks will present on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

  • Rebecca Puhl, PhD, is Deputy Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, where she coordinates research and policy efforts aimed at reducing weight bias and improving the quality of life for children and adults affected by obesity. Dr. Puhl will present the Integrated Health Keynote Address on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Registration Open for IFSO 2014 in Montréal, Canada

Click here to register for the 19th World Congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity & Metabolic Disorders (IFSO 2014). More than 2,000 experts from around the world are expected to gather in Montreal, Canada from August 26 through 30. As an international hub for scientific exchange on the latest advancements and challenges in the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery, the program includes pre-Congress training courses, live surgical workshops, oral and poster presentations, symposia and hot topic debates. Additionally, there will be nearly 50 live surgeries telecast from all over the world to attendees in Montréal. For more information visit