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More than 5,000 surgeons, doctors, integrated health professionals, scientists, policymakers and other experts on obesity will gather in the Big Easy during the first week of November for ObesityWeek 2016.

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASBMS) and The Obesity Society (TOS) have again joined forces to focus the world on the basic science, clinical application and prevention and treatment of obesity.

Raul Rosenthal, MD

“This will be the largest ObesityWeek yet,” said Raul J. Rosenthal, MD, ASMBS President. “The scientific program is filled with great data presentations, lively debates, consensus meetings, live surgery sessions and outstanding keynote speakers. This will be a fantastic opportunity to learn, collaborate and connect from each other and
across disciplines.”

The weeklong conference beginning October 31 will feature the latest research on metabolic and bariatric surgery, including new 10-year mortality data and newly discovered gender differences in cardiovascular outcomes. More than 1,000 research abstracts will be presented by leaders in obesity from private practice, as well as researchers from leading institutions including Stanford University, Cleveland Clinic, Geisinger Health System, and many more.

"Top Ten Papers” Session will include presentations on reducing readmissions after bariatric surgery, substance use and misuse following gastric bypass and gastric band procedures, contraception and conception after surgery, long-term outcomes after gastric bypass, among several others.

Sadaf Farooqi, PhD

Genetics of obesity expert, Professor Sadaf Farooqi PhD, FRCP, FMedSci, Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow and Professor of Metabolism and Medicine at the University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories will give the opening keynote address. In her work, Dr. Farooqi identified the first single gene defect to cause human obesity in patients with a mutation in the leptin gene.

The ASMBS Integrated Health Keynote Speaker is the renowned Kelly Brownell, PhD, Vice President of Community Health at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Brownell 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 included 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.”

“We continue to work toward our vision of becoming the world’s leading collaborative platform that finds new and better ways to help individuals with obesity,” said Georgeann Mallory, ASMBS Executive Director.

Complex Issues Related to Surgery, Weight Loss
and Weight Regain

Something new for 2016, will be an hour-long keynote discussion session designed to engage the full range of attendees: basic scientists, neuroscientists, clinicians, surgeons, population researchers and policy makers. The session, which will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 4, is a true collaboration between ASMBS and TOS, and include a panel of leading scientists and clinicians discussing a challenging case study with audience participation.

ObesityWeek 2015 had more than 5,200 attendees with 436 of them coming from 56 countries outside the United States. There were more than 1,800 abstract submissions and 250 exhibit booths. ObesityWeek 2017 will be held from October 30 to November 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. The nation’s capital should serve as interesting venue for a disease and health issue that has increasingly taken on major policy implications.

For more information ObesityWeek 2016, visit www.ObesityWeek.com. Also, follow ObesityWeek on Twitter and Facebook, and search #OW2016 for the latest updates.