ObesityWeek 2017: What to Expect in Washington!

Published in October Issue             

2017 marks the fifth year the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASBMS) and The Obesity Society (TOS) will be joining forces to focus the world on the basic-science, prevention and treatment of obesity, a disease Americans consider to be one of the most serious health problem facing our nation, according to a national survey released by ASMBS during last year’s conference.

ObesityWeek 2017 will kick off Sunday, October 29th at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, just a stone's throw away from our nation’s capital. More than 5,000 surgeons, nurses, clinicians, policymakers, integrated health professionals, scientists, and researchers will convene to learn about obesity and the latest in bariatric and metabolic procedures, revision surgery, endoscopic therapies, patient access to care, tips for private practitioners, emerging technologies, and other exciting topics.

The ASMBS 2017 program will also feature more than 100 sessions, a record number of scientific presentations, continuing medical education courses, live surgery telecasts, symposia and networking events.

“The scientific program is excellent. The courses cover timely topics and the venue is perfect for a collaborative meeting like ours,” said Stacy Brethauer, MD, ASMBS President. “Our proximity to Washington will also offer an opportunity to make our voices heard among policymakers. We have a lot to say.”

New in 2017, ePosters will be displayed on screens placed in key areas around showcasing the latest findings in obesity research, policy and clinical management. More than 1,500 research abstracts will be presented by leading experts in obesity from major institutions including Stanford University, Cleveland Clinic, Geisinger Health System, and many more.

“We all are used to working in our silos, and doing things the best way we know how,
but the magic of the meeting is it gives us the chance to come together to learn what and how others are doing things and then to bring that added expertise back to our patients,”
said Matt Hutter, MD, ASMBS New England Chapter President, who will be the next
ASMBS secretary/treasurer.

The ASMBS "Top Ten Papers” Session will include presentations on long-term diabetes remission, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass registry data, weight recidivism after bariatric surgery, predictors of successful weight loss and effects of bariatric surgery on “brown fat,” among several others.

There’s also a “no-hold-barred Main Event course where leading experts will face off on controversial topics and perform outstanding primary and revision procedures, all in a boxing ring. The presenter, panel of judges and referees will discuss, debate and interact with the audience and members will vote for their favorite.

“ObesityWeek is undoubtedly one of the best obesity conferences in the world. The 2017 conference will certainly be an event to remember! Pack your bags and get ready for an action-packed week,” said Natan Zundel, MD, Chair of the ASMBS Program Committee.

Another highly-anticipated special keynote session entitled, “Obesity In The Fifth Quarter: A Malignancy In Former NFL Players,” will feature a panel of speakers presenting on obesity prevention in former NFL players. Panelists include Henry Buchwald, MD, PhD; Arthur Roberts, MD; former NFL’ers Corey Louchiey and James Thornton.

The ASMBS/TOS Presidential Session on Obesity and Cancer will provide evidence and insight into how obesity affects cancer and cancer treatment and how weight loss may be incorporated into cancer prevention strategies. “Joint sessions are designed to maximize the expertise of respective disciplines dedicated to patients suffering from obesity. Others include the Abdominal Hernias and the Obese Patient course, Adolescent Weight Management session, and the Obesity and Cancer course,” said Shanu Kothari, MD, ASMBS Program Committee Co-Chair.

The ObesityWeek 2017 keynote address will be delivered by Professor Rudolph Leibel, MD, Head of the Division of Molecular Genetics in the Columbia University Department of Pediatrics and Professor. His presentation will focus on how stem-cell based approaches allow the vetting of new hypotheses regarding the etiology and treatment of different forms of obesity at levels and with alacrity not previously possible. Dr. Leibel and his team are employing cutting-edge methods to take human obesity modeling to a new level by concentrating on molecular physiology and the genetics of body weight regulation and diabetes. They have cloned and characterized a number of genes in the pathways regulating body weight and modifying diabetes susceptibility.

The 2017 Edward E. Mason Founder’s Lecture, named after Ed Mason, MD, PhD, the “father of bariatric surgery” will be delivered by Kevin Hall, PhD, Wednesday, November 1st. Dr. Hall received his PhD in Physics from McGill University and is now a tenured Senior Investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. His main research interests are the regulation of food intake, macronutrient metabolism, energy balance, and body weight. Dr. Hall has twice received both the NIH Director’s Award and the NIDDK Director’s Award, and his award-winning Body Weight Planner has been used by millions of people to help predict how diet and physical activity dynamically interact to affect human body weight.

Following the 2017 Mason Lecture, Dr. Brethauer will deliver his ASMBS presidential address on the society’s accomplishments this year and challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.

ObesityWeek is also an opportunity for attendees to network with colleagues at the ASMBS Welcome Reception, the International Reception, Private Practice Reception, AfterDark Party, and many more exciting opportunities to reunite and connect.

“Research that has emerged from ObesityWeek in years past has not be confined to the convention center,” said Dr. Brethauer. “The study data presented at the conference makes national news headlines and the media has an important role to play in educating the public about obesity and the power of metabolic and bariatric surgery.”

For more information ObesityWeek 2017, visit www.ObesityWeek.com. Also, follow ObesityWeek on Twitter and Facebook, and search #OW2017 for the latest updates.