Newswise — SILVER SPRING, MD – Get a glimpse into the future of obesity research and treatment when more than 1,000 research abstracts are presented on new and emerging obesity treatments, the science of weight loss, new prevention strategies, metabolic surgery, the genetics of obesity and public policy at the largest international conference on obesity. Thousands of leading researchers, policymakers and healthcare professionals will gather for the fourth annual ObesityWeek conference at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in Louisiana from Oct. 31 – Nov. 4, 2016.

The weeklong conference will feature the largest exhibit hall of its kind, showcasing the latest innovative products, services and technologies from obesity-focused companies and organizations worldwide.

Keynote Speakers Offer Unique Perspectives

Opening Keynote Speaker Addresses Neural and Physiological Mechanisms Involved in Human Energy Balance, Nov. 2
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 offers the ObesityWeek 2016 opening keynote address. In her work, Dr. Farooqi is applying a genetic approach to help patients with early onset obesity. She identified the first single gene defect to cause human obesity in patients with a mutation in the leptin gene, published in Nature in 1997, where she described the dramatic response of these patients to leptin therapy.

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Integrated Health Keynote Speaker, Nov. 2
A leader in nutrition and public policy, Kelly Brownell, PhD, is 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.”

Top Research to Answer Key Questions in Obesity

This year, top research presentations answer key questions confronting the obesity research and treatment community. Look forward to the discussion of the latest research by both renowned and emerging obesity experts that provide insight into:

Leading Organizations Host ObesityWeek 2016

The Obesity Society (TOS), the leading professional society dedicated to better understanding, preventing and treating obesity, and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the nation’s leading organization for bariatric and metabolic surgeons and integrated health professionals, together host ObesityWeek 2016.

TOS and ASMBS will be joined by nearly 30 partner organizations, some of which will contribute to the educational agenda with symposia covering the spectrum of obesity and its impact on health:

  • Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics - Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group
  • American Heart Association
  • American Society of Nutrition
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
  • International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders
  • International Society for the Perioperative Care of the Obese Patient
  • Obesity Action Coalition
  • Obesity Medicine Association
  • Osteoarthritis Action Alliance
  • Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior
  • World Obesity Federation

Unmatched Education for Health Professionals and Clinicians

At ObesityWeek 2016, attendees can learn from the great minds of unique, seasoned obesity professionals who will unveil the future of obesity treatment and prevention. Conference sessions will touch on topics like obesity surgery, clinical intervention, prevention, research, public policy and more. ObesityWeek is expected to attract more than 5,000 international obesity clinical and research professionals, as well as those working in related fields such as fitness, nutrition, nursing and primary care.

Register now for ObesityWeek 2016, which is expected to be the greatest year yet for the conference now in its fourth year. Attendees can save by registering before August 21, 2016.

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Special Access for Credentialed News Media

News media personnel who wish to attend ObesityWeek 2016 are eligible for free registration and an opportunity to receive embargoed materials, attend special media briefings and interview study authors. Read our guidelines for the media and contact Chelsea Clark, [email protected] for more information.

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About ObesityWeek

ObesityWeek is the premier, international event focused on the basic science, clinical application, prevention and treatment of obesity. The Obesity Society (TOS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) host the world's preeminent conference on obesity, ObesityWeek 2016, Oct. 31 – Nov. 4, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. For the fourth year, both organizations hold their respective annual scientific meetings under one roof to unveil exciting new research, discuss emerging treatment and prevention options, network and present.

About The Obesity Society

The Obesity Society (TOS) is the leading professional society dedicated to better understanding, preventing and treating obesity. Through research, education and advocacy, TOS is committed to improving the lives of those affected by the disease. For more information visit: Connect with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Find TOS disclosures here