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The Obesity Society presented awards that recognized specific research achievements and major contributions to the basic science, treatment, and prevention of obesity at its recent meeting in Washington, DC. This year's awards and highlights of the careers of several obesity researchers included the following:


2017 Friends of Albert (Mickey) Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award


Eric Ravussin, PhD, FTOS, Pennington Biomedical Research Center


2017 TOPS Research Achievement Award


Christos S. Mantzoros, MD, Harvard Medical School


2017 Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service


Michelle Obama, Obama Foundation


Master of the American Board of Obesity Medicine


W. Timothy Garvey, MD, FTOS, University of Alabama at Birmingham


2017 Thomas A. Wadden Award for Distinguished Mentorship


David B. Allison, PhD, FTOS, University of Alabama at Birmingham


2017 Mid-Career Scientific Achievement Award Presentation


Matthew Hayes, PhD, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


2017 George A. Bray Founders Award Presentation


Diana Thomas, PhD, FTOS, United States Military Academy


2017 George A. Bray Master's Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Awards Presentation


Dissertation Recipient: Kristin Hoddy, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago


Thesis Recipient: Monica Saumoy, MD, Weill Cornell Medicine


2017 Early Career Research Grant


Lauren Stein, PhD, University of Pennsylvania


2017 Weight Watchers Karen Miller-Kovach Research Grant Presentation


Recipient: Brooke Nezami, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Congratulations to all on this well-deserved honor!



John Kirwan, director of the Metabolic Translational Research Center and professor of molecular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, has been named executive director of LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center. In addition to serving as director of the Metabolic Translational Research Center and professor of molecular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, Kirwan is also a professor of physiology and of nutrition at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. His professional expertise includes almost 30 years of research, teaching, and service in the obesity and diabetes fields. Kirwan received his clinical physiology training and MD at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri; his PhD in human bioenergetics at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana; his master's degree in exercise biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and his bachelor's degree (Hons) from the University of Limerick, Ireland.


Kirwan leads an internationally acclaimed biomedical research program focused on diabetes, obesity, nutrition, and exercise. He is currently principal investigator or coinvestigator on 9 National Institutes of Health grants, and to date, he has generated more than $35 million in research funding, most which has come from the US National Institutes of Health and the food, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries. Among his most important research contributions is the discovery that for a significant number of diabetes patients can be put into long-term remission by surgically altering the physiology of the intestine and stomach.



National Eating Disorders Awareness Week


February 26 to March 4, 2018


American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology/World Allergy Organization Joint Congress


March 2 to 5, 2018


Orlando, Florida


American Society of Preventive Oncology 42nd Annual Conference


March 10 to 13, 2018


New York, New York


XV International Conference on Food Security and Nutrition


April 9 to 11, 2018


Copenhagen, Denmark.


National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings


April 10 to 14, 2018


Austin, Texas