Obesity Journal Symposium

Friday, November 15, 2013 | EST

Location: A402-A403


Presenters: Brian Elbel, PhD; Rachel Ruiz, MD; Amy Rothberg, MD, PhD; Rachel Goldman, PhD; Louis Aronne, MD; Samantha Attard

Chairs: Eric Ravussin, Donna Ryan


The editors of Obesity are holding the 1st Annual Obesity Symposium, which will include the presentation of six winning manuscripts by the authors.

Highlighting the Obesity Journal’s Top Papers at Obesity Week 2013

The Editors of Obesity have selected six high-quality manuscripts for the 1st Annual Obesity Symposium to be presented at ObesityWeek 2013 in Atlanta, GA on Nov. 15, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. These state-of-the-art papers cover topics ranging from the control of energy balance, to innovative clinical/translational studies that challenge current paradigms to novel “proof of concept” studies. The authors of the winning papers will present their research during the Symposium (10-min oral presentation with 5-min discussion) and the papers will be published in a special section of the November issue of Obesity.

Criteria for Paper Scoring

Highest priority was given to novel studies that expand scientific knowledge of:

  • The mechanisms underlying obesity
  • Prevention and treatment of obesity
  • Translation of findings from the lab to the clinic, and from the clinic to the community


Time Topic Faculty
3:30 - 3:45pm Calorie Labeling, Fast Food Purchasing and Restaurant Visits
Brian Elbel, PhD
3:45 - 4:00pm A Novel Approach to Characterize Physical Activity Patterns in Preschool-Aged Children
Rachel Ruiz, MD
4:00 - 4:15pm The impact of a managed care obesity intervention program on clinical outcomes and costs: A prospective observational study
Amy Rothberg, MD, PhD
4:15 - 4:30pm Executive control circuitry differentiates successful and unsuccessful weight loss following gastric-bypass surgery
Rachel Goldman, PhD
4:30 - 4:45pm Evaluation of phentermine/topiramate extended-release compared with its individual components as monotherapies in obese adults
Louis Aronne, MD
4:45 - 5:00pm Longitudinal trajectories of BMI and cardiovascular disease risk: The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health
Samantha Attard