The International Association for the Study of Obesity Newsletter

September 2013



Welcome to IASO's September Newsletter. Please see this month's highlights below:     


  • News update from IASO's Executive Director;  
  • Abstract submissions are now open for ICO 2014;
  • Sign up for exhibition space at ICO 2014; 
  • Join us in London for our new Hot Topic Conference;  
  • Suggest a future Stock Conference;  
  • SCOPE e-learning to offer course bundles;   
  • Obesity data updates in England, Malta and Mexico;
  • Download the latest papers from our leading journals; 
  • Latest articles of Obesity in the News.


News from IASO's Executive Director 

As we enter the month of September, abstract submissions for ICO are now open! If you are eligible you can apply for the IJO New Faculty Award or the New Investigator Award, both of which recognise excellence in those in the early stages of their careers. There are more updates to the ICO programme which are all available here, including bios of many of the world-class speakers - why not have a look around the ICO pages and decide which sessions you will attend and who you want to meet during the networking events!

If you are interested in attending ICO in March next year, make sure that your membership is renewed with your local Association - you won't be able to register at the discounted rate (and make use of the substantial saving offered to IASO Members) without it.

Exciting new developments in our internationally recognised, online obesity education programme are to be launched in September. We want to offer you better value so we have created some new starter packages. Each package offers you a collection of modules offering focussed obesity learning directly relevant to your interests. Once you have completed them, if you want more you can upgrade to the full package and go on to become SCOPE certified and even apply to become a SCOPE Fellow. If you haven't had a look at the SCOPE programme you can try it out with one of the free courses that are now available, please see here
If any of you are a Twitter enthusiast you can follow members of the team here at IASO to get updates on all things #obesity. @_IASO_ (latest news); @hannahbrins (Policy); @IASO_Claire (Events); @moqutub (SCOPE) and me @IASO_Chris.

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Chris Trimmer
Executive Director


International Congress on Obesity (ICO) 
Abstract submissions are now open! 

Abstracts will be accepted for 15 minute oral presentations or poster presentations. Authors will be notified of the ISC review outcome in early December 2013, prior to the early bird registration deadline. There are two abstract awards for ICO 2014. The 'New Investigator Award' and the 'IJO New Faculty Award'. The deadline for abstract awards is Monday 14th October 2013. To view the submission guidelines and to submit your abstract please visit the website here.  


Sign up for exhibition space at ICO 2014!

The exhibition will be the main focal point of the congress and will be located in the beautiful convention centre ballroom. Why not also expand your reach at the congress by taking advantage of our superb sponsorship opportunities. There are a wide range of options to suit all budgets, including exciting new items for ICO 2014 including gala dinner sponsorship and sponsoring the congress programme mobile app. To view the sponsorship and exhibition prospectus please visit the website here.  


Visit the ICO 2014 web pages here and keep up to date with the latest news. 


Diabetes, Obesity and You - Hot Topic Conference
Take advantage of this 1-day event taking place in London on the 18th November. Learn about the connections between obesity and diabetes, and increase your knowledge and skills to support your patients more effectively.

This meeting will be of interest to nurses, in all settings but in particular those working in primary care and acute wards where managing obese patients who also have diabetes can be a particular challenge, along with Allied Health professionals, GP's and their Commissioners. For more information and to register for this event please visit the website here.


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Metabolically healthy and unhealthy obese - 13th Stock Conference


The 13th Stock Conference will focus on what it means to be metabolically healthy by looking at animal models, the epidemiology of metabolically healthy and unhealthy and its characteristics and potential mechanisms. To view the conference programme and invited speakers visit the conference website here. Applications for this conference have now closed. However should you wish to join the waiting list please contact the events team at stock@iaso.org.  

Do you have an idea for a future Stock Conference?


If so IASO would love to hear from you. To submit your conference proposal please visit our Stock Conference web pages here. The deadline for proposals is Monday 30th September.  


For more information on any of our events please contact the events team - events@iaso.org.

SCOPE e-learning 

We are pleased to announce that after conducting a recent survey of registered SCOPE users we will now provide an option to purchase a bundle of courses. We will begin releasing these new bundles later this month.


Packages will now provide a third option allowing you to purchase a bundle of courses relevant to you at a reduced rate. One such package may include several nutrition-related courses that are of particular interest to dieticians and nutritionists. You will also have the option to upgrade to a full subscription by paying the difference between the package and subscription price.


To celebrate this new offering we will be giving all current and future registered SCOPE users a free course! Register today here and sign-up to our newsletter to receive updates on these developments as they come out.


We have also added two new SCOPE accredited events; '12th IASO Stock Conference' in Hamburg, Germany and 'Targeting gut hormones: effects on appetite, weight and cardiometabolic outcomes' in Seoul, South Korea both taking place this month.  


Obesity Data Portal 

This month we have updates on adult data in England. We also have updates on children in England, Malta and Mexico. To view updates and explore the other resources that are now available please visit our obesity data portal page here. If you have any data that you would like to see presented please send your requests to obesity@iaso.org.    


Clinical Obesity...


A message from Professor Nick Finer, Editor-in-Chief...


Clinical Obesity Journal

Call for papers!

Clinical Obesity
is the journal of choice for clinical researchers and practitioners. It is an international peer-reviewed journal publishing high quality translational and clinical research papers and reviews focusing on obesity and its co-morbidities. 


Participate today! Submit your paper via our online peer-review system here.  


View the latest Clinical Obesity issue here.   


Obesity Reviews... 


A message from Professor David York, Editor-in-Chief...


The September issue of Obesity Reviews contains six reviews covering a wide range of topics. The methods for assessing the costs associated with obesity, both health care and socioeconomic, are reviewed by Bier et al who identify that cost outcomes are largely reflective of the underlying design of the studies and the limitations of the methods used. Coulman et al present a systematic review of patient-reported outcomes of bariatric surgery and emphasize the need to integrate this information with clinical outcomes to provide better information for both clinical practice and patients. A summary overview of one of last years IASO Stock conferences that focused on the potential beneficial properties of adipogenic microbes, bacterial and viral, to improve health is presented by the two cochairs, Nikhil Dhurandher and Patrice Carni together with the other speakers. Reading this may present  a valuable insight into the value of these small focused Stock conferences for those unfamiliar with this IASO conference series. Shugart reviews the role of culture, both individual and environmental, in providing a rationale for news coverage in the media. The final two reviews focus on childhood obesity and overweight. The first is a systematic review (van der Kruk et al) of parental involvement in long term childhood weight control in Europe and this is followed by a systematic review and meta-analysis off two differing approaches for weight loss, parent only versus a more family oriented approach. Finally for those fans of Stephan's Corner, the focus is on Gerard van Swieten.  

To read articles online or find out more visit Obesity Reviews  on Wiley Online Library here





Pediatric Obesity...


A message from Professor Michael Goran, Editor-in-Chief...


View the latest issue of Pediatric Obesity here.


Submit your best work to the leading journal in the field, via our online peer-review system.

Follow Pediatric Obesity's Editor (@michaelgoran) on Twitter!



Submit your paper to Pediatric Obesity today... 




International Journal of Obesity...


IJO Cover

The International Journal of Obesity (IJO) provides a multi-disciplinary forum for basic, clinical and applied studies focusing on obesity and related disorders, including a quarterly pediatric highlights issue.  

New Impact Factor: 5. 221
5/76 Nutrition & Dietetics
19/121 Endocrinology & Metabolism
*2012 Journal Citation Reports´┐Ż Science Edition (Thomson Reuters, 2013)

Sign up for FREE to receive Table of Contents e-alerts and never miss an issue.   

Submit your paper to IJO today...   


Obesity in the News 

Latest articles of obesity in the news...


Please note that all external links are provided for information only, their inclusion is not indicative of IASO endorsement.

Researchers investigating overweight and cardiovascular risk concluded: "Our results indicate that obesity might not be all bad if the overweight woman has not developed any hypertensive disorders, disorders in glucose-metabolism or elevated cholesterol levels. But because obesity markedly increases the risk of developing these metabolic disorders, these women most likely have a window of opportunity to lose weight and change their prognosis".


Do diet drinks make you fat? (September 1st, 2013)

Discussion on the association between diet drink consumption and obesity.     


High waist circumference, severe obesity and underweight associated with poor prognosis following heart attack (September 1st, 2013)

Researchers wanted to determine the associations between body mass index (BMI, kg/m2) and waist circumference with 5-year mortality in patients following a heart attack. Researchers determined that having too low or too high a BMI was detrimental but having a large waist circumference was associated with the worst prognosis.


To see more of the latest articles of obesity in the news please visit our news page here.  



If you have any comments or information you would like us to include in the next IASO newsletter please contact:


Emma Graham

Publishing and Communications Manager




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