EASO Newsletter March 2018

EASO Newsletter March 2018

ECO2018: Register today!

ECO2018, the 25th European Congress on Obesity, will take place in Vienna, Austria from 23-26 May, 2018, and we have developed an excellent programme for you. Please visit the ECO2018 Congress website for up-to date information on the scientific and social programmes, registration information and recommended hotels. We cordially invite you to participate in the congress!

Visit the ECO2018 website to register

Clinical Care of Obesity and Hypertension:Free Registration

The European Association for the Study of Obesity and the International Society of Hypertension will come together at The Royal College of Physicians on 8 May 2018 to explore the latest developments and techniques in the treatment of cardiovascular disease and its emerging correlation with obesity. Our invited faculty will deliver this thought-provoking, intense and informative programme including a mix of keynote presentations, discussing the way these themes can be applied in everyday practice.

Register to reserve your free place on the event website today!

ECO2018 Speaker Spotlight: Professor Barry Popkin

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Barry M, Popkin will join us at ECO2018. Dr Popkin, PhD, (economics), established the Division of Nutrition Epidemiology at The University of North Carolina, USA (UNC.) He has developed the concept of the Nutrition Transition, the study of the dynamic shifts in our environment and the way they affect dietary intake and physical activity patterns and trends and obesity and other nutrition-related noncommunicable diseases.

Join Dr Popkin for the Plenary Session Large-scale regulatory changes focused on obesity prevention: Current state of knowledge on Friday 25 May 2018 at the congress.

Find out more about Dr Barry Popkin

EASO COMs Exchange and Mentoring Programme

Obesity is recognised as one of Europe’s priority health challenges, however specialised obesity services are not widely available and obesity care can therefore vary enormously across European regions. The EASO Exchange and Mentoring Programme provides a solution by supporting the establishment of centres that improve access to and delivery of care.

You can apply to the COMs Mentoring Programme on the EASO website. The first application phase has begun and will continue through April.

NIU Board Spotlight: meet Emanuel Canfora

Dr Canfora’s multidisciplinary research focuses on strategies to manipulate the gut microbiota to prevent and treat obesity-related metabolic diseases.

The research of my current department (Human Biology) focuses on disturbances in energy and substrate metabolism in the aetiology of obesity and obesity-related health complications, as well as on the role of dietary intervention to reverse these changes. Our group has access to extensive facilities for human intervention studies, detailed human phenotyping as well as biochemical and molecular laboratory techniques (Metabolic Research Unit Maastricht).

Read the full Interview

European Obesity Policy Conference


Interested in obesity policy? Registration is now open for the May 2018 European Obesity Policy Conference.

The EASO European Policy Conference on Obesity takes place in Brussels on 17 May 2018.The conference will focus on the need for adequate education, treatment and care for people with obesity and is timed to be held in conjunction with European Obesity Day 2018, which takes place two days later on 19 May.

View details on participation, registration and an updated agenda

Become a Part of the EASO New Investigators United Consortium

EASO New Investigators United was established in 2005 and acts as an informal community for new investigators to collaborate on projects and to share experiences and expertise. The NIU initiative combines an online community with an annual event at the ECO, where new investigators have an opportunity to meet, interact and share ideas with colleagues from around the world.

Register your interest and join the NIU consortium

Obesity Facts 10 Years

We are pleased to announce that volume 11 issue 1, March 2018 of OBESITY FACTS (OFA), is now available online.

View the issue on the OFA website

Announcing 80 funded places for the EASO Summer School

EASO education programmes offer comprehensive training for European health professionals working in the prevention and management of obesity. Course content will be delivered by European KOLs (Key Opinion Leaders) and education experts in a beautiful setting at Les Pensières at Fondation Mérieux. Annecy, France.

Learn more about our summer course and apply to the programme

** ECO2018: Accommodation Scam Alert **

If you are contacted by any other company or agency offering housing for ECO 2018 in Vienna, please note that these companies are not authorised to represent the ECO 2018 in any way, nor do they have access to the officially contracted ECO 2018 room blocks and rates.

For more information, view the alert

ECO2018 Speaker Spotlight: Professor Saverio Cinti

Dr Cinti began his work in the field of adipose tissues in 1980 in the lab of Prof Bjorntorp (Gothenburg University). In 2006 Professor Cinti was an invited speaker at 134th Nobel Symposium “The Adipocyte: a Multifunctional Cell;” in 2008 received the Blaise Pascal medal of the European Academy of Science for biology and in 2013 he was awarded the Wasserman Prize for Senior Scientist by the European Association for the Study of Obesity.

We are delighted to speak with Professor Saverio Cinti about his work surrounding the adipose organ and its implications for the field of obesity.

Read the full interview

European Association Award: European Obesity Day Policy Conference

EASO is delighted to announce that the EASO Policy Conference 2017 – “Implementing national obesity policies and action plans in Europe” was awarded third place at the 2018 European Association Awards for “Best Association Conference with less than 225 Delegates”.

Following on from this successful event, EASO is organising another conference, the EASO Policy Conference 2018 this year, focused on “Obesity Policy in Europe: the need for Education, Treatment and Care” taking place Thursday 17th May at the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels; to register please follow instructions on the event page

You may also want to visit the European Association Awards website

Obesity Media Masterclass: Reporting Obesity

Videos from our ECO2017 Obesity Media Masterclass in Porto are available to view online. We were fortunate to have Sarah Boseley, Health Editor of The Guardian share a journalist’s perspective on reporting obesity. She is joined by EASO Patient Council representatives and internationally recognised obesity experts.

View the Media Masterclass

We are pleased to share recent videos on EU project MooDFOOD. MooDFOOD is a large European consortium exploring the relationship between mood, nutrition, and obesity. MooDFOOD symposium videos are available to view.

Weight loss maintenance is difficult. The NoHoW project is helping people learn how to do it. Learn about the successful symposium ‘Developing and Designing Evidence Based Digital Tools for Weightloss Maintenance: the H2020 NoHoW Project,’ at ECO2017, chaired by NoHoW Coordinator Professor Berit Lilienthal Heitmann and Dr. Marta M. Marques.

Find out more and view the project explainer videos

Credit © World ObesityCities Join Efforts to Help Communities Become More Active and Improve Citizen Health Globally

Cities across the world are being urged to sign up to the Global Active City programme, a new global health and physical activity promotion effort that is proven to increase individual and collective well-being among our increasingly urban populations.

We urge cities across Europe and around the world to sign up! The Active Well-being Initiative (AWI) has developed standards, toolkits and training modules to support cities and their leaders to participate.

Find out more on the AWI website

ECO 2019 in Glasgow: Save the Dates

We are delighted to host the 2019 European Congress on Obesity, #ECO2019, 28 April – 1 May 2019 at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow.

If you are currently working on clinical trials or research projects, #ECO2019 will be the perfect place to showcase your work. We will call for symposia suggestions and abstracts in Autumn 2018, so please schedule your presentation/publication strategy accordingly

Find out more on the ECO2019 website