December 9, 2013
UAB was well represented at the 31st Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society (TOS) , held during ObesityWeekTM , November 11-16, 2013, at the Georgia World Congress Center. TOS’s yearly convention is one of the world largest gatherings of obesity professionals at all stages of their careers, including leading obesity scientists presenting cutting-edge research.
John Dawson, PhD,  postdoctoral trainee in the Department of Biostatistics,  received special recognition as one of five finalists for the TOS Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award , which recognizes excellence in research by a young investigator. His selection was based on the scores received from reviewers of his abstract, “A Bayesian Meta-Analytic Study of Whether Rigorous Control Conditions Diminish Treatment Effects in Weight Loss Randomized Controlled Trials.”
In addition, Yongbin Yang , graduate research assistant in the Department of Nutrition Sciences , was honored as one of six winners of the second annual Basic Science Section  Poster of Excellence Award for “Weight Cycling Does Not Increase Relative Body Fat of Mice,” which was judged to be one of the best in the field. Co-authors of the abstract are Daniel L. Smith, Jr., PhD ; David B. Allison, PhD ; and Timothy R. Nagy, PhD.
Of the top 10 posters presented in the Pediatric Obesity Section , two were from UAB: “Triglyceride to HDL Ratio in Children: A Tool to Assess Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes?” by graduate student trainee Kenneth P. Kell  and José R. Fernández, PhD; and “Glycemic Load – A Predictor of Insulin-Related Outcomes in African- and Hispanic-American Children” by graduate research assistant Keith E. Pearson  and Dr. Fernández, which also ranked among the top seven posters in the Diversity Section .