The 2017 Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award recognizes excellence in research by young investigators based on their submitted abstracts and presentation during ObesityWeek. Six finalists have been selected from the call for abstracts and are invited to present their oral abstracts. The recipient will be announced at the conclusion of the session and will receive an additional $1,000 cash prize.
Miranda Broadney MD, National Institutes of Health
Grace Shearrer, PhD, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Sean Iwamoto, MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Bram Brouwers, PhD, Florida Hospital
Alyssa Moran, MPH, RD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Emily Noble, PhD, University of Southern California, Los Angeles


Created in 2015, this award honors a mid-career or senior TOS member for distinguished mentorship of the Society’s members who were in their early careers at the time of the mentoring relationship. The award is named for Professor Thomas Wadden, PhD, of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, who for more than 30 years has mentored dozens of scientist-practitioners who have pursued successful careers in obesity research and clinical care. The award was created with a generous endowment from multiple contributors, comprised primarily of Dr. Wadden’s prior mentees. This year’s recipient is:
David B. Allison, PhD, FTOS, University of Alabama at Birmingham


The Mid-Career Scientific Achievement Award recognizes excellence in an established research career. This year’s recipient is:
Matthew Hayes, PhD, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


1:35pm T-ES-0001 Interrupting Sedentary Behavior in Overweight Children: A Randomized, Crossover Trial
Authors: Miranda M Broadney, MD MPH; Britni R Belcher, PhD MPH; David Berrigan, PhD MPH; Robert J Brychta, PhD; Ira Tigner, BS; Faizah Shareef, BS; Alexia AP Papachristopoulou, MPH; Jacob Hattenbach, BS; Sheila M Brady, MSN CRNP; Shanna Bernstein, MPH RD; Amber B Courville, PhD RDN; Bart Drinkard, MS PT; Kevin Smith, RN; Douglas R Rosing, MD; Pamela L. Wolters, PhD; Kong Y Chen, PhD; Jack A Yanovski, MD PhD
Presenter: Miranda M Broadney, MD MPH
1:51pm T-ES-0002 Obesity Risk Moderates Healthy Weight Adolescents’ Bold Response to Sugar and Fat
Authors: Grace E Shearrer, PhD; Jennifer R Sadler, BA; Eric Stice, PhD; Kyle S Burger, MPH PhD RD
Presenter: Grace E Shearrer, PhD
2:07pm T-ES-0003 Weight Loss Habits, Provider Discussions, and Desired Information: Survey of 2,811 Adults With Obesity
Authors: Sean Iwamoto, MD; David Saxon, MD; Ayae Yamamoto, SM; Deborah R Young, PhD; Daniel H Bessesen, MD
Presenter: Sean Iwamoto, MD
2:23pm T-ES-0004 Exercise Resistance to Enhance Insulin Sensitivity Is Related to in Vivo Mitochondrial Function
Authors: Bram Brouwers, PhD; Natalie A Stephens; Heather H Cornnell; Richard E Pratley, MD; Steven R Smith, MD; Lauren M Sparks, PhD
Presenter: Bram Brouwers, PhD
2:39pm T-ES-0005 Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Marketing During SNAP Benefit Issuance: Insight From Three New York Cities
Authors: Alyssa J Moran, MPH RD; Aviva Musicus, BA; Mary T Gorski, MS; Ian Brissette; Ann Lowenfels, MPH; SV Subramanian, PhD; Christina Roberto, PhD
Presenter: Alyssa J Moran, MPH RD
2:55pm T-ES-0006 Central Melanin-concentrating Hormone Neural Signaling Increases Impulsive Responding for Food
Authors: Emily E Noble, PhD; Ted M Hsu, PhD; Scott E Kanoski, PhD
Presenter: Emily E Noble, PhD
3:25pm Where, What and How?: The Systems Neuroscience of GLP-1, Leptin and Amylin for Obesity Treatment
Matthew R Hayes, PhD