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2013 Research Symposium
April 26 - 28, 2013, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

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Biologic Responses to Weight Loss and Weight Regain Research Symposium


April 26-28, 2013

Omni Shoreham Hotel

Washington, District of Columbia, USA



The American Diabetes Association will convene national and global research expertise at the Association’s 2013 Research Symposium. The symposium will focus on the regulation of energy balance and  the physiology of weight regain following weight loss – including basal physiological mechanisms, psychological aspects, physical activity intervention strategies for clinically significant weight loss, responses to long-term weight maintenance, surgery, and the use of pharmacotherapy to promote biological response to weight loss. A number of seminal studies indicate that there is a neuroendocrine connection underlying weight maintenance and energy balance.  Research to understand the details of the brain pathways associated with weight loss and how they impact weight regain will undoubtedly lead to better strategies for weight loss and diabetes prevention, as well as improved treatment for people with diabetes.


In addition to original research presented during the oral and poster sessions, the program will offer featured symposia, including lectures by world-renowned leaders in the field.  The activity will focus on emerging science and clinical implications on the involvement of the central and peripheral aspects of energy homeostasis.



This activity is intended for scientists, physicians and other healthcare professionals with an interest in the field of researching biologic responses to weight loss and weight regain.  It will provide a valuable opportunity for collaboration with other investigators in the field.




This symposium will address evidence-based expert opinion on what is known and not known about behavioral and metabolic systems and what additional research is needed.  Upon completion of this activity, the participants will be able to:


  • Cite current research findings regarding physiological responses to weight loss and regain.
  • Assess pharmacological and surgical treatment options for weight loss for application to clinical practice.
  • Explain the role and effectiveness of behavior management approaches to weight loss and maintenance.
  • Discuss developmental processes and prevention strategies that may inform biology related to treatment of obesity.
  • Describe the role of exercise in weight loss and maintenance.


 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Deadline is March 15, 2013
The activity is also designed to include both oral and poster presentations. 

Please use the abstract form to submit your abstract.  
If you have questions about the guidelines

please contact Shirley Ash at or 703-549-1500, x2214.