All conference attendees are encouraged to come to the TOS Opening Session, where the best of the best is showcased. This awards program is more than handshakes and plaques! It’s the most exciting research in the field today, and features can’t-miss presentations from masters in the field of obesity.

The session also includes the Early Career Grant Challenge, where a panel of expert judges select the most promising grant proposal based on five minute presentations. The TOS Opening Session is a lot of fun―don’t miss out on this hidden gem session!

2018 George A. Bray Founders Award

Congratulations to this recipient for significant contributions that advanced the scientific or clinical basis for understanding or treating obesity and for extensive involvement with The Obesity Society. This year’s recipient is:

Deborah Tate, PhD, FTOS

2018 George A. Bray Doctoral Dissertation and Master’s Thesis Award

Congratulations to these two students honored for their complete master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation (respectively) that was successfully defended in the current year, based on: significance, relevance/potential impact in the field of obesity, scientific methodology, writing quality, overall approach and scope and innovation. This year’s recipients are:

2018 George A. Bray Doctoral Dissertation Awards

Ted Hsu, PhD

2018 George A. Bray Master’s Thesis Award

Meghan Byrne


5:15pm TOS President Opening Address
Caroline Apovian, MD FACP FTOS DABOM
5:40pm Presentation of Awards
Caroline Apovian, MD FACP FTOS DABOM; Ted M Hsu, PhD; Meghan E Byrne, BA
5:45pm TOS Presidential Medal Presentation
Caroline Apovian, MD FACP FTOS DABOM
5:50pm CME portion of the program begins
5:50pm Early Career Grant Challenge: Measurement of in Vivo Mitochondrial Capacity in Infants: A 31P-MRS Pilot Study
Nicholas T Broskey, PhD
5:58pm Early Career Grant Challenge: Influence of Dietary Fat and Ketone Esters on Energy Expenditure and UCP1 Expression in Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT)
Sarah Deemer, PhD
6:06pm Early Career Grant Challenge: Circadian Regulation of Adipose Tissue Metabolism in Humans
Kelli A Lytle, PhD RD
6:15pm George A. Bray Founders Award Presentation: Advances in Digital Obesity Treatment
Deborah F Tate, PhD