EASO Newsletter May 2016

In 2016 the congresses of EASO (ECO2016) and the IFSO European Chapter (2016 IFSO-EC Annual Congress) will merge to create the inaugural European Obesity Summit (EOS2016). This exciting congress will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden from 1 to 4 June 2016.

Don’t forget to register for EOS2016, you can do this via the congress website.

Remember, the EASO Task Force Teaching Courses will take place on Wednesday 1st June, so plan your journey so that you can participate. There are also special teaching sessions throughout the congress, you can read about them in the main programme.

Save the Date: European Obesity Day is 21 May 2016
Action for a Healthier Europe


At the recent Obesity Stakeholder Roundtable, EASO reaffirmed support for European Obesity Day, (#EOD2016) which will be held this year on 21 May 2016. #EOD2016 represents an important opportunity to engage and influence diverse stakeholders across Europe.

Read more.

4e283a7d-d4df-49b6-b8aa-57afd1af86f6EOS2016 Speaker Spotlight:

Meet Grace O’Malley

We are pleased to share our interview with Dr Grace O’Malley, chair of the ASOI and a noted research-clinician in the area of childhood obesity.

Read the interview.

4736fd95-96b1-4bd7-b8d6-97e0e33b66a2A Conversation with Dr Volkan Yumuk, Chairman of the EASO Obesity Management Task Force

Professor Volkan Demirhan Yumuk was born and raised in Istanbul. “I now live in the same glamorous city and my residence is here in Asia Minor; my work place is in Europe proper.”

Read more here.


We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Obesity Facts, 2016 issue 2 is available online. View the issue on the OFA website.

This issue of Obesity Facts includes EASL-EASD-EASO Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.

European Biotechnology Network Convention: June 23-24, Brussels

Priority access and discount to members of EASO


EASO is a strategic partner of EBN and we are pleased to offer all EASO members a dedicated registration rate of €50 to attend our first annual convention on June 23-24. This 1.5 day meeting brings together members of EBN, with guests from EASO, to showcase scientific partnership capabilities and understand all aspects of successful collaborations, including funding, IP, skills and of course, exploitation.

Delegates attending include universities, SMEs, large companies and funding providers and it is an exclusive gathering of proactive, partnership-oriented scientists. You are warmly invited to join EBN members in Brussels in June and you can see full agenda and also register through the website here.

We look forward to seeing you in Brussels and you are welcome to contact Claire Skentelbery on any aspect of the conference. Just use the code EASO2016 when you register.

NIU Board: Spotlight on Catherine Gibbons


Catherine Gibbons is an exercise physiologist, and is particularly interested in exercise, physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the control of appetite and obesity.

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We are pleased to announce that the MooDFOOD EU Project has recently published some interesting papers. Visit the project website to view summaries.

015e4f84-3f10-4e1e-a466-538636e982e0European Obesity Day announces parliamentary initiative

Members of the European Parliament are leading a major new initiative to tackle Europe’s rising obesity epidemic, which currently costs governments more than €70 billion a year in healthcare expenditure and lost productivity.

Learn more.

cbe2d962-c994-48df-9bf0-6ed90a68b565Patient Council News: Iceland

Our colleague Sólveig Sigurðardóttir has been awarded a significant community prize by Fréttabladid, the largest Icelandic newspaper, for her work campaigning against ‘fat shaming’. She is photographed here with the President of Iceland Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, who presented the award. Sólveig has been campaigning in Iceland for years on this issue and EASO congratulates her on this impressive national recognition.

Read more.

fbffdba7-38b5-4e82-88cb-2671af8afa07Patient Council Spotlight:

Joyce Verhoeven

We are pleased to introduce you to the newest Patient Council Representative from Belgium, Joyce Verhoeven.

Learn more about Joyce.