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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Waist Management in Switzerland

This week I am at the 16th European Congress on Obesity in Geneva, Switzerland.

I have been attending ECO for the last 10 years or so and there is no question that over this time, ECO has matured into a pretty serious affair - complete with satellite meetings, treatment workshops, and young investigator events.

I am particularly proud of the fact that once again (as last year in Budapest), the Canadian Obesity Network is hosting a "Meet the Canadians" reception. This event gives the ECO attendees a chance to meet and mingle with the many Canadians who attend ECO.

My own active part at this meeting kicks off with a plenary lecture with the catchy title "A Physician's Guide to Waist Management". This talk is part of a precongress satellite symposium called "Adipose-Muscle Crosstalks in the Pathogenesis of Metabolic Syndrome" hosted by the Swiss Association for the Study of Obesity.

Other presenters include "old" friends like Abdul Dulloo (Switzerland), Hans Hauner (Germany), Gema Fruhbeck (Spain), Max Lafontan (France), Steve Smith (USA) and others.

Lots at this symposium (and congress) on adipose tissue and adipokines and how these affect metabolism and vascular function - definitely a hot topic!

Looks like an exciting week in Geneva,

Geneva, Switzerland

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