2014 CME Symposia - Breakfast Symposium

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CME Breakfast Symposium

Saturday · 6:15 - 7:45am

Overcoming Obstacles in Obesity Management: New Tools, Techniques, and Treatment Strategies

Supported by an educational grant from Eisai, Inc.

Symposium Overview

Lifestyle interventions focused on diet, physical activity and behavioral therapy are essential to treating obesity and should be incorporated throughout the continuum of care. While some individuals do manage to lose weight through diet and lifestyle changes, long-term weight loss and maintenance is difficult to achieve for many. New and emerging pharmacologic therapies have the potential to significantly impact the management of obesity and reduce the associated cardiometabolic risk. At this symposium, expert faculty will review the mechanisms of action and clinical and safety profiles of prescription weight loss agents, describe effective patient counseling techniques for achieving and maintaining weight loss, and provide techniques to develop a weight and complications-centric approach to obesity management.

Learning Objectives

  • Effectively engage patients in discussions about weight reduction and weight loss maintenance.
  • Formulate individualized treatment plans combining behavioral therapy, lifestyle modifications, and pharmacotherapy to achieve and maintain weight loss in patients with multiple comorbidities or who are at risk of developing a comorbid condition.
  • Describe the physiologic and neurobiological mechanisms and signals that regulate appetite and may contribute to obesity and associated comorbidities.
  • Explain the mechanisms by which novel and emerging weight-loss drugs target components of the central nervous system.
  • Compare the safety and efficacy profiles and mechanisms of action of current and emerging anti-obesity medications so that potential risks and benefits are considered when planning treatment.

Preliminary Agenda & Faculty

6:15 ? 6:20am Opening Remarks Chairperson: Louis J. Aronne, MD
6:20 ? 6:40am Obesity Treatment Update: Where Are We Now? Presenter: Harold E. Bays, MD
6:40 ? 7:00am Neurobiological Approaches to Appetite Regulation and Therapeutic Advances in Weight Loss Presenter: Caroline M. Apovian, MD
7:00 ? 7:20am Breaking Down Clinician and Patient Barriers in the Treatment of Obesity Presenter: Thomas A. Wadden, PhD
7:20 ? 7:45am Strategies to Optimize the Management of the Obese Patient and to Reduce Cardiometabolic Risk
Case Study Presentations, Interactive Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A
Moderator: Louis J. Aronne, MD
Case Presenters & Discussants: Caroline M. Apovian, MD; Harold E. Bays, MD; Thomas A. Wadden, PhD

Louis J. Aronne, MD

  • Sanford I. Weill Professor of Metabolic Research
  • Medical Director
  • Center for Weight Management
    & Metabolic Clinical Research
  • Weill-Cornell Medical College

Caroline M. Apovian, MD

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • Director, Center for Nutrition and Weight Management
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Boston, MA

Harold E. Bays, MD

  • Medical Director/President
  • Louisville Metabolic and Atherosclerosis
  • Research Center, Inc.
  • Louisville, KY

Thomas A. Wadden, PhD

  • Professor of Psychology
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Perelman School of Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Director, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders

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