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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 190-191

12th International Congress on Obesity: The ICO 2014 17th - 20th March, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Immediate Past President, All India Association for Advancing Research in Obesity; Secretary - General, Asia Oceania Association for the Studies in Obesity; Editorial Board of Journal of Obesity and Metabolic Research, India

Date of Web Publication19-Sep-2014

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Pallavi Sodhi Patankar
Immediate Past President, AIAARO, Secretary General, AOASO, Ground Floor, Arunodaya Building , Subhash Road, Vile Parle (E). Mumbai 400057
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Patankar PS. 12th International Congress on Obesity: The ICO 2014 17th - 20th March, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. J Obes Metab Res 2014;1:190-1

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Patankar PS. 12th International Congress on Obesity: The ICO 2014 17th - 20th March, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. J Obes Metab Res [serial online] 2014 [cited 2020 May 28];1:190-1. Available from: http://www.jomrjournal.org/text.asp?2014/1/3/190/141159

The International Congress on Obesity (ICO) is held every 4 th year. The first ICO was in 1974 at London. Kobe hosted the ICO In 1990. After more than two decades, ICO 2014 was held in Asia, jointly by World Obesity (WO) (International Association for the Study of Obesity [IASO]) and Malaysian Association for the Studies of Obesity (MASO) at Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, near the famous Petronas Twin Towers. The venue had excellent infrastructure and easy accessibility. Rapid economic development of Asia with altered lifestyle has led to a significant increase in the prevalence of obesity and related burdens. The pace of the latter in Asia being more than anywhere in the world, it was the right time for ICO 2014. I, Dr. Naunihal Singh, Dr. Soumitra Ghosh, Dr. Anita Merani, and Dr. Brij Mohan Makkar from All India Association for Advancing Research in Obesity (AIAARO) attended.

On the 1 st day, Prof. Arne Astrup's opening address (The Willendorf Award) on Diet in the role of prevention and management of obesity: "From caloric restriction to optimized diet composition," was excellent and emphasized the need to focus on individualizing diets. The "Obesogenic environments monitoring and accountability systems" by Dr. B Swinburn opened up the activist dimensions needed in obesity control. The symposium on "Should we target specific ages?" Covered the vulnerable groups: children, adolescents, the aged and obese mothers. There were intense audience interactions.

The track 2, symposium 12 on "the perspectives on energy balance" covered several topics. Perspectives on energy balance and body composition regulation: "Adipostats and proteinstats awaiting discovery" and "the impact of glycemic load on the composition of weight regain" were eye openers for many. The plenary lecture (Wertheimer Award) by Prof. Rudolph Leibel, Columbia University, on the "Molecular physiology of the weight-reduced state," was an outstanding state-of-the art lecture and covered the recent work with human stem cells, to elucidate the molecular/developmental processes related to diabetes and obesity.

The inauguration was in the evening by the Minister of Health - Dr. S Subramanium. Prof. Philips James and Dr. Ismail Noor addressed the gathering. An entertaining performance by One Goal - Free Style Football was followed by networking and cultural showcase in the exhibition area.

The track 6, symposium 29 on "Exercise: Type and Physical Activity" and the lecture on "toward a multi-dimensional future" by Dr. D Thompson, University of Bath, UK, were a delight to listen.

Plenary Sessions for the eight Tracks on obesity as follows: From (1) Cells to systems biology, (2) genes to environment to pathophysiology, (3) healthy weight to weight related pathologies, (4) nutrition, exercise, and psychology to lifestyle, (5) lifestyle intervention to drugs and surgery, (6) home environment to society, causes, and consequences, (7) individual choice to population prevention: Solutions and interventions, and (8) evidence to policies.

Dr. Soumitra Ghosh's presentation "Ectopic fat accumulation in the liver seen in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a significant independent predictor of endothelial dysfunction and atherosclerotic vascular injury." In the track 3, Symposium 19 - NAFLD was well-received, and good audience interaction took place.

The poster presentations were of a high quality, and new investigator awards were given to five best studies. The awardees were supported by ICO. The delegates (n = 997) were from 53 countries. There were 75 exhibitors, 100 speakers, and 35 complimentary.

As the President of AIAARO, I was invited to the council meetings of the (1) "Asia Oceania Association for the Studies in Obesity" (AOASO) and (2) The WO body. The decisions taken were: Asia Oceania Conference on Obesity (AOCO) will be biennial as scheduled; at every ICO, WO and AOASO will sponsor and conduct a symposium from the Asia Oceania region. The elections results of the new Committee of AOASO are as follows: The President - Prof. Ismail Noor (MASO) Malaysia, the Vice President - Dr. Jeong - Teak Woo (KSSO) Korea, Secretary General - Dr. Pallavi Sodhi Patankar (AIAARO) India, and Treasurer - Dr. Gaga Irawan (ISSO) Indonesia. There are seven country representatives as members. Finally, the plans for the 8 th AOCO scheduled for October 1-4, 2015 at Nagoya, Japan were discussed. In the WO General Council meeting, my representation and contributions from AIAARO were acknowledged. President of WO Dr. Philips James expressed that the WO focus will be on the Gulf region. He mentioned that the WO will be called upon to help countries with the clinical care of obesity. There will be a need to advise countries on policy and measures to deal with obesity with their health systems. The Executive Director of WO Ms Chris Trimmer announced the rebranding of IASO to "WO" complete. The new name with the strapline "Knowledge, Solutions, and Action" would convey its vision on obesity to all stakeholders as it demonstrates that the organization is a federation and would like to be recognized globally, as an authority on obesity working with researchers, bariatric physicians, surgeons, policy and advocacy workers, members, and government. She further stressed the need to promote the SCOPE education globally.

The next ICO will be held at Vancouver, Canada, May 1-4, 2016. Prof. James thanked the WO office in London for all of the long hours that they have put in making ICO 2014 a great success. He said the leadership of Dr. Ismail Noor President of ICO and MASO, and Prof. Paul Trayhorn (Scientific Chairman of ICO) provided an excellent planned eight-track program.


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