Today we share some unfortunate news, and honor the legacy of a world-renowned obesity researcher and psychiatrist. Albert “Mickey” Stunkard, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine, passed away on July 12, 2014, at his home in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. His wife, Margaret S. Maurin, and step-daughter, Elana Maurin, were by his side.

Dr. Stunkard, known as Mickey to friends and colleagues, was well-known for his research on obesity and eating disorders. He authored more than 500 publications that enriched the understanding of obesity and advanced the prevention and treatment of the disease.

As shared in a biography by close friend and colleague, Thomas Wadden, PhD, and Mickey’s wife, Margaret Maurin:

“Mickey’s infectious enthusiasm for research, and generosity of spirit nurtured the careers of dozens of young scientists and enriched the work of colleagues throughout the nation and around the world. He educated generations of medical students and psychiatry residents at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine about obesity and eating disorders, while also touching the lives of thousands of patients with his extraordinary compassion, kindness, and clinical acumen. He was the consummate scientist, teacher, and practitioner.”

Mickey’s achievements were recognized in multiple ways, and TOS looks forward to continuing to honor his legacy through the Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is designed to recognize people who, like Mickey, have made a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the field of obesity in the areas of scholarship, mentorship, and education.

A private burial is planned with a memorial service to be held in the fall at the University of Pennsylvania. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy be directed to Doctors Without Borders or the Council for a Livable World.

You can find out more about Mickey’s legacy in his biography here and on here.

This information was shared by Steven Smith, MD

The Obesity Society President

Associate Research Scientist of the PET Radiochemistry Laboratories

The Department of Radiology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University Medical Center invites applications for Associate Research Scientist in the PET Radiochemistry Laboratories in the Kreitchman PET Center.

Reporting to the PET Center Director, the Associate Research Scientist will be responsible for optimization, production and quality control of research radiotracers and for quality assurance and control programs in the Radiochemistry Laboratory at the Kreitchman PET Center. The candidate will ensure that production procedures, laboratory procedures, and facilities and equipment systems employed during the manufacture and processing of PET drug products are in conformity with the PET Center’s SOPs, as well as Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) and all other applicable regulatory standards.

Specific duties include:

  1. Produce research PET radiotracers according to the PET Center’s production methods and SOPs
  2. Perform Quality Control of PET radiopharmaceuticals produced by the Kreitchman PET Center to ensure that they are fully compliant with release criteria, written procedures and SOPs.
  3. This position reports to the PET Center Director for all aspects of research and production. Report all QC/QA findings to PET Center Director and work with the Director on development of corrective action plans where applicable.
  4. Perform other duties as assigned.

Position requires

  1. PhD degree in chemistry, radiochemistry or related field, as well as at least five years of radiochemistry experience.
  2. Working knowledge of both manual and automated PET tracer production and analytical HPLC instrumentation

3.  Capacity to integrate Federal and other relevant regulatory requirements into PET tracer production and quality control responsibilities.

Please visit our online application site at for further information about this position and to submit your application. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The School is especially interested in qualified candidates whose record of achievement will contribute to the diversity goals of the institution. Excellent salary and benefits.

The Department of Radiology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University Medical Center invites applications for a senior faculty position and leadership role as Division Chief of Neuroradiology.

Columbia University Medical Center is one of the premier clinical and research institutions in the country, with referrals from world-class physicians across all specialties. New York-Presbyterian Hospital has 977 inpatient beds and an additional 201 beds at the Allen Hospital site one mile north.  There is a dedicated children’s hospital, The Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and the recently opened Heart Hospital.  New York-Presbyterian is consistently ranked in the top 6 hospitals in the country by US News & World Report.  Among many collaborations, the Radiology Department works in partnership with colleagues in the Medical Center’s many highly regarded Departments and Centers, including the renowned Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center for the investigation of diseases of the central nervous system, the Taub Institute for research on Alzheimer’s disease and the aging brain, the Department of Neurology, the Cerebrovascular Center of the Neurological Institute, the Department of Neurological Surgery, the Department of Radiation Oncology, the Department of Psychiatry, the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the Department for Biomedical Engineering.

The nationally recognized Department of Neurological Surgery at Columbia University has the most comprehensive multi-subspecialty group in the New York metropolitan area with 15 attending neurosurgeons performing over 3,000 operations per year (including complex cerebrovascular diseases, tumors, spinal instrumentation, epilepsy surgery, and pediatric surgery for congenital tumors, correction of cranial and spinal anomalies, and hydrocephalus).

The Department of Neurology is one of leading academic departments in the United States and is internationally recognized for clinical and research excellence.  The Neurological Institute has numerous faculty with joint appointments in the basic sciences as well as the Graduate Program for Neurology and Behavior.

The imaging resources include >7 MRI scanners which are being upgraded, with most being 3T, 9 CT scanners, and 27 ultrasound machines. Currently, all MRI scanners are undergoing replacement and upgrades. The Division faculty interpret yearly about 15,500 CT scans, 18,500 MRI scans, and 5,000 DR cases; and perform about 1,700 procedures.  The faculty interpret functional MRI and MRI spectroscopic imaging.  The neuroradiology faculty provide training for up to 6 fellows as well as residents and medical students. There are three first-year ACGME fellowship positions available each year.

Dedicated research facilities included the Columbia MRI Center with 3 state-of-the-art MRI scanners and a new Molecular Imaging Center.  The new Molecular Imaging Center houses 2 cyclotrons, 4 PET/CT Cameras and a cGMP facility capable of production of radiopharmaceuticals for clinical use.  Modifications to the facility to enable cGMP production of compounds suitable for MR imaging/spectroscopy are feasible.  The facility has the infrastructure to permit installation of a clinical PET/MR instrument.

Responsibilities include management of the Neuroradiology service, development of a research program focusing both on clinical and basic research, participation in clinical and/or basic research, patient care, active participation and oversight of resident and fellowship education, participation in interdisciplinary conferences, and collaboration with clinical colleagues.  This is a Division Chief, senior faculty position requiring participation in Departmental activities geared towards the continued improvement and development of top-quality imaging and research projects.

The position requires a fellowship-trained neuroradiologist with hands-on experience in neuroradiology and a proven track record in managing a clinical service. A track record of grant funding will strengthen the application.  The candidate must be board certified in Diagnostic Radiology and must be eligible to practice medicine in the State of New York. Narcotics license is desirable. The salary and academic rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. We offer a competitive salary and benefits.

The Department of Radiology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University Medical Center has multiple new subspecialty positions available for full-time hire, and is seeking qualified radiologists to work in a community hospital in one of the most sought after locations in Westchester County, NY, approximately 20-25 minutes from NYC.  Subspecialties include Breast Imaging, Body Imaging, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Neuroradiology, Interventional Radiology and General Diagnostic Imaging.  The positions will be full-time Columbia University faculty positions with full fringe benefits.  Responsibilities will include patient care, active participation in resident and fellowship education, and participation in clinical and/or basic research.

The Department of Radiology at Columbia University Medical Center is a leader in imaging services, research and technology development, and provides over 600,000 examinations per year.   Join our team of 9 subspecialty Divisions to provide comprehensive care to Manhattan and Westchester County in conjunction with the large number of affiliated and integrated Columbia University physicians in the region.

In the Westchester location, construction is underway for a 60,000 ft. comprehensive cancer center with dedicated medical, surgical and radiation oncologists. A new women’s imaging facility has also been completed and will contain state-of-the-art mammography and ultrasound services.

Position requires M.D. or D.O. degrees.   Requirements include board certification and fellowship training in subspecialty area.  Candidate must have or be able to obtain a New York State medical license. Salary and academic rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Please visit our online application site at for further information about this position and to submit your application. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The School is especially interested in qualified candidates whose record of achievement will contribute to the diversity goals of the institution. Excellent salary and benefits.

New Methods to Detect Bias in Peer Review & Strategies to Strengthen Fairness and Impartiality in Peer Review through

Please share this golden opportunity with your colleagues and networks:

The National Institutes of Health, Center for Scientific Review, in collaboration with the ACD Diversity Working Group Subcommittee on Peer Review<>, has announced two America COMPETES Act Challenges. These contests solicit input from the scientific community and other stakeholders to aid our efforts to address the problem of racial disparities in NIH R01 grant funding.

New Methods to Detect Bias in Peer Review: Contestants are asked to submit their ideas for strategies to detect possible bias in the NIH peer review process. Submissions can include approaches, strategies, methodologies, and/or measures that would be sensitive to detecting bias among reviewers due to gender, race/ethnicity, institutional affiliation, area of science, and amount of research experience.  First Place ($10,000) and Second Place ($5,000) prizes will be awarded in two categories, best empirically based idea and most creative idea.

Strategies to Strengthen Fairness and Impartiality in Peer Review: Contestants are asked to submit ideas for reviewer training methods aimed at enhancing fairness and impartiality in NIH peer review. The submission does not require full development of training materials.  However, ideas should be provided in sufficient detail to assess their ability to address fairness and impartiality in review with regards to gender, race/ethnicity, institutional affiliation, area of science, and amount of research experience. First Place ($10,000) and Second Place ($5,000) prizes will be awarded for the best overall idea.

The contest closes June 30, 2014 and winners will be announced September 2, 2014.  Details regarding the rules and submission procedures for these two Challenges can be found on the CSR Challenge website<>.


Future Opportunities – Medical Officer

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Division of Cardiovascular Sciences (DCVS), Bethesda, MD will be searching for a Medical Officer (Family Medicine, Internist or Cardiologist) who will work on outcome studies in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

The position will be located in the Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch (CAPB), which supports, conducts, and initiates population, community, and clinic-based research on the causes, prevention, and clinical care of cardiovascular diseases. CAPB research areas include but are not limited to obesity, physical activity, behavior-oriented trials, health services research, and cardiovascular risk prevention through the lifespan.

We will be seeking individuals with expertise and strong interest in:

  • Comparative effectiveness of commonly used preventive, diagnostic and treatment strategies for adult cardiovascular diseases
  • Randomized intervention trials
  • Strategies to improve the implementation of evidence based clinical preventive and treatment strategies for cardiovascular diseases

Relevant fields of medical specialization include cardiology, internal medicine, clinical epidemiology, informatics, health service and economics.  We especially urge persons who meet the above description to apply if they also have:

  • Research interests relevant to the health of minority and underserved populations
  • The ability to communicate effectively with scientists from a variety of disciplines and with a sophisticated lay audience
  • The ability to synthesize new information and develop a broad vision of research that will advance disease prevention and treatment efforts.

To receive future updates about this position, please email your request to:

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers

Please note the following important change in NIH grant submission policy!!!

“The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announce a change in policy on application submissions. Effective immediately, for application due dates after April 16, 2014, following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application, applicants may submit the same idea as a new (A0) application for the next appropriate due date. The NIH and AHRQ will not assess the similarity of the science in the new (A0) application to any previously reviewed submission when accepting an application for review. Although a new (A0) application does not allow an introduction or responses to the previous reviews, the NIH and AHRQ encourage applicants to refine and strengthen all application submissions.”


And Sally Rockey’s blog:

JHGCCO Request for Applications (RFA):
Round 5 (released on January 7, 2014)

The NIH-funded Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity (JHGCCO) is seeking applications for research that focuses on time-sensitive changes in environments or policies that may reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity. Projects should take a systems perspective and have the potential to inform the development or confirmation of community- or population-based interventions. We invite applications from investigators at all career levels in the United States and globally.

This solicitation is for research that requires short-cycle funding decisions (‘rapid response’ studies). Awards will be announced approximately three months from the RFA release date. Eligible studies must be associated with actual policies or processes that are pending in real world settings (e.g., natural experiments), requiring “time-sensitive” data collection that would not be possible if the funding decision were made on a regular 9-month NIH review cycle. The JHGCCO RFAs are re-issued every six months, in January and July. Download the full RFA here.

In Round 5, we will be able to fund one project for a maximum of $30,000 total costs. A 1 page concept summary of the proposed research is due on February 3, 2014. After review of the research concepts, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal (5 page limit). For those applicants, full proposals will be due on March 12, 2014. The final awardee will be notified by April 9, 2014. See previous award recipients.

An optional Informational Teleconference will be held on January 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Prospective applicants can register at to receive information about how to access the teleconference.

Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity

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Examining the Contributions of Social and Behavioral Factors

In recognition of the need to address health disparities and to encourage research, Health Psychology is calling for manuscripts that reflect the breadth of issues related to health disparities (Kazak, Bosch, & Klonoff, 2012). We have published four series on Infectious Disease, Cancer, Pain and Discrimination. The goal for health disparities papers is to encourage research that seeks to explain or address disparities, not merely to report serendipitous differences among groups. Empirical papers are preferred although theoretical or review papers will also be considered if they make a unique contribution to understanding disparities. Papers across the lifespan, including pediatric samples, are encouraged. We are pleased to announce the following new topic for a special issue in the series:

Disparities in Cardiovascular Health: Examining the Contributions of Social and Behavioral Factors. Despite improvements in their management and treatment, cardiovascular diseases (CVD) remain the leading cause of disability and death in the United States. Robust evidence documents significant disparities in disease burden by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Eliminating health disparities, and in particular disparities in health across the socioeconomic spectrum and among race/ethnic groups, is one of the primary goals of the national disease prevention roadmap, Healthy People 2010 and was codified as Public Law 106-525: The Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education Act of 2000. To reduce disparities in health, we must improve our understanding of factors driving group-level variations in health status. These disparities are likely to be a function of cultural, institutional and individual-level factors. Research is needed to understand the ways these factors, both uniquely and in combination, influence health outcomes. The investigations must shed light on differences among and within groups in disease prevalence, course and expression, and in risk factors, moderating and mediating mechanisms, treatments, and access to care.

Submissions to this call should emphasize health psychology and address unique relationships within a specific group or provide comparative data across groups with a clear focus on disparities in CVD. Potential topics of interest include, but are not limited to, studies of genetic, biological, and/or psychosocial risk; investigations of specific population factors and associated risk markers and/or disease outcomes; studies of discrimination in its various forms and its effects on disease risk and care disparities; examinations of neighborhood-level or other system-level factors; and studies on resilience. Studies employing a variety of methodologies including epidemiological approaches, population and community-cohort designs, laboratory and ambulatory methodologies, psychophysiological investigations, proof-of-concept interventions, randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses of relevant topics will be considered. A brief email outlining planned submissions is required and must be received no later than February 15th to deadline for submitting complete manuscripts is June 30, 2014.

We encourage manuscripts from junior investigators, investigators from underrepresented groups, and from senior, established researchers and working groups. Authors should contact John M. Ruiz, PhD ( and Elizabeth Brondolo, Ph.D. ( with inquiries. Papers must be prepared in full accord with the Health Psychology Instructions to Authors and submitted through the Journal portal. All submissions will be peer reviewed. Some papers not included in this issue may be accepted for publication in Health Psychology as regular articles. Please indicate in the cover letter accompanying your manuscript that you would like to have the paper considered for the Special Issue on Health Disparities/Special Issue on Disparities in Cardiovascular Health: Examining the Contributions of Social and Behavioral Factors issue. All inquiries are welcomed and may be direct to Drs. Ruiz and Brondolo via email.

Kazak, A. E., Bosch, J., & Klonoff, E. A. (2012). Health Psychology special series on health disparities. Health Psychology, 31, 1-4.


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