Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Post Doc in Obesity Management

University of Alberta Obesity Research ReportIn today’s post, I would like to invite anyone interested in doing a post-doc in obesity research at the University of Alberta to send me their application.

The purpose of this fellowship is to participate in clinical research activities, which include:

1) Implementation and validation of tools to improve obesity management.
2) Clinical studies on cost-effectiveness of bariatric care.
3) Identification of predictors of health outcomes in bariatric management.

Qualifications and skills should include:

• Recent doctorate (PhD) in epidemiology, public health, medicine, clinical or medical sciences.
• Experience in obesity-related research is preferable but not required.
• Outstanding academic record and scientific productivity.
• Excellent written, analytical, interpersonal and oral communication skills.
• Experience writing grants and scientific communication is required.
• Proficiency in data management, basic statistical analysis and data interpretation is preferable
• Experience in clinical research is preferable.
• Undergrad training in health-care related areas (Nutrition, Nursing, MD, PT, Kinesiology, Psychology, etc) is preferable but not required.

A full copy of the posting is available here.

Edmonton, AB

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4 Responses to “Post Doc in Obesity Management”

  1. Shannon says:

    Hi Dr Sharma, was wondering if you could comment on something I’ve read a lot about on the internet lately called intermittent fasting. Haven’t read anything from an actual doctor and I would like to know if this is a safe practise. An example article can be found here: http://lifehacker.com/5966823/try-these-psychological-tricks-to-prevent-mindless-snacking-and-avoid-holiday-weight-gain


  2. Donna says:

    Hi Dr. Sharma. Have you studied or have thoughts on ways to control/manage Hypothalamic Obesity in adults who have craniopharyngioma and/or treatment of same? If so, Is there a website I might find your information? Thank you!

  3. Arya M. Sharma, MD says:

    Sorry Shannon – don’t have an opinion on intermittent fasting and weight management. I can think of a lot of situations where this would be unsafe but healthy people will probably come out unscathed. Have yet to see a high quality study on this strategy for weight management.

    Donna – yup, these are perhaps the most challenging obese patients to treat. Again, no systematic studies, just a bunch of case reports and anecdotes.

  4. Donna says:

    How do you feel about the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass for Hypothalamic Obesity/Craniopharyngioma patient?

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