James O. Hill, Ph.D

By Marcia Neville | University Communications

AURORA, Colo. – When The Obesity Society held its 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting in San Antonio, the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center was well-represented. The center’s Executive Director James O. Hill, PhD was presented with the George A. Bray Founders Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the science, treatment and prevention of obesity. The award also recognizes Hill as a longtime contributing member of The Obesity Society.

The Obesity Society is the leading professional scientific organization devoted to understanding obesity. Members are dedicated to improving the lives of those who are affected, to nurturing careers and promoting the interdisciplinary nature of obesity research. The Annual Scientific Meeting has grown to be one of the world’s largest gatherings of obesity professionals at all stages of their careers, including leading obesity scientists presenting the latest research.

While honored by his selection, Hill was quick to acknowledge that the dedication of his peers at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is what keeps the science and the study of obesity moving forward. “This award points out the impact that a group of very strong researchers and clinicians can have when they band together and interact to develop creative solutions to difficult problems,” Hill said.

Among those joining Hill at the meeting was John Peters, PhD, chief strategy officer at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. “As Jim’s colleagues, we are thrilled that he is getting this award, especially as the leader of our new center. It is his vision and his more than 25 years of work in the field that is really the catalyst for everything we do. The award is a testament to that.”

Hill added that he’ll be surprised if this is the last time a professional from the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is recognized by The Obesity Society. “We have so much talent at the center, I know there are future award winners already at work there.” Hill and the wellness team continue to move forward, launching new clinical research studies and offering a full menu of wellness clinic services from massage and acupuncture to lifestyle coaching and nutritional consultations.

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