IFB AdiposityDiseases expands international cooperations

As of August 2015 the IFB AdiposityDiseases has been accredited by the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) and has become part of the network of leading adiposity centres in Europe (EASO-COM).

The IFB AdiposityDiseases in Leipzig is Collaborating Centre for Obesity Management in the European Association for the Study of Obesity. (Grafik: EASO)

The aim of EASO is to build a network of accredited specialised adiposity centres, which can provide the highest standard of quality and efficiency in patient care. Institutes which want to become members in the EASO Collaborating Centres for Obesity Management (COMs) are judged by proven European and academic guidelines. These include an evaluation of the number and new admissions of patients, the expertise of the employed staff and the equipment for treating obese patients. “For the IFB the membership in EASO enhances the centre’s visibility on an international level and enables a professional dialogue on a high standard”, emphasizes Dr. Tatjana Schütz, head of the IFB Core-Unit “Nutrition and clinical phenotyping”.

EASO acts as an interface for the collaboration of important, EU-funded projects and supports candidates in establishing and advertising their institute. For example, the collaboration-project “Dorian”, researching the impact of maternal obesity, and “SPOTLIGHT”, which analyses environmental factors so as to find ways to prevent behaviors that lead to obesity. Bringing together different research centres from all over Europe furthers the international cooperation of scientists and their search for new therapy approaches to fight overweight and adiposity.

EASO is responsible for hosting the annual European Congress in Obesity (ECO), where scientists present their research findings and discuss new treatments. The ECO is regularly attended by scientists and speakers of the IFB. EASO is also partner of “Obesity Facts”, one of the leading scientific journals on adiposity.

The admittance to the EASO-COMs not only certifies the IFB an excellent standard in patient care, but also facilitates further collaborations with other projects and institutes in Europe.

Sandra Strahlendorf