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First International Conference on Appetite Control Begins This Week

Scientific Experts Gather to Set New Direction and Collaboration

BALTIMORE, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The First International Hyperphagia Conference opens this week in Baltimore, MD with the anticipated outcome to set new direction for solving hunger amid a global obesity epidemic. This conference will for the first time gather together experts across disciplines from around the world to discuss developments and unanswered questions of appetite control linking hyperphagia in uncommon disorders with overeating in the general population.

Interviews are welcome during the conference as well as pre- and post-conference.

Who: Organized by Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA), a 501(c)(3) charity helping children and adults affected by Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), in partner with other organizations for rare medical conditions in which hyperphagia, the extreme unsatisfied drive to consume food, is characteristic (Prader-Willi, Alstrom, WAGR, Fragile X and Bardet-Biedl syndromes). Attendees include representatives from the National Institutes of Health, the pharmaceutical industry, the academic world and experts working on these uncommon disorders.

What: The First International Hyperphagia Conference in conjunction with the Annual PWSA (USA) Scientific Conference and Professional Providers Conference

When: June 4-5, 2009

Where: Hyatt Regency on the Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD, USA

Why: To accelerate solutions to the problems of insatiable hunger and obesity

Of Special Interest: Scientists and researchers are encouraged to apply for the new PWSA (USA) "Best Idea Grant." Applicants for the award must have attended the conference and participated in the unique roundtable discussions. Funding of at least $100,000 will be available in multiples of $25,000 to be paid out over 1-2 years.

For more information, visit or contact Janalee Heinemann, Director of Research and Medical Affairs for PWSA (USA) at 800-926-4797, or James G. Kane, Chair, Research Advocacy Team for PWSA (USA) at 410-321-9788, For information on Prader-Willi syndrome, visit

SOURCE Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA)
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