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Thought Leaders in Morbid Obesity Treatment Convene at Upcoming Surgical Conference

MONTVALE, N.J., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Anticipation is building in the surgical community and among industry sponsors for the Eighth Annual Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium (MISS) February 18-23, 2008 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The MISS conference includes sessions on colon disease, hernia, and foregut, in addition to its flagship sessions on morbid obesity.

Morbid Obesity and Integrated Health Sessions at MISS 2008 will expound on the integrated, multidisciplinary team services approach to the management of the disease. According to Course Director Philip R. Schauer, MD, Immediate Past-President of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, "Morbid obesity and diabetes are growing at unprecedented rates and are now among the 2 most common and debilitating public heath problems in the US. Identifying the most clinically efficacious means of treating diabetes and obesity is vital not only to individual patients' well-being, but to the nation's healthcare system as a whole."

Faculty at the Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium is culled from the world's most distinguished surgeons and key opinion leaders. Faculty members include John Dixon, MBBS, PhD, Co-Director of MISS Morbid Obesity sessions and lead author of a study on gastric banding for Type 2 diabetes published in the January 23rd issue of JAMA. Dr. Dixon is head of clinical research and associate professor at Monash University's Centre for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Paul O'Brien, another MISS faculty member, was also a lead researcher in the study.

The ground-breaking 2-year study yielded preliminary research indicating that obese patients with Type 2 diabetes who had gastric banding surgery lost more weight and had a higher likelihood of diabetes remission compared with patients who used conventional methods for weight loss and diabetes control. Results of this research could have broad implications for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. Indeed, asserts Dixon, "We are looking at a paradigm shift in diabetes management."

Thought leaders such as Schauer, Dixon, and O'Brien appear throughout the MISS faculty list. Other high profile names include Scott Shikora, MD, Tufts New England Medical Center; Harvey Sugerman, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University; and Francesco Rubino, MD, European Institute of Telesurgery, Strasbourg, France, to name a few.

In addition to its internationally-renowned faculty and cutting-edge content, MISS owes its growing allure to its uniquely intimate atmosphere. Held annually in ski country, the conference provides an exhilarating environment that stimulates peer-to-peer learning and fosters long-term relationships. Not surprisingly, many MISS participants return to the conference year after year.

The 2008 Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium is attracting surgeons and allied health professionals from across the country and around the world-so much so that both the conference and local accommodations are already at a near sell-out level-weeks before the conference start date.

For more information about the Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium, see the MISS Web site:

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