Saban Institute Shares Research News


Children’s Hospital Los Angeles explores an enormous number of scientific hypotheses. The ideal situation is for the various faculty members, clinical trainees and research trainees to be aware of what their colleagues are doing. Of course, it is also important for everyone to help their fellow professionals and academics understand what they are working on, because you never know what obscure finding in one field might click into place with a disregarded discovery in another.

Eyes, ears and ideas are all brought together by The Saban Research Institute, which sponsors the Annual Poster Session in June. The event is open to the public, and so well-regarded that visitors even travel from other countries to attend.

The literature says that the event…

[…] provides the CHLA research community the opportunity to spend time learning about, thinking about and interacting around the scientific findings and questions of our clinical and research trainees and faculty. It also offers a forum for participants to share their recent project findings and network for future research endeavors.

It is also an exercise in a certain type of graphics design challenge. The ideal poster is comprehensible by the reasonably literate layperson, such as a member of the press, and also mollifies the scholarly mind’s demand for order, brevity and even elegance.

This year’s 22nd Annual Poster Session, which took place on June 6 at the Saban Research Building in Los Angeles, began with a keynote speech by Mark S. Humayun, M.D., Ph.D. As custom dictates, posters were displayed in a pleasant courtyard where attendees circulate freely and pause for discussions.

A particular item

The poster shown on this page can be seen enlarged at As its text states, and as Childhood Obesity News has often discussed:

Few weight management interventions have tested therapeutic techniques founded in addiction medicine principles to date.

“Mobile Health Weight Loss Intervention Based on Addiction Approach in Obese Adolescents” won first place in the competition. It was authored by:

Alaina P. Vidmar, M.D.
Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Division of Pediatrics, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Robert Pretlow, M.D.
eHealth International, Inc., Seattle, WA

Claudia Borzutzky, M.D.
Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Choo Phei Wee, M.S.
CTSI Biostatics Core, Saban Research Institute

Steven D. Mittelman, M.D., Ph.D.
Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Division of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Mattel Children’s Hospital, University of California Los Angeles

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Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the World Obesity Federation 2019 Conference:
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Dr. Pretlow’s Multi-Center Clinical Trial Kick-off Speech 2018:
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Dr. Pretlow’s 2017 Workshop on
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Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the 2015 Obesity Summit in London, UK.

Dr. Pretlow’s invited keynote at the 2014 European Childhood Obesity Group Congress in Salzburg, Austria.

Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at the 2013 European Congress on Obesity in Liverpool, UK.

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