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Department of Systems Medicine, University of Rome, Rome, Italy

Paolo Sbraccia, M.D, Ph.D. is Professor of Internal Medicine in the Department of Systems Medicine of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Chief of the Internal Medicine Unit and Obesity Center (EASO accredited Collaborating Centre for Obesity Management) at the University Hospital Policlinico Tor Vergata, Director of the Specialization School in Internal Medicine, and Chairman of the Undergraduate Course in Dietetics.


Prof. Sbraccia is also currently serving as Treasurer and member of the Board of Trustees of the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO), and Vice President of the Italian Barometer Diabetes Observatory. In addition, he is Past President of the Italian Society of Obesity and of the Italian Federation of Endocrinology, Diabetology, Andrology, Metabolism and Obesity.


He was also member of the “Scientific Advisory Group for Diabetes and Endocrinology” of the European Medicine Agency (EMA, 2008-2015).


In 2011, on behalf of SIO, he coordinated the Steering Committee for the Italian Guidelines for the Management of Obesity, and in 2016 he was Editor of the book “Clinical Management of Overweight and Obesity, Recommendations of the Italian Society of Obesity (SIO)”.


Prof. Sbraccia is also a member of the editorial boards and reviewer panels of various scientific journals; in particular, he is Section Editor for Diabetes and Endocrinology of “Eating and weight disorders” and associate Editor “Internal and Emergency Medicine”. 

Domenica Rubino

Domenica Rubino

Washington Center for Weight Management & Research, Arlington, VA, USA

Domenica Rubino is the founder and Director of the Washington Center for Weight Management & Research in Arlington, VA, USA, a comprehensive weight management programme utilising a multidisciplinary team for the care of the individuals with obesity. Dr Rubino is board certified in Obesity Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, and Internal Medicine and received training in both clinical and molecular biological research at the US National Institutes of Health. She has extensive experience in the care of the overweight patient and has conducted clinical research for the development of pharmaco-therapeutic agents in the management of obesity. She is currently a clinical investigator for AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim and Novo Nordisk, and is the recipient of an independent research grant from Obesinov, SARL.


She currently serves as a clinical expert on the treatment of obesity for several professional committees, and as a consultant and speaker for Novo Nordisk, and has also served as a representative to Congress and outside organisations for The Obesity Society. She often speaks as an advocate for the person struggling with obesity and has a strong interest in the psychological impact and societal stigma of this medical condition.


Dr Rubino has received several investigator awards, and has and has authored select peer-reviewed publications (including JAMA, Lancet, Obesity, the European Journal of Endocrinology, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism), and recently contributed a chapter on ‘Biopsychosocial Modifiers of Obesity’ for the textbook entitled Bariatric Endocrinology, published by Springer Verlag.

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