Fellowship is one of the highest honors The Obesity Society bestows. This week’s TOS Member Spotlight features a conversation with TOS Fellow Tony Goldstone.
Q: What is your full name, credentials, and title?
A: Tony Goldstone, MD, PhD, FTOS, Head PsychoNeuroEndocrinology Research Group, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Neuropsychopharmacology Unit, Centre for Psychiatry, and Computational, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Laboratory, Division of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London, UK; and Consultant Endocrinologist, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
Q: What is your primary research question or clinical field?
A: How do gut hormones, bariatric surgery, nutritional manipulations, psychological traits and genetic variants modify eating and addictive behaviors?
Q: How long have you been in your career?
A: 12 years
Q: What excites you the most about your work?
A: Working at the intersect of endocrinology, neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, gastroenterology and neuroimaging
Q: What advice do you have to offer early career obesity professionals?
A: Be resilient; think long-term to overcome short-term frustrations; work at the intersection of disciplines; network and find colleagues you enjoy collaborating; research something common so that it is fundable, and something more unique so that you can be a specialist
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not at work?
A: Street photography, travel, being a ‘flaneur’, cooking and eating great food, trying to master the pottery wheel
Q: Why did you decide to join TOS?
A: To meet and communicate with other researchers and clinicians in the obesity field
Q: How has TOS helped your career?
A: It has given a platform for me and my students to present our research to the obesity community, learn about the state-of-the-art management and research, and network with potential collaborators, at the ObesityWeek Annual Meeting.