From the Centre for Obesity Research and Education (CORE), Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Reprint: Paul E. O'Brien, MD, FRACS, Centre for Obesity Research and Education, Monash University at The Alfred Centre, 99 Commercial Rd, Melbourne 3004, Victoria, Australia. E-mail: [email protected].
The Centre for Obesity Research and Education at Monash University receives a grant from Allergan Inc and Applied Medical for research and educational support. The grants are not tied to any specified research projects, and the grantors have no control of the protocol, analysis, and reporting of any studies. Dr Brown received an honorarium from Allergan to attend a Surgical Advisory Panel in London in 2009. Dr O'Brien has written a patient information book titled “The Lap-Band Solution: A Partnership for Weight Loss”: some are given to patients without charge, some are sold to surgeons, and he receives a royalty for others. He is employed as the National Medical Director for the American Institute of Gastric Banding, a multicenter facility, based in Dallas, TX, that treats obesity predominantly by gastric banding.
Disclosure: Supported by the Centre for Obesity Research and Education, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.