Attendees at ENDO 2016 are in the unique position of taking advantage not only of the excellent sessions highlighting current and future advances in endocrine science, but also celebrating the Endocrine Society’s Centennial. The meeting will pay tribute to the considerable and notable achievements of the Society’s Nobel Laureates and the field’s trailblazers.
“Just seeing the timeline of what’s happened in endocrinology over the years gives me the sense that, although endocrinologists are humble about their achievements, they’ve really contributed mightily to the health we all enjoy today,” said Annual Meeting Steering Committee Chair Carol H. Wysham, MD. “Understanding where we came from and where we are going is one of the great benefits of this meeting.”
“We have created a program that highlights the best science of current and future practice while weaving the specialty’s history seamlessly into the sessions,” said Wysham, who collaborated with Society President Lisa H. Fish, MD, and fellow Annual Meeting Steering Committee members including Basic Science Chair Jenny A. Visser, PhD; Clinical Science Chair Gary D. Hammer, MD, PhD; and Physician-in-Practice Chair Michael T. McDermott, MD.
“We have tried hard to highlight major discoveries and advancement in the field over the last century,” said Dr. Hammer. “In that vein, we have also chosen to highlight Nobel Prizes that have impacted or emerged from the field of endocrinology over the last century. We’ve done that by choosing specific plenary talks that relate to Nobel Prizes and by simply highlighting major discoveries throughout the meeting in a variety of venues.”
For instance, special Centennial Symposia start with a retrospective of the major accomplishments in that area. D. Lynn Loriaux, MD, PhD, will present the Clark T. Sawin Memorial History of Endocrinology Lecture recounting highlights from his new book, “A Biographical History of Endocrinology.”
The always-popular “Year In” sessions will feature a “Century In” look at thyroid with a presentation by Paul W. Ladenson, MD, today at 11:30 AM in Hall B2.
“That should be a special treat,” said Dr. McDermott. “Dr. Ladenson will showcase seminal developments in the thyroid field during the past century to give us perspective on how far we have come and where we are right now.”
Dr. McDermott said many of the Meet-the-Professor sessions will weave in a historical focus, particularly where the Endocrine Society had Nobel Prize winners. These special sessions begin with a relevant historical vignette as noted in the Meet-the-Professor Handout book.
FOCUS ON BASIC SCIENCE
ENDO 2016 features Science Pathways, three curricula that offer basic scientists and those interested in G-protein coupled receptors, neuroendocrinology, and nuclear receptors a “meeting within a meeting” experience.
“This year, we grouped basic science sessions together and scheduled them in dedicated rooms with oral sessions in the same or adjacent rooms,” said Dr. Visser. “By bringing them together, we hope to enhance networking and better serve the needs of basic scientists in this field.”
Attendees will have additional opportunities to network during the Endocrine Science Socials. The Socials will take place right outside the evening Symposia. The venue offers an opportunity to meet experts and build connections with other attendees.
Dr. Visser also noted that there will be three sessions dedicated to new techniques that should be of great interest to the basic scientists. Scheduled each afternoon at 3:30 PM, the sessions will highlight the up-to-the-minute technologies available to the field. Today’s session will focus on Optogenetics vs DREADDS. Saturday’s session will tackle “Ex-Vivo Models of Endocrine Tissues: Breast and Prostate.” Sunday will offer a look at “CRISPR-Cas9 Technology.”
“CRISPR-Cas9 Technology deals with the new gene editing technique that has received a lot of attention and may be a novel way to tackle diseases in humans,” said Dr. Visser. “For the basic scientists, it is a way to quickly manipulate cell lines, but even more importantly, to generate transgenic animals. You can very quickly knock out genes and manipulate genes without long generation that you normally need.”
Select basic science trainees are being invited to participate in a stimulating new event: the “KnockOut Rounds: Why Endocrine Science Matters – in 3 Minutes” on Saturday at 10 AM in Room 254 of the convention center.
“The basic science trainees who had the best scoring abstracts are being asked to share what they think are the most important findings and when possible, emphasize the translational value and relevance of their research,” Hammer said.
NEW FOR CLINICIANS
For the first time, clinicians can earn Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points for attending ENDO sessions. Select “Meet-the-Professor” sessions, all Clinical Practice Guideline sessions and ESAP Live sessions will offer the ability to earn MOC points.
Dr. McDermott pointed out a strong set of case management forum offerings this year, featuring topics including adrenal issues, transgender care in adults, thyroid disease and function, and one special session on endocrine tumor genetics. “Each of these will have two faculty members, both presenting cases on different sides of the depiction in several critical areas,” he said.
Dr. Hammer added that there would be a number of sessions that detail the growing role of genetics in clinical care.
MAKE THE MOST OF THE MEETING
“The meeting is a virtual cornucopia of endocrinology,” noted Dr. Hammer. “The meeting has something for everybody, and you need to know what you want to get out of it and carve out your meeting template accordingly.”
For basic scientists, that may mean branching out to learn a bit from the other facets of the field by attending sessions across the convention floor.
“What I like about ENDO is that you have the opportunity to attend a full basic science program, but it also gives you the opportunity to venture out a bit and see more in the translational space or even how your basic science can benefit clinical science,” said Dr. Visser.
Dr. Wysham suggests downloading the meeting app to help navigate the many sessions and activities. “It is very easy to find the sessions that you want,” she said. “You can search by presenter or topic.”
Regardless of an attendee’s area of interest, the Annual Meeting Steering Committee is committed to ensuring the agenda meets the needs and desires of all the Society’s members and constituencies.
“Our multidisciplinary, tripartite membership of basic scientists, clinicians and clinical scientists is what sets our Society, and ENDO 2016, apart from all other endocrine-related meetings,” said Society President Lisa H. Fish, MD. “Through the unique melding of expertise in science and practice, we deliver educational content on the full spectrum of endocrine glands, hormones, and diseases, and set the stage for innovations and collaborations that can lead to the next big discovery.”