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The Lawson Wilkins/ESPE joint meetings occur every four years and this year it will be held in New York City. The congress venue will be the Hilton New York, located in mid town Manhattan and close to various international airports. The organising committee has put together an excellent programme. The meeting will begin on the morning of 9 September with Concurrent Sessions of the Bone/Growth Plate/Turner, Obesity, DSD, Turner and PAG clubs. This will be followed by a Yearbook Symposium and Interactive Sessions. The ESPE and SLEP business meetings will be held between 15:30 and 17:30. The day will finish with a Satellite Symposium and the Welcome Reception. On Thursday, 10 September the programme starts bright and early with a Satellite Symposium at 6:30, followed by Meet-the Expert sessions and selected Oral Communications. The first Plenary session will be held in the morning at 9:20, followed by more Meet-the-Expert sessions, Yearbook sessions and Oral Communications. In the afternoon there will be five Concurrent Symposia, focused on adrenarche, hypoglycaemia, puberty, endocrine pathology of the premature infant and prolactin. The day will finish with the Plenary session including the Prader Award and Henning Anderson Award lectures, followed by a Satellite Symposium. Once again on Friday morning we will start with a Satellite Symposium at 6:30, with Meet the-Expert sessions and a Yearbook session preceding the third Plenary lecture. The four Concurrent Symposia will include endocrine imaging, international diabetes trials, longevity and a Ross Clark Memorial Symposium on IGF-1 in health and disease. The afternoon Concurrent Symposia will include diabetes in indigenous and developing populations, genome-wide association screening, sex chromosomes, pro/con sessions and vitamin D. The evening finishes with the fourth Plenary lecture and a Satellite Symposium. The programme for Saturday morning again starts at 6:30 with a Satellite Symposium and Meet-the-Expert sessions. The Plenary Awards session will begin at 8:00. The Concurrent Symposia will include adrenal disorders, syndromic DSD, bone and the international consensus meeting report on insulin resistance. The final Plenary lecture session will take place at 13:30, followed by the meeting’s closing remarks. Please mark your calendars for the upcoming joint meeting as it is sure to be a huge success. In addition, New York City, with some of the best restaurants in the world, attractions such as the numerous museums, Empire State Building and Times Square, as well as the entertainment in the Broadway theatre district, will be an exciting location for this meeting. Register before 7 August and benefit from the early registration discount!
ESPE Working Group Updates
ESPE Winter School 2009 27 February to 4 March 2009, Moscow, Russia ESPE Winter School 2010 12–18 February 2010, Morocco The 2009 Winter School saw a return to Moscow in Russia for the first time in a decade. The venue was a spacious, simple pension in a forest near Otradnoe, a small town on the outskirts of Moscow. The building, which is surrounded by pine trees, serves as a cross-country ski resort as well as a hotel, and has a small skating rink. We decided on a two-hour break at lunchtime to allow the Winter School faculty the opportunity to walk and ski in the daylight, at the expense of working until 21:30 most evenings! Of the 25 students attending the Winter School, 17 were from Russia – Khimki, Mordovia, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Orenburg, Samara, Saratov, Tomsk and Ufa. The remaining students were from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Israel, Lithuania, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The students got on together famously and it was inspiring to witness new friendships being formed. The teaching faculty consisted of Gary Butler (UK), Malcolm Donaldson (UK, co-ordinator), Christa Flück (Switzerland), Ahmed Gaouzi (Morocco, local organiser for 2010), Anatoly Tiulpakov (Russia, local organiser), Guy van Vliet (Canada), and Jerry Wales (UK). As usual we tried to cover all the main areas of paediatric endocrinology during the five days with a combination of interactive lectures, student presentations, and small group teaching. There were also research lectures, following which the students presented their research projects and proposals in small groups. Twelve students were then selected to present their work to the plenum. As ever, the most popular sessions were the small group sessions of Teacher’s Cases, particularly those of Christa Flück, a newcomer to the faculty, whose groups regularly insisted on her continuing her teaching far beyond the normal 1½ hours! ESPE Summer School 2009 12–15 September 2009, Briarcliff Manor, New York, USA This year’s ESPE Summer School will be held in a quiet environment close to the bustle of New York. Topics covered this year include DSD, obesity, T2DM, metabolic syndrome, autoimmunity and endocrine manifestations and problems in childhood cancer. Although the registration deadline for the 2009 Summer School has now passed, be sure to look out for news of next year’s in Prague. For information on future training courses visit: http://www.eurospe.org/education/. Sponsored by educational grants from Ferring Pharmaceuticals A/S and TEVA
The ESPE 2010 website is now live! Keep up to date with information on the meeting at www.espe2010.org. The theme of the meeting will be “Bridging Clinical Care and Basic Research”. The Scientific Programme will start on Wednesday 22 September and end on Saturday 25 September and will include Plenary Lectures, Symposia, Free Communications, Poster Presentations, New Technologies, Meet-the-Expert Sessions and Exhibitions, allowing both clinicians and basic researchers to hear the most recent developments and future perspectives of the field. Deadlines Abstract submission March 2010 ESPE travel grant application March 2010 Early registration June 2010 Further information on abstract submission, applying for ESPE travel grants and registration will be available later this year.