The ATA supports thyroid research through the generosity of members, patients, industry, and workplace donors enabling the ATA to award thyroid research grants since 1996. ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors, Inc., a member of the ATA Alliance for Patient Education and Thyroid Head and Neck Cancer Foundation (THANC) contribute significant thyroid research grants establishing additional grants for young investigators that are awarded (in total) by expert reviewers on the ATA Research Committee.  Our thanks to the members of the ATA Research Committee who have contributed their time and expertise over many years to the advancement of thyroidology.

2002 ATA Research Grant Recipients

2002 ATA Grant
Type 2 Deiodinase-mediated Intracellular Thyrotoxicosis in Brown Adipocytes Is Critical for Energy Homeostasis and Adaptive Thermogenesis in Small Mammals
Antonio C. Bianco, MD, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Antonio C. Bianco, MD, PhDAntonio C. Bianco, MD, PhD is a professor of medicine and Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Bianco obtained his M.D., PhD and clinical training in internal medicine and endocrinology in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Bianco is recognized as an authority in thyroid hormone metabolism and action, and his work has established the importance of the local control of thyroid hormone activation/inactivation via deiodination, as well as fundamental cellular and molecular properties of the deiodinases (D1, D2 and D3). Dr. Bianco’s work has helped elucidate the three-dimensional structure of the deiodinase-ubiquitination complex, demonstrating that hedgehog-mediated ubiquidation-deubiquidation controls local T3 production by affecting D2 dimerization. This constitutes a posttranslational on/off switch controlling thyroid hormone action in the settings of development, health and disease.

2002 ATA Grant
Targeted Overexpression of a Dominant Negative Insulin Growth Factor I (IGF-1) in Thyroid Follicular Cells in Vivo
Peter Kopp, MD
Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois

Peter Kopp, MD Peter Kopp, MD is an Associate Professor in the Division of Endocrinology, and he serves as Director ad interim of the Center for Genetic Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. He obtained his MD degree from the University of Berne, Switzerland, where he also completed his training in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. He is an ATA member since 1997 and has served on the Program Committee (Co-Chair in 2007), the Website Advisory Committee, the CME and Guidelines Committee, and the Publications Committee. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors and the Editor-in-Chief for the official journal of the American Thyroid Association, Thyroid. His principal research interests include congenital disorders of thyroid hormone synthesis, in particular Pendred’s syndrome. His clinical activities focus on patients with thyroid dysfunction and thyroid cancer.

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