ATA Accomplishments

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The ATA, founded in 1923, has 1600 physician and scientist members who have devoted their careers to caring for patients affected by thyroid disease and discovering new ways to manage thyroid problems better. The ATA is the leading organization focused on thyroid biology and the prevention and treatment of thyroid disorders through excellence and innovation in research, clinical care, education, and public health.

To indicate the wide-ranging importance of thyroid research,
here is a sampling of ATA members’ research accomplishments.

  • Americans develop an estimated 250,000 thyroid nodules each year. Clinical research headed by ATA members has led to cost-effective methods for screening thyroid nodules to detect malignancies. Other landmark studies by ATA members have led to the development of powerful new tools for monitoring thyroid cancer patients.
  • Research conducted decades ago by ATA members led to mandatory screening of newborns for congenital hypothyroidism, and to early treatment that has prevented mental retardation in thousands. Today, pediatric research seeks to explain the connections between maternal and infant thyroid conditions and their long-term effects on babies’ cognitive development.
  • ATA research grants supporting groundbreaking work in brain development and thyroid hormone function have helped investigators collect the initial data required for successful grant applications to the National Institutes of Health.
  • With ATA support, a promising Graves’ disease genetic research study of 100 families may lead to improved prognosis and preventive treatments. Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder that runs in families and is thought to affect 1% of the population.
  • A decade of research devoted to Graves’ ophthalmopathy has yielded greater understanding of the cellular processes involved in this debilitating eye disease, and led to the study of an experimental drug that may prove useful for treatment and prevention.
  • Pioneering ATA members’ work explained the thyroid-pituitary feedback mechanism. A cutting-edge new study focuses on how thyrotropin-releasing
    hormone interacts with its receptor to regulate cellular function in the eyes, heart, pancreas, and central nervous system.
  • ATA members are using their scientific expertise and public health research findings to work for the global elimination of iodine deficiency and to study the effects of external head and neck radiation and nuclear fallout on the thyroid gland.

The American Thyroid Association (ATA) is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization. Your gift is deductible according to tax law. The ATA Federal ID number is 41-6038600. The ATA provides this information for the benefit of potential donors. It is not intended as legal or other professional advice. Individuals should always consult their own professional financial and legal counselors for such advice and decision-making.

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American Thyroid Association
6066 Leesburg Pike, Suite 550
Falls Church, Virginia 22041
phone: 703 998-8890
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