American Thyroid Association Announces 2013 Van Meter Award Recipient

October 23, 2013 — The American Thyroid Association (ATA) presents several prestigious awards each year to clinicians, academicians, young researchers, and exemplary ATA members who have made outstanding contributions in thyroidology and helped advance patient care, research, and education. All awards are presented at the ATA’s 83rd Annual Meeting, October 16-20 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The winner of the Van Meter Award, established in 1930 to recognize outstanding contributions by a young clinical scientist to research on the thyroid gland, kept secret until the time of the award lecture on Friday, October 18 at the Annual Meeting. This year’s recipient is Anne R. Cappola, M.D, Sc.M., Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Dr. Cappola is an internationally recognized clinical investigator whose research on the hormonal changes associated with aging are impacting how clinicians evaluate and treat thyroid dysfunction in older people.

Dr. Cappola is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She was a resident in Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a fellow in Endocrinology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has also completed a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and a fellowship in the Epidemiology of Aging at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Cappola directs an NIH-funded research program on the hormonal alterations that occur with aging and the clinical impact of these changes, including the clinical impact of subclinical thyroid dysfunction in older individuals. She is a Contributing Editor for JAMA. She currently serves on the ATA’s Annual Meeting Program Committee and Thyroid Hormone Replacement Task Force.

The Van Meter Award receives support from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers of the journal Thyroid.

About the ATA

The American Thyroid Association (ATA) is the leading worldwide organization dedicated to the advancement, understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disorders and thyroid cancer. ATA is an international individual membership organization with over 1,700 members from 43 countries around the world. Celebrating its 90th anniversary, ATA delivers its mission through several key endeavors: the publication of highly regarded monthly journals, THYROID, Clinical Thyroidology (CT), VideoEndocrinology and CT for Patients; annual scientific meetings; biennial clinical and research symposia; research grant programs for young investigators, support of online professional, public and patient educational programs through; and the development of guidelines for clinical management of thyroid disease. Visit for more information.

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