The American Thyroid Association (ATA) is pleased to announce that the 2020 John B. Stanbury Thyroid Pathophysiology Medal recipient is Dr. Antonio C. Bianco, Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago. Before joining the University of Chicago, Dr. Bianco was the Charles A. Weaver Professor of Cancer Research, Senior Vice President and Vice-Dean of Clinical Affairs, and President of the Rush University Medical Group.
The John B. Stanbury Thyroid Pathophysiology Medal recognizes outstanding conceptual or technical research contributions to the understanding of thyroid physiology or thyroid disease pathophysiology, as evidenced by having a major impact on research or clinical practice related to thyroid diseases. The Medal was presented to Dr. Bianco during ATA’s first ever virtual Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, September 12, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Dr. Bianco received his MD from Santa Casa Medical School and a PhD in human physiology at the University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil. In 1998, he was recruited to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a physician scientist and Associate Professor of Medicine, where he later became Chief of the Thyroid Section. . In 2008, he went on to become Chief of the Division of Endocrinology at the University of Miami, and in 2014 he moved to Rush University in Chicago.
Dr. Bianco’s work focuses on iodothyronine deiodinases, which play a key role in thyroid hormone metabolism and action. Over 35 years, his continued work on these enzymes has increased understanding of their molecular and cellular biology and provided mechanistic insight into the variable responses to hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Bianco has mentored more than 40 fellows and graduate students, and their work has been recognized in approximately 200-peer revied articles and lectures across the United States and worldwide. He joined ATA in 1987 and since then has served on seven committees, as a member of the Board of Directors, and as President in 2015-2016.
His seminal research contributions, his dedicated career and mentoring of the next generation of researchers, and his service in ATA and the thyroid research community make him a worthy recipient of the distinguished and highly sought-after John B. Stanbury Thyroid Pathophysiology Medal.
The American Thyroid Association® (ATA) is dedicated to transforming thyroid care through clinical excellence, education, scientific discovery and advocacy in a collaborative community. ATA® is an international professional medical society with over 1,700 members from 70 countries around the world. Celebrating its 96th anniversary, the ATA® delivers its mission — transforming thyroid care through clinical excellence, education, scientific discovery and advocacy in a collaborative community — through several key endeavors:
- The publication of the highly regarded professional journals Thyroid®, Clinical Thyroidology®, and VideoEndocrinology
- Annual scientific meetings
- Biennial clinical and research symposia
- Research grant programs for young investigators
- Support of online professional, public, and patient educational programs
- Development of guidelines for clinical management of thyroid disease and thyroid cancer
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