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.
  • ATA® has partnered with the Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma (MTC) Registry Consortium*to create a registry (list) of all new cases of MTC diagnosed in the United States over the next 10-15 years (the MTC Registry). The purpose of the MTC Registry is to help better understand what risk factors are associated with the development of MTC. Learn more…

How You Can Help

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American Thyroid Association
phone: 703 998-8890