Innovative Scientific Offerings and Creative Presentations in Clinical and Basic Research Highlight the 81st Annual Meeting of the American Thyroid Association

Falls Church, Virginia. Oct. 24, 2011 – A diverse community of physicians, researchers, and health care professionals will gather October 26-30, 2011, in Indian Wells, California, to participate in and benefit from the wealth of scientific and medical expertise and educational, networking, and professional development opportunities available during the 81st Annual Meeting of the American Thyroid Association (ATA).

“The ATA meeting is designed for those who wish to broaden and update their knowledge of the thyroid gland and its disorders in the larger community of endocrinologists, internists, surgeons, basic scientists, nuclear medicine scientists, pathologists, endocrine fellows, and nurses, physician assistants, and other health care professionals,” says ATA President Gregory A. Brent, MD.

Attendees will convene at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, nestled at the base of the majestic Santa Rosa Mountains, near Palm Springs, where they will take part in a four-day scientific program that offers a balance of clinical and basic science sessions on the latest advances in thyroidology. The ATA Program Committee, led by Dr. Anthony Hollenberg and Dr. Martha Zeiger, have crafted an array of symposia, “meet-the-professor” workshops, interactive sessions, poster review opportunities, and oral abstract presentations that capture the latest information from leaders in basic science and clinical research and its relevance for disease management and patient care.

The ATA provides a customized educational track for Clinical, Basic, and Surgical Fellows to enhance their meeting experience. Attendees can start their days with the Early Riser Symposia, participate in lectures and interactive discussions, attend the Paul Starr, Sidney H. Ingbar, Lewis E. Braverman, Clark T. Sawin and Van Meter Award Lectures, network with colleagues and learn about professional development opportunities, review cutting-edge research presented during the poster sessions, and visit the Exhibit Hall where industry representatives look forward to sharing information about their new services, products, and state-of-the-art technologies.

Two keynote speakers will present insightful Plenary Lectures during the conference. Margaret S. Pepe, PhD, Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington (Seattle), will deliver a presentation entitled “Successful Implementations of Molecular Markers into Clinical Practice: Steps One Needs to Follow.” Pat Zanzonico, PhD, Association Laboratory Member, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York City) will deliver a presentation entitled “Radiation Exposure from the Fukushima Nuclear Reactors: Likely Clinical Consequences.”

The ATA Meeting offers participants the opportunity to learn about the most up-to-date findings on the mechanisms, prevention, diagnosis, and management of thyroid disorders and thyroid cancer, and to attend discussions on how to translate the latest research findings and clinical management guidelines into their practices to enhance patient care. Attendees will have access to valuable information about new treatment options and gain a better understanding of the impact of evolving health policy, environmental and genetic factors, and non-thyroidal conditions on thyroid disorders and cancer. They will benefit from educational and collaborative opportunities that will contribute to their ability to help their patients and advance their profession.

Through the joint sponsorship of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, physicians attending the conference can earn up to 32 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits. Networking opportunities and time to get together with friends and colleagues in a fun, relaxed atmosphere are highlights of the ATA Annual Meeting, and participants can look forward to attending the Welcome Reception and the ATA Annual Banquet. Colleagues with shared interests will gather during the ATA Committee meetings and the Women in Thyroidology gathering.

To register or for more information about the ATA Annual Meeting, visit or by calling 678-341-3065.

About the ATA Annual Meeting
The 81st Annual Meeting of the American Thyroid Association will be held October 26-30, 2011 at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells (near Palm Springs), California. This four day creative and innovative scientific program, chaired by Drs. Anthony Hollenberg and Martha Zeiger, has carefully balanced clinical and basic science sessions on the latest advances in thyroidology. The ATA meeting is designed to offer continuing education for endocrinologists, internists, surgeons, basic scientists, nuclear medicine scientists, pathologists, endocrine fellows and nurses, physician assistants and other health care professionals. Visit for more information.

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 1,400 members from 43 countries around the world. Celebrating its 88th anniversary, ATA delivers its mission through several key endeavors: the publication of highly regarded monthly journals, THYROID, Clinical Thyroidology and Clinical Thyroidology 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; and the development of guidelines for clinical management of thyroid disease. Visit for more information.

Media Contact
Bobbi Smith
Executive Director
American Thyroid Association
Phone: 703-772-2462

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