World Renowned Experts to Participate in Symposia, Discussions and Debates at 15th International Thyroid Congress

Wednesday Sessions – Day Four – October 21

Featuring symposiums, panel discussions and debates, and Plenary Lectures led by renowned endocrinology specialists, surgeons, and other healthcare professionals and experts in thyroidology from around the world, the 15th International Thyroid Congress (ITC) will take place October 18-23, 2015 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The ITC, held every five years, is a collaborative meeting of the four world thyroid associations: ATA (American Thyroid Association), Asia-Oceania Thyroid Association (AOTA), European Thyroid Association (ETA), and Latin American Thyroid Society (LATS).

On Wednesday, October 21, Day Four of ITC will feature two Plenary Lectures: a morning presentation by Shigenobu Nagataki entitled “Radiation and the Thyroid: From Hiroshima/Nagasaki, Chernobyl to Fukushima,” with an introduction by Yoshiharu Murata; and an afternoon lecture by Samuel Refetoff, introduced by Roy Weiss, on Congenital Thyroid Disorders.

A series of lively Discussions/Debates on Wednesday will focus on either clinical topics or basic/translational areas of research. Announced topics and participants for the Clinical Discussions/Debates include: “Core and Fine Needle Biopsy: Pros and Cons” with Jung Hwan Baek and Teresa Cristina Santos Cavalcanti; “Technical and Clinical Pitfalls in Thyroglobulin Assays” with Carole Spencer and Cosimo Durante; “Drug-Induced Thyroid Dysfunction” with Leonidas Duntas and Sahzene Yavuz; “Remnant Ablation in Thyroid Cancer—Selective vs. Routine” with Sebastiano  Filetti and Bryan McIver; and “Long-Term Consequences of Subclinical Hyperthyroidism” with Cristian Selmer and Bernadette Biondi.

Wednesday’s Basic/Translational Discussions/Debates will feature the following topics and participants: “Thyroid Function and Cognition Across the Life Span” with Fabio Monzani and Jacoba Bongers-Schokking; “Central Control of TH Availability” with Balázs Gereben; “Thyronamines and Other TH Metabolites” with Carolin S. Höfig and Pieter De Lange; “Central and Peripheral Control of Energy Expenditure by TH” with Eric Fliers”; and “Molecular Testing in Thyroid Nodules” with Ralf Paschke and Janete M. Cerutti.

Symposiums on a range of hot topics chaired by world experts in their fields and featuring leading researchers and clinicians invited to share their knowledge and experiences will take place throughout the day on Wednesday. Beginning with the Early Riser Symposium, Chairs Ling Zhang and Claudio Cernea have organized a session on “New Developments in Thyroid Surgery” featuring Kerstin Lorenz speaking on Nerve Monitoring; Woong Youn Chung on Remote Access Thyroid Surgery; and Saba Balasubramanian on Prevention and Treatment of Post-Surgical Hypoparathyroidism.

Morning symposia on Wednesday at ITC will include four parallel sessions. In the symposium called “Lessons from Animal Models of Thyroid Autoimmunity” Chairs Sun Wook Kim and Marian Ludgate will highlight the work of presenters J. Paul Banga on Graves’ Orbitopathy; Yuji Nagayama on Graves’ Disease; and Basil Rapoport on Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

“Novel Actions of Thyroid Hormone on Metabolism,” led by Chairs Peter Kopp and Anja van Gucht, will include the following topics: TH Action in Control of Cardiovascular Function, presented by Jens Mittag; TH Action Control of Hepatic Cholesterol and Lipid Metabolism, by Paul Yen; and Deiodinase Mediated TH Action in the Liver, by Tatiana L. Fonseca.

The symposium entitled “Emerging Strategies in Pregnancy Screening for Thyroid Dysfunction,“ organized by Chairs Marcos Abalovich and Peter Laurberg, will feature presentations by Brian M. Casey on the NIH Pregnancy Study; Weiping Teng on the Chinese Screening Study (SHEP); and John H. Lazarus on Similarities and Differences in International Recommendations.

Chairs Pilar Santisteban and Tesuo Kondo will lead the symposium on “Genetics and Biomarkers of Thyroid Cancer,” with presenters Gisah A. Carvalho speaking on Is TSH a Risk Factor for Thyroid Cancer?; Carine Maenhaut on Molecular Profiling of Thyroid Neoplasms; and Antonio Di Cristofano on Genetic Models of Thyroid Cancer.

ITC’s Wednesday afternoon program will feature another set of four fascinating symposia including “Advances in the Treatment of Graves’ Orbitopathy” with Chairs Yushu Li and Wilmar Wiersinga and presentations by Claudio Marcocci on Selenium in Mild Graves’ Orbitopathy: What’s New?; George J. Kahaly on Optimal Use of Intravenous Steroids; and Peter Dolman on Orbital Surgery.

Exploring “The Role of TH in Stem Cell Renewal” will be session Chairs Arturo Hernandez and Heike Bieberman, with focused presentations on Intenstinal Epithelium by Michelina Plateroti; Neural Stem Cell Fate by Sylvie Remaud; Muscle Satellite Cells by Monica Dentice; and Pre-Adipocytes by Gregory A. Brent.

The Wednesday afternoon symposia at ITC will include a session entitled “Iodine Deficiency Throughout Life.” Joining Chairs Sun Lee and Elizabeth Pearce are presenters Zhongyan Shan discussing Pregnancy; Maria Andersson speaking on Childhood; and Eduardo Pretell focusing on Adults. The symposium “Controversies in Thyroid Surgery” led by Chairs Quan-yang Duh and Amy Chen targets two key areas: Routine or Selective Central Neck Dissection for Low-Risk PTC?, to be discussed by Hang-Seok Chang and Lisa Orloff; and Advantages and Disadvantages of Minimally Invasive Thyroidectomy, to be examined by Paolo Miccoli and Henning Dralle.

The ITC Program Organizing Committee (POC) has invited renowned international thyroid experts for every symposium and discussion/debate. The POC has designed this ITC to highlight and involve young investigators from around the world.  The American Thyroid Association (ATA) will continue to promote the E. Chester Ridgway Trainee Conference with a unique and focused track for trainees; participation includes accommodations and complimentary registration for a limited number of applicants who are first authors on accepted abstracts.  The four international thyroid associations combine their efforts to contribute to this one of a kind, state-of-the-science experience! Don’t miss this “top of the mark” collegial event.

Hosted by the ATA, the ITC will bring together the international community of thyroid researchers and clinicians to present and discuss the latest advances and controversies in thyroidology.  The ATA and its annual meetings are well known and well regarded by all those devoted to thyroid biology and to the prevention and treatment of thyroid disease through excellence in research, clinical care, education, and public health.


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 membership medical society with over 1,700 members from 43 countries around the world. Celebrating its 92nd anniversary, the ATA delivers its mission — of being devoted to thyroid biology and to the prevention and treatment of thyroid disease through excellence in research, clinical care, education, and public health — through several key endeavors: the publication of 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; and the development of guidelines for clinical management of thyroid disease and thyroid cancer. The ATA promotes thyroid awareness and information through its online Clinical Thyroidology for the Public (distributed free of charge to over 11,000 patients and public subscribers) and extensive, authoritative explanations of thyroid disease and thyroid cancer in both English and Spanish. The ATA website serves as the clinical resource for patients and the public who look for reliable information on the Internet.  Every fifth year, the American Thyroid Association joins with the Latin American Thyroid Society, the European Thyroid Association, and the Asia and Oceania Thyroid Association to co-sponsor the International Thyroid Congress (ITC).  This year the ITC is hosted by the American Thyroid Association at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.  More information about the 15th ITC can be found at