View the recording for the 2nd ETA-ATA Trainee Joint Online Meeting

Co-hosted by the American Thyroid Association and European Thyroid Association on May 21, 2024.

This three-hour online session is specifically timed to accommodate attendees from across the US and Europe.

8:00 AM PDT – 11 AM PDT
11:00 AM EDT – 2 PM EDT
5:00 PM CET – 8:00 PM CET



Tuesday, May 21st, 2024 [8am PT; 11am EST; 5pm GMT+1]

All times displayed in PST (West Coast USA), ET (East Coast USA) and CET (Central Europe) time zones.

8:00am – 9:00am
11:00am – 12:00pm
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Session 1

Chairs: Henrique Carmona Alexandrino, MD and Tim Brandenburg, MD

12-minute presentations + 3-minute Q&A

8:00am – 8:15am
11:00am – 11:15am
5:00pm – 5:15pm

Carolina Pires, MSc, PhD Student (ETA)

Instituto Português de Oncologia de Lisboa Francisco Gentil (IPOLFG), Portugal

Title: “Identification of FOXE1 Promoter Variants In Families With Cleft Palate, Struma Ovarii And Thyroid Lesions”

8:15am – 8:30am
11:15am – 11:30am
5:15pm – 5:30pm

Gurpreet Kaur, PhD (ATA)

University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL, USA

Title: “Investigating the Oncogenic Variation of Pediatric Differentiated Thyroid Cancer from FFPE Samples Using RNA Sequencing and Whole Exome Sequencing”

8:30am – 8:45am
11:30am – 11:45am
5:30pm – 5:45pm

Natalia Martínez-Puente, PhD student (ETA)

Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), Spain

Title: “Validation and Assessment Feasibility of Hsa-miR-139-5p Expression as a Prognostic Marker in Thyroid Cancer”

8:45am – 9:00am
11:45am – 12:00pm
5:45pm – 6:00pm

Nicholas Bambach, MSc (ATA)

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA, USA

 Title:  “Role of Loss of Function KEAP1 Mutations in Thyroid Cancer”

9:00am – 9:15am
12:00am – 12:15pm
6:00pm – 6:15pm

15-minute break

9:15am – 10:15am
12:15am – 1:15pm
6:15pm – 7:15pm

Session 2

Chairs: Julie Chen, MD and Maaike van Gerwen, MD, PhD

12-minute presentations + 3-minute Q&A

9:15am – 9:30am
12:15am – 12:30pm
6:15pm – 6:30pm

Pepijn van Houten, MSc, PhD student (ETA)

Radboud University Medical Centre (Radboudumc), Nijmegen, Netherlands

Title: “Elevated CRP And Leukocytosis At Diagnosis, But Not Elevated ESR, Are Prognostic Markers In Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer”

9:30am – 9:45am
12:30am – 12:45pm
6:30pm – 6:45pm

Deema Al-Souri, MD (ATA)

MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC, USA

Title: “Advanced Thyroid Cancer is Associated with Multiple Driver Mutations involving Different Signaling Pathways”

9:45am – 10:00am
12:45am – 1:00pm
6:45pm – 7:00pm

Alessandro Prete, MD (ETA)

Pisa University Hospital, Pisa, Italy

Title: “Hypothesizing a role of RET hyperactivation on weight control in patients with germline RET positive medullary thyroid cancer”

10:00am – 10:15am
1:00am – 1:15pm
7:00pm – 7:15pm

John Sun, MD (ATA)

Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon

Title: “Thyroid Hormone Replacement After Hemithyroidectomy: A Single Institution Study”

10:15am – 11:00am
1:15am – 2:00pm
7:15pm – 8:00pm

Breakout Room discussions


  1. Doing a postdoc in the US / Working abroad

Facilitator: Giulia Lanzolla, MD, PhD

  1. How to be better at spontaneous speaking: an open discussion

Facilitator: Federico Salas-Lucia, PhD and TBD

  1. Thyroid cancer clinical group: diagnostic and treatment insights across continents

Facilitators: Tim Brandenburg, MD and TBD

  1. Tissue-derived organoids to unravel thyroid functions

Facilitator: Rufina Maturi, MSc, PhD student