Laureate Awards

Exciting Changes Coming for the LAUREATE AWARDS

The Endocrine Society’s distinguished Laureate Awards honor the best and brightest in our field for their groundbreaking research and innovations in clinical care. I am delighted to announce The Endocrine Society is launching four new awards: Outstanding Mentor Award, Outstanding Public Service Award, Gerald D. Aurbach Award for Translational Research, and the Outstanding Innovation Award.

Each year, the Society presents three quarters of a million dollars ($725,000) in awards to endocrinologists at all stages of their careers. The Laureate Awards recognize endocrinologists around the world for seminal research, groundbreaking discoveries, promising investigative research, dedication to education, clinical care, innovation, and non-traditional endeavors that have local impact on individuals in emerging countries. The Society is making exciting changes to ensure the awards complement the Society’s mission to advance excellence in endocrinology and promote its essential and integrative role in scientific discovery, medical practice, and human health.

In January 2013, I led a task force to review the full portfolio of Laureate Awards to identify opportunities to enhance the recognition of award recipients and their achievements, home institutions and practices, and to advance careers. Additionally, the task force modified existing award titles to better describe their purpose.

Another evolution in recognizing our Laureate winners involves the lecture aspect of the awards. The task force explored ways for all Laureate Award recipients to be considered for lectures and other opportunities to engage with attendees at ENDO. This change gives us the opportunity to highlight every one of our distinguished awardees and create opportunities (plenaries, symposia, workshops, meet-the-professors) to engage with ENDO attendees. The Society also invests heavily in trainee recognition. Enhancements in these “accelerator awards” will be rolled out by our Training and Career Development Core Committee in the coming months. So stay tuned and check the website often!

This month, the Society will open the floor for 2015 Laureate Award nominations. I call on all voting members of the Society (including In-Training Associates with doctoral degrees) to participate in the nomination process to recognize and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of their peers. Visit the Society’s Laureate Awards website for additional information or contact

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me at

Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD
President, The Endocrine Society

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