This month’s issue is somewhat of a departure from what we typically cover in Endocrine News. In honor of ENDO 2015 being a bit early this year and so many thousands of you converging on San Diego for the annual conference, we thought we would use this issue to help you get to know some of your colleagues a little bit better.
First off , there’s the cover story, “Why Endocrinology?” (p. 12), where I asked some of your colleagues why they chose this amazing, multi-faceted fi eld. Many of the answers had similar themes, especially for those who were infl uenced by a mentor or found the study or practice of endocrinology utterly fascinating. I was fortunate in that I received comments from all across the vast spectrum of the Endocrine Society’s membership in the U.S. as well as members from all over the world. From a scientist currently working toward his doctorate in the UK to one of the Society’s past presidents, each of the interviewees has an interesting story to tell, all share one common theme: a passion for endocrinology. Syed Sufyan Hussain, PhD, from the Imperial College, in London, probably said it as well as anyone: “Endocrinology is a fascinating and challenging multidimensional specialty that opens the doors to an array of stimulating opportunities packaged into a family-friendly environment. So why would I choose anything else?”
Secondly, this issue is also prominently featuring the recipients of the Endocrine Society’s 2015 Laureate Awards (p. 18). This is the first time that the awardees are being featured in the pages of Endocrine News, and we look at it as not only a tribute to these award recipients, but it also puts the magazine at the forefront since we are the fi rst to report on these 14 worthy laureates. These people aren’t just award recipients, they are legends in the field of endocrinology, and we are proud to be the first to herald them and their achievements to Society members as well as the public at large.
We also have an in-depth article on the links between obesity and breast cancer by Kelly Horvath. In “Double Jeopardy” (p. 26) Horvath talks to a number of researchers who have thoroughly studied the links between inflammation and dysregulated metabolism that induces a positive feed-on mechanism with aromatasestimulating estrogen production, which, in turn, causes tumor proliferation. No doubt as obesity numbers see an increase so will the number of breast cancer diagnoses.
Hopefully this issue of Endocrine News not only will acquaint you with some of your colleagues, but also will inspire you by their stories. Who knows, maybe you’ll find yourself in a future issue telling your story or receiving an award.
Mark A. Newman,
Editor, Endocrine News