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R. Paul Robertson, MD, president emeritus and principal scientist of the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute in Seattle, has been named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

“It is a huge honor to be chosen to lead such a prominent journal in the medical and scientific community,” Robertson says. “JCEM is internationally known for the strength of its clinical and translational research. I am eager to continue and build on the tradition of delivering groundbreaking and meaningful manuscripts to JCEM’s continually growing readership.”

JCEM provides the latest in-depth coverage of new developments that contribute to the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of endocrine and metabolic disorders. According to Thomson Reuters’ most recent “Journal Citation Report” covering 2012, JCEM garnered the most citations among the 121 journals in the “Endocrinology & Metabolism” category.

Robertson will serve a five-year term that begins January 1, 2015. He has previously served as editorin-chief of Endocrine Reviews and founding editor-in-chief of the book series Translational Endocrinology & Metabolism.

“Dr. Robertson’s extensive experience and passion for endocrine scholarship make him an excellent choice to lead one of the field’s most authoritative peerreviewed biomedical research journals,” says Barbara Byrd Keenan, executive director and CEO of the Endocrine Society. “The Society is honored to have him taking the helm of JCEM.”

In addition to his work at the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute, Robertson is a professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota and a professor of medicine and pharmacology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a past president of both the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the Western Society for Clinical Investigation and was editor-in-chief of Diabetes, the leading research journal of the ADA. Robertson is actively investigating both basic science and clinical aspects of diabetes. He has published more than 350 articles and lectured around the world.


Budding endocrinologists across all stages of education will interact with leading experts at this year’s EndoCareers® Early Career Forum — a pre-conference event at the 2014 International Congress of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society’s 96th Annual Meeting and Expo (ICE/ENDO 2014). From postdoctoral fellows to medical students, the program will delineate the many paths available to up-andcoming endocrine leaders.

The demand for medical specialists is greater than ever, but major shifts in the healthcare world have made career selection an even more confusing process. Fortunately, ICE/ENDO 2014 includes a strong support network for professional guidance and job placement. This year’s meeting will be the largest in history, providing an ideal platform for the next generation of endocrinologists to establish helpful connections.

Many Options Presented

As one of several mentoring initiatives from the Society, the EndoCareers® workshop aims to introduce newly minted researchers and practitioners to seasoned pros from their area of interest. Students and fellows who are yet to pick a career track will have the opportunity to hear about options in clinical investigation, private practice, science policy, and more.

The program combines plenary lectures on translational endocrine research with two concurrent tracks of educational sessions. The workshop will start at 7:30 AM, Friday, June 20th, with breakfast and a short talk about switching between research and practitioner roles led by Dolores Shoback, MD, professor at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.

Career symposia will follow. The groups will divide into clinical and scientific tracks and cover the breadth of positions available to each category. Experts will describe the differences that come with working at various institutions, such as teaching at a large university versus a community college or working in a government laboratory.

After these initial sessions, participants will come together to hear from a panel of clinical and basic scientists working in an industry environment, including Jon Nakamoto, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist in California; Richard Ross, MD, FRCP, professor in the Endocrine Unit of the United Kingdom’s Sheffield Teaching Hospital; Kyle Sloop, PhD, research advisor at Endocrine Discovery, Eli Lilly and Co.; and Matthew Yudt, PhD, from the Specialty Care Business Unit at Pfizer. Lunch and a discussion of career-life balance will follow.

The program will then switch gears to an inspiring lecture about the many landmarks and discoveries coming from the field of endocrinology. Andrea Gore, PhD, professor at the University of Texas at Austin and editor-in-chief of the journal Endocrinology, will outline recent accomplishments, such as the 2012 Nobel Prize awarded to endocrinologist Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD, for his work on G-protein-coupled receptors.

To ensure that career support continues post-workshop, the next session will outline the Endocrine Society’s Networking and Service resources, which are available to all members. These offerings include national listings of both clinical and scientific job opportunities, specialized resources for training, and an extensive list of funding sources in the EndoGrants Central database.

The remainder of the day will focus on advice for interviewing and job performance, and participants will separate into scientific and clinical concentrations once again. Future clinicians can choose between four options: Tips and Tools for Planning the Next Steps: CV, Job Search, and Elevator Pitch; Developing Clinical Teaching Skills; Negotiations in Clinical Research and Private Practice; or Tips for Getting Your Work Published.

Those leaning toward a scientific career will select from: Tips and Tools for Planning the Next Steps: Interviewing and Job Seminars; Transitioning from PhD to Postdoc and Beyond; Funding Opportunities in the U.S. for International Trainees; or Tips for Getting Your Work Published.

Career Development

The forum will wrap up around 5:00 PM with advice on how to get the most out of the ICE/ENDO 2014 meeting, but EndoCareers® does not stop there. Daily career development workshops (CDW) will be held throughout the conference on a multitude of topics. These sessions provide a more intimate environment for trainees and early-career professionals to network and develop professional skills.

EndoCareers® will maintain a physical career center for attendees to gather, exchange ideas, information, and experiences. Young endocrinologists can use the center to plan their day, meet up with colleagues, or relax after a day of scientific sessions.

The conference contains additional opportunities designed especially for early-career endocrinologists, including the International Endocrine Scholars Presentation on Saturday, June 21, from 1:15 to 3:15 PM in the career center. Here, past and current scholars will present their best research to their contemporaries.

Trainees can take home monetary awards for their research by entering the Oral Abstracts in Reproductive Science competition. Oral presentations will be ranked in the career center by a panel of judges, and the top two abstracts will take home the cash.

Finally, the Minority Affairs Committee will host a Minority Mentoring and Poster Reception on Sunday, June 22, where advisors at topic tables address the career challenges facing minority students, postdocs, fellows, and faculty. Minority trainees interested in presenting their research projects are also invited to attend. The event allows for networking with potential mentors from the Society, industry, and government.

— Melissa Mapes

Registration for ICE/ENDO 2014 and pre-conference workshops like the EndoCareers® Early Career Forum ends on May 14th. The forum costs $125. For more information or to sign-up, go to endo-2014.


Saturday, June 21 –
Monday, June 23
10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Products, presentations, posters, and prizes: These are just a few elements of the ICE/ENDOExpo that turn an ordinary exhibit hall into something unique. For three days, the Expo is where the learning becomes more interactive, more dynamic, and more fun. Visiting the Expo often will offer a break from the sessions and increase your chances to win valuable prizes.

Discover, Learn, Shop

With more than 100 exhibit booths, you’ll find companies at the forefront of endocrine practice and research. Talk with innovators and gain valuable insight you can’t get anywhere else. Many products make their debut at the Expo, so you’ll be among the first in the world to discover new products and services to meet your needs.

We’re also bringing back the ICE/ENDOExpo Theater. Select exhibitors host three daily, one-hour presentations packed with new ideas for improving your practice or research. Seating is limited for these non-Continuing Medical Education (CME) opportunities, so get here early.

Don’t forget to visit the ICE/ENDO Store. There’s something for everyone: Discounted pricing on the latest publications, endocrine-themed souvenirs, and official ICE/ENDO 2014 t-shirts!

Meet and Greet

Explore seemingly endless aisles of the best endocrine science posters and discuss findings with the presenters themselves. Check out your colleagues’ work, offer your own insights, and connect.

A visit to ICE/ENDO Connect is the best spot to catch up, print your CME certificates, and download the annual meeting app.

Let everyone know where you’re from by dropping a pin on our giant World Map, and see firsthand how global endocrinology’s reach really is. Then grab some friends and get decked out in some unconventional accessories for a hilarious snapshot in our photo booth.

Step Right Up

We want to make you a big winner. Participate in ICE/ENDOExpo Play every day for your chance to take home amazing prizes. Last year’s prizes included an iPad mini and a $1,000 Apple gift card!

It’s easy. You get one entry into our daily drawing each time an exhibitor scans the barcode on your badge. The more booths you visit, the more chances you have to win.

You can also spin our ICE/ENDO Wheels to win prizes ranging from gadgets and gift certificates to t-shirts and other goodies.

Remember, ICE/ENDOExpo only lasts three days. Plan on coming back often to see it all!

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