Meet the 2022 Laureates: Lourdes Ibáñez, MD, PhD


Lourdes Ibáñez, MD, PhD 

International Excellence in Endocrinology Award

Lourdes Ibáñez, MD, PhD, is a pediatric endocrinologist at Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Hospital and chairman of Pediatrics, chair of Clinical Research in Endocrinology at the University of Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain.

A worldwide leader in the field of polycystic ovary syndrome, Ibáñez pioneered the use of combined, low-dose insulin sensitization for the treatment of the disease — a novel therapeutic approach directed to the pathophysiology of the disorder. 

In 2002, Ibáñez started the Fellowship Program in Pediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes of the University of Barcelona and has since mentored 22 fellows from Latin America.  

How has the Endocrine Society supported your professional development/career journey?

I have been attending the Endocrine Society meeting from more than 25 years. In every meeting, there was a topic(s) in the program that became a source of inspiration for further research back at home. In addition, ENDO has prompted the development of collaborations with other researchers and thus contributed to expand the horizon of my research program, too.

As a Laureate Award recipient, do you have any advice for those just beginning their careers?

Have an objective; be persistent and work a lot. Failures do indeed generate new strength.

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