The Society now owns property

THE ENDOCRINE SOCIETY CLOSES ON NEW OFFICE SPACE

On Friday Nov. 1, Th e Endocrine Society officially closed on its purchase of a 34,000-square-foot office condominium at 2055 L Street, NW. Th e Society will move its headquarters to the new office space in February 2014.

After nearly 11 years in Chevy Chase, Md., the Society has purchased office space for the first time in its nearly 100 year history. The move advances the Society’s strategic plan to assume a visible leadership role in significant endocrine-based public health issues, health disparities, and supporting equity of care for all hormone-related disorders.

“This is a historic event for the Society, and we couldn’t be more excited to join the numerous other prominent healthcare, scientific, and nonprofit organizations that already make Washington, D.C., their home,” says Scott Hunt, the Society’s executive director and CEO. “Being in the nation’s capital shows the Society is committed to accelerating its leadership role. There is no better place to advance the Society’s advocacy agenda and lead positive change in health and science policy.” The new office provides the Society with ample expansion space to accommodate its projected growth. In addition, a Washington, D.C., location will improve the Society’s ability to attract and retain the best talent from the entire metropolitan area.

“It’s important to make strategic investments in the future,” says Hunt. “The long-term financial aspects of this purchase are much better than leasing and will help the Society grow and expand its member services and financial resources.”

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Reflecting on Success

As principal investigator of the Society’s Future Leaders Advancing Research in Endocrinology (FLARE) Program, I am proud to share the successes of the program’s first year and invite you to be a part of the second year. The FLARE program is open to research fellows and senior graduate students from underrepresented minority communities. It provides the knowledge and skills trainees need to transition to independence and to have successful, rewarding careers in endocrine research.

At the two-day FLARE Workshop in San Diego, Calif., in January, 14 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and clinical fellows learned the “business of research.” Guest speakers helped participants develop individual development plans and discussed topics ranging from grantsmanship to conflict resolution. Participants shared their thoughts in a video available at the FLARE website: www.endocrine.org/FLARE.

Three FLARE participants took advantage of the FLARE Mentoring Network. The Mentoring Network allows participants to identify mentors and travel to their mentors’ home institutions to visit their labs in person. One participant said she was “pleased to have not one mentor, but a group of mentors” from the visit. For another participant, the visit resulted in a research collaboration and a chance to present at the International Workshop in Neuroendocrinology.

The Society awarded the FLARE ENDO Abstract Award to two FLARE participants for excellence in endocrinology research. They received $1,000 in travel assistance to attend ENDO, present their research, and meet their FLARE mentor a second time.

In September, four FLARE interns attended their first Society committee meetings as part of their yearlong service. The internship provides experiential learning and a chance for FLARE interns to put the lessons learned at the FLARE Workshop into practice.

This fall, the FLARE interns have also helped to recruit undergraduates into the Society’s Minority Access Program (MAP). The MAP provides summer research training in the biomedical sciences for underrepresented minority students. The FLARE interns’ support helps to encourage younger trainees to pursue research careers and to increase diversity in the field of endocrinology.

Leadership development training is key to sustained success in any field. The FLARE program distinguishes itself as a resource for positive and fundamental development of underrepresented minority scientists. The program strengthens the pipeline of minority scientists who will impact the research and treatment of endocrine disorders that disproportionately affect underserved communities.

Accomplishing these goals requires your support. To learn how you can participate as a trainee, mentor, or speaker, visit the FLARE website at www.endocrine.org/FLARE.

FLARE is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

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