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COVID-19, Top Topics for Big Data for a Fully Virtual ENDO Meeting

March 19, 2021

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Beuschlein is chairman of the steering committee of the ENDO annual conference.

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The organizers of this year’s ENDO annual meeting have created a virtual program that builds on last year’s first online experience and includes the latest research on the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest scientific evidence and online networking.

The meeting, which runs Saturday through Tuesday, features a mix of on-demand and live programming for the clinical and research audience, including 70 live sessions and an additional 70 sessions that are available on-demand.

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“This is the biggest endocrine meeting, but it’s not about quantity, it’s also about quality.” Felix Dump, MD, Professor of internal medicine and director of the clinic for endocrinology, diabetology and clinical nutrition at the University Clinic Zurich in Switzerland and chairman of this year’s steering committee, said Healio. “For me personally, I have visited ENDO for the past 25 years. It is practically part of the daily routine to walk every year. It is the place to attend endocrine meetings from an international point of view. “

This year’s meeting is the Endocrine Society’s second all-virtual event in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year’s ENDO annual meeting, originally scheduled for March 2020 in San Francisco, was abruptly canceled due to bans being imposed around the world. The organizers referred to the “unprecedented health emergency”. The 2020 meeting was ultimately postponed and held as a purely virtual event in June, which was attended by more than 20,000 online participants worldwide.

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“When we were planning this year’s meeting, we left a place in the schedule for the latest COVID-19 research,” Beuschlein said in an interview. “This resulted in a joint meeting of the European Society for Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society [pre-meeting session, which took place Wednesday]focusing on topics such as COVID-19 plus obesity, COVID-19 plus diabetes, COVID-19 plus thyroid. We look at the disease from different angles. “

This year’s meeting will place a special focus on COVID-19 research related to endocrine diseases. Sessions examined the effects of the pandemic on people with obesity, diabetes, adrenal insufficiency and vitamin D deficiency.

Planning COVID-19 content was a challenge as new data pops up every day and information changes, Beuschlein said.

“There will still be something to discuss in the meantime – what does the pandemic have to do with our medical system? What was lost What will the long-term effects be? “Said Beuschlein. “Right now we’re focusing on the mechanistics, epidemiology, and the learning points that come with the disease. These are some of the reasons we kept this in the beginning [schedule] open as we know new data will come in. We set it up as late as possible to get the latest content. “

Some of the highlights of this year’s meeting are:

  • Plenary sessions: This year’s meeting features six plenary sessions and two plenary sessions for the President. Big data and the future of endocrine research include lectures by Atul J. Butte, MD, PhD, from the University of California, San Francisco, and Griffin P. Rodgers, MD, of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The Influence of Basic Tissue Engineering features lectures from Andres J. Garcia, PhD, of the Georgia Institute of Technology and Brian K. Kobilka, MD, from Stanford University.
  • Science trails: This year’s science trails, which were designed as a “meeting within a meeting”, integrate discussions, poster sessions and virtual networking opportunities. The focus is on diabetes and metabolism, neuroendocrinology, nuclear receptors as well as signal and reproductive endocrinology.
  • “A little help from my friends”: A series of case presentations and discussions that will take place throughout the meeting will explore the collaborative relationships between endocrinology and dermatology, oncology and psychiatry with moderated question and answer sessions.
  • Meet the professor: The popular meet-the-professor sessions will continue in a virtual format. 24 live sessions and an additional 20 are available upon request.

“The learning curve was steep – zooming in, planning all virtual content,” said Beuschlein. “The scientific community has learned to live this partially virtual life. In terms of content, not much has changed. Much of the content from previous meetings has been retained and updated for this year. Some of the background textures are identical, but others can run in a virtual environment without losing their content. The challenge is to keep everyone busy and deliver an experience similar to attending in person. “

Endocrine Today and Healio.com staff will cover the ENDO annual meeting, including reports from the sessions, expert perspectives and more. A detailed meeting schedule or registration can be found at www.endocrine.org/meetings-and-events/endo2021.

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