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Endocrine Society 2016 awards recognise outstanding scientists

Four scientists have received an “Outstanding Public Service Award” 2016 from the Endocrine Society for raising global awareness of the health effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs).

The Outstanding Public Service Award is one of the Endocrine Society’s prestigious 2016 Laureate Awards. Established in 1944, the awards recognise the highest achievements in the endocrinology field, including ground-breaking research and innovations in clinical care. The Endocrine Society presented the awards to a total of 18 winners at ENDO 2016, the Society’s 98th Annual Meeting and Expo in Boston earlier this month.

The four winners in the “health effects of EDCs” category are

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon (right), Professor of Pediatrics and Head of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University Hospital Centre in Belgium who is the founding president of the Belgian Society for Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetology and co-chair of the Endocrine Society Global and European EDC Policy Task Forces. The goal of this work has been to provide scientific expertise on endocrine systems to the broad community of stakeholders including regulators, industries, public health NGOs and the public.

Andrea C. Gore (left), Professor and Vacek Chair of Pharmacology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the basic science journal Endocrinology, lead author of the Endocrine Society’s upcoming Scientific Statement on Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals and author of IPEN’s introductory guide to EDCs for policymakers and public interest organisations.

John P. Myers, founder CEO and Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences, a non-profit organisation founded in 2002 to increase public understanding of the scientific links between environmental factors and human health. He co-authored “Our Stolen Future”, a book that explores the scientific basis of the concern that endocrine disrupting contaminants in the environment threaten fetal development.

R. Thomas Zoeller, Professor of the Biology Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studies thyroid hormone action on brain development and environmental disruption of thyroid hormone action. Zoeller is a member of the United Nations Environment Programme Advisory Group on EDCs and serves as co-chair of the Endocrine Society Global and European EDC Policy Task Forces with Professor Bourguignon.

Originally posted on 22 April 2016

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