| NIH Family Hormonal Health Symposium: Pituitary Disorders
The Office of Research on Women's Health will convene a Family
Hormonal Health Symposium.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women's
Health (ORWH; the Pediatric and Reproductive Endocrinology Branch,
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; the Department
of Endocrinology, National Naval Medical Center; and the Pituitary
Network Association are convening a symposium "Family Hormonal
Health," on October 29, 2004, from 8:00 am 6:00 pm
in the Lipsett Amphitheater, (NIH Clinical Center Bldg.
10) on the main campus of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.
Recent studies have shown that pituitary tumors are not rare and
occur in nearly 20% of adults, worldwide. Although clinically significant,
many of these tumors go undiagnosed for years. The abnormal hormone
production caused by these tumors has severe and debilitating effects
on growth, reproductive and sexual function, and neuroimmune function.
The purpose of this symposium is to increase awareness and scientific
understanding of the all-encompassing nature of pituitary disorders
in order to increase earlier diagnosis, disseminate knowledge of
state of the art treatments, and pique interest in novel scientific
study of the pathophysiology of these disorders and their many ramifications.
The objectives of the conference are to describe the structure
of the pituitary gland and its central importance in normal functioning
and disease and to improve diagnostic skills for earlier detection
of disease across the lifespan in men and women. It is critical
to recognize that the neuroendocrine effects resulting from pituitary
tumors not only mimic other conditions but also can have devastating
effects on the patient's psychological state and psychosocial
interactions. Current treatment options for pituitary tumors will
be discussed and appropriate interventions recommended. It is hoped
that researchers will be stimulated to develop testable hypotheses
to further continued scientific investigation in the understanding
of pituitary disorders.
Structured as a one-day, interactive meeting, the symposium will
be co-chaired by Dr. Ian McCutcheon, M.D., Profesor of Neursurgery,
University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Edward Oldfield,
M.D., Chief, Surgical Neurology Branch, National Institute of Neurological
Disorders and Stroke.
Opening remarks will be given by Vivian W. Pinn, M.D., Associate
Director for Research on Women's Health, Director, Office of
Research on Women's Health, NIH who will provide an introduction
and welcome; Yvonne Maddox, Ph.D., Deputy Director, National Institute
of Child Health and Human Development who will speak on Family Hormonal
Health: The Broader Picture; and Captain Mohamed K. Shakir, M.D.,
FACP, FRCP, Director, Department of Endocrinology, National Naval
Medical Center and Professor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University
of the Health Sciences will speak on Hormonal disease in healthy
people. A detailed Agenda may be accessed at www.orwhsymposium.com.
Attendance at this symposium is open to the public. No registration
fee is required but pre-registration should be made by registering
on-line at www.orwhsymposium.com.
Continuing Medical Education is available for this symposium. Sign
language interpretation will be provided.
This symposium is provided by the NIH Office of Research on
Women's Health www4.od.nih.gov/orwh.
Web users who have the latest free version of RealPlayer software
on their computers may view this symposium live, or any other ORWH
symposia and lectures via archive at http://videocast.nih.gov/PastEvents.asp?c=11.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research. NIH is comprised of 27 institutes and centers and investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases.