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Northwestern University professor plans to take on global health challenges, expand awards program during term

Chevy Chase, MD—The Endocrine Society inaugurated Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD, as its president during a ceremony at ENDO 2013: the Endocrine Society’s 95th Annual Meeting & Expo in San Francisco.

Dr. Woodruff is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine and Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. A reproductive endocrinologist, Woodruff has dedicated much of her research career to studying female reproductive health and infertility. She is active in researching ways to preserve the fertility of women who are treated for cancer.

“Worldwide, the endocrinology community is facing a variety of challenges, including the colliding epidemics of obesity and diabetes, growing awareness of the health risks associated with endocrine-disrupting chemicals, the tension between global population expansion and personal reproductive needs, and the need to support scientific research in an environment with limited resources,” Woodruff said. “As president of The Endocrine Society, I am looking forward to working with the talented clinicians and researchers in our membership to develop tactics and offer continued scientific leadership to address these issues.”

In addition, Woodruff is leading the effort to establish a new awards program called Leap. The program will reward members for outstanding achievements in the endocrinology field and accelerate the careers of the newest Society members.

“We are excited about the opportunity to add award categories honoring and recognizing the most innovative science and leading researchers in the field,” she said.

Woodruff succeeds Past President William F. Young, MD. During his year-long term, Young was instrumental in establishing The Endocrine Society Ambassador Exchange Program, a pilot program that builds collaborative relationships between leading medical centers in the United States and international medical centers serving indigent populations. He also launched an initiative to present programming from The Endocrine Society’s annual meeting at national endocrine societies’ meetings, where it is accessible to local researchers and physicians. “Highlights of ENDO” was held in Moscow in May 2013, and similar programs are scheduled to be held in China and Mexico later this year.

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