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January 24, 2020
Image Endocrine Society President Dale E. Able (second from left) meets with NIDDK Director Griffin Rodgers and his team to discuss research priorities.

Endocrine Society Meets with NIDDK Leadership to Discuss Research Priorities – On January 24, Endocrine Society President Dale Abel visited the NIH to discuss our research and policy priorities with the Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Griffin Rodgers. We discussed NIDDK’s approach to regenerative medicine and endocrine disease, including how the institute collaborates with other ICs to advance regenerative medicine across the NIH. Dr. Rodgers also shared how NIDDK was developing new programs and opportunities to support bioinformatics resources for research studying diabetes and other endocrine and metabolic diseases. We learned more about NIDDK’s process for developing its Strategic Plan and Dr. Rodgers encouraged us to weigh in on the draft Plan later this year.

Advocacy in Action: Dr. Rodgers thanked the Society for our strong advocacy related to NIH funding.  He pointed out that as a result of our efforts, NIH has received significant increases over the past five years.  During this time, however, several big projects at the NIH received funding, such as the BRAIN initiative and 21st Century Cures.  But, because of our consistent efforts, last year NIDDK did receive an increase that allowed it to increase its payline.

EDC Global Advocacy Continues - We are keeping up the pressure on policymakers in the European Union (EU) to deliver on promises to address endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) during this term. EU EDC Task Force Chair Barbara Demeneix met with Members of the European Parliament and European Commission staff this week to follow up on the topics we discussed during our December MEP briefing on EDCs. Prof. Demeneix heard about next steps for EDCs in the context of the EU Green Deal, and she discussed the Commission’s review of EDC legislation and potential next steps. We are also engaged in other multi-national and multi-stakeholder activities to address EDC exposures. EU EDC Task Force Member Josef Köhrle was invited to attend a United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) technical expert workshop in Gothenburg Sweden on criteria for substances of international concern, to support UN efforts to achieve sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020.

Endocrine Society Successfully Advocates to Prevent Payment Cuts for Endocrinologists - We returned from the AMA RUC meeting this week where we advocated for improved reimbursement for endocrinologists on new add-on codes to account for time spent with patients who have a single, serious chronic condition. We also supported proposals to avoid cuts to continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and fine-needle aspiration services and attain an appropriate value for implantable CGM. Through our work we were successful in avoiding decreases in payment for these services.  

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Barbara Demeneix, B.Sc., PhD, D.Sc
Professor Demeneix has been a tireless scientist and advocate for more protective policies that will improve public and ecological health.  We thank her for her leadership and dedication!

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Professor Demeneix has been a tireless scientist and advocate for more protective policies that will improve public and ecological health.  We thank her for her leadership and dedication!

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