Thank you for making the 2017 International Meeting such a great success!
Culminating three years of planning and preparation by your International Meeting Planning Committee and the expert Degnon support staff, PES welcomed nearly 4000 colleagues from around the world to Washington DC to share new knowledge, develop collaborations, strengthen existing friendships and begin new ones. The meeting’s theme – Celebrating the global community of pediatric endocrinology – got off to a great start with an array of highly attended, energetic, and productive Special Interest Groups. Stellar plenary lectures beginning with Mohamed Abdullah’s inspirational story of bringing endocrine care to Sudanese children amplified and sustained this spirit of international connectedness throughout the meeting. Invited faculty expertly covered an immense range of topics and controversies, and preliminary feedback indicated very high ratings of both the quality and content of the offerings – with “there was just too much good stuff to choose from” being the most common complaint. New initiatives, such as inclusion of Allied Endocrine Care providers and highlighting of Young Investigator Awardees in a distinct platform session, were well received. And the relatively compact yet accommodating venue complete with on-site lunches seemed successful in facilitating interactions among attendees and increasing personal contact traffic for the 1200+ poster presenters and exhibitors. Most of all, to each of you who attended, the Meeting was made a great experience by your presence, enthusiasm, curiosity, and contributions. And so, on behalf of the PES and the IMPE Planning Committee, thank you so much for your support of the 2017 International Meeting!
David B. Allen, MD
President, 2017 International Meeting of Pediatric Endocrinology
Professor of Pediatrics
Head of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health