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The 2nd Bulletin Regarding the 16th
ITC from AOTA, ETA, LATS, and ATA
The 16th ITC has been postponed for now.
The global spread of the COVID-19 virus
continues unabated. Our sister societies, their members, and our nations are
all suffering catastrophic health
impacts, severe financial consequences, travel restrictions, and schedule
disruptions. Moreover, we all face an uncertain future with respect to recovery
from this pandemic.
We all sincerely wish the 16th ITC to be held
at a time that there may be a healthier and safer environment, financial
recovery, lifting of travel restrictions, and less competing pressures on the
schedules of our members. When recovery has occurred globally a greater number
of individuals may be able to attend, thus contributing to a more robust, vibrant,
and successful ITC.
A decision about the best time for a rescheduled ITC will be delayed for as long as is needed to
fully ascertain the situation. It is our hope that with additional delay more
information about the trajectory of the pandemic may become available. It may then
be possible to make a decision based on a greater amount of reliable
information. We do not wish to prematurely re-schedule the ITC for a time that
AOTA, ETA, LATS, and ATA members will not be in a position to fully support the
We apologize about this delayed decision and
appreciate that it does add to the uncertainty experienced by our international
thyroid community. We all miss the opportunity to be able to engage
professionally and personally with our fellow members. We will notify all our
sister society members when a decision about the timing of the 16th
ITC becomes possible.
We express solidarity with all our society members
throughout the world and hope that everyone is staying as safe and as healthy
as possible. We look forward to a happier time when this pandemic will no
longer cast its shadow over our lives.
Won Bae Kim (Secretary of AOTA), Takashi Akamizu, (President of AOTA)
Leonidas Duntas (Secretary of the ETA), Laszlo Hegedüs (President of the ETA)
Claudia Pellizas (Secretary of the LATS), Ana Luiza Maia, (President of LATS)
Jacqueline Jonklaas (Secretary of the ATA), Martha
Zeiger (President of the ATA)
Every 5 years there is an
International Thyroid Congress (ITC) hosted by one of our sister societies
[Asian and Oceanic Thyroid Association (AOTA), Latin American Thyroid Society
(LATS), European Thyroid Association (ETA), and American Thyroid Association (ATA)].
These meetings represent the best of inter-society collegiality harnessed for
promoting clinical care, research and education in thyroidology. Each of these
international meetings also represents an enormous undertaking on the part of
the program organizing committee. This year’s 16th ITC in Xi’an,
China has been planned over a period of 4 years.
The current devastating
situation with the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan in Hubei province has
tragically caused an escalating number of deaths and illnesses. Our hearts go
out to the Chinese people. We send all those affected our thoughts and prayers.
The trajectory of the current outbreak is uncertain and our knowledge about the
transmission and impact of the infection are ever evolving. The current level 3
travel advisory (no nonessential travel) has been extended beyond Hubei
province to the whole of China, and the advisory may change. Depending on how
the situation further evolves, these developments could seriously affect the
upcoming ITC in China. Xi’an is about 400 miles northwest of Wuhan. The program
organizing committee is actively staying abreast of the situation and will
endeavor to keep members of our sister societies appraised of updated
the current time we advise delaying making travel plans. Deadlines for abstract
submissions and early bird registrations have been extended and announced on
the conference website (www.itc2020.org).
We apologize for this uncertainty and we commend the program organizing
committee and the local organizing committee for their flexibility. We
appreciate how difficult the situation is for the ITC organizers and that the
situation may place all their creative and meticulous planning in jeopardy.
Please join us in extending our thoughts and sympathies to the
Chinese people. We also thank the program organizing committee for their
ongoing efforts at this difficult time. We would like to express our solidarity
with the Chinese people and the
ITC organizers. The ITC represents to us all the beating heart of the World
Thyroid Community and a wonderful occasion to meet in a unique environment of shared
aims, friendship and excellent science.
Please follow the updates on the websites of AOTA, LATS, ETA, and
Jacqueline Jonklaas (ATA), Martha Zeiger (ATA),
Weiping Teng (AOTA), Won Bae Kim (AOTA), Takashi Akamizu
(AOTA), Zhongyan Shan (AOTA), Haixia
Guan (AOTA), Leonidas Duntas (ETA), Ana Luiza Maia (LATS).
Dear AOTA members :
Due to an outbreak of a newly identified coronavirus (2019-nCov) in Wuhan, China since early this year, Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 16th ITC decided to extend the abstract submission deadline and the early-bird registration deadline as follows.
LOC is going to re-evaluate the situation based on trends of the diseases in next few weeks.
Abstract Submission Deadline: May 1, 2020 Early-bird Registration Deadline: May 31, 2020
Please keep abreast of the status of the meeting by visiting meeting website (www.itc2020.org)
The 13th Asia & Oceania Thyroid Association (AOTA) Congress was recently held in International Convention Center, Sydney, Australia, in August 18-21, 2019.
The congress was held in conjunction with Endocrine Society of Australia (ESA) and Society for Reproductive Biology (SRB) annual meeting, chaired by Prof. Duncan Topliss from Australia.
The number of registered participants in Sydney AOTA 2019 was 91 from AOTA’s member countries, and total of 125 abstracts were submitted from Australia(18), Korea(57), Japan(11), China(9), Taiwan(7), Indonesia(6), India(3), Thailand (3), Singapore(3), Italy (3), Unites States (2), Bangladesh(1), Iran(1), and Pakistan (1).
Members of local organizing committee were Duncan Topliss (AOTA LOC Chair) (Alfred Health), Elizabeth Chua (AOTA LOC) (University of Sydney), Diana Learoyd (AOTA/ESA LOC) (University of Sydney) and Donald McLeod (AOTA LOC) (QIMR Berghofer). Members of program organizing committee were Roderick Clifton-Bligh (Chair) (University of Sydney), Sun Wook Kim (Sungkyunkwam University, Korea), Iwao Sugitani (Nippon Medical School, Japan) and Paul M Yen (Duke NUS Medical School, Singapore).
The congress started on August 18th with preconference activities including Thyroid Ultrasound Workshop. In opening session, Prof. Jae Hoon Chung from Korea delivered a plenary lecture with the title of ‘TERT promoter mutation and its clinical implication in thyroid cancer’. In the opening session, we had a special time for Awarding Professor Creswell Eastman, Australia, the inaugural “Distinguished Service Award of the AOTA” in acknowledgement of his distinguished contributions to clinical and laboratory thyroidology, his work to establish and support AOTA, his regional and international work in the epidemiology and eradication of iodine deficiency disease (IDD), and his mentoring of colleagues to develop and contribute to clinical thyroidology in our region. His lifetime contributions were narrated by Dr. Teofilo San Luis Jr. and plaque and prize money were awarded to Prof. Eastman by President of AOTA, Professor Takashi Akamizu.
Scientific program was consisted of 2 plenary lectures, 2 invited lectures, 4 symposium sessions (12 topics), 3 meet-the-professor sessions, 6 oral sessions (48 papers) and poster sessions (77 papers). Among them, 11 young investigators were awarded travel grant for distinguished abstract (Pantea Nazeri from Iran, Sayaka Yamada, Takashi Okamura from Japan, Chih Chen Wang, Yen-Hsiang Chang from Taiwan, Eyun Song, Choonyoung Kim, Sae Rom Chung, Jonghwa Ahn, Kwangsoon Kim, Hana Kim from Korea) and the award budget were provided by AOTA.
On Aug, 21st, a second plenary lecture was delivered by Prof. Yuji Nagayama from Japan with a title of ‘Animal models of thyroid diseases’. AOTA Nagataki-Fujifilm prize of year 2017 awardee was Prof. Weiping Teng from China, and he delivered a prize lecture titled ‘Increasing TSH Levels in China’. Nagataki-Fujifilm prize of year 2019 was awarded to Prof. Won Bae Kim from Korea, and he gave us a prize lecture titled ‘Unmet Clinical Needs in Thyroid Cancer’.
The 13th AOTA congress was closed with promise that we would meet again in the 16th International Thyroid Congress, September 8-13, 2020 in Xi’an, China ( www.itc2020.org ) at Qujiang International Conference and Exhibition Center.
Prof. Jen-Der Lin, the Past President of The Endocrine Society of ROC and a longtime member of the AOTA, died Sep, 4th, 2019, at age 66.
As members of the Asia & Oceania Thyroid Association (AOTA), we express our sincere condolences to the family of Professor Jen-Der Lin who would have been bewildered by a loss of a beloved scholar.
He was one of outstanding scholars who performed excellent studies on thyroid cancer during his lifetime and served AOTA as a council member representing Taiwan from 2010 to 2015.
His warm heart and scientific brilliance have deeply touched his patients and his colleagues and friends in our region.
May he rest in peace while his spirit for patients’ care and teaching lives on.
A note from Ashok Bhaseen, President of Thyroid
“There are still many people living with some kind of thyroid disorder without diagnosis. The International Thyroid Awareness Week is now in its 11th year, and I promise, we at Thyroid Federation International and its member countries won’t rest until testing and diagnosis rates improve globally. This year we’re helping people to recognize the many faces of thyroid disorders so they can visit a healthcare professional and get tested as soon as possible.“
Look for patient
programs on education and awareness in your country or visit the Thyroid Federation
website in your country.
How to get involved in this year’s campaign
If you’re on social media, keep up
with the campaign via our channels on Twitter and Facebook, and play your part
in the global movement by using the hashtag #ITAW19. This will help us raise awareness of thyroid disorders,
which affect more than 200 million people worldwide as per ATA (American
ITAW, now in its 11th
year, was created to highlight the detrimental impact that thyroid disorders
have on people’s quality of life when left undiagnosed. Around 1.6 billion
people worldwide are thought to be at risk, with hundreds of millions living
with a thyroid condition right now.[i] Up to 60% of those living
with a thyroid disorder are undiagnosed, and people may be needlessly
struggling through their everyday lives without knowing the root cause of their
diagnosed, thyroid disorders are treatable, and the ITAW campaign is pushing
hard to improve testing and diagnoses globally.
The 16th International Thyroid Congress will be held in Xi’an, China, on September 8-13, 2020 with the Chinese Society of Endocrinology composing the Local Organizing Committee. This was officially announced at the Closing Session of the 15th ITC held at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida, USA. An audio-visual presentation for the 16th ITC was shown followed by the invitation speech by Weiping Teng, AOTA Vice President and Chair of the LOC.
This will be the third time that AOTA will host the ITC following a system of rotation among the 4 Sister Societies in Thyroidology. Sydney (Australia) hosted the 8th ITC in 1980 and Kyoto (Japan) the 12th ITC in 2000.
Xi’an is the capital of Shanxi Province, China, and the cultural and educational center of west China. It is a popular center for international conferences and exhibitions. Once the political, economic and cultural center of China, Xi’an has been the first Chinese city open up to the outside world and the starting point of the well-known Silk Road. The video presentation featured places of interest of the old and the new faces of the ITC host city.
The 12th Asia & Oceania Thyroid Association (AOTA) Congress held in Lotte Hotel Busan, Korea, during March 16-19, 2017 has been recently concluded with great success.
The congress was held in conjunction with Korea Thyroid Association (KTA) annual meeting and was co-chaired by Prof. Won Bae Kim and Prof. In Joo Kim. Since Korea had held the 4th AOTA congress chaired by Prof. Munho Lee, in Seoul, in 1989, it was the second time for Korea to host the AOTA congress.
The number of registered participants and accompanying persons in Busan AOTA 2017 was 592 from 25 countries represented (as of Mar 19). Participants were not only from AOTA member countries (Korea(324), Japan(61), Indonesia(61), Philippines(32), Taiwan(25), China(20), India(15), Australia(10), Singapore(8), Bangladesh(2), Iran(1)), but also from non-member countries (Malaysia(7), Thailand(5), Myanmar(3), Unites States(3), Canada(2), Germany(2), Morocco(2), Turkey(1), Oman(1), Saudi Arabia(1), Hong Kong(1), Russia(1), Netherland(1), Italy(1), and Kazahkstan(1)).
The congress started on March 16th with preconference activities including Thyroid Ultrasound Course and Joint Symposium by Working Group of Asian Thyroid FNA Cytology. In opening session, Prof. Duncan Topliss from Australia delivered an opening lecture with the title of ‘Recent Advances in Thyroid Diseases’ and a Memorial Lecture for passed Professor Emeritus Dr. Shigenobu Nagataki was dedicated by Prof. Shunich Yamashita from Nagasaki, Japan.
Scientific program were consisted of plenary lecture, 2 special lectures, 11 symposium sessions, 10 meet-the-professor sessions, 12 oral sessions and so on, which is the most voluminous program ever in the AOTA congresses. Totally 319 abstracts were submitted for scientific sessions, and 8 papers were awarded as distinguished abstracts (Prakash Gangadaran from Bangladesh, Hidefumi Inaba, Shinichi Suzuki and Yasuyo Nakajima from Japan, Soo Yeon Hahn and Eun Ju Ha from Korea, Sukriti Kumar from India and Xiaoxiao Cao from China).
AOTA prize of year 2017 awardee was Prof. Weiping Teng from China, but AOTA prize lecture was cancelled due to absence of awardee. LOC supported 29 registrants with travel grants (500 USD for each) based on country of presenter (low –middle income countries by World Bank) and quality of abstract.
The congress was a great success not only in the number of participants but in quality of scientific sessions. The congress was closed, pledging to meet again in the next AOTA congress which will be held in Sydney, Australia in 2019.