Thyroid Research and Practice

: 2020  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-

Indian Thyroid Society: Glimpse into thyroid research from India and way forward

Rajesh Rajput 
 Department of Endocrinology, PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana, India

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Diagnosis and management of thyroid diseases have witnessed rapid advances in the recent past, and these advances in knowledge need to be passed on to physicians involved in the management of patients with thyroid disease. Indian Thyroid Society (ITS) is the largest thyroid society in country having more than 2000 members, which includes endocrinologists, physicians, endocrine surgeons/surgeons, nuclear medicine physicians, pathologists, and basic scientists. It has a vision to promote research in the field of thyroid disease and to disseminate knowledge about recent advances in the field of various thyroid disorders among its members and other medical professionals. It also has an aim to spread awareness on thyroid diseases among public at large. It is also important to develop partnership with other key players and societies involved in the management of such patients. With this aim in mind, last year, the ITS had organized its annual conference in association with the American Thyroid Association (ATA) at Bengaluru on May 17–19, 2019. During this meeting, Prof. Elizabeth Pearce, President, ATA, along with Prof. Charles H. Emerson, Immediate Past President, ATA; Prof. Martha Zeiger, The President-Elect of the ATA; and Prof. Joel Ehrenkranz along with various national faculties shared their research and clinical experience with the delegates from different regions of the country. The ITS also collaborated with the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India and released the guidelines for the management of thyroid disease during pregnancy. This year, the ITS had organized its annual conference ITSCON 2020 on February 8 and 9, 2020, at Visakhapatnam, India, where various distinguished faculties from abroad and India participated and shared their experience. Some key highlights of the scientific program were thyroid and pregnancy symposia, thyroid surgery live workshop, symposia for physicians titled “Thyroid and Pregnancy – for Clinicians,” and various plenary talks, symposia, debates, and case discussions on various thyroid disorders. However, I feel that apart from organizing annual conference, there is a need for ITS to become proactive not only at national level but also at international level. It needs to build partnerships with international thyroid community in the field of thyroid research and care. In the coming year, society has a plan to bring out an updated version of guidelines for the management of thyroid disease in pregnancy, guidelines for the management of thyroid cancer, and various other educational initiatives. There is also a felt need to work and bring out Indian data on congenital hypothyroidism and discussions, for doing so are already on with various stakeholders in this field. Thyroid Research and Practice is a peer-reviewed journal of ITS, publishing three issues per year. The present issue will share the abstract of research work done in various fields of thyroid diseases and presented at the annual conference of ITS during the last 2 years. Although various initiatives have been taken in the past, still there are various challenges that need to be taken and I request all of us to take a pledge to work harder to transform ITS into a society that can make difference in the field of thyroidology.