President’s Welcome

Professor Finbarr O'Harte. (Photo: Nigel McDowell/Ulster University)

Professor Finbarr O’Harte. (Photo: Nigel McDowell/Ulster University)

The Irish Endocrine Society was formed back in the 1970’s and is now a very active society involved with clinical and basic science aspects of endocrinology. It has members throughout the island and fosters close relations between clinicians and basic scientists at all stages of their careers. It provides many opportunities within Ireland for individuals to enhance their professional development as well as promote their specialty. The IES is a key facilitator of these opportunities by bringing together clinicians and basic scientists.

The common theme is furthering excellence in practice, education and research in an atmosphere that encourages participation and interaction. The Society values its place in a European and global family of endocrinologists which transcends boundaries. Significant time and resource have been committed by the Society to encourage members who wish to take up training and educational opportunities outside Ireland. Research seed funding is also provided to assist research projects at home. We believe these will contribute to the advancement of the Society and its members, and will benefit patient care.

In May 2015 Prof. Chris Thompson and members of the IES organized and hosted the prestigious European Congress of Endocrinology in Dublin which attracted almost 4000 delegates from all over Europe and further afield. This meeting was a wonderful success and a great triumph for Irish endocrinology.

—Professor Finbarr O’Harte, President IES