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The Tenth International Congress of the GRS and IGF Society

Dear GRS members

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread rapidly around the world. This unprecedented public health emergency has forced people into a prolonged social isolation, with profound impact on their physical, mental and economic health. Governments, institutions and companies are restricting travel and all kind of events have been cancelled worldwide.

Considering all these problems, the executive committee of our society have been virtually meeting last week with the Local Organizing Committee and with a great sorrow we have decided to cancel the 10th International Congress of the GRS and IGF Societies, which was scheduled to be held this year in Foz do Iguassu, Brazil, between 13-16 November.

Although this is of great disappointment, it is strongly felt that this decision was taken in the best all round interests of our community, since speakers, sponsors and participants would face many difficulties to organize their travels, attend the congress and enjoy the meeting. We decided to postpone the 10th International Congress of the GRS and IGF Societies, and the current plan is to hold the event in 2021 in Brazil (likely in the same period of the year). Obviously, we will keep our members informed about any further developments.

We hope all our members stay healthy and will continue to support our society.

Kind regards

On behalf of the GRS council
Martin Bidlingmaier
GRS secretary


GRS Officers



Andrew Hoffman, M.D.

Stanford University
VA Palo Alto Health Care System
3801 Miranda Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304 USA


President Elect:

Sally Radovick, M.D.

Division of Pediatric Endocrinology
Department of Pediatrics
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
600 North Wolfe Street, CMSC 406
Baltimore, Maryland 21287, USA


Immediate Past President:

Gudmundur Johannsson, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Endocrinology
Institute of Medicin
Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg
Gröna Stråket 8
SE-413 45 Göteborg Sweden



Martin Bidlingmaier, M.D.

Endocrine Research Labs
Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik IV
Klinikum der Universität
Munich, Germany



Jens Otto Lunde Jørgensen, M.D., D.M.Sc.

Department of Endocrinology and Internal Medicine
Aarhus University Hospital
Norrebrogade 44, DK 8000 C, Denmark


Leader: New Membership Programs

Beverly M. K. Biller, M.D.

MGH, Neuroendocrine Unit
55, Fruit Street BUL457B
Boston MA 02114 USA


Leader: Past Presidents' Services:

John Kopchick, Ph.D.

Ohio University
Edison Biotechnology Institute
101 KRL, Building #25
The Ridges
Athens Ohio 45701 USA


Past Presidents:

1992 Peter H. Sonksen
1996 Peter H. Sonksen
1998 Raymond Hintz
2000 Bengt Åke Bengtsson
2002 Michael Thorner
2004 David R. Clemmons
2006 Ken Ho
2008 Christian Strasburger
2010 Jens Sandahl Christiansen
2012 John Kopchick
2014 Pinchas Cohen


Webpage Director:

Shigeru "Nick" Okada, Ph.D.

Ohio University
Edison Biotechnology Institute
101 KRL, Building #25
The Ridges
Athens Ohio 45701 USA


Council members:

Margaret Boguszewski, M.D.

Department of Pediatrics
Federal University of Paraná
80060-900 Curitiba, Brazil

Catherine Seut Yhoke Choong

Clinical Professor
School of Pediatrics and Child Health
University of Western Australia, Australia

Peter Kamenický, MD, PhD

Service d'Endocrinologie et des Maladies de la Reproduction, CHU de Bicêtre
et Inserm Unité 1185, Faculté de Médecine,
Université Paris-Sud 94275 Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France

Xiaoping Luo, MD

Department of Pediatrics, Tongji Hospital
Center for the Diagnosis of Genetic Metabolic Diseases, Tongji Medical College
Huazhong University of Science and Technology Wuhan 430030, China

Peter J. Trainer, M.D.

Department of Endocrinology
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
University of Manchester, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre
Manchester, United Kingdom





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