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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

Overview of GRS

The Growth Hormone Research Society (GRS) was founded in 1992 to provide a forum for the study and exchange of ideas on all aspects of growth hormone physiology, and diseases involving abnormalities of the GH axis. With over 400 members from more than 30 countries, the society represents a unique international body composed of clinicians, scientists, educators, and students.  These individuals are committed to the advancement and dissemination of research and education on a milieu of medical and biological topics related to GH. Among these are GH deficiency, GH excess, and the use of GH and related products in the treatment of these diseases. The society holds biannual meetings in conjunction with its sister society, the IGF research society. The official publication of GRS is Pituitary (The Official Journal of the Pituitary Society and Growth Hormone Research Society).


Mission of GRS

The mission of the GRS is to promote scientific research and clinical advancement in the fields of growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factors (IGFs).

This GRS consensus academic society conducts this mission as an independent, non-profit society that facilitates and evaluates advances in the physiology, pathology, diagnostics, therapeutics, and surveillance of GH/IGF-related disorders.

The GRS fosters collaborations between basic scientists, clinicians (paediatric and adult) and clinical investigators from both the public and private sectors to promote research.

The GRS conveys knowledge through the Society’s journal, scientific meetings and workshops.

Who should join

The GRS engages basic scientists, clinicians (paediatric and adult) and clinical investigators from both the public and the private sectors, to promote collaborative research and convey knowledge through our society’s journal, scientific meetings and workshops. Additionally, postdoctoral fellows, medical students, and graduate students are encouraged to join.





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