Public awareness campaign reaching out to young adults by the South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies

Joining forces with the collective aim of raising awareness of obesity and promoting a healthier youth in the South Asian region and beyond, ISE member societies from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka have come together under their Regional Federation, the South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies (SAFES), to launch the “Run for a Health Life” campaign to create awareness of obesity, one of the most rapidly increasing risk factors of diabetes and other serious diseases. The campaign aims to prevent the prevalence of obesity by reaching out to schools and broadly to the younger generation by conducting awareness sessions on changing lifestyles and encourages greater physical activity, especially running.

President of SAFES Dr Abbas Raza said, “As experts in the field, SAFES considers it as its prime responsibility to work for awareness that obesity and diabetes is preventable, all we need is regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle. Following these simple measures, we can save our future generation from the risk of serious diseases”

Key facts:

The campaign takes a 360° approach and focuses on 4 core objectives:

1. Addressing the rising trend of obesity in young children – Pakistan alone is the 8th most obese country in the world!
2. Raising public awareness Working with partners including governments, schools and sports influencers
3. Translating knowledge into action – Delivering education to help tackle poor lifestyle, particularly in children
4. Giving back to community – Donations for every step taken to support an active and healthier nation

The campaign officially launched on 4th May with the support of regional government and international health ambassadors.


On 24-26 November in Kobe, the Japan Endocrine Society (JES) held the 27th JES Clinical Update in Endocrinology and continued the celebrations of their 90th Anniversary year! "Kinenbi Omedetou!" (Happy Anniversary).

Represented on the ISE Executive Committee by JES Vice-President, Takashi Akamizu of Wakayama Medical University, JES is a leading member of the ISE as the world's second oldest academic society in endocrinology and pioneers in global research.

The landmark occasion was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the strong and long-term bond between ISE and JES, not least through remembering the many Japanese endocrinologists who recently have served on the Executive Committee: Prof. Masatomo Mori (2010 - 2014), Prof. Kazuwa Nakao (2004 - 2010), Prof. Hiroo Imura (1988 - 2004) and International POC experts: Prof. Hirotaka Shibata (ICE 2018, Cape Town), Prof. Yoshihiro Ogawa (ICE 2016, Beijing), Prof. Hiroshi Ito (ICE 2012, Florence),  Prof. Shigeaki Kato (ICE 2010, Kyoto) and the two outstanding ICE meetings held in the birthplace of JES, Kyoto, in 1988 and 2010 respectively.

The Kobe Declaration was signed at the Commemorative Event on Friday November 24, 2017. It states in the ten-year lead up to JES's 100th anniversary, the Society will strive to:

  • Provide accurate information to the public and promote awareness on hormones and hormone-related disorders to achieve early diagnosis and treatment.
  • Provide up-to-date guidelines to all patients with endocrine and metabolic disorders, assign the specialists properly, and promote sound inter-regional cooperation to meet nationwide medical needs in endocrinology and metabolism.
  • Train genuine experts in endocrinology and metabolism who have a well-rounded knowledge on endocrinology, which is the basis for all life-course phenomena, and who take delight and pride in contributing to all areas of medical science.
  • Support research to elucidate the mechanisms of the pathophysiology of endocrine and metabolic disorders, discover new hormones, and apply these findings to medical practice. 
  • Take initiative and guide global action on endocrinology with flexible responses to new trends of endocrinology caused by changes in lifestyles and the environment and the rapid aging of society. 


Joining forces with the collective aim of furthering the scientific studies and clinical practices of all branches of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes throughout the world, the International Society of Endocrinology (ISE) and the Society for Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa (SEMDSA) will host the landmark 1st global gathering of endocrinologists on the African continent - ICE 2018 on 1-4 December 2018. The 18th International Congress of Endocrinology is being held jointly with the 53rd Annual SEMDSA Congress in the vibrant and colourful city of Cape Town!

Delegates can expect an engaging scientific schedule featuring diverse representation and academic excellence from a true global perspective appealing to the entire endocrinology community of clinicians, scientists, nurses and allied health professionals. In addition to a rich academic program and invaluable opportunities to meet face-to-face with colleagues from around the world, be sure to plan your visit to experience the vast array of stunning attractions, diverse culture and sporting opportunities that Cape Town has to offer.

Individual members of ISE Member Societies receive $150 discount on registration fees and up to 100 Travel Grants are available to support the participation of early career researchers from ISE Member Societies.

Our international Program Organising Committee comprising world renowned endocrinologists (International Co-chair: Dr Shlomo Melmed, Dr Berenice Mendonca, Brazil, Dr Ariel Sanchez, Argentina, Dr Marta Korbonits, UK, Dr Ilpo Huhtaniemi, Finland, Dr Henry Kronenberg, USA, Dr Hirotaka Shibata, Japan, Dr Alberto Pereira, Netherlands, Dr Jacques Young, France, Dr Susan Mandel, USA, Dr Teresa Woodruff, USA and Dr Helena Teede, Australia) are working hard with local South African experts to craft an inclusive and innovative scientific program, truly reflective of our global endocrinology community! Click here for preliminary program details.

Don’t miss out on the unique opportunity to be part of the largest general endocrine conference to take place in Africa - visit and start to make plans to participate today!


We are excited to announce the 20th International Congress of Endocrinology will take place in Singapore! ISE will partner with the Endocrine and Metabolic Society of Singapore (EMSS) to host ICE 2022 in Asia's 'Lion City'.

EMSS is a dynamic society representing and supporting educators, clinical practitioners and scientists involved in Endocrinology and Metabolic medicine with a long and active track record of organising major and collaborative meetings with field related organisations in Singapore and beyond.

The landmark first ICE in Southeast Asia will support ISE's long-term regionalisation vision and be co-located with the ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies (AFES) biennial meeting. AFES, our key Regional Affiliates, comprise the highly active endocrines societies of Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam and in partnership with ISE and EMSS, will co-host the National, Regional and International Congress of Endocrinology in Southeast Asia in 2022.

Representing the essence of modern Asia, Singapore offers a dynamic mix of cultures, ideas and histories - both cosmopolitan, with a touch of old school. An accessible destination where East meets West, Singapore's standing as top International-meetings city (Union of International Associations) will provide the ideal environment to showcase the latest scientific developments in the field as well as promoting the much needed advancement of endocrinology in the wider region.

Many congratulations to the Singapore team! Tahniah!

In Memory of John C. Beck: 1924-2016

John C. Beck passed away in Perth, Australia
on September 29, 2016 at the age of 92.
Dr. John Beck was the first Secretary-General of the International Society of Endocrinology (ISE) and founding father of endocrinology in Canada.

Together with four other international endocrinologists (from the U.K. and Europe), he was instrumental in organising the first International Congress of Endocrinology (ICE) in Copenhagen in 1960 and subsequently elected as Secretary-General, a role he actively fulflled until 1976.

He played a vital role in fostering better communications in endocrinology across national boundaries and was responsible for the organisation of four further ICE Meetings (ICE 1964, London, ICE 1968, Mexico City, ICE 1972, Washington DC and ICE 1976, Hamburg). He also championed the development of the International Society of Neuroendocrinology (NEUROENDO NOW).

Dr. Beck was a distinguished academic who contributed enormously to the development of endocrinology internationally. We extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

A Memorial Service celebrating the Extraordinary Life of Dr. John Beck will be held Sunday, November 27, 2016 in Los Angeles. For more information and to share your memories in the Guest Book, visit