This month the PNA Spotlight focuses on Dr. Adriana Ioachimescu, a professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) and of Neurosurgery with the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. She is also co-Director of the Emory Pituitary Center and consulting editor for the Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics. Dr. Ioachimescu went to medical school at Carol Davilla University in Bucharest, Romania, where she also earned a PhD in neuroendocrinology. She did an internship at Yale University Danbury Hospital in Connecticut, then a residency and fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Ohio, where she later joined the faculty. She has been with Emory since 2008. She was kind enough to answer some questions from the PNA; here are her answers.
In our effort to raise awareness in the medical community about pituitary gland disorders, the Pituitary Network Association is excited to partner with VuMedi, the largest content source of educational video’s for healthcare professionals with over 15,000 hosted videos and 200,000 doctors subscribed. The PNA channel on VuMedi will contain a library of educational webinars produced by the PNA and presented by experts in pituitary medicine on a balance of topics relevant to the diagnosis and treatment of pituitary disorders. Through this great platform we have the ability with digital outreach to educate many clinicians and advance the diagnosis and treatment of pituitary patients. This is one more tool to help us inform the medical community and increase the quality of care for pituitary patients. It is also in line with PNA’s longstanding mission: To support, pursue, encourage, promote and where possible, fund research on pituitary disorders in a sustained and full-time effort to find a cure for these illnesses. The PNA will disseminate information helpful to the medical community, the public and to pituitary patients and their families on matters regarding early detection, symptoms, treatments and resources available to patients with pituitary disease.
The PNA will continue to look for innovative ways to raise awareness about pituitary disorders in the hopes that every pituitary patient will receive a swift and accurate diagnosis.
The PNA is pleased to announce our participation in this event!
Friday April 12, 2019 8:30am – 4:30pm Zuckerman Research Center 417 E. 68th St. New York, NY Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
This course is suited for medical professionals, patients, and caregivers to improve patient care and outcomes through evidence-based discussion of clinical practice guidelines and emerging therapies in order to assess and update current practices to promote earlier diagnosis and treatment of pituitary diseases. The multidisciplinary nature of the course will allow the dissemination of knowledge across the variety of practitioners caring for pituitary patients, as well as for patients and caregivers.
This month the PNA Medical Corner showcases a study co-authored by Dr. Sylvia Asa, a member of the PNA Scientific Advisory Panel. The study looks at the case of a woman who had delivered 10 children, and presented with a double pituitary tumor, that secreted more than half a dozen hormones. The authors theorize that the tumor may be made of stem cells, and that her pregnancies may have set the stage.
An article in Cosmos Magazine looks at a study that showed that genes, which are partially expressed in the pituitary, contribute to whether you are an early riser or a night owl. Researchers also linked a tendency to stay up late to risk of schizophrenia and depression. Read more: https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/it-s-our-genes-that-make-us-stay-up-late Photo courtesy of: Wokandapix/Pixabay
An article in Cushing’s Disease News looks at a study originally published in the journal Hormone and Metabolic Research that evaluated a non-invasive scan as a means to confirm that Cushing’s is in remission. The researchers found that near-infrared multi-spectral imaging, which images the patient’s cheek from multiple angles, can actually measure the hemoglobin, water and blood by assessing how light reflects off of the cheek. This can then help predict when a patient is in remission, post-surgery and up to 12 months. Read more here: https://cushingsdiseasenews.com/2019/01/31/optical-imaging-could-help-assess-remission-in-cushings-disease-study/
Knowledge is power and we believe keeping abreast of news on the research front is imperative. Each month in Highlights we feature a few of the top news stories, which you can read below. In addition, we update our website on a regular basis with the latest breaking news related to pituitary and hormonal disorders by gathering stories we think you'll be interested in from MD Linx, Medscape, MedPage Today, PubMed, Touch Endocrinology, News-Medical.net and WebMD.
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