June 13, 1997

VUMC physician lands endocrinology grant

VUMC physician lands endocrinology grant

Dr. Puthenpurackal M. Mathew, pediatric endocrinologist at VUMC, was named one of five endocrine fellows from across the nation selected to receive grants from The Endocrine Society at the organization's recent international conference in Sweden.

The conference, titled, ³Postgraduate Course on Growth Hormone and Growth Factors ‹ Metabolic Disorders,² took place in Gothenburg, Sweden, and was directed by the Karolinska Institute and the Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Mathew and the other four grant winners presented clinical case studies relevant to growth hormone during the course.

³I am glad that I was lucky enough to be selected,² Mathew said.

He attributes his selection in part to research he has done with other physicians at Vanderbilt.

³I had the privilege of including with my application an abstract on the relationship between a liver growth factor and diabetes which I had worked on with Dr. W. E. Russell, associate professor of Pediatrics and Cell Biology,² Mathew said.

The Endocrine Society consists of more than 8,500 scientists and physicians in 72 countries. Founded in 1916, The Endocrine Society is dedicated to the study and treatment of the endocrine system.

The awards for the endocrine fellows were supported by a grant from Pharmacia and Upjohn.

Each of the fellows is a clinical endocrinologist based in the United States who is either in training or recently has completed training.

³Being able to present at an international meeting is great exposure for endocrinologists who are new to the field,² said P. Michael Conn, Ph.D., president of the Society.