February 01, 2017
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Endocrine Society expresses concern regarding travel ban

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The Endocrine Society issued a statement expressing concern that President Donald Trump’s order instituting a temporary travel ban from certain countries will greatly influence knowledge sharing among physicians and researchers and ultimately adversely affect patient care.

“Science, at its core is a global endeavor,” Henry M. Kronenberg, MD, president of the Endocrine Society, said in a press release. “Collaborations that know no borders enhance biomedical research, and clinical trials rely on international cooperation. Science recognizes no limitations based on the origin, race, creed, gender or color of the scientist, and these are fundamental principles of the Endocrine Society.”

The Endocrine Society is a global organization with members in 122 countries, including some singled out by the travel ban, the statement noted. The society’s annual meeting, ENDO 2017, the largest meeting of endocrinologists in the world, will be held April 1-4 in Orlando, Fla. The organization has already heard from members who will no longer be able to attend because of the travel ban, according to the statement.

“When scientists and clinicians from around the world connect and share knowledge, we see marvelous breakthroughs that shape how we prevent and treat diseases here in the United States as well as globally,” Gary D. Hammer, MD, PhD, the society’s annual meeting chair, said in the statement. “In many ways, the new travel ban severs these essential linkages between scientific discovery and clinical care that are exemplified by scientific meetings. Because we all benefit from the translation of scientific discovery into clinical care, we all suffer from this ban. The Endocrine Society vigorously opposes policies that hinder scientific exchange.”

The organization is publicly supporting legal efforts to overturn the order and is exploring ways to accommodate overseas members who are prevented from attending ENDO 2017 through special technical access to sessions.