The Endocrine Society and the Society for Endocrinology

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The endocrine system encompasses the thyroid gland, the hypothalamus, the pancreas, the adrenal cortex, the thyroid, the parathyroid, and the male and female reproductive glands. Two large and well-established societies, The Endocrine Society and the Society for Endocrinology, serve the practitioners of this field. Both groups have established websites to keep their members and the general public aware of newsworthy events and developments in the field, and to educate those laypeople wishing to learn more about the subject.

The site of The Endocrine Society, http://www.endo-society.org/, features quick links so that information and materials can be pulled up by either subject or visitor's role (e.g., clinician, student, volunteer worker). Among the 16 subjects featured are cardiovascular function, diabetes/insulin, genetics/genomics, male reproduction, and female reproduction. Also gathered in one area of the homepage are quick links to the society's five publications, membership information, a member directory, and a subscription page.

The Endocrine Society's homepage features two news sections, one of news in the general media, the other of updates within the society itself. Also available from the homepage is information on the society's annual meeting, other society events, and related external events. Visitors can also select a quick link to The Hormone Foundation, the public education affiliate of the society, which offers basic information about the endocrine system, its function, and its associated diseases and disorders.

In the Press Room portion of the site is information on the America Weighs In campaign. This program focuses on educating the media, policy makers, and the general public about the role that endocrinologists play in researching and treating obesity. …