Metabolism & Endocrinology - ME

The ME Theme is a forum for those with an interest in the study of the endocrine and hormone system,  to identify how these affect the body's growth and function in health and disease.

The endocrine system is made up of glands: the thyroid gland, adrenal glands, pancreas, ovaries, and the testes. The hypothalamus is the master organ, synthesising and releasing hormones which exert control over the rest of the system. The pituitary gland also exerts some control over the endocrine system. Together, these organs produce and secrete hormones which regulate the body’s growth, metabolism, and sexual development and function. The study of the metabolic and endocrine systems is important to try and understand many conditions such as thyroid disease, diabetes, menopause, osteoporosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), cholesterol disorders, infertility, certain cancers and obesity.

The current convenor is Paul Le Tissier at the University of Edinburgh.

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