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Formerly Named in Honor of Lawson Wilkins

Robert M. Blizzard, MD Lectureship

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The Robert M. Blizzard, M.D., lectureship was established to honor the contributions and career of Dr. Blizzard to the Pediatric Endocrine Society (PES), the pediatric endocrine community at large, and especially to the children of the world with disorders of the endocrine system. The Lecturer, who need not be a member of the PES and/or may reside outside the United States, is chosen yearly to deliver a plenary lecture at the Annual Meeting of the PES on a topic within the broad area of pediatric endocrinology including diabetes mellitus. Most addresses intersect with the subjects of Dr. Blizzard's all-encompassing career in basic and clinical research and/or in the clinical care of children with disorders of the endocrine system. The Lectureship was established by the Board of Directors of the Genentech Foundation to which the PES expresses its appreciation.

The Lecturer will be selected by the PES Honors & Lectures Committee based upon nominations submitted by the PES membership taking into consideration the contributions to (pediatric) endocrinology including research and scholarship, teaching, and practice of (pediatric) endocrinology made by the nominated individual. This Committee will consider all initial nominations and may request further information to support an individual candidate when considering the final group of potential lecturers.

Nominations should consist of a nominating letter (not to exceed 1500 words), the nominee’s current CV (to include current address, phone number, email address and publications) and an additional letter seconding the nomination (not to exceed 1000 words). When submitting a nomination, please include the following (in word document or pdf):

-Lecture Topic

-Name of Nominee

-Institutional Affiliation(s)

-Contributions (Research & Scholarship, Teaching, Practice of Pediatric Endocrinology)

-Nominee’s CV




Please send nominations and supporting materials by e-mail to the PES National Office ( with subject titled: Blizzard Lectureship Nomination. All nominations will be forwarded to the Awards and Honors Committee for deliberation and selection.

Past Lectures

2018How children grow: insights from growth plate biology
 Jeffrey Baron, MD, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
2016Neuroendocrinology of Stress: From Pythagoras and Epicurus to Systems Medicine Stress
 George P. Chrousos, MD, University of Athens, Athens, Greece
2015McCune-Albright Syndrome: a Mosaic Disease of Gs alpha Signaling
 Michael Collins, MD, Chief, Skeletal Clinical Studies Unit, CSDB, NIDCR, NIH, Bethesda, MD
2014Health Effects in Children Exposed to Ionizing Radiation and the Role of Pediatricians
 Thomas P. Foley, Jr., MD, University of Pittsburgh, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
2013 Hormones and Hypertension in Children and Adolescents
Robert M. Carey, MD, MACP, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
2012 Pathogenesis of Type 1 Diabetes
George Eisenbarth, MD, PhD, University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine, Aurora, CO
2011 Diagnosis and Management of Craniopharyngioma
Edward R. Laws, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
2010 Effects of Sport Training on the Neuroendocrine Regulation of Growth and Puberty
Alan D. Rogol, MD, PhD, Riley Hospital for Children and University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
2009 Ghrelin and Growth Hormone Secretogogues
Michael O. Thorner, DSc, FACP, MACP, MBBS, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
2008 New Genes That Control Puberty
William F. Crowley Jr., MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
2007 Growth Hormone: For Growth and For Life
Jens Sandahl Christiansen, MD, DMSc, FRCPI, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark
2005 Not Given
2006 On the Unraveling of the Etiopathogenesis of Type 1 Diabetes:Are We Stuck or Are We Winning?
Gian Franco Bottazzo, MD, FRCP, FRCPath, Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesu, Rome, Italy
2004 The Molecular Basis of Congenital Hypothyroidism
Annette Grueters, MD, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
2003 Autoimmune Polyglandular Syndrome Type 1: Clinical Insights from Molecular Discoveries
Diane Mathis, MD, Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston, MA
2002 Puberty and Its Hormones: Neuroendocrine and Metabolic Regulation
Nelly Mauras, MD, Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville, FL