This week's convention of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists in Houston is winding down this afternoon. The Health Central Network sent me here to report on it.
About 1350 endocrinologists and related health professionals are here along with 88 companies exhibiting their products. The doctors presented 170 posters and 200 abstracts.
Now that I've gone to the meetings that I needed to attend and talked with the doctors I needed to interview, I've got time to start writing about them. In the next few days you can expect several articles that I am developing out of my interviews at the convention and separately with a company headquartered in Houston.
The convention filled the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Houston Hilton in the downtown of America's fourth largest city. This huge convention center is so big that after Hurricane Katrina 7,000 refugees lived here.
The George R. Brown Convention Center and, at right, the Houston Hilton
Formally, this is the 18th annual meeting and clinical congress of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. The terms "clinical" and "endocrinologists" can use some clarification. Clinical here refers to those physicians who are actually practicing medicine. Clinical endocrinologists are those physicians who work with us to treat diabetes and other endocrine diseases.
On the sky bridge between the convention center and the hotel today I had the chance to meet the two endocrinologists pictured below. They are Karen E. Smith, M.D., who practices in Canton, Georgia, and Marshall Tulloch-Reid, M.D., who directs the clinical research program at the Heart Institute of the Caribbean and is also on the faculty of the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.
Drs. Karen Smith and Marshall Tulloch-Reid
As I left the convention for the last time this afternoon and walked back to the hotel where I'm staying I passed the building below. It's really just a shed. But this shed is in Discovery Green park in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center. So they did it up fine in the style of a Rubik's Cube.
Rubik's Cube at the Convention Center
How appropriate, I thought, for Houston to feature such a puzzle in front the center where endocrinologists met to continue their efforts to unravel the puzzle that is diabetes. May they soon succeed.