This issue of Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics, guest edited by Dr. Constantine A. Stratakis, is devoted to Genetics in Endocrine Disorders. Articles in this issue include: Genetics of Short Stature; Genetics of Diabetes Insipidus; Pituitary Hypoplasia; Pituitary Tumor Genetics and Associated Syndromes; Defects of Thyroid Hormone Synthesis; Molecular Genetics of Thyroid Cancer; Genetics of Hyperparathyroidism Including Parathyroid Cancer; Genetics of Adrenocortical Development and Tumors; Genetics of Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia; Genetics of Pheochromocytomas and Related Conditions; Genetics of Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1 and Type 2 Syndromes; Genetics of Hypogonadotrophic Hypogonadism and Kallman Syndrome; Disorders of Sex Development; Genetics of Lipodystrophy; and PTEN-Spectrum Disorders.
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Dr. Stratakis was named Scientific Director of the NICHD in 2011, after serving as Acting Scientific Director of the NICHD since 2009. He received his M.D. and Doctor of Medical Sciences degrees from the National and Capodistrian University of Athens. He did predoctoral work at the Unit of Endocrinology, Department of Experimental Pharmacology at the same University, and at Hospital Cochin, Paris, France, before joining the Developmental Endocrinology Branch of the then National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, first as a student, and then as a postdoctoral fellow in 1988. In 1990, he continued his post-graduate medical education at Georgetown University Medical School, Washington, D.C., where he finished a residency in pediatrics and two fellowships in pediatric endocrinology (as part of the NICHD/Georgetown training program) and in medical genetics and clinical dysmorphology. He is Board certified in pediatrics, pediatric endocrinology, and medical genetics.
Dr. Stratakis identified the genes for Carney complex and Carney-Stratakis syndrome, and other genetic defects leading to adrenal and other tumors, and he and his laboratory have published extensively in the fields of pediatric inherited disorders and cancer genetics, and on other pediatric adrenal and pituitary disorders. He is the author of more than 300 publications and has served as a regular reviewer. He is the author or co-author of nearly 600 publications, and has served as a regular reviewer for more than 100 journals, including Science, Nature Genetics, and the New England Journal of Medicine; he is currently Deputy Editor of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the leading journal in Endocrinology. He has been the recipient of the 1999 Pharmacia-Endocrine Society Award for Excellence in Published Clinical Research, and NIH Merit Awards, and named Visiting Professor in academic centers around the world. In 2009, he was awarded the Ernst Oppenheimer Award of the Endocrine Society.