What we do
To advance the knowledge of basic and clinical thyroidology. To enhance the interest in the practice of medicine related to the thyroid and promotion of relevant research in thyroidology.
Featured Prize Lecture:
Nagataki-Fuji Film Prize Lecture delivered during the International Thyroid Congress,
2010 September 16, Paris, France
Become a member
AOTA aims to encourage membership of a broad band of physicians & other scientists with special interest on the thyroid either as object for research or as source of patients’ morbidities.
2014 Congress in India
2015 Congress in Orlando, Florida USA
World Thyroid Day | 25th May
During the ITC in Paris a meeting was held on Monday 13th September 2010, with the participation of the presidents of ETA (Peter Laurberg), ATA (Terry Davies), AOTA (Junji Konishi) and LATS (Heinz Graf).
The meeting was called by Yvonne Anderson, the president of the International Thyroid Federation (ITF) and it was coordinated by Leonidas Duntas.
The aim was to discuss and advance the global promotion of World Thyroid Day, 25th of May, as well as the initiatives of Thyroid International Awareness Week (ITAW). The meeting was kindly supported by Merck Serono.
Thyroidology Travel through Time
Although goiter must have been recognized in earlier years, the scientific information regarding the thyroid gland probably dates to the time of Pliny. He was the first to recognize the geographic distribution of goiter in certain districts of Switzerland. The enlargement of the neck was not at first thought to be an enlargement of the thyroid, but Galen suggested that it was due to a hernia of the windpipe. In ancient Rome, any increase in the size of a young girl’s neck measured by breaking a reed indicated the onset of puberty. It was considered by Wharton to lubricate, drain, and warm the larynx. Bartholin later stated that the gland was present to adorn the necks of ladies and Galen considered it to be a buffer between heart and brain.
The gland was named thyroid, not because of its own shape, but because it closely approximated the shield shape of the thyroid cartilage of the larynx.
Paracelsus, Platter, Hoefer, and Curling were among the earliest to recognize clinical myxedema and cretinism and its relationship to goiter, thus recognizing the abnormal function of the thyroid gland. Gull probably presented the earliest striking and complete description of myxedema. However, it was Murray who first treated a patient with myxedema with extract prepared from the thyroid gland and recognized that “the thyroid is purely an internal secretory gland.”
Exophthalmic goiter was actually first described by Parry in 1825 and his name should be attached to the disease. However, Graves in England and von Basedow on the Continent reported on hyperthyroidism and popularized the disease, and today it goes by one or the other’s name. It was von Graefe, the creator of modern ophthalmology, who is remembered for his discovery of the “lid lag” as a very important sign of thyrotoxicosis.
Oliver H. Beahrs, MD
Professor of Surgery Emeritus
Mayo Medical School
Rochester, Minnesota, USSA