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Highlights from the 25th ECE annual meeting: George Chrousos, 2023

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Published Online: Jun 26th 2023

Prof George Chrousos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Athens, Greece) provides his highlights from the 25th ECE Annual Meeting, 2023 and what hot topics and latest research to look looking forward to in 2023.

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  1. What are the key clinical highlights from ECE 2023? (0:22)
  2. What are the hot topics and latest research you are looking forward to exploring in 2023? (0:48)

Disclosures: George Chrousos has nothing to disclose in relation to this video interview.

Support: Interview and filming supported by Touch Medical Media. Interview conducted by Shanice Allen.

Filmed as a highlight of the 25th ECE Annual Meeting, 2023

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My name is George Chrousos, and I’m a Professor Emeritus of paediatrics and endocrinology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

What are the key clinical highlights from ECE 2023?

It was a wonderful meeting with a very diverse program covering almost every gland of the human body. There were many, many interesting research projects that were presented with innovative results.

What are the hot topics and latest research you are looking forward to exploring in 2023?

I do a lot of work with the adrenal glands, so I was very interested in the new primary treatment options. For Addison’s syndrome, or disease, and for congenital adrenal hyperplasia. And there was a major advance in my opinion in treatment with the so called chronotherapy of these diseases, granted that the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis has a circadian rhythm so cortisol is high in the morning and low in the evening. The way we used to treat these patients was to give them some cortisol when they woke up, which is not physiologic. The physiological ways for cortisol to start going up at around 4/4:30am and peak at about 8am on average. So the new treatment is given a dose of hydrocortisone late at night before they go to bed, which releases cortisol late. So start releasing about 4/4:30 in the morning before the patients wake up. So when they wake up, it’s already high, and they feel well, they feel refreshed. The problem in the past was that most of these patients will feel tired when they woke up. And they have to take their hydrocortisone and then wait for a couple of hours to feel well. So we can avoid that. So the quality of life of these patients is better.

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