Presentation of the ACROFACE project at Germans Trias for early detection of people with acromegaly

The Endocrine, Thyroid and Obesity Research Group led by Dr Manel Puig Domingo and the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) spin-off company UP2SMART have created an artificial intelligence that can detect early facial changes in photographs.  The software opens the door for an early detection system for acromegaly, a rare disease which produces deformities in facial and skeletal bone structure and has a range of other effects such as cardiac problems, diabetes and cancer. It is frequently diagnosed 10 years after onset, which leads to further complications.

- Research

The IGTP contributes to the European Society of Endocrinology statement on COVID-19 and endocrine diseases

Manel Puig, acting director of the IGTP, has been one of a distinguished team of three leading endocrinologists to publish a statement and general guidelines on behalf of the European Society of Endocrinology. The document includes advice for endocrinologists and also for patients with diabetes mellitus and other endocrine or metabolic diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement includes guidelines for patients on how to avoid infection and what to do when it is suspected.

- Projects, Research

A lack of iodine in the diet could threaten brain development in children

Scientists warn that a widespread lack of iodine threatens brain development in children.   Iodine insufficiency is one of easiest public health problems to solve, even though it affects so many people worldwide.  According to experts, the key to preventing iodine insufficiency is consumption of adequate amounts in a sustained and continued way.  The " Krakow Declaration on Iodine" created by the EUthyroid Project calls on those responsible for European policy to support measures to eliminate iodine insufficiency.