Wrocław, Poland
3 - 7 May 2014

Pre-congress courses

There are a number of pre-congress courses taking place along side ECE 2014 ON Saturday 3 May 2014.

  • Endocrine Cancer Workshop: Endocrinology Meets Cancer
  • Thyroid Ultrasound
  • Proper Medical Writing

Please view below for further details.


Endocrine Cancer Workshop: Endocrinology Meets Cancer

Friday 2 May - Saturday 3 May 2014

Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology, Gliwice, Poland

Please click here for further information.


Thyroid Ultrasound

Saturday 3 May 2014

Hala Stulecia (congress centre), Wroclaw, Poland


To secure your place on a pre-congress course, please use the main congress registration form.

Fee: €275 (per course)

This fee is separate to the congress registration fee.
This fee includes course materials and all refreshments, including lunch.

A postgraduate course providing a review of the latest advances in thyroid ultrasound techniques delivered through presentations, interactive discussions and practical sessions working with thyroid patients.




 M Ruchala (Poland) & A Milewicz (Poland)


 Conventional ultrasonography

  • Thyroid ultrasound examination – introduction for beginners - anatomy and topography of the neck, technique of the examination

           E Szczepanek-Parulska (Poland)

  • Thyroid ultrasound examination in thyroid nodular disease

          R Junik (Poland)

  • What kind of information is expected by the surgeon on the patient referred for thyroid surgery?

           M Dedecjus (Poland)

  • Thyroid ultrasound examination in the follow-up of thyroid cancer

          M Dedecjus (Poland)

  • Thyroid ultrasound examination in thyroiditis

           A Syrenicz (Poland)

  • Thyroid ultrasound examination in thyroid dysgeneses

          M Ruchala (Poland)


11:00 - 11:30    Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:15

 Sonoelastography and contrast-enhanced thyroid ultrasonography

Z Adamczewski (Poland) 

 Application in diagnostics of:

            - thyroid nodular disease

             - thyroiditis

             - neck lymph nodes

12:15 - 13:00

 Ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy

 A Lewiński (Poland)


            - indications and contraindications

            - selection of nodules for FNAB

            - techniques

            - diagnostic categories of cytological specimen

- assessment of concentration of specific markers (PTH, thyroglobulin) in fine- needle aspirates

13:00 - 14:00  Lunch
14:00 - 14:30

 Interventional ultrasound-guided therapeutic procedures

 E Papini (Italy)


            - Alcohol injection

             - HIFU

            - Thermal ablation

            - Laser ablation

14:30 - 15:30

A clinical and US approach to thyroid diseases - interactive discussion with the panel of US images and clinical cases 

 M Erdogan (Turkey)

15:30 - 16:45

Practical workshops with patients


16:45 - 17:00 Summary


Proper Medical Writing

Saturday 3 May 2014

Hala Stulecia (congress centre), Wroclaw, Poland


To secure your place on a pre-congress course, please use the main congress registration form.

Fee: €275 (per course)

Time: 08:00 – 17:30

This fee is separate to the congress registration fee.
This fee includes course materials and all refreshments, including lunch.

A specially designed pre-congress workshop developed for scientists and medical professionals in the healthcare system, academia and clinical departments of the pharmaceutical industry. The course aims to teach you how to prepare your research for presentations at scientific meetings and how to get your research published in peer-reviewed journals. This workshop offers basic introductory instruction and is aimed at those who are just starting to write papers in English. Please visit this page again for further information and full programme.

The fee for this course is separate from the congress registration fee.
The fee includes the course materials and all refreshments, including lunch.
Due to the popularity of this course at previous congresses, we have had to limit the number of delegates, so please book early to avoid disappointment.


The Medical Writing Course will take place at the Centennial Hall. The exact location will be confirmed shortly.


This training workshop has been specially developed for endocrinologists, as well as other researchers and clinicians interested in endocrinology and endocrine-related disciplines. It aims to teach you how to prepare your research for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and how to easily manage the complicated submission and editorial processes. It discusses in depth all the essential steps you will need.

For me the most helpful were a thorough manuscript review, tricks for writing and reading in English, and writing an abstract’ – 2013 attendee

Thank you, I really enjoyed’ – 2013 attendee

Who Should Attend?:

This workshop is intended for healthcare professionals and researchers who need to write effectively and clearly in English:

Physicians – PhD students – Basic science researchers –Translational medicine researchers – Research nurses – Medical and clinical staff from the pharmaceutical industry …

This workshop offers basic introductory instruction and is aimed at those who are just starting to write papers in English, although those who have moderate experience of writing in English will also benefit. As the training sessions will be presented in English, attendees need a basic understanding of spoken English.

By completing the course you will be able to:

Write a structured abstract that meets the congress requirements and at the same time captures the critical points of your study, describes your results clearly and consistently, and raises interest – Write a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed medical journal so that it has the best chance of being accepted by the editor and referees – Write a covering letter – Critically review a publication, point out the pitfalls and come up with ideas for an improved version – Write a response to the reviewers’ comments – Prepare your bibliography using reference management software

Course Description

The aim of this course is to provide professional support to authors and would-be authors of medical papers. Participants will acquire up-to-date information on the requirements for submitting articles, publication structure and common problems encountered by authors, plus some of the "tricks of the trade" that professional writers use.

In this workshop we will examine the structure of manuscripts, and you will learn how to write abstracts, how the peer-review process works and how to write effectively in English. For example, you will learn what makes text easy to read, how to use paragraphs to get your message across, use and misuse of jargon and medical terminology – and what to do when you receive the referees’ comments.

The morning will consist of lectures followed by breakout sessions in the afternoon. In the breakout sessions, participants will work in small groups on real-life practical tasks designed to reinforce the messages contained in the lectures. In the small-group sessions you will work with our experienced trainers in an interactive manner. 

The speakers for the course are identified as Professor John Carpenter and Professor Steven Shalet. Both are from the UK, please see their details below.

Workshop Leaders

John Carpenter, PhD

Dr Carpenter has a PhD in Pharmacology and spent 18 years as Lecturer in Pharmacology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manchester in the UK. Since leaving academia Dr Carpenter has been a medical writer and medical communications specialist, now working as a freelance consultant. In this role he has worked in a wide range of therapeutic areas, helping develop and write, for example, educational material, papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals, reviews, newsletters, and slide presentations for symposia. He is a member of the European Medical Writers’ Association (EMWA), having served on the Executive Committee and the Education and Professional Development Committee. Dr Carpenter was a member of the group that in 2005 developed the EMWA guidelines on the role of medical writers in developing peer-reviewed publications. He has written chapters on pharmacology in several textbooks and is co-author of A Dictionary of Pharmacology and Allied Topics. For many years Dr Carpenter has been developing and delivering training workshops for various audiences.

Stephen Shalet, MD, FRCP

Professor Shalet is an honorary Consultant and Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology at the University of Manchester, UK. He completed a BSc in Physiology at London University and qualified in medicine at the Royal London Hospital. Medical training posts in London and Bristol were followed by an appointment at the Christie Hospital, Manchester, as Research Fellow in Endocrinology in 1974 and then Consultant in 1978. Professor Shalet has extensive research interests in the late endocrine effects following treatment of cancer, pituitary disorders and, in particular, abnormalities of growth hormone secretion. Previous positions and official activities include Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee of the European Society of Pediatric Endocrinology, Co-editor of the first edition of the Oxford Textbook of Endocrinology and a member of the Council of the Society for Endocrinology and the SAC in Endocrinology and Diabetes. Professor Shalet has served as President of the Endocrine Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, as a member of the Council of the European Society of Paediatric Endocrinology, was Chairman of the Specialist Training Committee in Diabetes and Endocrinology for the North West Region and as a member of the Clinical Practice Committee of the Society for Endocrinology.



Registration and morning coffee


Lecture 1 – The elements of a paper: Introduction, Methods,
Results and Discussion (IMRAD), including specifics related to
endocrine publication


Lecture 2 – Writing in English: Common problems, what makes

text difficult/easy to read, using paragraphs effectively,

jargon and technical terminology – examples from endocrine



Coffee break


Lecture 3 – How to write abstracts and summaries,

letters to the Editor, and covering letters in basic science,

translational endocrine research and clinical endocrinology


Coffee break


Lecture 4 – An overview of publication strategy for

an endocrine article; both sides of the divide (choice of

a journal, the editorial process: How a journal treats

submitted articles, the peer-review process, why papers

are rejected, what to do if your article is rejected/accepted,

and how to response to reviewers)


Lecture 5 – Managing bibliographies effectively

–reference management software




Workshops (including coffee breaks)

Workshop 1 – Review an endocrine manuscript, identify its
faults and suggest improvements

Workshop 2 – Write an endocrine abstract, discuss the covering
letter and respond to the referees’ comments


Closing remarks & certificates

If you require any further details about this course, please do not hesitate to contact the Congress Secretariat.


Courses are limited to a maximum number of delegates, please book early to avoid disappointment.