Newswise — WASHINGTON—The Endocrine Society has selected five recipients for its Early Investigators Awards.

The Early Investigators Awards were established to assist in the development of early career investigators and to recognize their accomplishments in endocrine-related research.

The Endocrine Society’s 2021 Early Investigators Award winners are:

  • Himanshu AroraPh.D., of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. Arora’s lab focuses on exploring the therapeutic efficacy of immunotherapy against different stages of prostate cancer and using machine learning tools to study the progression of the cancer.
  • Ana Aulinas, M.D., Ph.D.of the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona, Spain. Her research focuses on neuroendocrinology, hypothalamic and pituitary diseases. Aulinas seeks to improve outcomes in patients with pituitary diseases through her research, clinical work and teaching.  
  • Athanasios Bikas, M.D., Ph.D.of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Mass. Bikas pursued a post-graduate research fellowship in thyroid cancer. He has published several papers in high impact journals like The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism and Thyroid.  
  • Juan Brito, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Brito serves as a guideline methodologist for the Endocrine Society’s Clinical Practice Guidelines. He has authored more than 140 peer-reviewed manuscripts. His research focuses on thyroid cancer and its overtreatment and the use of levothyroxine in the United States.
  • Manuel D. Gahete, Ph.D.of the University of Cordoba in Andalusia, Spain. Gahete’s research focuses on identifying novel molecules that could be used as diagnostic, prognostic and/or therapeutic markers for endocrine cancers and diseases such as obesity and diabetes.

Recipients received a monetary award, one-year complimentary membership to the Society, one-year complimentary access to the Society's online journals, and public recognition of research accomplishments in various Society platforms.

Additional information on this award and the recipients is located on the Society’s website at

The new application cycle opens in September 2021.

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