Brazilian female scientist joins the new AE-PCOS board of directors

Posted March 16, 2020

The Androgen Excess and PCOS Society (AE-PCOS) is an international scientific society that studies, promotes, and disseminate knowledge on androgen disorders. Its members are scientists and clinicians whose main interests are the etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of androgen excess disorders.

Among the areas of interest of the AE-PCOS are Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Adrenal Hyperplasia, Idiopathic Hirsutism, and Premature Adrenarche.

In November 2019, Dr. Poli Mara Spritzer joined the institution’s board of directors after an election held among society members. She is the first Brazilian/Latin American woman to take over this position.

Scientific Importance

The research area on androgen excess, especially on PCOS and its relationship with metabolic abnormalities, has been increasing since the 1990s, demonstrating that this topic requires further debate.

During the 82ª Endocrine Society Annual Meeting, held in Toronto, Canada, in 2000, the topic was widely discussed, showing the need of creating a specific Society. After consultation to the international community, the AE-PCOS was founded in 2003.

The first meeting was held at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, in Philadelphia, on June 18th, 2003. Up to now, annual meetings represent the main event of the Society, attracting global first-line specialists in the area of androgen excess disorders.

Joining the AE-PCOS Board of Directors is very important to increase the visibility of Brazilian experts at the international level.

International Activity

“Understanding the underpinnings of the pathophysiology of PCOS” is the name of the next event scheduled by the AE-PCOS. It will be held at the Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, on March 27th, soon after the Endocrine Society annual meeting.

The main topic of the event will be the pathophysiology of PCOS [ link for its schedule –].