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In Remembrance of Dr. Charles Edward Bird

Dr. Charles Edward Bird, Professor Emeritus
Division of Endocrinology, Queen’s University

bird 2024The Canadian Endocrinology community lost a valued pioneer and mentor on March 21, 2024. Dr. Bird obtained his M.D.C.M from Queen's University in 1956 followed by postgraduate training in Kingston, then in Toronto with Dr. J.C. Laidlaw, and in Montreal with Dr. S. Solomon. He returned to the Department of Medicine at Queen's in 1965 as an MRC Scholar. Dr. Bird spent most of his career in clinical investigation, with his best friend and colleague, Dr. Albert Clark. Their research focused on the influence of hormones on breast and prostate cancers. This resulted in numerous publications in North American and European scientific journals. He was appointed Associate Dean of Research in the Queen’s Faculty of Medicine in 1974.

Dr. Bird’s teaching and patient care were strongly influenced by two endocrinologists, Dr. D.L. Wilson (former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine) and Dr. E.R. Yendt (former Head of the Department of Medicine). After leaving research work in the early 1980’s, Dr. Bird turned his focus to diabetes care. He was a master clinician and diagnostician. His assessments were detailed and insightful. He ran a clinic for many years for patients with diabetes and was instrumental in envisioning the creation of a Diabetes Education Centre in Kingston (originally at the Kingston General Hospital and later relocated to Hotel Dieu Hospital). He was also a strong supporter of Diabetes Canada and assisted in their fund-raising activities and public awareness with monthly evening education events.

Dr. Bird was a wonderful colleague and played a key role in the expansion of the Division of Endocrinology at Queen’s with the recruitment of Dr.’s Bob Hudson (Andrology) and Robyn Houlden (Diabetes). His passion for Endocrinology and clinical research shone through in his lectures and bedside teaching. He helped establish a conjoint training program in Endocrinology with Queen’s and the University of Ottawa. As a testament to his excellence in education, he was chosen by the graduating class of medical students as the 1991 recipient of the W. F. Connell Award for excellence in medical teaching. He was appointed as Emeritus Professor of Medicine in 1996. He inspired many trainees to pursue the fields of Clinical Investigation and Endocrinology and will be missed by many colleagues and former patients.

Shortage of GLP-1 Agonists: Recommendations for Prescribers

CSEM has been working with Health Canada over the past several weeks regarding ongoing shortages of GLP-1 agonists, including Ozempic (semaglutide), Mounjaro (tirzepatide) and Trulicity (dulaglutide). Please read the full December 6, 2023, update and recommendations developed by Health Canada, CSEM, the Canadian Pharmacists Association, the Neighbourhood Pharmacies Association of Canada, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists:

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International Society of Endocrinology


Join Us For “The Future of Endocrinology”

We warmly invite you to ICE 2024, the 21st International Congress of Endocrinology, in conjunction with the 14th Emirates Diabetes & Endocrine Congress, taking place in Dubai, March 1–3 2024. Join colleagues from around the world, the hosts—the International Society of Endocrinology (ISE) and the Emirates Diabetes & Endocrine Society (EDES)—for what will be a truly memorable endocrinology conference, exploring the future of endocrine science as well as practical clinical applications that you take back home.

See you in Dubai, a city that imbues innovation and a vision for the future, to optimize life-long health for people with endocrine disorders worldwide!

Look at the rich three-day program and register today!

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Awards & Grants

CSEM presents a number of awards to recognize members who have made significant contributions to the field of endocrinology and metabolism and provides support to young investigators and fellows through research and travel grants.