The Canadian Pediatric Endocrine Group (CPEG) began more than 20 years ago as a group of clinician-researchers participating in a pan-Canadian clinical study and became an independent professional association in 2005, incorporating in 2015. I encourage you to read more about our history on this web site. Our activities promote the exchange of knowledge in pediatric endocrinology. The CPEG Annual Scientific Conference is an exciting scientific and educational meeting, hosted by pediatric endocrinology centers from across Canada. Research advances are shared and discussed at this meeting. Thanks to industry support, CPEG offers clinical and research fellowships for Canadian trainees. To date, over 40 pediatric endocrinology fellows have received support through the CPEG fellowship program. CPEG also works to represent Canadian pediatric endocrinology on standing committees within the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism and the Pediatric Endocrine Society.
CPEG has been involved in several recent important initiatives. New growth charts based on WHO data have been developed to better meet the needs of our members and colleagues who provide care to children. In collaboration with the Canadian Pediatric Society, a a statement on the care of children with type 1 diabetes in schools was also recently issued. CPEG has also been at the center of the development of new applications allowing for quick and efficient analysis and plotting of large growth data sets that can be used for research or clinical inquiries and are harbored on our web site. These initiatives, as well as others, are available on our portal to both members and non-members. Our web portal is easily accessible, and we hope this will provide an additional venue for communication and collaboration. We welcome feedback on the portal.
I am extremely proud to represent our members. The unique trait about our dynamic organization is that we are both big (in our accomplishments) and small (in its size), which favors collegiate networking and outstanding productivity. We hope to see you at our upcoming 13th Annual CPEG Scientific Meeting in Vancouver, February 22–24, 2018!
Laurent Legault, MD, FRCP
President, Canadian Pediatric Endocrine Group