Trump's travel ban makes us all suffer, group says

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Endocrine Society opposes Trump's travel ban order

The Endocrine Society has released a position statement highlighting why Donald Trump's temporary travel ban negatively impacts everyone's health.

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The group of physicians says such restrictions will have an impact on informaiton sharing that will impact patient care negatively. It will also have a negative impact on research.

Endocrine Society President Henry M. Kronenberg, M.D stressed the importance of international collaboration for clinical research trials and biomedical research.

He also gently reminds us that science knows "no borders" and is not limited to race, creed, gender or color, sharing those tenets are core principals of the Endocrine Society.

Travel ban makes everyone suffer

There are representatives from 122 countries contributing to global health who are part of the group. Some have been ingled out for travel restrictions.

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Because of Trump's travel ban members will not be able to attend the annual ENDO 2017 meeting in Orlando, Fla. - one of the largest gatherings of healthcare professionals in the world.

Gary D. Hammer, M.D., Ph.D.,chairperson for the Annual Meeting and Millie Schembechler Professor of Adrenal Cancer at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan said in a media release: “In many ways, the new travel ban severs these essential linkages between scientific discovery and clinical care that are exemplified by scientific meetings."

Endocrinologists are leaders in treating some of our most serious global health problems including diabetes, hormone related cancers and obesity.

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They add the travel ban makes us all suffer. Their statement is clear. The group writes that they "....vigorously oppose policies that hinder scientific exchange".

The group will collaborate with the scientific community in support of legal efforts to reverse the ban and use technology to ensure colleagues from all countries attend the ENDO17 sessions.

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