Postgraduate training of endocrinologists at Belarusian State Institute for Advanced Medical Training had been started since 1958, when there had been created a course in endocrinology at the Department of Therapy. In 1960, there had been created the Department of Endocrinology with the clinical base at the 1st Clinical Hospital. First, head of the department was a prominent scientist of the Soviet Union, professor N.M.Draznin.
From 1973 to 1985, the department was headed by associate professor N.S.Gapanovich, one of the creators of surgical endocrinology in the Republic of Belarus. At this period, the most complicated therapeutic and surgical endocrine pathology was concentrated at Minsk Clinical Hospital №2.
From 1985 to 1998, the department was headed by Doctor of Medical Sciences, professor E.A. Kholodova. Since 1991, she had been a member of European Association of Endocrinologists, since 1994, she had been a member of the International Federation for the Study of Diabetes, European Association of Diabetes. Since 1985, professor E. A. Kholodova had been head of the Republican Scientific Society of Endocrinologists, which in 1997 was reregistered into the Belarusian Association of Endocrinologists. E. A. Kholodova is an honorary chair of the Belarusian Association of Endocrinologists, she was awarded a title ' Honoured Science Worker of the Republic of Belarus”. Professor E.A. Kholodova prepared 4 Doctors of Sciences and 15 Candidates of Sciences, more than 300 research works had been published, 10 monographs.
Since 1998, the department has been headed by Doctor of Medical Sciences, professor L.I. Danilova, who from 1985 to 1992, worked as an assistant of the Department of Endocrinology of Belarusian State Institute for Advanced Medical Training. From 1992 to 1998, she headed the Laboratory of Endocrinology at the Scientific and Practical Center for Radiation Medicine. Professor L.I.Danilova is a chairperson of the Belarusian Association of Endocrinologists, a member of the European Association of Endocrinologists and the European Association of Diabetes, International Federation of Diabetes, the European Thyroid Association. Since 2000, professor L.I.Danilova has been a chairperson of a specialized Scientific Council of BelMAPE on the defense of Doctoral and Candidate’s theses in endocrinology and laboratory diagnostics. Professor L.I.Danilova has published more than 300 scientific works, including 6 monographs, she was awarded the Honorary Certificate on Science and Technologies of the Soviet of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus for the best scientific project. She was also awarded the Honorary Certificate of the Higher Attestation Commission of Belarus, she got the medal of Francis Skoryna.
At different periods, prominent specialists and professionals worked at the department: associate professors G.T. Gelman, V.I. Bakhanovich, L.V.Laptenok, G.V. Kozyuk, V.I.Shutova. At that time, specialists of the department, together with the staff of the Republican Antigoiter Dispensary, carried out joint consultations and screenings. In the recent decade, the department has been cooperating with Nagasaki University Corporation, Fukushima Medical University (professor S.Yamashita), Wurzburg Medical University (professor H.Rainers), Thyroid Center of professor I.Branovan, Tokyo Medical School (professor K.Shimidzu), Metabolic Center of Jagiellonian University.
Clinical bases of the department: endocrinology division of the 10th City Clinical Hospital (since 1986), Republican Center of Medical Rehabilitation and Balneotherapy, Minsk City Clinical Oncological Dispensary, Minsk City Endocrinological Dispensary, Center of Thyroid and Metabolic Disorders of BelMAPE.
Since the time of the creation of the department, there have been trained the following professionals: professor L.I. Danilova (1998), T.V.Mokhort (2006), 25 Candidates of Medical Sciences, more than 5,5 thousands doctors, about 60 residents and PhD students.
The main areas of research work:
- thyroid diseases of different types;
- diabetes and associated cardiovascular diseases;
- overweight, obesity and metabolic disorders in children and adults;
- reproductive endocrinology;
- autoimmune polyglandular syndromes;
- multiple endocrine neoplasia;
- metabolic bone disease;
Scientific works: on diabetology, thyroidology, neuroendocrinal aspects of obesity in children, metabolic syndrome.