About the LATS


The Latin American Thyroid Society, also known as Sociedad Latinoamericana de Tiroides and Sociedade Latino-Americana de Tireoide, and by the acronyms SLAT or LATS, is a nonprofit civil association of unlimited duration established de facto in 1975, with headquarters and legal domicile in the city of São Paulo, state of São Paulo, Brazil. The main goal of LATS is to promote knowledge and research of the thyroid gland and its diseases. For that purpose, the Association organizes and sponsors scientific meetings and courses; promotes conferences, symposiums and publications; grants awards for outstanding research contributions to the study of the thyroid; and maintains relationships with other national and international scientific societies.


The Latin American Thyroid Society aims to:

  • Promote basic and clinical research and improve knowledge of the thyroid gland and its diseases.
  • Organize and sponsor scientific meetings and courses.
  • Maintain relationships with other international scientific societies.

Membership in the Association consists of three categories:

  1. Active members are citizens or residents of Latin American countries whose current and established interests are clinical or experimental investigation of the thyroid gland and its diseases (anatomy, physiology, experimental pathology, biochemistry, biophysics, nuclear medicine, molecular and cellular biology, and clinical investigation). Applicants for Active membership must have participated in a previous LATS conference and must be nominated by two LATS Active members. Application forms must be accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae and a list of the applicant's principal publications (at least two) in the thyroid field. Applications must be submitted to the Secretary and will be examined by the Executive Committee. Applicants approved by two-thirds of the attendees must participate in the General Meeting of the Association for election.
  2. A Corresponding membership is confined to citizens of non-Latin American countries who are approved by the Executive Committee.
  3. An Honorary membership is conferred upon distinguished professionals who have rendered outstanding service to the study of the thyroid gland. Honorary members must be nominated by Active members and approved by the General Meeting.
  4. Associate members may comprise (i) students, young researchers, or clinicians interested in the study of the thyroid gland; (ii) any person who is a member of governmental or non-governmental agencies involved in the study of the thyroid gland, or in the introduction or regulation of public health policies that address aspects of the thyroid gland. Applications must be submitted to the Secretary and approved by the General Meeting.

Below is the link to download the minute of the first LATS meeting: