After the significant success of the 1st ICKENS that was held in conjunction with the 8th UEM, we are pleased to announce the launch of the SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF KUWAIT ENDOCRINE SOCIETY (2ND ICKENS) in conjunction with the NINETH UPDATE OF ENDOCRINOLOGY AND METABOLISM (9TH UEM) to be held between 12-14 April 2018, in Kuwait. I am pleased, on the behalf of the Kuwait Endocrine Society (KENS) and the organizing committee, and I have the honor of inviting you again to participate in this congress. This congress will include updated presentations in the form of plenary, state of the art, meet the expert, clinical practice guidelines, symposia and other lectures or sessions covering wide ranges of issues on clinical sciences on the field of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes.

During this congress, several themes along with their related issues will be discussed. They include thyroid gland disorders, parathyroid and calcium homeostasis, adrenal and electrolyte balances, neuroendocrine and pituitary disorders, pediatric endocrinology, and diabetes, obesity, and dyslipidemia. Experts from International, regional and local areas, researchers and clinicians of high caliber together will address these themes in the different formats of presentations within the program.

We look forward to welcoming all of you, clinicians, researchers, academics, nurses, and all health professionals with an interest in endocrine medicine and its related themes. We are certain that your presence, bringing together your expertise, vision, knowledge, and experience will help us consolidate our thoughts and practices and help us pave the way into the future. Our organizing committee has put in place an interesting scientific program, with lectures by renowned eminent speakers, to provide us an insight into the cutting-edge developments in endocrine medicine. The congress content will eventually bridge the latest scientific evidence with contemporary clinical practice. We are certain that being with us in the congress will facilitate future networking among all the participants.

I therefore look forward to welcoming you to Kuwait and invite you all to experience the Kuwaiti hospitality in an inspiring meeting in a special city.

Prof. Kamal Al-Shoumer MD, DIC, FRCP, PhD, FACE
President of Kuwait Endocrine Society
Head, Endocrinology Division, Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital
Chairman, Congress Organizing Committee