American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

ACE Center for Transcultural Endocrinology (ACTE)


Translating Endocrine Science for a Diverse World

As one of the many educational and scientific initiatives of the American College of Endocrinology (ACE), the ACE Center for Transcultural Endocrinology (ACTE) was established to enhance clinical endocrine care within the U.S. and across the globe by specifically addressing diverse ethnic and culturally sensitive factors.

Supported through funds raised by the American College of Endocrinology Foundation (ACEF), the impetus of this year-old initiative was in response to requests from domestic and international members of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) to adapt and optimize evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and algorithms for a broad range of patient populations. Examples include Asian Indians, Southeast Asians, and Latinos in the U.S. as well as their home nations, as well as Native Americans, African-Americans, and other ethnicities and cultures in various cities and locales within the U.S.

This program was initialized with a first-in-class symposium held in February 2015, with more than 200 endocrinology experts and specialists from 11 Central and South American countries, Mexico, and the Caribbean Basin, participating in the Pan-American Scientific Symposium: Clinical Endocrinology in Latin America held in San Jose, Costa Rica. Hosted in cooperation with the Asociacion Nacional Pro Estudio de la Diabetes, Endocrinologia y Metabolismo, this symposium convened to formally guide the process of transculturalizing AACE/ACE guidelines for managing glycemic control in type-2 diabetes, weight loss in obesity, thyroid nodule diagnostics, and postmenopausal osteoporosis.


This is the process of adapting concepts (such as evidence-based recommendations) from one culture to another without changing either culture. This process acknowledges variances among different people and can optimize patient care within different regions, cultures, and ethnicities.

ACTE Mission

The ACE Center for Transcultural Endocrinology (ACTE) is an initiative of the American College of Endocrinology to optimize clinical endocrine care across different regions, nations, ethnicities, and cultures. ACTE will translate evidence-based white papers from one source population into actionable recommendations for domestic and international populations.

ACTE Vision

The ACTE vision is to develop a portfolio of funding sources ranging from charitable donations through the American College of Endocrinology Foundation (ACEF), sponsored activities from industry, and service contracts directed towards specific target populations. With adequate funding, ACTE can transculturalize white papers, organize educational activities, and develop technologies to optimize endocrine health for individual patients and distinct populations at risk in the United States and across the globe.

ACTE Programs

Through diverse funding sources from ACEF charitable donations, sponsored industry activities, and service contracts with targeted populations, many ACTE programs are made possible. Those programs include:

  • Transculturalizing existing AACE/ACE clinical guidelines, position papers, and white papers;
  • Developing culturally specific clinical practice guidelines, position statements, algorithms, and other clinical documents;
  • Bringing key thought leaders together to facilitate transculturalizing for a specific population; and
  • Creating awareness of different cultures through engaging physicians and health care providers.

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For more information, send an email to or call 904-404-4116.


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