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The Committee on Research in Endocrinology was established within the National Research Council's Division of Medical Sciences in 1937, as a result of a request from the John and Mary R. Markle Foundation for scientific advice regarding the support of research on the endocrine glands. The Committee's mission was to advise the Markle Foundation on opportunities for research in endocrinology and to administer the Foundation's grants to researchers in that field. In order to avoid encroachment on a related field, the activities of the Committee on Research in Endocrinology were designed not to overlap with those of the Committee for Research on Problems of Sex.
As a result of research conducted by the Committee's grantees, much new data was accumulated on the functions of the endocrine glands as well as on the pituitary, gastro- intestinal, sex, and thyroid hormones. In May 1950, shortly after the last appropriation from the Markle Foundation had been spent, the Committee recommended that it be discharged.
The Committee on Research in Endocrinology collection contains correspondence, reports, and meeting minutes covering the period 1936-1950 and spans 2 linear feet.