Unser Experte für Pituitary Gland

Prof. John AH Wass

Spezialisierungen: Pituitary diseases. Endocrinologyand Diabetes.

Institution und position: Professor Wassis a Professor of Endocrinology at Oxford University (UK) and was the Head of the Department of Endocrinology at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Churchill Hospital Oxford, UK. He also was the President of the European Federation of Endocrine Societies (EFES). He is the Editor of the famous Oxford Textbook of Endocrinology and Diabetes.

March 14, 2018

Die Mitschrift des Interviews mit Prof. John AH Wass zum Thema “Pituitary Gland”

What is the pituitary gland?

The pituitary gland is a very exciting little gland in the head which causes the stimulation of a number of different hormones, including the thyroid, the adrenal glands, and it also causes growth and makes the production of prolactin, which is the hormone, which causes milk, and that’s the anterior gland. The pituitary has also got a posterior gland, the main function of which is to stop you passing too much urine and that’s called antidiuretic hormone.

Where is the pituitary gland exactly?

The pituitary gland is in the middle of the head, just between my fingers there, on the underside of the brain and it’s just underneath the eye nerves and really behind the back of the nose.

What is a pituitary tumor?

Pituitary tumours are divided into two main categories. The first is non functioning pituitary tumours which don’t make an excess of any of the hormones and then there are the functioning pituitary tumours. The commonest of these is the prolactin secreting tumor which makes too much milk hormone or prolactinoma. The second commonest is acromegaly or gigantism in children which makes too much growth hormone. The third is cushing’s disease which makes too much of the hormone that stimulates the adrenal glands and therefore releases too much cortisol, too much steroids.

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Does a pituitary tumor grow or make metastases?

Pituitary tumours don’t spread and don’ . . . .

What symptoms do non-functioning tumors cause?

Non-functioning tumours can present with all so . . . .

What symptoms do functioning tumors cause?

Prolactin-secreting tumors in women cause absen . . . .

Which investigations are necessary for a pituitary tumor?

You need to measure the hormone levels in patie . . . .

What is the cause of a pituitary tumor?

We don’t really know what the cause of pi . . . .

Which treatments are there for a pituitary tumor?

There are three main treatments for pituitary t . . . .

What are the long-term risks for a pituitary tumor?

Usually patients who had a pituitary tumour nee . . . .

Is a pituitary tumor a brain tumor?

A pituitary tumour is not really a brain tumour . . . .

Is there a chance for a cure?

Yes, there’s every chance of a cure. Non- . . . .

Is the disease inherited?

This disease isn’t usually inherited. The . . . .

Can one do something to prevent?

Really, you can’t prevent these tumours, . . . .

What is actually new about the treatments?

What we’ve realised is that it’s re . . . .

What are the expected medical advances in this field?

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Information on the professor

I am the professor of endocrinology in Oxford University in England. I have a special research interest in the pituitary gland. We have published a large number of papers on the subject of the pituitary. I’ve edited the Oxford textbook of endocrinology. I’ve been the president of the European Federation of Endocrine Societies and the president of the Endocrine Society in England.

Information on the institute

Oxford University is a very well-known place in the university world. It’s got a special interest and has had a big department of endocrinology over the last 15 or 16 years and has a special interest in the pituitary gland and research into the pituitary gland, as well as a number of other hormone problems that we’ve been researching over the last 15 or 16 years.


1982- 2001 Committee of Management, Royal Medical Benevolent Fund
1990-1994 Vice Chairman
Since 1992 Royal College of Physicians, London MRCP Examiner
1992 – 2004 Royal College of Physicians, Endocrinology and
Diabetes Mellitus Committee
1993 – 1995 Secretary, Association of Clinical Professors,
University of London
1994-2002 Member of Council – Society for Endocrinology
1995-1996 CMOs (Dept of Health) Advisory Group on
Post-Registration Medical Education
1996 – 1998 President, Endocrine Section, Royal
Society of Medicine
July 1998 Member Joint Working Party on Provision of acute
general hospital services – a consultation document published jointly by the
British Medical Association and the Royal College of Physicians of London and
Royal College of Surgeons of England
2000 Member of the Working Party on the Prescribing of
Costly Medicines RCP
2001 – 2003 President of European Federation of Endocrine
Societies (1st UK)
2006 – 2009 Chairman of the Society for Endocrinology
2006 – 2007 President of the Pituitary Society (1st UK)
2004 -2006 Member of International Affairs
Committee of the Endocrine Society in the USA
Since 2000 Governor of the Purcell School
1996 – 2012 Editorial Advisory Board, Medicine International
1991 – 1994 Editor, Clinical Endocrinology
1994 Senior Editor
since 2012 Academic Vice President, Royal College of Physicians,