Number of members
Col. de Médicos y Cirujanos Costa Rica, PO Box 548, 1000 San José, Costa Rica


The Asociación Costarricense de Endocrinología  (ASCEND) is a non-profit organisation, founded in 1972, that brings together medical specialists in endocrinology throughout the national territory. Its main purpose is to promote the development and knowledge of endocrinology in general, and to increase the exchange of experiences and cooperation between national public and private entities involved in the fields of medical practice, teaching, research and community outreach.

Main Focus

  • Promote and develop the study of scientific subjects related to diabetes, as well as endocrinology and metabolism
  • Help in the association and organization of medical professionals and related professionals interested in the problems of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism
  • Promote awareness, research and education in the areas of medical science
  • Encourage and promote clinical, laboratory, statistical, social and anthropological research and work
  • Disseminate research made in these fields
  • Cooperate or organize conferences, seminars, meetings, either nationally or internationally related to diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism levels
  • Serve as advisory body in matters related to these fields
  • Foster relationships with similar organizations abroad
  • Make publications, create libraries and promote in general any activity which purpose is to expand the knowledge in these fields
  • Promote or cooperate in the creation of scholarships, prizes or awards to students or academics in medicine or related areas, and implement courses, symposia, seminars, workshops and other scientific events, in addition to offering advice and guidance to institutions and organizations