Endometriosis Research Center
The ERC is an established 501(c)3 tax-exempt, tax-deductible organization founded in early 1997 to address the growing International need for Endometriosis research, education, awareness and support. The ERC is unique in that unlike similar organizations, there is no fee to join, participate in or benefit from the ERC's programs. With world headquarters located in South Florida, USA, the organization is pleased to host a virtual network of staff and volunteers around the world who help implement the ERC's various programs in the online and local communities on a global basis. The organization maintains and offers a vast database of accurate materials on every aspect of Endometriosis to practitioners, researchers, patients of all ages, and all those interested in the disease. In addition, the ERC assists medical industry leaders with developmental studies and data collection on the disease; lobbies the National Institutes of Health and similar foundations in support of various research grants; and so much more. The ERC has the privilege of working with leaders in the ongoing study and treatment of the disease. An Executive Board of Directors and a Medical & Professional Advisory Panel consisting of pioneers in Endometriosis research and treatment govern all ERC programs and operations. The organization also heads an initiative to encourage global collaboration on, and advance the study and treatment of, all aspects of Endometriosis for researchers, physicians, scientists and healthcare professionals from all over the world. The ERC raises awareness and provides education about Endometriosis not only throughout patient and medical communities, but also on State and Federal levels as well. The organization has been very successful in working with concerned legislators and policymakers to establish Resolutions formally recognizing the need for disease awareness throughout society. Most exciting is the ERC's work on H. Con. Res. 291, our Country's first-ever National legislation for Endometriosis Awareness, which was unanimously passed by the 107th Congress of the United States. On the clinical front, the ERC is very pleased to assist the International scientific community with research collaborations on all aspects of Endometriosis, ranging from data mining to product focus studies to clinical study recruitment services, including with such prestigious foundations as the Associated Pharmacologists & Toxicologists. In addition to research facilitation and patient education programs, ERC also offers a vast support network for those with the disease and their loved ones. The ERC is pleased to host in-person support groups worldwide, and is the owner of the Internet's largest electronic Endometriosis support group. In honor of young women with Endometriosis ages 25 and under, the ERC also offers their "Girl Talk" Program, a specific support and education program tailored to meet the needs of young women and adolescents who have, or think they may have, the disease. In addition to providing patient advocacy and education, Girl Talk raises awareness about Endometriosis and strives to improve patient care among practitioners offering healthcare services to young women. The ERC enjoys collaborative relationships with similar like-minded foundations, including Endometriosis.org, the National Endometriosis Society (United Kingdom), Associazione Italiana Endometriosi (Italy), RESOLVE, a national infertility organization, and countless others. Additionally, the ERC is represented in the World Endometriosis Society, the World Endometriosis Research Society, the Endometriosis Foundation of America, the National Pain Foundation, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the international PAX Society, the American Chronic Pain Association and many other professional associations. The ERC is also a Founding Partner in the Society for Women's Health Research, a collaboration sponsored by the Alliance for Women in Clinical Research, and a member of the Primate Freedom Project's "Moratorium on Primate Research." The Guidestar Foundation, a Federal charity watchdog organization, formally recognizes the organization as a member in good standing. For more information on Endometriosis, to obtain support or to get involved, please visit http://www.endocenter.org/join.htm. We are here to help any way we can!