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I am greatly honoured to become the 12th President of The IMS and I thank my all my colleagues within IMS for placing their trust in me.
I would like to pay tribute to our immediate past President, Dr Tobie de Villiers. Much has been achieved during his term of office including a very successful World Congress in Cancun, the forging, with colleagues from like minded societies, of a Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy and the updating of our constitutional documents. It has been a pleasure to work with Tobie and I know I will enjoy his support in the new term.
My thanks too, to our Executive Director, Ms Lee Tomkins who has just completed her first term in office. Lee has been invaluable to IMS and I look forward to working with her over the next two years.
I am fortunate to be supported by an extremely talented Board, representing 13 countries in the IMS family.
The new Board will hold office for a little more than two years, concluding with the 15th IMS World Congress to be held in Prague in September 2016.
Our Scientific subcommittee headed by Susan Davis has already begun work on the programme for that meeting and we aim is to make it the premier World Congress in the field of menopause and women's health.
The two major reasons for changing our congress cycle from 3 to 2 years were to offer greater benefits to our members and to improve the society's cash flow. Financial management is critical to a successful future and the Board has established a finance subcommittee, headed by Treasurer, MaryAnn Lumsden, to ensure we achieve appropriate returns on our investments and to apply prudent financial management to IMS day to day activities.
Education is an important part of our Mission Statement and our education subcommittee headed by Duru Shah will seek out opportunities to work collaboratively with other societies worldwide. We will also be upgrading the IMS web site offering members more links, more information and more educational tools, whilst still providing the excellent Menopause Live, In Focus and Our Menopause World scientific update and newsletters.
IMS must also be truly representative, our rules, regulations and goals above reproach and our operations properly regulated, ethical and always transparent. Much has already been done to update our Constitution and our conflict of interest and ethics rules. IMS is now a Charitable organisation registered with the UK Charities Commission, a move essential to our financial security, which has required further changes to our Constitution. Our governance subcommittee headed by Victor Henderson will continue to review these documents during this term.
The strength of any Society depends upon a vigorous membership and my biggest wish is that, whilst maintaining our strong traditional membership base we can also attract many new members from Asia, Africa, South America and The Middle East. On behalf of the Board and the Officers, Treasurer MaryAnn Lumsden and Secretary Victor Henderson, I would like to invite all members to join us in these endeavours. The Board and I will be doing all we can to advance the cause of IMS and to improve the health of women worldwide.
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Aims of the IMS
The aims of the IMS are to promote knowledge, study and research on all aspects of aging in men and women; to organize, prepare, hold and participate in international meetings and congresses on menopause and climacteric; and to encourage the interchange of research plans and experience between individual members. The Society is a non-profit association, within the meaning of the Swiss Civil Code. It was created in 1978 in Jerusalem during the Menopause Congress. In addition to organizing congresses, symposia, and workshops, the IMS publishes a quarterly newsletter and owns its own journal: Climacteric, the Journal of the International Menopause Society, published by Informa Healthcare. The IMS has two sub-organs: CAMS, the Council of Affiliated Menopause Societies, and the WSSM, the World School for the Study of the Menopause.
The Council of Affiliated Menopause Societies (CAMS)
CAMS was established as a continuing and tangible line of two-way communication between the Board of the Society and the affiliated and non-affiliated national and regional menopause societies throughout the world. It is instrumental in disseminating the views and opinions of the IMS among the menopause societies and acts as an advisory body to the Board with respect to policy matters and strategy definition, and any other assignments that the IMS Board find appropriate. In addition to facilitating inter-society relationships, CAMS is ideally positioned to carry out pan-society research; all projects are to be submitted to and approved by the IMS Board.
WSSM is the educational section of the IMS, a non-profit organization created with the aim of promoting knowledge among health-care providers on menopause-related issues and providing the highest-quality, most accurate scientific information. The WSSM provides courses, educational programs and lectures in the field of adult women’s health and menopause. The School collaborates, on invitation, with national and regional menopause societies, offering to participate in the organization of programs in cooperation with the societies, to provide international speakers, and to enrich interchange of ideas and experiences.
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