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Rod Baber - IMS President

Welcome to the International Menopause Society

Dear Members,

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.

If you like us, tell your friends to join us. If you do not, tell me why.

Rod Baber
President IMS

Assessment and Management of Cardiovascular Risks in Women - A Short Guide for Menopause Physicians

Global toolkit to diagnose menopause, endorsed by the International Menopause Society

A free and simple toolkit for GPs could revolutionise menopause diagnosis and treatment. Created at Monash University, the world’s first toolkit is designed for GPs to use with women from the age of 40 and researchers believe it has the potential to help manage menopausal conditions for women globally.
The Practitioner Toolkit for Managing the Menopause, which includes a diagnostic tool, as well as a compendium of approved hormone therapies, is published in the journal, Climacteric, the peer-reviewed journal of the International Menopause Society.
Please follow the links to view the toolkit, full paper published in Climacteric and a press release.

See also a news clip of Susan Davis being interviewed about the practitioner toolkit in Australia.


Updated IMS Recommendations
Assessment and Management of Cardiovascular Risks in Women - A Short Guide for Menopause Physicians

IMS Research Bursary 2014

The winner of this award has been anounced - read more »

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 LogoThe World School for the Study of Menopause

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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Latest news

16th December 2014 – Honorary doctorate awarded to Professor Henry Burger – read more»

21st October 2014 – The WHO Regional Meeting on Health of Older Women: Policy, Gender and Delivery of Service Issues was held 23–25th September 2014 in Bangkok, aiming to promote the health of older women in countries of South-East Asia Region.
Report on the meeting attended by Dr. Duru Shah on behalf of the International Menopause Society – read more»

World Menopause Day 2014

World Menopause Day, 18th October 2014 – 'Prevention of diseases after menopause'
An educational toolkit of materials has been developed to support local country initiatives throughout the month of October to raise awareness of this potential health issue and many have been translated into key languages to ensure the campaign has a truly international perspective – read more»

16th June 2014 – Reports from the 2014 World Congress, Cancun
Minutes of the CAMS Assembly
14th World Congress Cancun Report



Recent statements

Study highlights women's distress at lack of interest in sex – read more »

Global toolkit to diagnose menopause press release – read more »
Also see the full toolkit article published in Climacteric

World Menopause Day 2013 press release – read more »

Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy – read more »
Also see the full consensus statement article from Climacteric

World Menopause Day 2012 press release – read more »

International Menopause Society comments on BMJ paper on HRT and menopause – read more »

Ten years after the WHI, the IMS calls for NIH to revise recommendations on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – read more »

Billion dollar NIH study may have harmed women's health – call for an independent commission of enquiry – read more »

The Women's Health Initiative study and Hormone Therapy – what have we learned 10 years on? – read more »

Menopause clinicians support new advice on steroid use – read more »

STRAW+10: New report will help clinicians predict onset of menopause – read more »



Prague 2016

The First Announcment for the 15th IMS World Congress on the Menopause is now available – read more »

Cancun 2014

Cancun 2014

For photographs of the Congress and to claim your UEMS Certificate please go to



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