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My first six months as the 12th President of The IMS has been action packed and I believe that, with the support of the IMS Officers and Board, we have already laid down some solid foundation stones to build the Society for the future.
Our educational reach will be truly global over the next two years. After the success of our regional meeting in Mumbai, India in 2013 we are currently working on the second regional conference which will take place in Taipei, Taiwan, 4–6th December 2015 in collaboration with the Taiwanese Menopause Society. This will be a high quality, scientifically and culturally stimulating event and I encourage all our members, and friends, particularly in the southern hemisphere, to put this in their schedule.
Of course our 15th World Congress on Menopause will take place in Prague, in the Czech Republic, from 28th September – 1st October 2016. I have recently visited Prague with our congress team. Prague has survived centuries of wars and invasions essentially intact. It is a magical city, blessed with great architecture, great music, great food and friendly welcoming people. It is also fortunate to have an excellent congress centre well linked to hotels and to the city centre. The 15th World Congress on The Menopause will be the peak global scientific event on the menopause and adult women’s health calendar for 2016. Susan Davis, head of the IMS Scientific Committee and her co-chair Tommaso Simoncini are working hard to identify the best scientific research and speakers covering a comprehensive range of topics on adult women’s health within a central theme of ‘Heart Health Matters’, which will help all of us to provide the best, most up to date, care for our patients. We need the help of every IMS member to make this event a success, so if you have any suggestions for speakers please let us know. Similarly we would like each of you to encourage colleagues to attend this meeting. Regular attendees will know just how valuable the IMS World Congresses are but I would like you all to spread the word. It’s never too early to start talking about the World Congress!
Climacteric, our peer reviewed journal, has received a significant boost this year with an impact factor registered at 2.244, greater than it has been for many years. Many thanks to the Editorial team for all their efforts and congratulations to them also on their achievements. The Editors would like to hear from every member who potentially has a paper to be published or is willing to provide reviews for the journal in the future. This is your journal and I encourage you to get involved. If you’ve never submitted a paper write to the Editors for help and advice.
I would also like to thank some of the key Board members who have worked so hard to improve what IMS has to offer all of you. Duru Shah as head of the Education Committee is reaching out to the WHO to support our activities, working on CME credits for all our educational materials and has some exciting new modules in the pipeline for everyone to use. Camil Castelo Branco, as Chairman of CAMS has revitalised the CAMS operation with a new dedicated website and visiting so many CAMs to identify what they can do to support IMS. Lastly I would like to thank Tobie de Villiers for his sage advice and support as past President.The IMS Board is working hard to make IMS relevant and as helpful as possible to every member, so please watch out for the new website currently under construction, new patient educational videos which will be available on You Tube to help women to understand menopause and hormone therapy and to counteract all the incorrect information already there. We are also planning a new committee to develop the IMS social media strategy, so if any of you are fans of Twitter and Facebook and would like to help us engage more with 21st Century technology, please let me know!
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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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