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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.
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.
World Menopause Day 2013 press release – read more »
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 »
14th June 2013 – IMS educational roadshow in collaboration with the Chinese Menopause Society and Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, 12–18th June, 2013 – read more»
6th September 2013 – The second announcement brochure for our regional meeting 'Challenges in Women's Health', in collaboration with the Indian Menopause Society, to be held in Mumbai, 6-8th December 2013, now available online – read more »
6–8th December 2013 – Report on the International Conference on "Challenges in Women’s Health – New Dimensions in the 21st Century” now available online – read more »
Visit the Rome Congress 2011 website for access to congress lecture presentations – read more »
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