International Menopause Society announces a new Editorial Team for Climacteric.
The International Menopause Society is pleased and proud to congratulate its President, Professor Mary Ann Lumsden, who has been awarded an OBE for services to Women’s Health, by Her Majesty the Queen in the UK Honours List, 2017.
"What hot flushes can tell us about our health".
IMS President, Mary Ann Lumsden, commented in an article about hot flushes in the Irish Times recently.
IMS World Congress - Winners
World Menopause Day 2016
The 4th IMS Webinar - Sexual Dysfunction at Midlife is now available in the video library.
The 4th IMS Webinar entitled "Sexual Dysfunction at Midlife" took place on Saturday 25th June 2016.
The 2nd and 3rd IMS Webinars are now available to watch on the IMS website.
NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP LEVEL
1st Serbian Congress on the Menopause.
Professor Svetlana Vujovic, IMS Board member, reports:-
The 1st Serbian Congress on the Menopause and Involutive Hypoandrogenism was held on October 16th and 17th, at the National Institute in Belgrade, Serbia.
There were 350 participants made up of endocrinologists, gynecologists, general practitioners, psychiatrists, nurses and students and 30 lecturers from Serbia, other regional countries and the UK.
The opening lecture, by Farook Al Azzawi, Leicester, was focused on the brain, stem cells and gonadal hormones. Other lecturers came from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro; the ex-Yugoslav countries. Leading experts from the Medical faculty in Belgrade and Serbian Academy of Science covered a broad spectrum of menopausal topics and topics concerning Involutive Hypoandrogenism. 15 young scientists made oral presentations and an award was given for the best poster presentation.
The registration fee was €100 and all the most prominent media, TV stations and newspapers covered the Congress.
In a friendly, sophisticated atmosphere the Congress reached its goal – transmission of knowledge and improving quality of life.
Click here to download a short video featuring some of the highlights of the Congress.
An IMS symposium was held at the recent Colegio Mexicano de Especialistas en Ginecología y Obstetricia held in Mexico City on 13th March, and hosted by the COMEGO President, Cuauhtémoc Celis González. The symposium focused on the Fundamentals of Menopausal Medicine. This 90-minute plenary symposium was uniquely held in English and Spanish, with two Board members and another IMS member as speakers, and with simultaneous translation available to audience members. Chair and speaker Victor Henderson spoke on the theme of Cognitive impairment: menopause or aging?. Peter Chedraui discussed Menopause and metabolic disorders and Julio Morfín Martín posed the questions ‘Menopausal Hormone Therapy: why not? why you?. The symposium was very well received by the estimated audience of 500 delegates, who participated in the Q&A session.
Menopausal hormone use and ovarian cancer risk: individual participant meta-analysis of 52 epidemiological studies. The Lancet. Published online, 12 February 2015
Please find attached analysis of the recent published paper in The Lancet which discusses HRT and ovarian cancer risk.
A full analysis of the paper will feature in the next issue of Menopause Live.
Any queries, please contact Lee Tomkins, Executive Director for further information email@example.com.
IMS Board member, Professor Susan Davis, to be given top award by The Endocrine Society.
IMS would like to offer sincere congratulations to Professor Susan Davis who has been awarded a 2015 Laureate for International Excellence in Endocrinology Award by The Endocrine Society.
Please follow the link for further news https://www.endocrine.org/news-room/current-press-releases/endocrine-society-announces-2015-laureate-award-winners.
The IMS is pleased to announce a series of seven short, easy-to-understand videos, which will be launched on YouTube on 5th January 2015, to specifically help women access simple, relevant and credible information about the menopause and counteract the misleading information often found on social media sites. The videos cover a whole range of issues surrounding the menopause, including the issues women worry most about: weight gain, treatment safety, and sex after the menopause.
Rod Baber, President of the IMS, who is one of the presenters, commented: “The internet is a great source of information, but it is also a great source of misinformation, particularly where health is concerned. The IMS is the most authoritative global body dealing with the menopause, so we have a responsibility to make sure that good, reliable information is available to women going through the menopause.”
The information is also presented by IMS Board members, Susan Davis and Anna Fenton. The videos are short, running from 4 to 13 minutes and each one covers a specific menopausal subject in bite-sized form, so they can be viewed separately to address specific issues, or together as a good educational package.
All these videos will be available to the public free of charge and can be viewed or downloaded by: clicking here. The series comprises the following films:
1. What are the symptoms?
2. How will it affect my health?
3. What is Menopausal Hormone Therapy (HRT)?
4. Is Menopausal Hormone Therapy (HRT) safe?
5. Complementary therapies
6. Treatment options
7. Will it affect my sex life?
All feedback from members will be gratefully received and, if this is successful, we would welcome any suggestions for further topics to be addressed using the video format.
Honorary doctorate awarded to Professor Henry Burger
IMS was delighted to hear that Professor Henry Burger, an IMS past President, was awarded a Doctorate of Laws honoris causa, by Monash University, Melbourne, Australia on 16th December 2014.
Rod Baber, IMS President commented ‘Henry Burger was co founder of Australia’s first menopause clinic, The Jean Hailes Clinic and has been a leading researcher in the menopause field for many years. This is a well deserved and fitting recognition of the contribution he has made to medical science and the well being of women. I have know Henry for many years. He has been a mentor to me and to many others. He has always been an excellent teacher, giving of his time and expertise to help colleagues, student and patients alike. On behalf of IMS, I would like to offer heartfelt congratulations to Henry on receiving this wonderful accolade for a lifetime of achievement.’
Report on the WHO meeting attended by Dr. Duru Shah on behalf of the International Menopause Society.
The 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. Please follow this link to a full report.
HRT Excellence Days - an international collaboration between IMS, the Russian Menopause Society, and Abbott Laboratories, Zhangzhou, China
Post meeting report, by Tobie de Villiers, President, IMS
Tobie de Villiers, President reports ‘IMS provided the international speaker panel which included John Stevenson and new Board member Alfred Mueck. Qi Yu who is the Chinese Editor of Climacteric in China, hosted the meeting on behalf of the Chinese Menopause Society. The lectures had a great response with many questions that were professionally handled by the speakers from the audience which was 250 Chinese menopause enthusiasts.
As previous meetings have shown simultaneous translation via headphones is mandatory and we had 2 projection screens, one in English and one in Chinese for all presetnnations which really encoruaged audience particiaption.
The day was ended with an enjoyable traditional Chinese dinner. The starter included amongst others duck’s tongue!
A very successful meeting co-hosted By IMS, Chinese Menopause Society and the Chinese Medical Association, and provided an excellent opportunity to showcase what IMS can offer in the field of menopause.
The event was sponsored by an unrestricted educational grant by Abbott Laboratories.
HRT Excellence Days - an international collaboration between IMS, the EAU Menopause Society, and Abbott Laboratories, Abu Dhabi
Post meeting report by Rodney Baber, President elect
IMS held an educational weekend on the menopause in Abu Dhabi, 31st January - 1st February 2014.
Rod Baber, President - elect reports ‘The IMS HRT Excellence day on Saturday 31st January featured lectures by Tobie de Villiers on Definitions, The Management of early post menopausal women, HRT and Bone and a summary of the IMS Global Consensus Statement.
Dr John Stevenson spoke on cardiovascular aspects of HRT including stroke and VTE and also on the window of opportunity for HRT and Dr Rod Baber spoke on HRT and the Breast as well as the general principals governing the use of HRT.
Dr Hisham Arab from Saudi Arabia spoke about the challenges to the management of the menopause in the Middle East and Dr Rubina Hussein about similar challenges to menopause management in Pakistan.
The meeting was attended by 250 enthusiastic delegates from a number of Countries within the region.
The next day a Menarche to Menopause session featured talks on menstrual disorders in young women, abnormal uterine bleeding, Infertility and the use of progestogens in early pregnancy, Clinical and psychological aspects of pregnancy loss and Primary Ovarian Insufficiency. The day concluded with two case studies on Breast and Bleeding issues and cardiovascular disease and HRT.
This was a wonderful opportunity for IMS to provide educational assistance in an area not usually visited. The meeting was well attended and was very popular with the delegates and we hope that IMS will be able to hold future meetings in the region in co-operation with local menopause societies.
The meeting was supported with an unrestricted educational grant from Abbott Pharmaceuticals.
ISGE – What does the future look like - therapies in development
Tobie de Villiers, President reports ‘We had an excellent turnout of nearly 200 delegates attending the IMS session entitled: "What does the future look like - therapies in development".
Five other IMS Board members acted as presenters including David Archer, Rosella Nappi, Peter Chedraui, Anne Gompel and Duru Shah, covering topics such as the future of therapies for hot flushes, female sexual health, nutrition in the aging population, breast in the menopausal woman and bone therapies of the future.
Question time was limited but the audience raised some very thought provoking issues and everyone stayed until the end of the session which was very well received. This was an excellent opportunity for IMS to showcase both expertise and a vision of the future and provided a great opportunity to promote the World Congress in Cancun. Many thanks to Amos Pines, Director of Education, for developing this very interesting session’.
Report on the International Conference on "Challenges in Women’s Health – New Dimensions in the 21st Century”
The International Congress on "Challenges in Women’s Health – New Dimensions in the 21st Century” was held between 6th to 8th December 2013 at Hotel Grand Hyatt, Mumbai, India. The Congress was jointly organized by the International Menopause Society (IMS) and the Indian Menopause Society (IMS-India) and was supported by the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health, Government of India.
A full report on the conference is now available online – read more »
First report form the Bangladesh Menopause Society of their first AGM and second medical conference – read more »
The second announcement brochure for our regional meeting Challenges in Womens Health, in collaboration with the Indian Menopause Society, to be held in Mumbai, 6-8th December 2013, now available online – read more »
IMS educational roadshow in collaboration with the Chinese Menopause Society and Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, 12–18th June, 2013.
Tobie De Villiers, President, David Sturdee, past President and Professor Pauline Maki are the speaker panel for a 3 city lecture tour including Shanghai, Hangzhou and Beijing covering the basics of menopause management. The meeting in Shanghai yesterday was a great success see pictures and they are now in transit to Hangzhou. A full report of the meeting will appear in Our Menopause World in July 2013.
The first announcement brochure for our regional meeting Challenges in Womens Health, in collaboration with the Indian Menopause Society, to be held in Mumbai, 6-8th December 2013, now available online – read more »
World Menopause Day Press Release – Menopausal Hot Flushes - new study shows women dont have to suffer, says International Menopause Society – read more »
Patient infomation leaflet: Vaginal atrophy - a change with the menopause – read more »
Patient Information Sheets from the Australasian Menopause Society now available on this website also – read more »
Reports on World Menopause Month 2009 – read more »
2009 Update: Educational lectures on HRT and menopause now available to members – read more »