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December 2017 - New Year Message – Prof. Mary Ann Lumsden, IMS President

The approaching New Year gives me an opportunity to think about what has happened in IMS since I wrote my last New Year’s message. I have been President of IMS for 14 months and have another 6 to go, the time has passed incredibly quickly. You may perhaps have seen my report of the meetings that I have attended over the last 6 months, the purpose of which was to spread the word about IMS and make sure people know of our existence. Since I wrote the report I, together with the Board, visited Serbia for our Regional Meeting in Belgrade. We all received a very warm welcome from Svetlana Vujovic and held a very successful Board meeting with lots of enthusiasm and engagement around the table. There was also a scientific meeting comprising short presentations, thus accommodating large numbers of speakers including some of the ‘rising stars’ of the future who I hope may meet us again in Vancouver. Next Spring I visit India twice, Sri Lanka, Florence and Singapore and then have a rest from travelling until Vancouver.

We have been developing some incredibly exciting electronic learning packages. The 1st is an App aimed at women, which covers general health issues and assessment of personal risk and the 2nd is a modular education programme for doctors and other health care professionals known as International Menopause Society Professional Activity for Refresher Training (IMPART). This is being developed by the Educational Committee of the Board led by Johannes Bitzer with help from Tim Hillard. Appropriate, (I hope), interference is being contributed by Duru Shah, Sue Davis and myself. The idea was Duru’s and she also managed to gain funding for it in the form of an unrestricted educational grant from Pfizer. Without this grant we would not have been able to undertake this major project as e learning packages are expensive to produce. A great big thank you must go to Duru and all those who are continuing to contribute so effectively. Both will be fantastic and the App will be launched on International Women’s Day next year (March 9th 2018).

Rod Baber has been working very hard as Editor in Chief of Climacteric. He is supported by a number of Associate Editors that represent all the regions of the World as is appropriate for a Society such as ours. Submissions are encouraged from all countries as all have different experience and we can learn from each other. All the Editorial Staff are ably supported by Jean Wright and Susan Brown who contribute hugely to the successful running of our Journal.

The aim of our Society is to educate women and their doctors and keep them up to date with the latest research. All our activities support this aim whether it is attending meetings, giving talks, developing new learning tools or simply responding to queries from colleagues. I am very grateful to everyone associated with IMS and particularly to Lee and Martin who run things so efficiently. We will be looking at ways of providing better support for them going forwards. Financially we are reasonably steady as our investments are doing well. This is important as it allows us to support educational and research projects, travel bursaries and also gives us a buffer should there be difficult times for any reason.

Our next World Congress is looming (the 16th to be exact) and will take place in early June 2018 (6th-9th). It promises to be a fantastic meeting with an excellent programme put together by Dr Nick Panay that will give a lot of attention to the Perimenopause and Premature Ovarian Insufficiency as well as covering topics of older age. There will be a Pre-Congress Symposium that will be very practical in its focus and will give an opportunity for Clinicians to learn from the Masters. Please Register soon and send us your Abstracts so that we are able to learn about the latest developments in Menopause Medicine.

I cannot finish this without mentioning the IMS Executive, Susan Davis, Steve Goldstein, Rod Baber and Tommaso Simoncini who are always quick to respond to e mails and always ready to share their thoughts on any topic that might be raised.  Also, I must mention the Board who are all very involved in the activities of the Society and of course, the Members, who offer help and support to make sure that women get the best advice and care possible wherever they live.

I wish you all a wonderful Christmas, New Year and Holiday Season wherever you are and hope you have a successful and prosperous 2018.

Professor Mary Ann Lumsden   
IMS President

 

The 3rd Regional IMS conference, Belgrade, November 2017
Following the successful regional IMS conferences in Mumbai and Taipei, the 3rd meeting was held in Belgrade. As was the case in the previous events, it was a joint project with a national organization, this time the Serbian Menopause Society and Prof. Svetlana Vujovic. The format of the conference included a half day pre-congress course, and 2 days for the main program. All board members gave presentations, which were mainly based on case histories. Local experts participated in the program as well, and some of the lectures were in Serbian. 350 people were registered to the conference, including local and international attendees. There was also a small, but nice exhibition area. The social events were remarkable and highlighted by very good live music and dancing. All in all, this was another successful event, and the Society is looking for future collaborations with local societies on such types of regional conferences that will further expose the IMS to new audiences. 

 

After the Board Meeting

 

IMS in force listening attentively to Andrea Genazzani.