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2017 is going to be a very exciting year for the Society and I hope every member will work with me and the IMS Board of Trustees so that we can achieve our aims for the coming year.

The World Congress in Vancouver in June 2018 is on the topic of ‘Midlife health in the 21st Century, a lifestyle approach’ and will be focused on the younger menopausal woman. It will be aimed particularly at those who are perimenopausal or have premature ovarian insufficiency. Perimenopause will be a major priority for the Society this year and will also be the topic of World Menopause Day in the autumn. We are in the process of developing an excellent scientific program for Vancouver and the meeting will provide a fantastic opportunity to learn from experts around the world and to share cutting-edge research and developments in the menopause world. The success of any congress is only achieved by collaborative working, and I hope every member will think about how they can help: whether it is attending the meeting, promoting it to your colleagues and contacts, or submitting an Abstract in order to share your expertise and experience with others.

The care of women in midlife is the reason why this Society is in existence, but not all health professionals have the opportunity of being able to offer the specialized advice needed to help such women who they see in their clinics. I will be visiting Colombia, Singapore, India and China on behalf of the IMS to share knowledge and expertise, and many other Board members are also attending meetings around the world, so we look forward to seeing you in your own country and sharing knowledge and expertise that I hope you will find useful in helping improve the quality of life of your patients.

Finally, I hope you will benefit from the development of the IMS educational arm and join in the new initiatives which will cover all aspects of healthy aging and prevention of disease. Professor Duru Shah from Mumbai has all sorts of innovative ideas to develop the Digital Education strategy and Amos Pines will continue to help organize the local meetings and produce Menopause Live so that every member can increase their knowledge and help to improve midlife women’s health around the world. Keep an eye on our website for further information as the year progresses.

Any Society is only as good as its members, and we welcome your contribution to the work of the Society and your help to achieve our aims for the New Year. I would be delighted to hear from any member, new or old, on how we can help you in your own practice in order that all women can lead full and active lives for as long as they wish.

Please click HERE/ to read Mary Ann’s vision and aims for the future of IMS.

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