Professor Nick Panay
International Menopause Society President, 2022-2024
I am delighted to welcome you to our International Menopause Society (IMS) website on behalf of the Board of Directors and the secretariat at IMS. The IMS is a charitable organisation that was established in 1978 through the efforts of a number of menopause healthcare “visionaries” to whom we owe a great debt of gratitude. We now have a thriving society consisting of an executive, a board of trustees, a growing membership, and a large Council of Affiliated Menopause Societies (CAMS).
The mission of the International Menopause Society (IMS) is to work globally to promote and support access to best practice health care for women through their menopause transition and post-reproductive years, enabling them to achieve optimal health and well-being. The vision of the IMS is that all women across the world will have easy and equitable access to evidence-based knowledge and health care, empowering them to make fully informed mid-life health choices.
In order to achieve this mission and vision effectively it requires approaches which are geographically, culturally and politically appropriate and diverse. My aim over the next two years of my tenure is to work closely with the IMS board, subcommittees, and CAMS to fulfil these goals. The society has much to offer its members as you can see from our website, and we would welcome any suggestions for improvements.
In addition to education for professional members, we are developing our educational section for the public which will ultimately have its own website, Menopause Info. Through empowering women and their partners to make fully informed, evidence-based choices, we will keep women’s midlife health at the forefront of the healthcare agenda in all countries globally. It is vital that this health care starts at the cradle and continues for a lifetime; after all, we must not forget that some women experience premature ovarian insufficiency before their periods have even started!
I am grateful to the IMS Past Presidents, Board members, CAMS members, other members, colleagues and office staff who worked tirelessly during challenging times to ensure that our educational programme continued to be delivered despite the Covid Pandemic, which culminated in the cancellation of our World Congress in 2020. However, every cloud has a silver lining and partly as a result of the Pandemic, we now have a thriving online educational programme through our IMPART course, Webinars, Interviews, Educational Colloquium, and our e bulletins of Menopause Live and Our Menopause World. We also have an excellent society journal, Climacteric, available to members in both hard copy and online versions, to which we invite you to contribute original and review articles.
We recently had a very successful face to face World Congress in Lisbon, Portugal attended by more than 1700 delegates, and we are now looking forward to our next World Congress in Melbourne, Australia, Oct 19th to 22nd 2024, to which you are all invited! We were able to offer 22 bursaries to Young Scholars to attend the Congress in Lisbon thanks to contributions to our Endowment for Education and Research, and I would like to encourage you to contribute generously to the fund to enable us to increase the number of bursaries at the next meeting and fund further educational initiatives that are aligned with our mission.
Finally, I would like to end with an appeal to all global healthcare organisations such as ours, government departments of health, and industry colleagues to collaborate effectively for the sake of women’s quality of life and long-term health. It is only through our collective efforts in clinical health care, education, and research that non-communicable diseases of an aging population such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and dementia can effectively be tackled, to optimise individual and societal health and wellbeing. We look forward to all of you joining us on this journey!