E-news from the
International Society for Magnetic Resonance
in Medicine

Vol. 2, Issue 1, 3 Feb 2013

Message from the President

Thomas M. Grist, M.D., FACR
2012-13 ISMRM President
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI, USA


I feel so fortunate to be part of the ISMRM and its predecessor societies for more than 25 years. The impact that our MRI community has had on my professional and personal life cannot be underestimated, and I am certain that that many of our members feel as strongly about our society as I do.  The commitment of our membership was once again demonstrated last weekend, when our annual meeting program committee spent three days together planning a truly remarkable scientific and educational meeting in Salt Lake City.

Citizenship is an important part of being part of our community. The ISMRM relies heavily on the tireless effort and leadership provided by our volunteers. Our society is one of the most geographically, culturally, and professionally diverse societies in medicine.  It is critical that we seek input from our diverse membership to define our future, and one of the best ways to do this is through the appointment of members to our committees. You recently received a request for committee volunteers; please nominate your peers and feel free to self-nominate so that our next president, Peter Jezzard, has the best possible pool of talent from which to select our future leaders.  And do not forget to vote!  All voting members were recently mailed a Board of Trustees ballot.  Please take a minute and complete the ballot, returning it to the ISMRM offices in the enclosed envelope as soon as possible but no later than 28 February. 

In addition, citizenship is also manifest in our membersí commitment to renew your annual dues. Through the efforts of our central office and volunteers, we continue to add membership benefits. Your prompt response to our request for payment of your dues is greatly appreciated, and your swift payment will ensure that our ISMRM staff can focus on initiatives on behalf of the membership, rather than tracking down late dues notices. I assure you that your money is being put to good use to support the continued development and advances in the field of magnetic resonance in medicine.  And, remember, pay your dues by 7 March to ensure your vote counts! Our scientific and educational programs are thriving, and we look forward to a memorable annual meeting in Salt Lake City.

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