A Message from the President and the Equity Officer

Lawrence L. Wald, Ph.D., ISMRM President, and Elizabeth Morris, M.D., F.A.C.R., ISMRM Equity Officer

Dear ISMRM Community,

As the President and Equity Officer of this community, we are writing because of the recent murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, and Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia, USA, and the resulting protests and unrest.  We cannot remain silent.  In the words of Albert Einstein, “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”

The ISMRM is an inclusive collaborative global community which promotes health and has zero tolerance for discrimination, and we know each one of you strives for a world in which all are safe and treated with dignity and respect.  We condemn the murders of Mr. Floyd, Ms. Taylor and Mr. Arbery, and we encourage understanding of the rage that has precipitated this outpouring on the streets of most major cities.  We support peaceful protest understanding it is the rightful expression of outrage over social injustice; however, we also encourage cessation of violence before more people are hurt or killed.

We have committed to ensuring a safe environment for our collaborative community to interact in support of scientific and clinical discovery.  We must further commit to meet our responsibilities as global citizens, supporting efforts to promote social justice.

Sincerely,

Lawrence L. Wald, Ph.D., ISMRM President
Elizabeth Morris, M.D., F.A.C.R., ISMRM Equity Officer