|In This Issue – 49.2|
|President’s Report||2015 Meeting Update|
|Welcome to the 2015 Meeting||Membership Matters|
|Good Teaching Is…? Workshop Offered at 2015 Meeting||Member News|
|Journal Highlights||New Members|
My first year as President has certainly been an exciting one. Our joint meeting in Savannah proved to be challenging and yet very successful. Our Tucson meeting is rapidly approaching and preparations for the scientific sessions, posters, and meeting events are probably consuming much of your time. This will be an exciting meeting. In addition, plans for the 2106 World Congress are already underway. I encourage you to join us and participate with the Program Committee to help the World Congress. I look forward to seeing each of you at these important meetings.
It has been amazing to watch our Society respond to the evolution of science in the 21st century. Almost daily we hear of new scientific approaches and applications that have resulted from the basic and applied research of our current and former members. The rapidly growing field of stem cell biology is poised to provide great benefits for treating many human conditions, genetic or otherwise. Our society was instrumental in encouraging the development of the technology to facilitate the applications of stem cells. While some individuals in the stem cell field are well trained and knowledgeable of the details required for good stem cell practices, it is concerning that many of the individuals working in this important field have not received adequate training to ensure their success. This is actually true for many of the growing applications using both animal and plant in vitro models for understanding “21st Century” science. These models usually involve the collection of massive amounts of data using one or more technologies, such as RNA microarrays, metabolomics, proteomics, and pathway analysis, and extrapolating the resulting data to predict possible benefit or risk to people or animals.
As Society members, we can make a difference. We need to communicate our concerns and encourage those who are conducting research to be aware of the importance of good cell culture practices. We should encourage their attendance at our meetings and our training sessions as they are offered.
With the continuing controversy surrounding the GMO issues and the general misconceptions of non-scientists, we must increase our efforts to increase awareness of the true issues and the overall safety of GMOs. While there are individuals who will never be convinced, our efforts can make a difference. I encourage all of our society members to strive to better understand the issues so we can each participate in this important public effort.
I am exceptionally proud of our students, who have taken the initiative to help plan our program and to include information in the program to benefit all attendees. Our students hold the key to our future. It is our responsibility to help guide them and to work to ensure that the SIVB continues to be the society envisioned by our Society’s founders.
Next year the 2016 World Congress will be held in San Diego. This will be an excellent international meeting and for everyone and especially any potential new members. Share your enthusiasm with your colleagues and encourage them to attend.
Eugene Elmore, Ph.D.
President, Society for In Vitro Biology