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Letter from the President, January 2016

Dear IBIS Member,

Please allow me to follow the IBIS tradition for the newly elected president to outline the aspirations for the society at the start of the New Year. This is an exciting time in the study of iron biology, providing an outstanding opportunity for IBIS to grow and expand. We are well poised to do so, building from a very successful BioIron meeting in Hangzhou, China. The venue at Zhejiang University afforded an opportunity to facilitate interactions with colleagues from an area of the world that has seen a tremendous expansion in biomedical research activity. I’m sure the resulting relationships will serve the membership of IBIS very well into the future. I heard many comments from colleagues impressed by the beautiful setting and appreciative of the generous hospitality of our hosts.

The society owes a debt of gratitude to Immediate Past President Greg Anderson for his efforts in bringing this meeting about. For those who were unable to attend, a synopsis of highlights from the meeting will be available on the IBIS website, and reprints of the abstracts are now available through the American Journal of Hematology. The meeting also saw the election of outstanding group of individuals onto the IBIS Board of Directors. We met in Hangzhou and have held additional discussions to outline what we believe are the greatest priorities for the society moving forward. I will briefly describe here three of these:

  • Expand the membership of the Society, with particular attention to young investigators and those who have only recently interfaced with iron biology.
    • We hope to achieve this goal by increasing the overall visibility of the society to the research community, particularly at related conferences. Your individual efforts in this regard will be very important. As you interact with other researchers in your own work, please inquire whether they have considered membership in IBIS. In particular, encourage participation among investigators new to this field.
  • Add further value to membership in IBIS beyond participation at BioIron meetings.
    • We will be rolling out a redesigned website to provide expanded educational and reference resources useful to the iron research community. We welcome your specific recommendations.
  • Ensure that the BioIron is the premier setting for presenting novel discoveries in iron biology and for positioning young investigators for future successes in this field.
    • Ella Nemeth and Tomas Ganz will be the local organizers of BioIron 2017, to be held at the newly constructed Luskin Convention Center on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. The meeting will be May 7 – 11, 2017. The first day will again be comprised of introductory educational presentations directed primarily at trainees and investigators new to the field. We will work to increase the opportunities throughout the meeting for young investigators to participate in vibrant discussions and interactions with established scientists.

It is my hope that through attention to these areas, the society will continue to advance its stated objective – “To provide a forum for discussion, to promote research and its publication and advance public education on iron chemistry and biology as well as on disorders.” Your input and suggestions are highly encouraged as we move forward.

I wish each of you a prosperous and rewarding New Year, and look forward to seeing you personally in Los Angeles in 2017.

Robert E. Fleming, MD
IBIS President

posted: January 1, 2016