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Letter from the President, June 2017

Dear Colleagues,

The Seventh Congress of the International BioIron Society held at the Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles is about a month over. The outstanding and memorable event was one of the peaks of the IBIS Society thanks to the superb organizational job done by the hosts Drs. Ella Nemeth and Tomas Ganz with the help the IBIS Board of Directors (BOD) led by Dr. Robert Fleming and WJ Weiser professional services. The quality of the relatively new UCLA venue and the local services certainly added to the success, but, above all, it was the quality of the scientific work presented that was most refreshing and outstanding, especially by young investigators. BioIron was at its best in virtually all aspects, starting from the educational sessions, to the keynote address, to meet the experts, and both plenary and parallel sessions and posters, that we had perhaps too little time to go over, let alone discuss them with the presenters. As for the Gala Dinner, I have a hard time finding enough superlatives. BioIron 2017 set a new standard that might be hard to surpass, but we shall try!

BioIron meetings are also the occasion for the election of new board members (for a four-year term) and of a president (for a two-year term), starting after the meeting's completion. As past-elect and now IBIS president, I would like to express my deep gratitude to my predecessor Robert Fleming, with whom I had the privilege and joy to work for the last two years on a weekly (and far from weakly) basis, not only on matters related to BioIron meetings, but on major changes that we felt our society has to undergo in both structure and function. Together we have planted seeds which we hope will germinate soon and lead to a scientifically richer society with higher impact and visibility. This is also the time to thank the outgoing members of the BOD — Stefano Rivella, Robert Evans and Ella Nemeth — for their contributions to what culminated in UCLA and to greet the newly elected members — Caroline Philpott, Jodie Babitt, Nathan Subramaniam and president-elect, Martina Muckenthaler — welcome to BOD 2017 – 2019!

The general IBIS assembly held in May 2017 selected Heidelberg, Germany as the venue for BioIron 2019 following the presentation prepared by Martina Muckenthaler and Matthias Hentze, two personalities that don't need introduction to our society. Heidelberg is not only a most beautiful town and the site of the oldest German university, recognized worldwide as an academic center of excellence in both sciences and humanities, but it is also the site of prestigious research institutions. All BioIron 2019 activities will be held in the facilities of the Advanced Training Centre (ATC) of the European Molecular Biology Laboratories (EMBL).

It is a high honor for our society to be hosted by such a prestigious institution and we, the BOD members, pledge to provide Martina and Matthias all the necessary assistance for Bioiron 2019 to reach new heights.

Ioav Cabantchik, MD, PhD
Professor Emeritus
President of IBIS, 2017 – 2019

posted: June 7, 2017