On the occasion of New Year 2022, my best wish to our members of ICMRS is that may prosperity and success come to you. May you win more research grants and publish more papers in prestigious journals.
Looking back to year 2021, we all have experienced the relentless changes in our global community. In spite of Covid 19 pandemic has disrupted our lives, we have demonstrated our resilience and developed many innovative ideals for engagement with our members throughout the year. ICMRS, has run more than 20 global webinars and two regular membership meetings this year. The attendance rate of the on-line meetings has been always very high ranged between 150 to 300 members. In year 2021 ICMRS has developed from strength to strength and has increased membership to over 600 members today. Our society official journals have now become top ranking journals in the field of musculoskeletal research. Bone research has reached impact factor of 13.567 and Journal of Orthopaedic Translation has impact factor of 5.191. For the first time ICMRS has run virtual celebration of new year and holiday break. The performances and shows from our members at the celebration were increasable. Here I like to take an opportunity to thank you all. You are the member of the ICMRS family and have made positive contributions to the society.
Looking forward to year 2022, I am optimistic that the pandemics will have far less impact on our live. To improve our engagement with members and with our ICMRS collaborative centres in China, I would like to share our three key initiatives with you in the new year
- 1) ICMRS has invested significant resources and is now in process to establish several awards to recognise the great achievements made by our members for their scientific research and services to the ICMRS community. There will be an career achievement for members in recognition of their life long career achievements in basic research, translational research and/or clinical research, a mid-career research excellent award for our mid-career members aged below 50 and have completed their highest degree for more than 10 years, and ICMRS Community Service Medals to recognise long and diligent service by members to the society.
- 2) We will continue to run year-round virtual seminars and introduction of education workshop run by the ICMRS collaborative centres in China. To encourage better engagement, the board has implemented bilingual presentations for the virtual seminars and workshops. Our membership meetings have changed being Spring and Summer membership meetings and will continue engagement with ORS and ASBMR annual meetings.
- 3) With the uncertainty of pandemic, we hope that the 5th ICMR Conference will be held in Shanghai in November 2022.
Finally, May warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a happy New Year. May love, safe and prosperity follow you always.
Professor Minghao Zheng, MD, PhD, FRCPath FRCPA
President of ICMRS
Medical School, The University of Western Australia
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2022