The 2017 annual ICMRS-ASBMR Membership Meeting was held in Denver on September 8, 2017. A total of 78 active ICMRS members attended this meeting. Earlier this year, our society conducted an election to vote for President-elect, officers, and board members (election results are listed below). Therefore, this meeting marks an important transition of our leadership team. Dr. Ling Qin, the outgoing Membership Committee Chair and new President-Elect, presided over the meeting. The meeting started with a summary report from the departing president Dr. James Wang on the achievements of ICMRS under his leadership over the past two years (2015-2017), including revamping ICMRS website, implementing membership reform, establishing Mentorship Program, enhancing educational services, expanding China Collaborating Centers, and improving the financial status. He also highlighted our society’s official meeting, the 3rd International Chinese Musculoskeletal Research Conference (ICMRC), which was successfully held in Shihezi, China, last month.
Following Dr. Wang’s report, our new President, Dr. Tingting Tang, gave an inaugural address introducing his new leadership team members and outlining his strategies of expanding our society within the next 2 years. One major move is to create two new regional development committees: Australia and Asean Development Committee and Europe Development Committee. Another focus is to launch Scientific Committees that promote research excellence and collaboration among members.
Dr. Qin, the President-Elect, introduced herself as a long-term society member, briefly covered the society history, and requested continuous support from our members.
This meeting was highlighted by the announcement of Webster Jee Young Investigator Awardees: Ren Xu from Cornell University, Jun Li from Rush University, and Wei-Ju Tseng form the University of Pennsylvania. Each awardee gave a brief introduction about their outstanding research. They were presented with an award plaque and a cash prize of $500 each.
2017 Newly Elected and Appointed ICMRS Officers:
President-elect: Ling Qin, USA
Chair of Membership Committee: Peng Shang, China
Chair of Communication Committee: Neil Dong, USA
Chair of China Development Committee: Bin Li, China
Chair of Education Committee: Herb Sun, USA
Chair of Australia and Asean development committee: Jiake Xu, Australia
Chair of Women's Committee: Liyun Wang, USA
Co-chairs of Junior Leadership Development Committee: Liu Yang, China and Lucas Lu, USA
Treasure: Sherry Liu, USA
2017 Newly elected ICMRS board members:
Wei Yao, USA
Wentian Yang, USA
Jean Jiang, USA