The annual ICMRS-ASBMR Membership Meeting was held in Atlanta on September 16, 2016. Dr. Ling Qin, the Membership Committee Chair, presided over the meeting. She started by thanking Dr. Tingting Tang, the chair of program committee for his leadership in the preparation of this meeting, and Dr. Neil Dong for an excellent job in putting together this meeting. Dr. James Wang, the President of ICMRS, gave a presidential report on the state of ICMRS and the society’s progresses in the last one year under his leadership. He stated that his team has achieved the initially set goals, thanks to the hard work from the ICMRS Executive Committee. In particular, he announced that a fully functional ICMRS website is in place now. This website has all-in-one solution, including website management, membership management, e-mail announcement, online payment and event registration. ICMRS membership has been reformed, and now there are more than 370 active members, including 129 student members, 159 regular members, and 82 life-time members. The membership continues to grow. Additionally, ICMRS has set up a mentor program, so far with 12 senior ICMRS life time members signed in to be mentors. Education Committee lead by Chair Herb Sun has been very active in organizing various workshops for members, including the one on career development in the membership meeting, and one more is being planned on Advances in Multidisciplinary Basic and Clinical Research on Spinal Disorders in October this year. The China Development Committee, chaired by Dr. Bin Li, has expanded three new China Collaborative Centers in this year. For a more detailed report slides, please click here.
As a tradition, the membership meeting was highlighted by the Webster Jee Young Investigator Awards. The winners in this meeting are Wanqing Xie from Rush University, Min Jin from Texas A&M Balor College of Dentistry, and Yanzhi Liu from University of Nebraska Medical Center and Guangdong Medical University. The three awardees were presented with an award plaque, and a cash prize of $500 each.More than 70 active ICMRS members and scientists attended the meeting. The following is the photo gallery from this meeting.