Message from the President
Dear Members and Friends,
In addition to being a month of holidays, December is also a month of reflection of the year behind us; analyzing what we were set to accomplish and how well we did. Our committees, task forces, and leadership have worked very hard throughout this year. I hope you were at the WHS 2016 Annual Meeting in Atlanta to have been a part of and shared some of these accomplishments. Although many people worked hard to make the past year so successful, the operative word is “past”. It is only as good as you make it count in the long term. You make the difference! It is not only because you pay your dues (although we are delighted for your continued membership or for your decision to join) or because you gave a gift (although we are forever grateful for your donation(s) that supports WHS activities); it is also because of your energy and dedication to this field and our Society! I know we all rely on science and data, mechanisms and hard core proofs - don’t get me wrong, I am all for it - but how do you quantify passion and “not taking ‘no’ for an answer”? Until we raise public awareness to our field, we cannot kick back and enjoy what we have done. Today and tomorrow is what counts, so here are some things we all look forward to:
Abstracts – deadline today - share with us your findings and join us in San Diego for the most interactive wound meeting – see the WHS2017 Annual Meeting Update from the Program Committee below;
Share your findings long term by publishing in the WHS Journals, Wound Repair and Regeneration and Advances of Wound Care;
Special Interest Groups (SIG) are up and coming – our Board just approved the document that formalizes application process and we will be asking for proposals within a few weeks;
Regional Meetings – we streamlined the application process and look forward to your requests to help fund your next meeting;
New Corporate Membership format – our field cannot exist without partnerships with industry, the only path to bringing our science to patients;
Clinical Research Excellence for Wounds (CREW) – stay tuned to learn more about our collaborative initiative with AAWC;
WHS strategic meeting will be taking place in February 2017 and we will be reaching out for your input.
These are just examples of wonderful things we have already thought of. What I would really want is to hear from you – what issues matter to YOU? You are what will make a difference and shape the future of this field and our Society! The WHS leadership truly wants you to be more engaged and invites you to become a fabric of this wonderful society. I urge you to give not only your science but also some of your professional time to the Society and I also hope to see you all in San Diego.
I wish you and yours happy holidays and our best wishes for a year of joy, peace, health, accomplishments, healing and love.
Marjana Tomic-Canic, PhD
President, The Wound Healing Society
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