Chair's column April 2011
A few weeks ago the G-I-N Board held its midterm meeting to assess the past year and to make plans for the coming financial year. NICE hosted the meeting and generously provided facilities at their office in London. Our main conclusion was that we are very proud of the amount of important work that is being done by our committees, working groups and communities. For instance the Evidence Tables Working Group recently published their work in BMJ Quality & Safety1, and the implementation working group developed an excellent program for a pre-conference course in Seoul on guideline implementation. The G-I-N Board was happy to confirm the working plans of the various groups for the coming year.
And we have more good news: the financial results of the past year were excellent, partly because of the positive outcome of our conference in Chicago. We decided to reinvest some of our surplus by allocating a line in the budget to each of the working groups and communities to support their work and by prioritizing projects from our ‘deliverable list’: investigating in the development of online courses, strengthening the content and accessibility of our website and developing a clear communication strategy. Günter Ollenschläger decided that this was a good moment to stop his activities as Treasurer. As of 1 April, at the start of the new financial year, we have a new Treasurer: Fergus Macbeth. I would like to thank Günter for his tremendous contribution in creating a healthy financial position for G-I-N. I also wish Fergus all the best in his new position!
To continue the positive theme I am please to record that 212 have been submitted from 36 different countries for our forthcoming conference in Seoul. It will be the first G-I-N conference in Asia and we are delighted to see that individuals and organisations from a great variety of countries wish to be represented. I am certain that Richard Rosenfeld, Chair of the scientific committee, will do an outstanding job in creating a wonderful program. I look forward to meeting you in August in Seoul!
Philip van der Wees, PT, PhD
Chair of G-I-N
1Mlika-Cabanne N, Harbour R, de Beer H, Laurence M, Cook R, Twaddle S. Sharing hard labour: developing a standard template for data summaries in guideline development. BMJ Quality & Safety 2011;20(2):141-145.