Chair's column July 2011
Summer holidays are on their way in many continents with the beautiful prospect that we will have a fresh joint start of the new season when we will meet in Seoul at the end of August for the G-I-N 2011 conference. To warm up for the conference this issue contains a country update of Korea as well as a presentation of the plenary speakers. You can still register for the conference so I would like to encourage you to visit the conference website at www.gin2011.org to make that final step if you have not registered yet!
As always we have tried to update you in this issue of enGINe with a variety of information from working groups, twinning activities, and current developments. G-I-N North America was recently launched as a regional group within G-I-N to provide a network for North American guideline users, developers and other stakeholders to form partnerships and discuss regional issues. More information is provided in this issue and expressions of interest can be filed via our website. I really look forward to follow-up on the launch of this community with a strong group of people being chaired by Rich Rosenfeld.
I am writing this column on the day of the deadline for votes to elect candidates for the new G-I-N Board of Trustees. With seven organizational candidates and three individual candidates we have an excellent list of potential new Trustees and I look forward to welcoming some of them in the Board to continue our work for the further development of our network. And I would like to say to the others: please don’t get discouraged. We will still need your contribution as much in any other position. That is what our network is about: moving forward our field of guideline development and implementation by working together.
Philip van der Wees, PT, PhD
Chair of G-I-N