Chair's column October 2010
With the successful conference in Chicago still fresh in our minds, we are already at full speed in preparing the 8th G-I-N conference which will be held in Seoul from 28-31 August 2011. It will be our first G-I-N conference in Asia, and together with our Korean hosts, we will offer you a unique experience and setting. We have high expectations for an exciting program, which will be supervised by Professor Richard Rosenfeld as chair and Professor Tae-Hwan Lim as co-chair of the scientific committee, under the theme “Linking Evidence, Policy, and Practice.” The Asian setting of the conference also allows us to strengthen our collaboration with other groups, such as the Asia Pacific Evidence-Based Medicine Network.
One the aims of G-I-N is to provide training courses for guideline development, adaptation, implementation, and evaluation. Up till now, we have run small scale workshops and courses on different topics such as guideline adaptation, and at the Seoul conference we will propose pre-conference courses. We will use the coming months to set up a coherent program that will address guideline development methodology as well as tracks for low resource countries, allied health, and guideline implementation. We will also use the pre-conference course as business case for further training activities, using the wealth of expertise within the Network in providing training courses across the globe.
I wish you much pleasure in reading this issue of enGINe, which again shows the many facets of activities within our Network and provides the evidence for the added value of our collaborative initiative.
Philip van der Wees, PT, PhD
Chair of G-I-N