Dear friends and fellow G-I-N members
It is with great pleasure that I write my first column as your newly elected Chair. It grants me the opportunity to thank you all for the faith you have placed in me both as a continuing Trustee and now as your Chair. You can rest assured that it is my aim to continue the good work carried out by my predecessor, Philip van der Wees, as well as all preceding Chairs. One of my goals is to further spread the word of G-I-N with the aim of reaching out to countries and areas where we could really make a difference, whilst also increasing our network and membership. We have a wealth of knowledge and experience within our network – let’s set about sharing that and widening the network.
I hope that you enjoy this issue of enGINe, which contains among some regular features, an introduction to the Board, some highlights of the Berlin conference, then moves our focus forward to next year in San Francisco. The conference, as always, afforded us the luxury of time to spend together with our peers and colleagues from all over the world. It was truly wonderful to meet so many of you there in the Berlin Congress Centre – thank you again to so many of you for making the effort to be there and to those of you who presented, thank you for the great standard of presentations and the thought provoking sessions and discussions.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Minna Kaila, who has just retired as editor of enGINe (as well as from her position of Vice Chair on the Board) and passed on the baton to Frode Forland, our newly elected Vice Chair. Minna has done a terrific job as editor over the years and I thank Frode for stepping into her shoes.
As always, I will actively encourage you to contact me on all things G-I-N related. I am here to represent you and therefore not only want, but need to hear your views!
I will look forward to hearing from you.
With warm regards
Amir Qaseem, MD, PhD, MHA, FACP
Chair of G-I-N