It has only been a few weeks since the World Congress on Pain in Boston when Judy Turner “passed the gavel” to me. I am energized and excited to get started. I have reached out to many previous IASP leaders and volunteers to understand the past in order to help define the future goals for IASP, recognizing Confucius’ (551–479 BC) quote: “Study the past if you would define the future.” Thank you to our members for showing me their trust and having confidence in my abilities to lead IASP the coming two years. I am humble, honored, and at the same time proud.
In partnership with the Committee-on-Committees, I have appointed volunteers for the 2018-2020 term. Thank you to all who responded to the Call for Volunteers earlier this summer. We received a record number of applications (256), and while we are not able to place everyone on a committee, task force, or working group, we will be reaching out as opportunities arise to gather input. It is a very sound sign that so many are eager to serve IASP – and I will work on measures to ensure that we utilize this pool of engaged members.
During the General Assembly in Boston, I had the opportunity to share my vision for IASP and the three goals that I plan to advance during my Presidential term:
- Enhance membership value through new programs, services, and support
- Extend IASP’s advocacy reach globally including patients and patient organizations
- Enhance IASP’s financial stability through the development of new revenue opportunities
I look forward to working with you to advance and achieve these goals over the next two years. IASP relies on members’ thoughts and ideas, and all feedback is highly appreciated. I warmly welcome any input and suggestions via email at email@example.com.
Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Dr. Med., PhD