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Announcement by the President:

January, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

Best wishes for 2012. I have some wonderful news to tell you as we begin this new year. Our London colleague, Mark Pepys, was knighted in this year's UK New Years Honours list for his efforts, outstanding achievements, and continuing contribution to science and medicine. This is an enormous honor and well deserved. Congratulations Sir Mark Pepys!

I hope you are making plans to be at the XIIIth International Symposium on Amyloidosis in Groningen May 6-10, 2012 with Bouke Hazenberg as host. The Symposium in Groningen will be an historic event and a tribute to the late Professor Enno Mandema, host of the First Symposium in Groningen 45 years ago in 1967. The XIIIth Symposium will focus on basic and translational research in a program that will cover all forms of systemic amyloidosis. Information about the program, abstract submission, hotel bookings, and more can be found on the website: www.amyloidosis2012.com

The International Society will hold its business meeting at the Symposium and an important item of business will be the election of officers for the Society. Current officers are listed on this letterhead. Nominations are open for the positions of President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and 3 Members-at-large. Officers are allowed to serve 2 terms and most of the present officers are in their first term. If you would like to nominate an ISA member for a position, please confirm that the member is willing to be nominated and e-mail your nomination to the ISA secretary, Laura Obici: l.obici@smatteo.pv.it.

Laura must receive your nominations by February 1st so that we can prepare an electronic ballot for this election. An electronic ballot will give all members a chance to vote whether or not they plan to attend the Symposium. You will have an opportunity to vote at the Symposium, if you haven’t done so electronically, however, I suggest you use the electronic ballot in case a natural disaster limiting travel occurs again.

Finally, I have some more good news. Merrill Benson has offered to host the next meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana in May, 2014 and his offer has been approved by the Board of Directors. More information will be coming soon.

I am looking forward to seeing you in Groningen. With best wishes,

Martha Skinner, M.D.

President, International Society of Amyloidosis

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Announcement by the President:

July, 2011

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are having a good summer. It is time for me to write you again with news of International Society of Amyloidosis and urge you to stay informed by visiting our website. I hope you have continued your membership this year and will invite your colleagues to join. Your membership supports the ISA International meetings and includes a subscription to the Amyloid Journal which now offers early on-line access to published articles. Directions for joining are found on our website. In a small Society every member counts!

Our journal, Amyloid: the journal of protein folding disorders, is thriving under the capable editorship of Per Westermark. I urge you to submit your manuscripts to our Amyloid journal. The on-line submission and review process has a fast turnaround time. You can access directions for on-line submission on our website. This is the only journal devoted to research and treatment of amyloid diseases and it is widely read by our membership. Per has asked me to advise you of the importance of citing references from Amyloid as you write manuscripts for submission to any journal. The number of references to published articles in Amyloid determines the "impact factor", a critically important measure of the Journal’s status. The impact factor is measured each year based on published citations in the preceding 2 years.

Two important meetings are coming up. The XIIIth International Symposium on Amyloidosis "From misfolded proteins to well-designed treatment" will take place at the University Medical Center of Groningen, the Netherlands May 6-10, 2012. As you may know Groningen was the site of the First Symposium in 1967, a date prior to the identification of any amyloid protein. Forty-four participants discussed the intricacies of Congo red staining and reported on the discovery of P-component among other things. What a long way our Society has come! The XIIIth Symposium will focus on the process of fibril formation, mechanisms of cell damage in amyloid disease, emerging diagnostics and innovative therapeutics. It will be hosted by Dr. Bouke Hazenberg, Ingrid van Gameren, and Johan Bijzet. You attendance and participation are  welcome; abstracts may be submitted from October 31, 2011 until January 16, 2012. More information is available at the website.

In spite of the devastation caused by an earthquake and tsunami in Japan this past year, the VIIIth International Symposium on Familial Amyloidosis will take place in Kumamoto Japan November 20-22, 2011. The leaders are Prof. Yukio Ando and Honorary Prof. Shukuro Araki. The meeting will focus on amyloidogenesis of precursor proteins of FAP, pathogenesis of organ disorders in FAP, and management of patients, including novel therapeutic approaches. You are invited to attend and to submit abstracts (deadline Sept. 5, 2011). Please see the meeting website.

With best wishes.

Sincerely,

Martha Skinner, M.D.

President, International Society of Amyloidosis

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Announcement by the President:

January 2011

Dear Colleagues,

Best wishes for 2011. I write to update you on news of International Society of Amyloidosis and urge you to stay informed by visiting our website at: http://www.amyloidosis.nl. I hope you have continued your membership this year and will invite your colleagues to join. Your membership supports the ISA International meetings and insures continued publication of the Amyloid journal. Directions for joining are found on our website. In a small Society every member counts!

I am happy to report that our journal, under the editorship of Per Westermark, is off to a good start. The latest issue publishes the 2010 report of the Nomenclature Committee and it is offered by Informa as a free open access on-line article. You will find it by going to http://informahealthcare.com/amy and clicking on current issue. Please read it and pass it on to your colleagues. It is important to use standard nomenclature in publications to be sure we have a universal understanding as we report on various types of amyloidosis.

I urge you to submit your manuscripts to our Amyloid journal. It has a new on-line submission and review process and promises to have faster turnaround and publication times. You can access directions for on-line submission on our website. Recently, we have been made aware of new companies planning to start on-line publication of research articles on amyloidosis. I remind you that the amyloid field is small and this is a critical period for our journal. Any decrease in good research articles going to our Amyloid journal could have very serious effects.

Save the date for the XIIIth International Symposium on Amyloidosis! Plans are moving forward and the Symposium will take place at the University Medical Center of Groningen, the Netherlands May 6-10, 2012. The Symposium, “From misfolded proteins to well-designed treatment” will be hosted by Dr. Bouke Hazenberg and his colleagues. Additional information will be on the website soon.

The VIIIth International Symposium on Familial Amyloidosis will take place November 20-23, 2011 at the Kumamoto City International Center in Kumamoto Japan. It will be hosted by Dr. Yukio Ando and his colleagues. Additional information will be on our website.

Finally, I want you to know that during this year we will be considering sites for the XIVth International Symposium on Amyloidosis for 2014. Given the pace of research, the Society hopes to continue meeting on an every other year basis. If you and your colleagues have an interest in hosting the next meeting please contact us.

With best wishes for a good year in amyloid research.

Sincerely,

 

 

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Announcement by the President:

September, 2010

Dear ISA Colleagues,

Just a quick note to let you know some good news re: our official journal, AMYLOID: Journal of Protein Folding Disorders. I urge you to consider our Society's journal when you submit your next manuscript. Please note the new online submission policy. This year, the impact factor climbed again to 2.115, and we have recently appointed a new editor-in-chief to spearhead the 2011 volume, Prof. Per Westermark. To further add to this, the journal has a new submission portal to make manuscript processing (and submitting) swift and simple.

With best wishes, Martha Skinner

   

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Letter from the President:

July, 2010

Dear Colleagues:

It was wonderful to see so many of you at XIIth Symposium on Amyloidosis in Rome last April. And those of you who couldn’t make it because of the volcanic ash were sorely missed. In spite of unforeseen natural disaster, the Symposium was still the biggest and best ever. Giampaolo Merlini and his colleagues are to be congratulated on such an outstanding meeting. The high quality of the presentations, the fine hotel accommodations, the banquet dinner, and smooth organization of all events happened because of enormous effort behind the scene.

I have two important things to tell you about. First, let me give you some very good news about the next meeting. Bouke Hazenberg has offered to host the XIIIth Symposium in Groningen. Those of you who were in Rome may be confused as you remember the offer by Mark Pepys to host the next symposium in London. Unfortunately, the London group will not be able to host the XIIIth, although we hope circumstances will allow them to host a future meeting. Bouke will give us more details on the Groningen meeting soon.

Secondly, I want to bring you up to date about our journal. During the last 2 years the Society negotiated ownership of the Amyloid Journal from the publisher. This was important as the Journal, now in its 17th year, is older than the Society and belonged to the publisher. As you may know, the Journal was the brainchild of Dr. Alan Cohen who has been its editor for the past 17 and one half years. It has flourished with quarterly issues of countless key publications and, importantly, the Journal kept us linked as a group even before the Society was formed. Alan retires from the Journal this summer. We are grateful for his wise leadership in founding the Journal and his skilled editorship.

Per Westermark has graciously offered to take over as the Amyloid Journal Editor and the new headquarters will be in Uppsala, Sweden. We are confident that expert editing will continue. This is a good time to write papers on the research presented at the Rome meeting. I urge you to send Per your manuscripts so we can maintain the Journal’s high quality publications. Per tells us there is an immediate need for good manuscripts! An electronic submission system will soon be introduced, probably in August. We expect that this will increase efficiency in the handling of the papers.

I have been astonished at the fast pace of new amyloid basic and clinical research and pleased that it is leading to the subsequent development of new therapies for amyloidosis. This is a long hoped for accomplishment for those of us who have worked in the amyloid field for a long time.
We have reached the point where good treatments are available for some of the amyloid diseases and more are on the way. Many people suffering with amyloidosis are getting better. For us as a Society, there is now a greater need for collaborative research and for multicenter treatment trials.

Your membership in the Society is important. Accelerated progress in research and treatment will be accomplished as members of our Society to work together. To help with our goal, the ISA has a new website created by Bouke Hazenberg (www.amyloidosis.nl ). Through this website you will be kept informed about the ISA with news of society business and events, details on membership and subscription to the Journal, amyloid grant opportunities, and other issues.

We welcome you ideas on how the Society can serve you.

Wishing you a good summer,


Martha Skinner

 

 

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