Spring is finally here. The flowers are blooming; the air is full of that wonderful fragrance of spring. Mother Nature is awakening from its winter slumber. You can feel the rebirth of nature in everything we see around us. Our society, ASPN, is no exception. This spring brings us a new awakening. The most wholesome thing about spring is its PROMISE; the anticipation of wonderful things to come. The same applies to our society. We are in the process of rejuvenating ourselves. And while we look forward to the future we don't forget our past. Actually we celebrate and embrace our past. Our foundation is strong. We are grateful to our founding pioneers who had the vision of starting a society totally dedicated to peripheral nerve research and clinical applications. We are also indebted to our past Presidents who took the mantle and served our society with dedication and commitment. Our challenge is to carry the torch and move forward with clear vision and determination to make our society stronger and more relevant.
Our last ASPN annual meeting in Hawaii was a huge success under the leadership of our past President Dr. Allan Belzberg and his program chair, Chris Novak, PT, PhD. We owe them both a debt of gratitude for doing such an outstanding job of skillfully mixing scientific basic science research and clinical applications. Thank you both. You are a tough act to follow.
Our society is in the midst of significant changes. Our management company has been changed to Professional Relations and Research Institute (PRRI). We can feel the winds of change as they sweep all the different facets of our organization. It is a sort of renaissance for our society. You will be able to see the effects of these changes in the months to come. ASPN leadership is working with administrative staff to design a new and contemporary logo for our society, which will help brand the ASPN a leading organization in peripheral nerve research and care. Details will be shared with the membership soon. Dr. Thomas Tung is spearheading this project. Please feel free to contact Dr. Tung if you have any ideas or thoughts about the prospects of the new design. We have already redesigned our website to make it more user friendly and comprehensive at the same time. We have added the new online membership application to the website and have streamlined the application process so it is easier for potential members to apply. We have also added the meeting abstracts to the website. Please take a few minutes to view the new and improved website: www.peripheralnerve.org.
A major challenge that small organizations like ours frequently face, is its ability to grow. We need to grow and we need to reach out to our colleagues who would not only benefit from joining our organization but would also enrich it. As you recall, at the past annual meeting I challenged our society members to recruit new members. If every one of us recruits even one member only, our society will grow in number and consequently in strength. The central office is ready to help the applicants and their sponsoring members to navigate through the application process.
One of the highlights of the annual meeting is our invited guest speakers. I am excited that our past President, Dr. Susan Mackinnon will be my guest speaker. Since we wanted our colleagues attending the AAHS meeting to enjoy Susan's lecture, AAHS President Dr. Mark Baratz and I have agreed to extend a combined invitation to Dr. Mackinnon to be our combined guest speaker for our two sister societies. Dr. Viterbo from Brazil will be our other invited guest speaker. I am looking forward to enlightening, provocative and stimulating talks from our two esteemed peripheral nerve surgery pioneers.
Another major change that is taking place in our society is the change at the helm of our newsletter. I am very excited that my friend Dr. Jonathan Isaacs has accepted to be the Editor of the ASPN newsletter. I am certain that he will do a superb job. I have enjoyed editing the newsletter for several years and I am glad that someone as competent and dedicated as Jonathan has taken over that responsibility. I would ask each and every one of you to help him by submitting articles, tidbits, pearls of wisdom, opinions, book reviews or anything you would see relevant to our society and our members. He and I would really appreciate your input.
So, go ahead and enjoy this fabulous spring. I will keep updating you on monthly basis. Please feel free to call me or email me at any time. I would definitely encourage and welcome your input.