Dear ETRS Members,
I hope that you all had a productive year 2013 and fulfilled most of your goals and expectations! This was also a fruitful year for ETRS. During 2013 our members produced a significant number of high quality publications in the field of tissue repair, as you can see in this and previous ETRS Bulletins. Our Society contributed to the EWMA Meeting in Copenhagen 15-17 May. An ETRS session has been organized by Gerrolt Jukema with great success, in front of a full auditorium. In addition, Boris Hinz represented us in the WHS meeting, 1-5 May, in Denver.
The ETRS Annual Meeting took place in the historical city of Reims, in the Champagne region of France, between the 23rd and the 25th of October. It has been organized by Bernard Coulomb, Jean-Jacques Lataillade and their colleagues. Jean-Jacques and Bernard prepared an excellent scientific programme, including all topics interesting to our members and with a special emphasis on “Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine”. The meeting gathered a large number of ETRS members and other colleagues, as well as numerous commercial companies. They also managed to attract many participants from the collaborating Societies AWTRS, EWMA and WHS. Very promising was also the even more active participation of the young members of ETRS and of the Junior Committee. Finally, we all enjoyed a great social programme and especially the visit to the champagne cellars, and the champagne testing.
Our next Annual Meeting will be taking place in Edinburgh, 11-13 September 2014. It is organized by David Thomas, supported by an organizing committee including two Board Members, Tanya Shaw and Phil Stephens. The preparation of the meeting is already ongoing and you can find more information on the ETRS website. In addition, Magnus Ågren and Patricia Danielsen have already started the preparations for the 2015 ETRS-WHS Meeting in Copenhagen. Recently, we have decided with AWTRS to have reciprocal reduced fees for our members for the registration at the conferences of both societies. This will certainly support our Meetings and will strengthen even more the bonds with our Australian colleagues.
In 2013 two new members have been elected and entered the ETRS Board, Patricia Danielsen and Phil Stephens. We all expect a lot from their fresh view for the advancement of our Society. On the other hand, Karin Scharffetter-Kochanek is leaving the board after a long service. Karin was a very successful ETRS president between 2005 and 2007, she organized an excellent Annual Meeting in Stuttgart in 2005, and she greatly promoted the relations with the other wound healing societies. We deeply appreciate her long-term friendship, commitment and guidance, and we are sure that she will continue having an active and supportive role in ETRS, as ever.
After the Reims meeting I took over the presidency of ETRS. This is a great honor and responsibility, especially following Boris Hinz. I want to thank Boris for his outstanding work and achievements during the last two years! He represented ETRS in several events and he supported the relation with other wound healing societies. He very successfully, and in a friendly atmosphere, promoted the organization and the function of the ETRS, reactivated the Bulletin, encouraged the function of the ETRS Committees, and left a stable financial condition. In his efforts he had the support of his wife Ariane, who re-organized and upgraded our Business Office. Boris also started a new tradition, to write a report on our Annual Meeting in a wound healing journal, as to promote even more the Meeting and the Society. We all Board Members are looking forward to continue working together with Boris as to promote further ETRS!
With this, I would like to wish to all of you and your families Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.
Warmest regards to all,