A Message from the President
I would want to begin this message with a special thanks to all those involved with the organization of the wonderful ISCoS Annual Scientic Meeting (ASM) which took place in Sydney. I am sure you will all agree that it was a great scientific and social feast. You have raised the bar and set high standards for the organizers of next ASM which will take place in Nice France.
I would also want to take this opportunity to brief you about the issues discussed by the ISCoS Executive and Board in conference call meetings held on 23rd October & 12th November respectively.
There is consensus on the need for a strong focus and priority to review the By-laws of ISCoS. A notice has been sent out with information about the constitution of a committee in this regard and requesting members willing to be a part of the committee.
There is also unanimous agreement on the need for a Strategic Plan for ISCoS. This was also the view of most members I had interacted with at the Sydney ASM and just before it. It was agreed that this process will be initiated as soon as the By-laws are in place.
Meanwhile an action plan for the year is being developed for ISCoS and all its committees. We will brief you about these action plans and achievement of goals in subsequent newsletters.
The Executive and Board also discussed ways and means of further supporting Prof Lisa Harvey and Dr Marcalee S Alexander in their endeavors to take Spinal Cord and Spinal Cord Series & Cases to new heights. The two journals are not only a steady source of income for ISCoS, they are the face of ISCoS. Strengthening them will fortify the branding of ISCoS.
There will also be a strong effort to have a closer association with affiliated societies. The External Relations Committee is evaluationg ways and means to strengthen collaborations. Pending issues like completing a contract with the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) so that the journals can be the official journals of ASIA will also be pursued vigorously.
There is a need for strengthening the platform for discussions for Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists as well as Psychosocial and other health professionals. The Executive and Board feel that this would be facilitated by establishing Special Interest Groups (SIGs) for these disciplines. Terms of reference for these SIGs will be drawn by the By-laws Committee. Meanwhile, these groups will consolidate their functioning and explore options for holding a workshop/symposium during the next ISCoS ASM in consultation with the Scientific Committee.
If you have any suggestions regarding the above or other issues, do let us know.
I would request all members to be actively involved with the activities of ISCoS. There is an immediate opportunity for the role of Chair of Prevention Committee. This committee especially needs to be strengthened.
So please come forward to support and strengthen your society in the interest of the cause i.e. improving standards of care for persons with spinal injury and their empowerment through better inclusion in the society.
H S Chhabra
President - ISCoS