PASSING OF PROFESSOR ROBERT G. EDWARDS
WE AT THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF IN VITRO FERTILIZATION ARE SADDENDED TO LEARN OF THE PASSING OF PROFESSOR ROBERT G. EDWARDS, OUR PATRON AND FOUNDING MEMBER OF OUR SOCIETY.
Professor Edwards was a great human being, and a unique scientist who revolutionized the field of reproductive medicine.
He was one of these rare scientists whose work had such an immediate impact both in his own field of research and the human society at large. More than 4 million children in the world today owe their existence to in vitro fertilization.
Our 16th World Congress on In Vitro Fertilization held in Tokyo Japan celebrated Professor Robert G. Edwards, the 2010 Nobel laureate in medicine and physiology; a recognition greatly deserved and much overdue for the foremost pioneer of IVF. A year later, he was knighted for "services to human reproductive biology".
Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Ruth Edwards, their five daughters and family.
Welcome to ISIVF
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
I am honored to assume the presidency of the International Society for In Vitro Fertilization (ISIVF).
Although World IVF congresses have been held for more than three decades, the society itself is quite young. Professor Robert Edwards, one of the founding members and patron of ISIVF, insisted on having a society dedicated to assisted reproduction, a society that would bring together the various disciplines that this field encompasses: scientists, clinicians, embryologists, geneticists, psychologists, nurses and other auxiliary and support personnel.
We have done reasonably well, despite the global economic crisis of the last several years and the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan that preceded our congress by 6 months. But we are still a young society that needs to progress and secure its survival.
During my tenures as Secretary and Vice President & Secretary I worked hard to help create and advance our Society. As your newly elected President, I intend to continue to dedicate my time to achieve the goals of ISIVF with a clear vision, drawing upon the wisdom and experience of our Board filled with talented members. I look forward to their support and to work closely with them to serve our membership and provide them with forums in which to communicate and discuss advances in the exciting field of reproduction and assisted reproduction.
Our last World congress in Tokyo, Japan, in September was most successful. You will find a report on the congress in our updated website www.isivf.com and photos from this event. You can also view all of the plenary lectures presented at the congress.
We are looking forward with great anticipation to our next World congress, which will be held on Sept 4th to the 7th inclusive, 2013 in Tunis, Tunisia, the land that started the “Arab spring.” Preparations for the congress are well underway.
We aim to increase and facilitate communication with our members, and receive their input, which I shall welcome. I will ask the Website master to create a space in which members can write their suggestions and requests. We must also increase our membership. The membership fee is very modest (only $ 50 for two years), this is by design; its payment indicates an interest and commitment on the part of the member.
We are continuously improving and updating our website: www.isivf.com. We want all of our members to actively participate in making our Society the best it possibly can be and in this vein, we ask that you be kind enough to provide suggestions and feedback, not only on our Website, but on any and all other matters which you may feel appropriate. This will assist our Society in offering its members the most up-to-date information and services that they truly deserve.
I invite you to join us in this endeavor; your presence will benefit the IVF community at large, and you personally with all the benefits and the networking opportunities the society offers.