It is with great pleasure that I accept the honor and the responsibilities of serving as the new President of the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP). I am excited about the year ahead and very proud of what we've accomplished over the last year. 2018-19 was distinguished by many new ideas and new programs originating from our Executive Officer, Dr. William B. Coleman, our ASIP Council, our AJP journal leadership, and our committees and membership. Over the course of this year, the ASIP introduced new programs at EB including the wildly popular "I Am An ASIP Member and This is My Science," held an energizing and entertaining PISA meeting at the University of Michigan complete with a visit to The Big House, and expanded its social media presence. The superb science that has been characteristic of ASIP meetings since the start of this society was conspicuously available and inspiring, both at EB and at the PISA meeting.
During the current year, we will have continued opportunities to build upon earlier successes, and I welcome the input of our members into this year's planning and implementation of programs and activities. The themes that our society has held to be important in the past remain relevant for development of new pursuits, to name a few: advancement of experimental pathology, provision of mentorship and support for career development for members of our society, promotion of education about science from grade school onward, participation in scientific advocacy efforts, communication to our members about key advances and initiatives in science, and others. The diversity of our membership is a key strength of our organization and a contributor to its success; we will continue to seek to expand diversity through our programming, membership, and trainee awards. The range of disciplines encompassed by the membership of the ASIP is also strikingly diverse, enabling the cross-fertilization of ideas and perspectives that fuels collaboration and innovation; we invite new members from a broad spectrum of basic, translational, and clinical scientific and medical backgrounds, who share our enthusiasm for advancing knowledge about the pathogenesis of disease.
The support provided by the ASIP for the professional growth of its members is unique. From one's early years as a scientist or physician-scientist and extending throughout one's career, there are many ways to become involved in the ASIP as a committee member, scientific interest group member, session leader, officer in the society, and so on. Our membership includes many senior scientists and physician-scientists whose experience, mentorship, and knowledge of the intricacies of professional development, advancement, writing competitive grant proposals, publication, and building a national/international reputation are extraordinarily valuable for helping colleagues at earlier points in their careers achieve their own professional goals. I invite budding scientists as well as those further along in their careers to join us, and I look forward to seeing you at a future meeting!