March 2020

Number 46
Spring 2020

Message from the President...

Dear ISCBFM Members,

These are unprecedented times and many questions and concern remain for all of us, our families, our colleagues, and our society in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As President, I want to assure you that the International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism continues to move forward. During my term, I will do my best to maintain the society’s current strong, prominent status as we navigate through these challenging and uncertain times. I would like to also acknowledge and thank Professor Eng Lo for his smart leadership, contributions and great accomplishments as past president.

  1. JCBFM Update
  2. Brain2021 Update
  3. Committee Updates

JCBFM Update

We are fortunate to have established a strong and productive partnership with SAGE Publishing Ltd., thanks to the dedicated management and expert guidance of Jun Chen, editor-in-chief, the associate editors, Peter Herscovitch, Rick Dijkhuizen, Guohua Xi and Patrick Lyden, and the Publications Committee, chaired by Midori Yenari. SAGE has taken several steps to protect staff, their families, and the communities in which they live to ensure the continuity of their business and service. At the moment, they are not seeing any great change in author or peer review engagement, and we are confident that the day to day operations of JCBFM will remain uninterrupted. 

Brain2021 Update

At this time, plans for BRAIN/BRAINPET 2021 in Glasgow (June 26-29) are still progressing with the leadership of Lorraine Work and Stuart Allan, co-chairs of Brain 2021, and Christine DeLorenzo and Mattia Veronese, co-chairs of Brain PET 2021. The Program Committee, chaired by Peiying Li and Johannes Boltze, is well into its work to plan a fantastic meeting with the Educational Committee chaired by Maria Grazia de Simoni. Detailed information can be found at Make sure to visit the conference website often to check for program updates and other important information.

Committee Updates

All of the committees of the Society have been hard at work. During this time of social distancing, we want to encourage the use of video conferencing to engage and connect remotely. Committee chairs, please contact the business office ([email protected]) if you’d like to make use of the society’s zoom account. 

  • The Membership and Marketing Committee chaired by Bill Pearce have developed some novel strategies to manage membership. The new membership database streamlined the member application approval process which resulted in shorter turnaround times and steady growth; we now have more than 900 members.

  • The goals of the Early Career Investigators Committee, chaired by Samuel Knauss (2015-2019) and Daniel Beard (2019-2021), are to attract more Early Career members to the Society, and to increase ECI attendance and participation in the biennial scientific meeting. The new mentorship program and use of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter keep active engagement with Early Career members.

In Closing
The Executive Committee continues to monitor the situation with regards to COVID-19 and will plan accordingly. We will keep you updated periodically if matters arise that may affect the Society or any of its operations. Please stay safe and healthy, and if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to my email address below.

Hiroyuki Kinouchi
President of the ISCBFM
[email protected]

International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism

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