Volunteering and Giving Back
It has been a fruitful time for CRS. The Board and many other volunteers have been diligently working on behalf of CRS, and I want to provide an update for a few of them with a focus on the annual meeting strategy and program, the science agenda of CRS, the journals, and the newsletter. These efforts ensure we remain the best and most relevant society in our field.
As many of you already know, the CRS publication Drug Delivery and Translational Research (DDTR) has been accepted for indexing in PubMed. This is an important milestone for the journal. Applications are reviewed by the National Library of Medicine for indexing in PubMed. The decision is based on stringent criteria including timely publication of issues, quality of papers published, value of the journal, credentials of the editorial team, and ethical compliance. Given the competition and the high hurdle, the success rate is low: it was only 12% in 2014. DDTR made it on the first attempt—and so a hearty thank you for all the efforts to editor-in-chief Vinod Labhasetwar and all the team associated with DDTR.
The Journal of Controlled Release continues to excel, and the impact factor has grown from 5.73 in 2011 to 7.26 today thanks to the efforts of editor-in-chief Kinam Park and a sterling editorial board.
You may read this commentary on the CRS homepage, but it is initially prepared for the CRS Newsletter and is included there. I do the very light lifting of writing a short piece a few times a year for the CRS Newsletter. The Newsletter Committee under the leadership of Yvonne Pierre does the yeoman’s job of preparing this stellar newsletter. Always a quality product, several members have commented to me that it is even getting better.
For our upcoming annual meeting in Edinburgh, our Annual Meeting Program Committee has been working on a number of deadlines recently. Justin Hanes recently led the committee through a final process to slot all the abstracts for the best possible annual meeting. As president I have been fortunate to be working with Justin and his dedicated team, since a priority this year was to redesign the 2015 annual meeting. As just one example, you are used to having three excellent plenary sessions. Edinburgh will have those—and then on top will have two additional special sessions with talks by Vincent H. L. Lee and Nicholas A. Peppas. Imagine the most rewarding scientific CRS meeting you have enjoyed, and layer on top of that talks from two luminaries and past CRS presidents such as Vincent and Nicholas! You will have a great scientific meeting in Edinburgh, and we are also working diligently on creating an outstanding social and networking experience. You will receive regular notices over the next several weeks, but be sure to read about our special event at the Assembly Rooms, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that you will not want to miss!
While planning a meeting for this year is hard, imagine working to design a meeting five years from now! That is what Christian Seiler and the Annual Meeting Committee are tasked with by the Board. As this group looks and tries to clear the “fog of the future” to what annual meetings will look like in 2020, they provide input useful to the Annual Meeting Program Committee and also are starting to put together a roadmap for how to make our annual meeting increasingly relevant.
In previous commentaries I have covered two of our energetic committees: the Young Scientist Committee under the leadership of Patrick Lim Soo and the C&DP Division with its chair, Chris McDaniel.
These are just a few of the many committees and volunteers who work for CRS. Here is a link to all the committees and volunteers: www.controlledreleasesociety.org/community/Pages/CRSCommittees.aspx
Many years ago in the United States, President John F. Kennedy famously said in his inauguration speech, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” I think of that quote often and am so thrilled to work alongside so many volunteers who think that way on behalf of CRS—people who give tirelessly of their time, often donate money, and do so with a passion. As only one small part of that band of volunteers and donors, I do so because CRS was so important in my career, and I would feel amiss if I did not give back. I am continually inspired that so many of you continue the ongoing legacy of CRS and our founders. On behalf of the members and Board, thank you.