Presidential Letter from ISARP President Michelle Troche, PhD
Dear ISARP Members:
I am happy to continue serving as the President of the International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology (ISARP) this year. In this capacity, I have the honor of serving with many esteemed colleagues on the ISARP board. I am grateful for the collaboration and leadership of the current board including Karen Hegland (past-president and Secretary-Treasurer), Sarah Perry (Secretary-Treasurer Associate), Thomas Janssens (Student Representative), Bruce Miller (Member at Large), and Elke Vlemincx (President-Elect and Communication Coordinator). The board will be transitioning over the next year and therefore we are happy to welcome Sarah Miller to the board as she transitions into the position of secretary-treasurer associate. We also welcome Juliet Kroll to the board as a student/fellow member transitioning to communications coordinator once Elke becomes President.
The 2018 ISARP meeting in Gainesville, Florida was a wonderful success. It was so nice for many of us to return to the place where we trained and/or collaborated on research efforts in the area of respiratory psychophysiology. Special thanks to Karen Hegland for her leadership in the planning and execution of the meeting. The research symposia and invited keynote speakers were outstanding and the extra time for questions and panel discussion built into the program allowed for plenty of lively and fruitful discussion. Additionally, the opportunity to celebrate 25 years of ISARP annual meetings allowed us to highlight the many ways that the research of ISARP members has been shaping science and clinical care in the field of respiratory-based disorders – it was truly humbling.
This year, ISARP will hold it’s 26th annual meeting, October 4 – 6, 2019, in Vevey, Switzerland, an easy direct train ride from Geneva. You can find the save the date attached to this email. The conference organizing committee includes Paul Davenport, Cecile Chenivesse, Pei-Ying Chan, and Sarah Miller. They have been hard at work – and have already identified a set of distinguished speakers and a wonderful location for this event. The meeting will likely begin midday on October 4 and finish early afternoon on October 6. You can find more information on our website (ISARP.net). I am very much looking forward to the meeting and having the opportunity to share knowledge and research, establish collaborations, and continue to foster our multidisciplinary organization. The call for papers should soon be sent out via our listserv. We look forward to a record number of abstract submissions. Of note, if you are a senior member of a lab, please encourage your trainees to submit abstracts and to participate in our mentorship program. The mentorship and development of young scientists in the area of respiratory psychophysiology continues to be an important mission of ISARP and a major reason why the society has continued to grow and thrive over the years.
On this note, at last year’s meeting we discussed the society’s desire to continue and enhance our support of trainees and student/fellow members. Their contributions are invaluable to the society. Therefore, we will be offering opportunities for the ISARP membership to support student and trainee travel grants. These opportunities will be available when submitting payment for dues and conference registration. All funds collected through these initiatives will be earmarked for student travel grants to the ISARP annual meeting. We hope you will consider supporting the next generation of ISARP researchers and members through this initiative.
We continue to enhance our website and social media efforts, under the leadership of Elke Vlemincx. However, we recently identified that, for reasons outside of our control, our current website domain can no longer be used. Therefore, our website will be moving to ISARP.net immediately. Please feel free to send us suggestions on how to continue improving the website and its utility and functionality for our members. We can be contacted via the ISARP email address where you can send the board your inquiries and comments: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We want to remind you that the membership dues deadline is June 1st. You will soon receive more information regarding dues from Karen Hegland and Sarah Perry.
Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions, concerns, or questions you may have. I very much look forward to this next year and beyond for ISARP.
My best always,