Lin Chang, MD

Message from ANMS-FBG President

Lin Chang, MD

I would like to acknowledge Satish Rao for his leadership as Past President and a very successful past two years. We recently had Council elections and I want to congratulate our incoming officers and Council members. John Wiley, who has served as our Treasurer, is now President Elect. Ronnie Fass will take over as Treasurer. Carlo DiLorenzo will serve as Secretary of the ANMS. New Council members include Benson Massey, John Pandolfino, Keith Sharkey, Catia Sternini. I would like to sincerely thank our outgoing Past Presidents Michael Camilleri and Emeran Mayer, and Council members Tony Bauer, Jiande Chen, Shin Fukudo, Jim Galligan, Richard McCallum, Magnus Simren, Helen Raybould, and Reza Shaker for their dedication and contributions to ANMS.

I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as President for the next two years. My first order of business will be to conduct a strategic planning meeting during our ANMS Council retreat in January 2013. I feel that this is important and timely given that ANMS and Functional Brain-Gut Research Group (FBG) merger. It is vital that we fully integrate and collectively agree in defining our merged society, our mission and plans to achieve our goals.

We are in the process of planning the 2013 Postgraduate Course, Scientific Meeting and Young Investigator Conference, which will take place on September 20-22, 2013 in Huntington Beach, California. Our past meetings have been valuable and extremely well received. There will be state-of-the-art lectures on a broad range of topics that are relevant to functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders. Our Young Investigator Conference will continue to support our commitment to mentoring young investigators in our field who will become our future leaders. More details will follow but I hope to see you all there!

As a society, we have a phenomenal history to reflect on and we have an exciting future. I am very much looking forward to serving all of our members through the next two years in order for the ANMS to continue to achieve our goals.