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Presidential Letter from ISARP President Karen W. Hegland, PhD

Dear ISARP Members: 

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the 2016 - 2017 President of the International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology (ISARP). I am excited to step into this role, and want to thank my predecessor, Alicia Meuret, for her service as President in 2015.  As well, I would like to thank Daphne Koinis Mitchell and Robin Everhart for their guidance and mentorship as I learn the responsibilities and duties for this important position. Additionally, I would like to extend gratitude on behalf of the society to retiring board members Elke Vlemincx, who served several years as student representative, and Robin Everhart for her service as secretary-treasurer. 

This year, ISARP will hold it’s 23rd annual meeting in beautiful Seattle, Washington, on October 7-9th (save that date!). Conference chair Jan-Marino (Nino) Ramirez, along with the planning committee, has been working to identify distinguished invited speakers, plan symposia, and, of course, organize our social events.  I am very much looking forward to the meeting and having the opportunity to share knowledge and research, establish collaborations, and continue to grow the multidisciplinary nature of ISARP.

The past meeting in Seville, Spain, was such a wonderful success and this is due in large part to the efforts of co-chairs Thomas Janssens and Thomas Ritz, along with the other members of the planning committee.  They deserve huge accolades for a successful meeting.  Some highlights of that meeting included a fabulous roof-top welcome reception, six excellent symposia, two distinguished keynote speakers, and the dinner of traditional Spanish fare, which was delicious.

One thing that always strikes me about ISARP members is the congeniality and genuine interest in research collaboration that occurs at our meetings.  I am convinced that these qualities foster the increasingly multidisciplinary membership of ISARP, and create a supportive yet rigorous forum for presenting and discussing research. Personally, my first ISARP meeting was in 2010. As a speech-language pathologist (perhaps the first in ISARP history!) I immediately felt welcomed into the society because of interactions with other ISARP members. 

On the topic of members and membership – the board has had several discussions regarding membership dues and renewals.  As it is now, most of us renew our membership in conjunction with registering for the conference. Consequently, years we don’t attend the conference we may not renew our membership and pay dues.  I encourage everyone to make sure your dues and membership status is updated yearly, regardless of whether or not you attend the conference. This allows us to prepare a more accurate yearly budget, plan for the next year’s conference costs, and offer important things like student awards and travel scholarships.  

Finally, I would like to encourage you and your students or trainees to submit an abstract for the upcoming conference (keep an eye out for the call for abstracts!).  I look forward to learning more about the research of our members, to share ideas, establish new collaborative relationships, and to enjoy Seattle.  

All my best,

Karen

International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology