Messages from the ISPOR Presidents
Bryan Luce, PhD, MBA
1999-2000 ISPOR President
It has been both an honor and a challenge to serve as your President this past year and, as I turn over the mantle of office to the capable hands of Jon Clouse, I do so with mixed emotions.
This past year has been busy and productive for the Society. We have reformulated our health science policy and education missions and reorganized our efforts to accomplish these key missions. The integrated Health Science Practice Standards Steering Committee composed of seven task forces:
The integrated Education Steering Committee headed by Nelda Johnson is composed of five task forces:
This past year, I have been struck by the strength and vitality of ISPOR in several ways. First has been the spirit of volunteerism and involvement by many of you and your colleagues, and the excellence which so many have brought to the table. Where there is a need, there are volunteers. And these folk, who serve as committee members, chairs and advisors, invariably tackle the issues before them with energy, dedication and excellence. Second has been the openness of leadership, executive staff and general membership of ISPOR to new ideas and opportunities for the Society. All good ideas, whether they be to reach out to new constituents, to reformulate policies or to consider new opportunities are adopted or rejected on merit alone. This is not true of many older, entrenched societies. Third is the unusual strength, dedication and deftness of the Society's staff, which consists of Marilyn Dix Smith, executive director, and a small but extremely capable and hard working staff. Without their dedication, guidance and ability to lead through the ISPOR leadership, the Society would falter.
The sum of the above is a wonderfully enriching professional environment to guide us in our careers and a collegial forum within which we can share our work.
Bryan R. Luce