Dear ISH Member,
The inspiring XVIII International
Congress in Rome, with a very rich and well attended
program has been an intense opportunity to meet colleagues,
friends and ideas. We were glad so many of you were
able to attend. We had 540 participants at the congress,
and many were promising young students, who will one
day be full members of ISH.
Immediately after the congress, at
the beginning of a new year and a new decade, we are
dealing with the transfer of the Central Office from
The Netherlands to Rome. As always happens with these
administrative passages, we have encountered a series
of problems which we are now solving.
ISH is gradually moving toward its
new mandate, with all the dedication that such a prestigious
society deserves and with the new energies and the
expectations of a new and intercontinental Board of
Directors and with the projection toward the future
given by Julie Linden, new President-Elect.
We thank Eric Vermetten, who after
the crisis following the last Central Office relocation
from Australia, has had the courage to face all the
organizational and financial problems. With him the
entire outgoing board put an enormous quantity of
energy in the difficult task of overcoming this rough
The newly elected Board can now work
in a relatively more quiet and promising situation.
As happened in the previous 3 years, the Board will
be using Skype meetings, which allows us to overcome
distances and work together as a unique body.
I am planning direct personal meetings,
as well, possibly with some scientific and didactic
relevance, so that ISH may have some life even in
the time that separates the large international congresses.
So we appeal to some of the many ISH Constituent Societies
to consider inviting in their country a board meeting
to which we might provide some workshops or conferences.
Cultural exchanges and shared programs
of research are another item on our agenda. We would
like to have as much intersection and cross-fertilization
of ideas as possible in the field of hypnosis that,
at this specific moment, is in an unexpected key position
in the development of a scientific revolution within
the sciences of mind. As you know this was the reason
for the chosen theme of the XVIII Congress in Rome.
We have as well the project of some
small and effective commission to place more attention
on some major aspects of the life-blood of a scientific
society, which include, for example: training, research,
publications, getting the journal on-line, and ethics.
Intense work is waiting for us in
the next three years, that will conclude with an exciting
event that will take place in Australia: the XIX International
Congress. This will take place August 7-11, 2012 in
In order to make all these projects
real and to uphold the tradition of a great Society,
we need help and support by individual members and
constituent societies. We count on your close and
Camillo Loriedo, MD, PhD, ISH President