Biomed Imaging Interv J 2006; 2(4):e44
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AOSR joins forces with biij
KR Thomson, MBBS RANZCR
Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Melbourne,
The Asian Oceanian Society of Radiology (AOSR) has joined forces
with the Biomedical Imaging and Interventional Journal (biij).
For many years, the AOSR has produced its own journal in
text form. This journal was entirely due to the enormous energy and hard work
freely given by Dr. Sudarshan Aggarwal. He was responsible for much of the
financing of the Journal and due to his influence the Journal was listed by Excerpta
However, as time went by it became obvious to the Executive
Council of the AOSR that the cost in terms of time, money and energy in
producing the AOSR Journal could not be continued without a significant
financial drain on the society.
For some time we have been looking for alternatives and one
option which we considered was to conjoin the AOSR Journal to another more
widely published Journal. Unfortunately none of the alternatives were entirely
satisfactory because of the particular needs of our region and the enormous
cost of postage.
The Executive Council has the view that in this electronic
age the AOSR should establish a firm presence on the World Wide Web and thanks
to Prof. Basri J.J. Abdullah it has proved possible to transfer our AOSR
Journal to electronic media.
Those of you who are reading this editorial will have already seen what a great
opportunity the biij format provides
for the AOSR.
A most successful Congress (the 11th Asian Oceanian Congress
of Radiology) was recently held in Hong Kong and brilliantly organised by Dr.
Lillian Leong, the chairperson of the organising committee and the outgoing
past president of the AOSR.
The theme of the meeting was �Radiology: from nano to
cosmos� and the quality of the invited presentations and proffered papers was
as good as, or better than, any international meeting I have ever attended.
One of the highlights was the Satyapal Aggarwal Memorial lecture
which was given by Prof. Hedvig Hricak. Her lecture on advances
in computed tomography (CT) was inspirational. The abstracts
of the presentations will be available through biij.
We should be very proud of our young radiologists who
presented their research and demonstrated to the world that the Asia-Pacific
region is well poised to take advantage of the rapidly changing medical
I was very honoured to be elected as the President of the AOSR until 2008 when
the 12th Congress will be held in Seoul, Korea. Over the next
two years I shall represent the society at as many international
meetings as possible and endeavour to visit as many of our 23
national societies as possible.
The world continues to change rapidly and we must advance to
keep pace with it. Economically the Asia Pacific region is a powerhouse and we
must ensure that our medical care and radiology in particular keeps pace with developments
in our region. We have many more challenges to face than the other great
international societies but I sincerely believe that we are more than equal to
the task before us.
One of the biggest challenges is the enormous geographical
scope of our region and the vast differences in the provision
of medical care across the Asia-Pacific. The aim of AOSR is
to ensure that radiology expands to meet these needs and joining
forces with biij is the first step
of a long journey.
|Received 5 September 2006; accepted 15 September 2006
Correspondence: Department of Diagnostic Radiology,
University of Melbourne, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne,
Australia. Tel: + 613 9276 2000; E-mail: email@example.com
(Kenneth R. Thomson).
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