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Happy new year! We are writing now to update you on recent changes to our IBBS Executive Committee and to invite voting to begin for updates to our IBBS Steering Council.
Our existing Steering Council recently completed the process of electing a new Vice President (President-elect), Prof. Britta Engelhardt. Please join us in congratulating Britta!

With Britta's election, our current executive committee is now as follows:
Current Vice President (President-elect) = Dr. Britta Engelhardt, Professor of Immunobiology & the Director of the Theodor Kocher Institute at the University of Bern, Switzerland; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Current President = Dr. Robert Thorne, Denali Fellow, Denali Therapeutics, South San Francisco, California & Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, U.S.A.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Past-President = Dr. Elga de Vries, Professor at the Department of Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology of the Amsterdam University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
President Emeritus = Dr. Lester Drewes, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth, U.S.A.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

While our Society governance stipulates that the Steering Council elects a new VP for the Executive Committee once every 2-3 years, it is now up to a vote among ALL active IBBS members in good standing (e.g. those with currently paid memberships) to elect new members of the Steering Council for a 2-3 year term. The new Council election process will begin now and will conclude at the close of voting February 15.
The 7 active members of the IBBS Steering Council that are to stay on past this upcoming transition are as follows: Richard Daneman, USA; Lester Drewes, USA; Britta Engelhardt, SWITZERLAND; Eric Shusta, USA; Danica Stanimirovic, CANADA; Robert Thorne, USA; Elga de Vries, THE NETHERLANDS. We now have 26 people that have been nominated for the 13 open seats (more on that below). At the conclusion of the election process, we will therefore have a new Steering Council of 20 individuals.

INSTRUCTIONS - You must first log in to the Society website (https://www.ibbsoc.org). If needed, please update your membership in order to be able to vote.
For those with currently active memberships, there will appear a new page on the IBBS website with voting instructions once you login (click 'Vote' on the far left in the top menu bar; see below). This new page contains a list of the 26 nominees.
Please VOTE for 7 Senior, 3 Early Stage, and 2 trainee Council members, as directed. Eric de Waal (our Society webmaster) will continue to assist with the election process (Eric's email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Here is a screenshot of the new webpage (note it will not be active unless you both login AND your membership is current):

voting screen

Please help us now by voting - the IBBS Steering Council plays a pivotal role in representing the Society, guiding our conference calendars, advising the Executive Committee, and ultimately comprising the group that is used to elect new Executive Committee members. We cannot do this without member support! We very much look forward to your voting and will provide an update sometime in the latter half of February with those who have been selected (each of the nominees selected will need to first be contacted to ensure they accept the position).

Finally, let us say a few words about where we stand today as a Society. We are doing very well with membership (and our Society budget), thanks to the new website and protocols instituted by Past President Elga de Vries (you may expect more updates on membership and budget details at future business meetings at our upcoming major conferences).
We have also been very active supporting a range of meetings in the field, including Bill Elmquist's 'Barriers of the CNS' GRS/GRC this past June & Daniela Virgintino's Bari BBB meeting this past September, with several thousands of dollars going towards junior investigator awards, the David Miller and Malcolm Segal awards, and general conference support.
2023 is going to be busy with 3 key meetings in the field: a new inaugural Keystone conference on Drug Delivery to the Brain in Breckenridge, Colorado from January 23-26 (organized by Robert Thorne and Reina Bendayan; link), the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Brain Barriers meeting from March 28 - April 1 (organized by Maria Lehtinen, Benoit Vanhollebeke, Julie Siegenthaler, and Joy Zuchero; link), and, finally, the 14th International Conference on Cerebral Vascular Biology in Uppsala, Sweden (organized by Christer Betsholtz, Margareta Hammarlund-Udenaes, Irena Loryan, Peetra Magnussson, and Stina Syvanen; link).
We hope to see some of you at these key meetings in our field! As we hope you will agree, the continued success of our major meetings and the IBBS support provided at them to junior scientists strongly suggests the field is in a great place! Going forward, the IBBS and our field are poised to do a lot of new things and to grow the field in the years to come! We look forward to a healthy and productive partnership with each of you in this process!!

Thank you in advancing for participating,
IBBS Executive Committee