Message from the Past President
As the past president, it has been a true honor and pleasure to serve the ARO. By all measures ARO had an extraordinary year, capped off by our annual meeting in San Diego this past February. It was the largest attended meeting in the history of the society with some notable highlights. This past year the Award of Merit, the highest honor ARO bestows, went to Dr. Geoffrey Manley, who gave a spectacular acceptance speech and summary of his life's achievements for pioneering research in cochlear physiology across vertebrate species. Other highlights of the meeting included the concert in association with the San Diego Symphony that also featured a lecture on music by Dr. Charles Limb, and the moving lecture by Retired Sergeant Shilo Harris whose story of survival following a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq was unforgettable. Lastly, I had the honor of chairing the Presidential Symposium on cochlear gene therapy. The work of the Program Committee under the outstanding leadership of Ruth Litovsky deserves a special mention for putting on a fantastic program. I would also like to highlight the important work of KC Lee and Barbara Shinn-Cunningham on their efforts to bring the ARO website into the 21st Century.
The Association for Research in Otolaryngology is as strong and vibrant as it has even been. From our partnership with Talley, to our committed Council and strong leadership in our Committees, to the enthusiasm of our younger members and spARO, the future of the society looks bright indeed. The 40th Annual mid-Winter meeting is scheduled for Baltimore next February and on behalf of the council, we look forward to seeing you there.
ARO Past President