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IMACS Committees

IMACS Scientific Committee:

This committee will review research proposals of studies that would involve the participation of IMACS members, as well as publications involving IMACS/its members prior to their submission (including appropriate authorship). This committee will also suggest future scientific directions and new studies for IMACS to embark upon.

Current Scientific Committee members are:

  • Dana Ascherman (Chair)
  • Rohit Aggarwal (Vice Chair)
  • Olivier Benveniste
  • Robert Cooper
  • Katalin Danko
  • Mazen Dimachkie
  • Susan Kim
  • Andrew Mammen
  • Frederick Miller (Past Chair)
  • Chester Oddis
  • Lauren Pachman

IMACS Meeting Planning Committee:

This committee will plan and organize the annual IMACS meetings and will also suggest proposals for other meetings, such as presentations at the American College of Rheumatology Myositis Study Group.

Current Meeting Planning Committee members are:

  • Lisa Rider (Chair)
  • Lesley Ann Saketkoo (Vice Chair)
  • Mary Cronin
  • Floranne Ernste
  • Ignacio Garcia de la Torre
  • Patrick Gordon
  • Bianca Lang
  • Carol Lindsley
  • Liza McCann
  • Helga Sanner
  • Annet van Royen-Kerkhof
  • Jiri Vencovsky

IMACS Committee Procedures:

New committee members will be solicited from the entire IMACS Group and the entire IMACS Group will vote on the selection of new committee members. Members of committees may serve a term of up to 3 years duration that may be renewed one time, provided that the majority of committee members agree to the renewal. Following formation of a new committee, 1/3 of the members will rotate off after 2 years of service, 1/3 after 3 years of service and 1/3 after 4 years of service, to provided a staggered rotation of committee members. At least one IMACS Coordinator or Administrator will be permanently assigned to each IMACS Committee, but they may rotate between committees periodically. A committee member may be asked to resign for failure to meet deadlines or if not actively participating in the committee's work for more than 6 months.

A Vice Chair/Vice Coordinator shall be appointed from within each committee to serve a 2-year appointment; this person would serve as the Acting Chair when the IMACS Chair/Coordinator is not available. When the Chair's/Coordinator's appointment ends, the Vice Chair would serve as the new committee Chair/Coordinator for a 2 year period, and the outgoing Coordinator/Chair will serve as the Past-Chair/Coordinator for a 2-year appointment. At that time, a new Vice Chair will be elected.

Rehabilitation and Exercise Special Interest Group

This group is devoted to studying the effect of exercise therapy and rehabilitation on the disease and vice versa in juvenile and adult myositis. To this end, the group is currently focused on developing and validating measures for fatigue and endurance, muscle strength testing, and functional testing for juvenile and adult myositis that can be used as endpoints in such studies.

Current Rehabilitation and Exercise Special Interest Group Members are

  • Marco van Brussel (Chair)
  • Sue Maillard (Vice Chair)
  • Tim Takken (Past Chair)

Procedures for an IMACS Special Interest Group

Members of an IMACS Special Interest Group are small focus groups centered around a particular topic of interest for myositis researchers.  All members of IMACS are eligible to join a special interest group, and its members may serve unlimited terms. The chair of the special interest group will rotate every 2 years.