IMACS Scientific Committee:
This committee reviews proposals of research studies that would involve the participation of IMACS members, as well as surveys of and 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. The current chair of the IMACS Scientific Committee is Dr. Dana Ascherman.
IMACS Meeting Planning Committee:
IMACS holds annual meetings to update the group on new developments and allow for regular exchange of information. Workshops and other more in-depth sessions are occasionally organized to address specific topics. Although not all IMACS members attend these meetings, there is often further discussion of meeting topics by all interested IMACS members using email communications, and for some meetings, the possibility of remote web-based participation. IMACS members may access the slide presentations for each of the meetings on the members-only section of the website by logging in.
The IMACS Meeting Planning Committee plans 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. The current chair of the IMACS Meeting Planning Committee is Dr. Bianca Lang.
IMACS Scientific Interest Groups
IMACS Scientific Interest Groups are small focus groups centered around a topic of interest for myositis researchers, in some cases seeking to develop consensus in controversial areas or to develop new guidelines, and in other cases, seeking to perform new research projects. All members of IMACS are eligible to join one or more scientific interest groups, and its members may serve unlimited terms. Groups will often hold 2-4 teleconference calls per year, or communicate by email among members, and meet annually.