President's blog

March 2020: welcome; long-term plan; COVID-19; 2020 Meeting


I am delighted, as your new president, to open this discourse with you all in 2020.

Long-term plan

In my candidate statement, I committed to five major programmes as part of my vision for the future of our Society:

  • Supporting the evolution of quicker and easier versions of our tests which are less onerous for our patients without loss of diagnostic power.
  • Increasing worldwide accessibility to visual electrodiagnostics, particularly for developing economies and remote communities.
  • Building technically-rich ISCEV teaching to educate the technicians we need to sustain our services.
  • Establishing a taskforce to improve diagnostic robustness via harmonised reference data.
  • Creating ISCEV’s green policy to reduce our carbon footprint and adverse environmental impact.

These programmes form the longer-term plan for our Society, and all will require your input, your criticisms and your support. I am asking you for feedback, positive or negative, and most especially for your expertise and any time you can offer to help us to improve and achieve these goals. If you feel you are quite junior or still new to the field, I would especially like to hear from you.

In the shorter term, I have been working with Board members to strengthen our administrative position, prepare for improved governance of the Society and improve support for key Board roles, and I will keep you informed about these matters.


We have all watched the progress of COVID-19 with dismay, and I wish especially to express concern and pass well wishes to our members in the most affected countries, China, Korea, Italy and Iran.

2020 meeting, Iles de la Madeleine

Pierre Lachapelle and his team are preparing a unique experience for those of us who will meet in Canada this September. The website indicates there are only 88 days until abstract submission closes and I hope that, like me, you are preparing to share your work. As with most beautiful places, Iles de la Madeleine requires a little more travelling, but will reward the effort. Pierre is also keeping an eye on the COVID-19 situation and any impact on our meeting.

Future blog topics will cover good statistical practice and spotlights on Board members and what they do for our Society. Do join in the conversation on facebook and (new!) twitter account , and contact me about anything ISCEV-related at

Please keep a good work life balance, and do wash your hands frequently.

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