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Dear Friends and Members of WARMTH,

Irene J VirgoliniAs 2020 is approaching, this is my last letter as president of  WARMTH and it is my privilege to summarize my presidency for the last two years. It was an honour for me to serve WARMTH as Congress President of the 10th ICRT-2015 held in Innsbruck, Austria, under President Richard Baum, Bad Berka, Germany, as President-Elect (2016 – 2017) under President Suresh Srivastava, Brookhaven, USA, as President (2018 – 2019), and I am looking forward to continuing serving WARMTH as Past-President under the Presidency of Partha Choudhury, New Delhi, India (2020 – 2021) and Mike Sathekge, Pretoria, South Africa (2022 – 2023).

With the assistance of our Chief Operating Officer, Josh Mailman, Oakland, USA, we have gone totally electronic and have continually taken steps to improve the administration of our WARMTH. His help and commitment have been immeasurable. A revised version of the Constitution of The WARMTH was presented to, and subsequently approved and adopted by the General Assembly of WARMTH, which was held on the 6th May 2015 during the 10th ICRT at Innsbruck, Austria. Following ongoing discussions on the Indian tax system, under the presidency of Suresh Srivastava, USA (2017 - 2018), the move of The WARMTH from India to the USA was finally adopted and approved by The WARMTH General Assembly during the ICRT-2017 held in Vienna, Austria. Following the agreement, all members of The WARMTH society registered in India became members of the WARMTH society registered in the State of Delaware, USA, The „WARMTH Inc.“ (Bylaws March 5, 2018).

Especially, I would like to mention our research advances.

  1. Thyroid Diseases - Radioiodine Therapy for Differentiated Thyroid Carcinoma (Sabina Dizdarevic, Sussex, UK)

The project under the lead of Sabina Dizdarevic has been completed and published this year. Our first statement can be found on the website of the World Journal of Nuclear Medicine. “The World Association of Radiopharmaceutical and Molecular Therapy position statement on the initial radioiodine therapy for differentiated thyroid carcinoma.” World J Nucl Med. 2019 Apr-Jun;18(2):123-126. 

  1. PRRT - Margarida Rodrigues (Innsbruck, Austria)

Margarida Rodrigues leads the retrospective trial “Retrospective Study: Multicenter Analysis of 68Ga-Somatostatin Receptor and 18F-FDG-PET/CT (Dual-Tracer Imaging) in Neuroendocrine Tumor Patients Treated With Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy”. Currently, the CRFs are under completion and it is planned to publish an interim analysis soon. The cooperation with the office of Diana Paez, IAEA, was very important and we are very grateful to her and her office. As in the past, the IAEA support continues to be offered to The WARMTH. 

  1. PRLT – Hojjat Ahmadzadehfar (Bonn, Germany)

The retrospective study under the lead of Hojjat Ahmadzadehfar (WARMTH Retrospective Multicentre Analysis of Castration Refractory Metastatic Prostate Cancer Patients Treated by Lu-PSMA-617) has already some intermediate results that are planned to be submitted for publication by the end of the year. The cooperation with the IAEA office of Diana Paez was again very important for this project.

Other studies in Prostate Cancer are still under discussion. Harvey Turner, Perth, Australia is promoting the “National Investigators Global Harmonization of Theranostics of Cancer of the Prostate (NiGHTCAP)” study. Salvage Radiotherapy with or without 177Lu-PSMA Radionuclide Treatment for Lymph Node Metastatic Prostate Cancer: A Randomized Phase 2 Trial is in planning by Finn von Eyben, Helsinki, Finland. The combination Treatment 223Ra / 177Lu-PSMA617 is promoted by myself and Sabina Dizdarevic, Sussex, UK.

WARMTH welcomed the new Editor-in-Chief of the World Journal of Nuclear Medicine, Qaisar Siraj, Kuwait. Qaisar Siraj took over this important task from the former Editor-in-Chief, John Buscombe. Qaisar Siraj will collaborate with his editorial team and publishers for delivering a high-quality publication, and endeavor to enhance the journal visibility, impact factor and popularity.  

WARMTH held the 14th ICRT-2019 in Nanjing, China. I want to express my gratitude to the Congress President in Nanjing, Feng Wang, for the organization of this excellent congress. During the ICRT-2019 Meeting in Nanjing the 4th Ajit Padhy Oration was presented by Mathew L. Thakur, Philadelphia, USA on “Oncologic Urology” and the Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 was presented to Xiujie Liu, Beijing, China.

In 2019 WARMTH took part in several prestigious meetings including the ISRT at the 3rd Serbian Meeting on Hybrid Imaging and Molecular Therapy in Novi Sad, Serbia, organized by Jasna Mihailovic, as well as the 20th Meeting of the Cyprus Society of Nuclear Medicine, held in Limassol, organized by Savvas Frangos and Rena Demetriadou. Furthermore, WARMTH was present at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine in Anaheim, California, USA and the ENETS and, EANM meetings in Barcelona, Spain.

In 2020 the 15th ICRT-2020 will be held in Cox bazar, Bangladesh from November 19-22, 2020. The congress will be together with the 25th Bangladesh Nuclear Medicine Society Meeting organized by Raihan Hussein and Faria Nasreen, Dhaka, who have started to work on the programme. I sincerely hope that I may see many of you in Bangladesh. The deadline for abstract submission is June 2020. Please also note the deadline for the nomination of the 5th Ajit Padhy Oration by the end of February 2020 which will be decided by the WARMTH's Executive Board. Awards to be given at the ICRT-2020 include the Life Achievement Award 2020, Best Poster and Best Oral Presentation Awards. WARMTH will also install a Paul Hertz Award for a young ambitious scientist. There will be a link on the WARMTH website for the announcement.

At the end of my letter, I want to mention that I put a booklet on the legacy of WARMTH together which can be found online on our website, looking back on the mutual success of our organization over the years since its foundation. You may download the 400-page booklet, summarizing our ICRTs / ISRTs with many photos from our WARMTH friends club. 

Lastly, I want to thank you once again for the extraordinary teamwork and continued support. I appreciate your diligent efforts in executing the missions of The WARMTH, and hope to keep seeing you at the events in the coming years!

Merry Christmas, warm Seasonal Greetings and a Happy New Year 2020,
full of peace, joy, and success!

With warm wishes,

 

 

 

 

Irene Virgolini
President, WARMTH
2018 - 2019