Dayong Gao Assumes Presidency

Dayong_GaoAs cryobiologists, we are entering a new era when cryobiology has a unique and significant contribution and impact on almost every major biomedical research and application area. A once opaque science shrouded in mystery (and liquid nitrogen vapors!) has captured the attention of the public through mainstream news articles on tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, artificial organs, and tissue-organ transplantation. With this diverse range of applications and growing public acknowledgement, this is an exciting time for the field, its scientists and end users, and the Society for Cryobiology.

I inherit a Society whose productivity has flourished during the previous two years under the guidance of my predecessor, Dr. Jason Acker. I could not ask for a better springboard from which to begin my term as President.

Over the next two years I plan to focus on several key areas, including strengthening our ties to other societies and organizations that apply cryobiology in research and practice, such as the Center for Cellular Therapies (AABB), the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT), the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER), among other related societies, through establishing and renewing MOUs, and extending the Society for Cryobiology’s reach through offering cryobiology sessions, workshops or training courses at larger Society conferences.

Membership, a concern for any member based organization, is also at the forefront of my agenda. Over the next year we plan to review, renew and relaunch our corporate and institutional membership scheme and aim to attract young and new-to-the-field investigators to join us as members. Any plan to increase membership requires dedication to long term strategy which will be put into place over the coming year.

Lastly I aim to develop strategies to make governments and funding agencies aware of the great importance and increased-urgent need for further cryobiology research and its great impact on the modern and future science, technology, environment, and healthcare. We can do this in association with our annual meetings by inviting key decision makers and policy influencers, making our meetings not only a place for our community of cryobiologists to share research, but a chance to influence research funding, and social, environmental and health policies throughout the wider community.

If you have any ideas, questions or comments, please reach out to me at [email protected] at any stage. I will be only too pleased to have the chance to talk to you!

With Best Wishes,
Prof. Dayong Gao
President, Society for Cryobiology