I am thrilled to report the success of the linkage of the Association of University Anesthesiologists and International Anesthesia Research Society meetings. The attendance was very high for both meetings and the presentations were exceptional.

Our membership and meeting participation have expanded substantially through the inclusion of Associate Members, young faculty with funding (including T32, FAER or institutional grants) and increased numbers of international members.

The Saturday for both the AUA and IARS included a Scholars’ Program that was sold-out; the scholars were thrilled with the mentoring program and the presentations. It was clear that the missions of the AUA and IARS are unified in the desire to foster and help our young investigators. Finally, the mechanical ventilation symposium was extraordinary, and it exemplified the common mission of exposing all our members to the best investigators in the world.

We hope to not only duplicate this success at the AUA 64th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC in 2017, but to produce an even better meeting. Please send us your suggestions to auameetings@iars.org.

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Jeanine P. Wiener-Kronish, MD
President, Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA)