World Journal of Nuclear Medicine

: 2013  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 1--2

Coming of Age as an Organization: WARMTH

Ajit Kumar Padhy 
 Editor in Chief, World Journal of Nuclear Medicine, Executive Director, WARMTH, Department of Nuclear Medicine and PET, Singapore General Hospital, 169608, Singapore

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Ajit Kumar Padhy
Editor in Chief, World Journal of Nuclear Medicine, Executive Director, WARMTH, Department of Nuclear Medicine and PET, Singapore General Hospital, 169608

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World Association of Radiopharmaceutical and Molecular Therapy was inaugurated in Cartagena, Colombia on November 7, 2009 at a glittering ceremony, soon after the dissolution of World Radiopharmaceutical Therapy Council (WRPTC). WARMTH was practically an up-gradation of WRPTC. The members of the governing body of the dissolved WRPTC were requested to continue in the governing body of WARMTH to achieve smooth transition from council to a global association. WARMTH was duly registered as an International Association in India under the Societies Registration Act XXI 1860 (Government of Delhi) on August 25, 2010. Today, after two and half years of its inception, WARMTH has a total Paid Membership of 330 from all over the world, its own constitution, own journal, and a bank account. Our signature scientific activity, the International Conference on Radiopharmaceutical Therapy (ICRT), has become an Annual Global Event and is growing from strength to strength every year. We have held ICRTs at Cyprus, Mongolia, India, Colombia, South Africa, Vietnam, and Finland, covering most major regions of the world. The last ICRT, which was held in Levi, Finland, was a great success-probably one of the rarest of rare occasions when an International Congress in nuclear medicine ever held in an Arctic environment.

World Journal of Nuclear Medicine (WJNM), WARMTH's Official Journal has been making slow but steady progress. The journal has gained enough credibility to be considered good enough for getting indexed in the PubMed.

Within a few years of its creation, WARMTH has grown in stature and respect. We have been able to forge an alliance with the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) and, henceforth, WARMTH will join SNMMI in organizing one Annual SNMMI-WARMTH Symposium on Radionuclide therapy in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of SNMMI.

In the research front, we are in the process of initiating a multi-centre study on Liver Cancer Therapy using Re-188 (AHDD) Lipiodol. This project has the potential to put WARMTH at the forefront of scientific international organizations dealing with nuclear medicine.

WARMTH successfully held its first real elections, where the members voted and elected their own Governing Body (2013−2014) through secret ballots. The members of the new Governing Body are as follows: President - Prof. Richard P. Baum (Germany), Secretary - Dr. Emerita Barrenechea (Philippines), Treasurer - Dr. Parth S. Chaudhary (India), President Elect - Dr. Suresh Srivastava (U.S.A.), Past President - Prof. A. K. Padhy; and Members - Dr. Patricia Bernal Trujillo (Colombia), Dr. Luzmaria Castaneda (Dominican Republic), Prof. A. H. Elgazzar (Kuwait), Dr. Shazia Fatima (Pakistan), Dr. Gopinath Gnanasegaran (U.K.), Dr. Knut Liepe (Germany), Prof. Raihan Hussain (Bangladesh), Dr. Mai Trong Khoa (Vietnam), Prof. J. Harvey Turner (Australia), Prof. Irene Virgolini (Austria), Prof. N. Watanabe (Japan), and Dr. Seyed R Zakavi (Iran).

In keeping with the rising importance as an International Organization, the Members' Assembly of WARMTH voted in Levi (Finland) to appoint the outgoing founding President Prof. A. K. Padhy as its Executive Director to look after its administration and organization aspects.

With a lot of hard work and dedication, we have been able to lay the foundation of WARMTH, which promises to be a great International Organization. As the world moves on, so does WARMTH. We in our organization truly believe that "change" is always for better. Changing is about moving forward for the better. It brings in new ideas, new directions, and with it new results. The new governing body under the leadership of Prof. Richard Baum has taken charge from January 1, 2013. We wish the governing body great success and hope that they will be able to take WARMTH to greater heights with their collective wisdom and efforts.

'Coming of age' is a young organization's transition from childhood to adulthood. The age at which this transition takes place varies, as does the nature of the transition. For WARMTH, this has come at the right time and in the most appropriate manner. Today, WARMTH has all the attributes of a credible International Organization. These speak volumes about this new and vibrant organization's strength and character.