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A year of presidency is also an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the Society to which one belongs and I thought my farewell address would be the time to share with you some thoughts on who we are and what brings us together. The better we understand the demographics of our membership and the spectrum of our collective research experiences and aspirations, the easier it should be for our community to mesh and thrive. Also, a survey of the last decade's trends in our own scientific program and in the biomedical world at large should be of some help in planning for the future. Other presidents have chosen themes related to their own work as investigators or have given us an overview of progress in specific disease entities, but looking at the dense and rich scientific program before you I felt I should provide a little relief from serious research.