Sing for the Gov'nor: a Call to Advocacy for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

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  • Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, District of Columbia

Fellow Society members, distinguished guests, and friends. My sincere thanks to Scott Halstead for his generous introduction. Also, I thank the membership of the society for giving me the privilege to serve as President, for there is no honor greater than recognition by one's peers. I also wish to thank the U.S. Army for a wonderful career in medical research—but for the record let me say that my comments here today are my own as a Society member and do not reflect any official positions of the Army or any other agency of the U.S. government. And finally special thanks to Dr. Peter Weller, our Secretary-Treasurer who—as everyone knows—really runs our Society.

OPENING THOUGHTS Before I begin my address, pause with me for a moment to consider: who are we, the members of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH)? What is so distinctive about our membership?