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Carrying out the obligatory ritual of reading the addresses of my predecessors I learned that the Society had met once previously in Cincinnati, in 1945, before the “and Hygiene” was added to our name. Appropriately, President Rolla Dyer's address that year was titled “Medical Research in the Postwar World”, and it contained hints of things to come. For example, Dyer mentioned that to promote the training of scientists the National Institute of Health (NIH) had established fellowships, some of which had been filled!
I am pleased that the venue of this meeting is Cincinnati, a city which at a personal level has much meaning for me. It is my mother's birthplace, and is where my parents met and married before they migrated to that then-distant land, Texas. One memorable summer my brother and I stayed with a much-loved uncle and aunt in Cincinnati who were devoted fans of the Cincinnati Reds, and they took us often to the ballpark.