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AOCR 2018 was held in the dynamic and vibrant city of Mumbai India from January 25 to 28. This was also the occasion of change of guards of AOSR. It gives me great pleasure and honour in stepping in as the President of AOSR for the 2018-2020 term. The President handover ceremony happened on January 26 which is Indian Republic Day as well as Australia Day. The First Asian-Oceanian Congress was held in Melbourne in 1971, my new home, and I took the office of the President of AOSR in Mumbai, India, the country where I was born. These unique coincidences made the event extra special for me.

AOCR is a distinctive and unique academic meeting in Asia and Oceanian region. The host Organizing Committee members of Maharashtra Branch of IRIA with support from Dr Bhupendra Ahuja and Dr Mohanan K, 2017 and 2018 IRIA Presidents respectively, did a fantastic job in putting together this meeting with high level scientific contents with renowned international and
national speakers. This meeting was truly international and the local OC raised the bar to a new height. Mumbai being the hub of Bollywood the social program not surprisingly had a very strong flavor of it. They deserve a big congratulation.

Since the inception of AOSR on 11 October 1969 in Tokyo Japan we have come a long way. The previous leaders and Councillors of the Society have made enormous contributions in what is today a well-established regional society interacting with the likes of RSNA and ESR.

However, there is still a lot to do and all future Office bearers will not have an idle moment. We are here for our member countries and to represent the Asia-Oceanian region on the global platform. The Executive Council of AOSR has a number of tasks at hand and I will be working with them closely in progressing the cause of AOSR. We will be looking at putting together initiatives to improve communication and engagement with our member countries, to improve the practice and standard of Radiology and Nuclear medicine in this region and strengthen the relationship between various Societies, to name a few.

I will be supported by an excellent team of Office Bearers and Councillors. We have also seen a change in the Office Director with Dr. Whal Lee taking over from Dr. Jongmin Lee.

We are holding a strategic planning day in Kuala Lumpur on 22 April, 2018 and this will give us a great opportunity to establish a strategic direction for the Society with some goals for us to work towards. We will also review our internal governance practice, institute more policies and guidelines and strengthen some of the framework around which we conduct our business.

I can see some exciting times ahead of us but this cannot be done by the Executive Council alone and we will be reaching out to our member countries for volunteers and support.

I plan on sending a newsletter to our members twice a year updating on our activities and matters of general interest.

Yours sincerely,