I am truly honoured and grateful to accept the role of HUPO President for the term 2023-2024. Thank you for the confidence placed in me and the entire HUPO Executive Committee (EC) team to continue to build our legacy. I also want to acknowledge the extraordinary leadership provided by Yu-Ju Chen and the previous HUPO Executive. Their work and dedication, particularly with the Strategic Plan, has moved the association into a new era. Together with the EC, I look forward to serving the HUPO membership and advancing a number of HUPO activities and initiatives.
HUPO boasts a number of distinctive strengths, namely the powerful passion and tireless work of its volunteers on various committees and initiatives with diversity and inclusion. These individuals together with HUPO’s management team, have realized a number of significant accomplishments over the past seven years including a 38% increase in financial assets, a 143% increase in membership, 122% increase in Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) members, highly successful virtual and in-person annual congresses, the digital HUPOST newsletter, implementation of the Proteomics Knowledge Resource (PKR), use of social media platforms, the establishment of the Early Career Researcher (ECR) Initiative and much more.
In looking to the future and how we can continue to build on our accomplishments, a Strategic Plan Working Group completed a thorough review of HUPO and focused on new aspirations that would create a better HUPO in the future. The most important aspirational goals were prioritized with the following major initiatives being developed to help attain these goals:Expand the impact of proteomics in science.
Bring the clinical world into HUPO and HUPO into the clinical world.
- Develop and enable HUPO ambassadors
- Expand social media including the online presence of HUPO
- Support the next phase of human proteome projects and other new initiatives
- Collect and use “Success Stories” to support several goals
Support and facilitate education.
- Outreach and support programs across translation and clinical applications
Facilitate inclusive and diverse leadership at all levels of the HUPO organization.
- Create Best Practice recommendations for wet lab and dry (computational) lab workflows
- Create and make available educational material and training courses
- Expand outreach for educational programs outside the annual congress
Improve the funding structure and mechanisms of the organization.
- Leadership training opportunities
- Early and mid-career support for academia and industry paths
Every day, I am impressed by this extraordinary community that nurtures a culture of mutual care and international pride, and is dedicated to making life better for everyone who is touched by the work of thousands of individuals involved with proteomics. Each day, I see the brilliance, passion and commitment of so many and am inspired to continue strengthening and building this organization so it continues to flourish well into the future. HUPO has a remarkable story to tell, and I am eager to share it far and wide. I hope you will join me in continuing to propel HUPO and the proteomics community forward.
Jennifer Van Eyk
HUPO President 2023-2024