Editors’ highlightsWe are looking forward to the British International Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in July in London—not in the city centre but in Docklands, a historic area that has recently been transformed. When London's Royal Victoria Dock opened in 1855 it was at the forefront of technology, designed specifically for steamships, and by 1921 the “Royal” docks were the largest in the world. Today they form a backdrop to the City Airport and ExCeL, London's largest conference and exhibition centre, which will host the Congress and later be one of the venues for the 2012 Olympics.
Editors’ highlightsWhat's new?Reviews: Investigating genetic polymorphism in defined diseases is going to open a completely new field of research. No longer are the end-products of this polymorphism – enzymes and proteins in the circulating blood – the focus of research, but the alterations at the cellular and chromosomal level itself. At the medical school of Chicago a place is reserved for those who will discover the cause of eclampsia, still the cause of numerous maternal deaths in the developing world and still seen also in industrialized countries.
Editor's highlightsInternational Women's Day (IWD) is being celebrated on March 8th this year, as indeed it is every year. We suspect that this annual event has escaped the notice of many obstetricians and gynaecologists, though those using the Internet on that date may wonder why Google has changed its logo to include the female symbol. IWD was first observed in 1909 in the United States as part of a campaign by the Socialist Party of America against poor working conditions for women. The day was adopted by socialists across the world, notably by Soviet Russia, and it remains an official holiday in many countries of the former USSR.
Editors’ highlightsThe FIGO World Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 5 to 10 November 2006 was a great success for the organisers. About eight thousand participants from all over the world attended the meeting. It was the best attended congress, so far, since the foundation of FIGO by De Watteville in 1954 in Geneva, Switzerland. Since then, every three years FIGO has organised a World Congress of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, the last one being in 2003 in Chile. FIGO's other activities include:
Editors’ highlightsAt the start of a new year it is hard to resist the temptation to look backward and forward, like the Italian deity Janus who gave his name to January. In 2007 this Journal will be 36 years old. It was conceived by the Societies of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Netherlands and Northern Belgium and its first editorial in 1971 invited contributions from further field. This month we have papers from a dozen countries, half of them outside Europe, and our founders – some of whom are still active in research – must be delighted with this success.