Dr López Musi helped establish ILSI Argentina 25 years ago…

…and at its anniversary celebration in October 2015, ILSI Argentina members, advisors, and staff recognized him with the well-deserved and lifelong title of ILSI Argentina Honorary President. We would like to thank Dr López Musi for his vision and for his commitment to the ILSI model. We do this in part by reprinting in its entirety an open letter Dr López Musi wrote to the ILSI network in 2013. His words are as relevant and meaningful now as they were then.

From all of us within ILSI Argentina and the entire ILSI network: thank you Dr López Musi, for your leadership and friendship.

“To the ILSI Community,

I am very happy to be here today at the “Interactive Session on Building Stronger Scientific Programs,” convened at the 2013 ILSI Annual Meeting. I appreciate the opportunity to contribute to this meeting with my personal experience, after over 30 years with ILSI and over 50 years as a PhD in Chemistry dedicated to Food Science.

It is good to see that the global ILSI family is growing, with young members that bring new value to the life sciences challenges. I don´t think that there are currently other institutions with this type of organization and this is what has made the ILSI model unique. I would like to take this great opportunity to share my humble experience with the newer generations, who can contribute to solve the issues that ILSI identifies as priorities in the different regions of the world.

I believe that in spite of the incredible developments in communications, these will remain to be an institutional challenge, in areas of common interest like food safety, nutrition, biotechnology and the environment. One of ILSI’s most valuable strengths is, in my experience, the great international network we were able to build. We should leverage this network and put it to work through more knowledge exchange and face to face interactions among branches.

This would facilitate synergies and harmonization in key technical areas like methodological approaches, analytical procedures, metrology, establishment of thresholds, risk assessment criteria, etc. This can give us, as ILSI, an in-house implementation of harmonization initiatives that could then be shared with our partners, stakeholders and different audiences in a tripartite approach.
In summary, I honestly believe that enhancing personal interactions is the way in which ILSI could make truly meaningful contributions to harmonization, one of the main global challenges to be addressed.

Although we have made progress in this direction, I´d strongly encourage each branch and the whole ILSI network to work on a plan of visits and exchanges and take this unique opportunity to enhance ILSI’s impact on people’s health and well-being around the world.

Many thanks for your attention,

Juan Carlos López Musi, PhD
January 2013″