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Changes in the ILF Board of Directors

Three board members have recently resigned and/or stepped down at the end of their terms. We thank them all for their tremendous contributions and wish them success in their future endeavors:

Prof. Peter Franks (London, England), along with Christine Moffatt was a founding member of the ILF since 2009, also serving as the ILF’s official Company Secretary for many years. At the recent 2019 ILF Conference, Peter was appointed Honorary Board Member, recognizing his outstanding contribution as an ILF founding member, driving forward the international framework concept and for his continuous support of ILF research projects, most notably the Observational Study and LIMPRINT Study analysis.

Prof. Vaughan Keeley (Derby, England) was one of the original ILF board members, serving since 2009. He served as Deputy Chair and Vice Chair for several years. In addition to his many contributions to the ILF research projects focusing on children, LIMPRINT and Outcome Measures project, he served on numerous ILF scientific conference committees and was most recently Scientific Chair of the ILF conference in Rotterdam.  He continues to be a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Lymphoedema, an official ILF publication.

Margaret Sneddon, RN (Glasgow, Scotland) served as a board member since her appointment in 2009. She led the planning committee for the ILF 2014 conference in Glasgow and participated in all of the conference planning committees since then. Her most significant contribution to the ILF was leading the LEBS – Lymphedema Education Benchmark Standards project. Although officially stepping down as a board member, Margaret will still be involved in this important project through a transition period.

The ILF warmly welcomes three new members to its Board of Directors:

Dr. David H. Keast is a native of London, Canada. With a practice focused on chronic wound and lymphoedema management, he is currently the Medical Director of the Outpatient Chronic Wound Management Clinic at the Parkwood Institute, London.  Dr. Keast is a Clinical Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine and Associate Scientist in the Parkwood Research Institute, part of the Lawson Health Research Institute.
He is a founding board member and past President of the Canadian Association of Wound Care, the founding co-chair of the Canadian Lymphedema Framework.
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Melanie Thomas is a Chartered Physiotherapist and the National Clinical Lead for Lymphoedema Services in Wales, UK. She was instrumental in developing equitable lymphoedema services in Wales and now manages the award winning Lymphoedema Network Wales. Melanie qualified as a lymphoedema teacher in 2005 as part of the Macmillan Lymphoedema Education Programme and leads on the education programme in Wales, delivering MLD and lymphoedema advanced update courses.
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Dr. Tonny Karlsmark is consultant and associated professor in Dermato-venereology working at Bispebjerg Hospital, University of Copenhagen. As former head of the department for 15 years, he has experience as well as a diploma in National Health Service Management. He has held Honorary positions such as chairman of the Danish Dermatological Society 2003-2005 and chairman of the Danish Lymphoedema Framework (DLF) from 2010.
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