ISOTT: Roots, Founding and Beyond

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The International Society on Oxygen Transport to Tissue (ISOTT) was founded inApril, 1973 by Drs. Duane F. Bruley and HaimI. Bicher.However, the roots of ISOTT go back to Drs. Christian Bohr and August Krogh. Dr. Bruley first wanted to sponsor an international symposium on oxygen transport to tissue to highlight the research activity between his group at Clemson University and Dr. Melvin H. Knisely’s group at the Medical College of South Carolina. It was also intended to honor Dr. Knisely for his ingenious development of the Quartz Rod Crystal technique for observing blood flow in-vivo. Later Dr. Bicher was selected to organize the program from the Medical College of South Carolina

With an overwhelming response to the initial call for papers, Drs. Bruley and Bicher made the decision to found an International Society. They then decided on a name, developed the society logo, assigned a mission, developed a charter, sketched the by-laws, and contracted a publisher for the proceedings. The new societywas to include a focus on inter and cross-disciplinary research involving theoretical and experimental investigations of oxygen transport to tissue in a single session format. The society meets annually at different venues throughout the world.