It is a privilege and honor to serve as the ESPGHAN editor for the next term of 5 years and to step into the big shoes of my distinguished predecessors E. Lebenthal, M. Lentze, J.A. Walker-Smith, J.P. Desjeux, and A. Guarino.
I am looking forward to tackling this important mission with the help of my wonderful associate editors and the NASPGHAN editor-in-chief, Eric Sibley. ESPGHAN's editorial team includes distinguished figures from the society: R. Shamir (senior associate editor), P. Zimmer (head GI section), A. Dhawan (head hepatology section), O. Hernell (head nutrition section), D. Belli, Y. Bujanover, S. Cucchiara, S. Kolacek, A. Levin, S. Reif, F. Ruemmele, H. Szajewska, D. Turck, Y. Vandenplas, and M. Wilschanski. Last but not least, the heart of the crew, Ms Phyllis Barr, the managing editor.
During my preparation for the bid for the editorship position and after my appointment as the ESPGHAN editor, I have had lengthy discussions with past editors and learned a lot from their vast experience and expertise. These include E. Lebenthal, the founder of the journal, who was my mentor in Buffalo, NY; W. Balistreri, currently the editor-in chief of the Journal of Pediatrics; D. Brenner, previously the editor-in-chief of Gastroenterology; M. Lentze, who is also the chair of ESPGHAN publication committee; J.A. Walker-Smith; and A. Guarino, who has invested a lot of time and effort to make the transfer of the editorial office as smooth as possible.
Thank you, Alfredo (Guarino), for sending me back from Naples to Jerusalem with much less than 40 kg of papers, which you carried when the journal office moved from Paris to Naples, but with more than 40 kg of sound advice and encouragement.
I am looking forward to an intimate and a fruitful collaboration with my fellow, experienced editor in the west. After several discussions and meetings, I am confident that we are in full agreement as to strategies and I am certain that we shall accomplish our goals together.
The support and advice of ESPGHAN president D. Kelly and council members are crucial for ensuring the smooth transition and future running of the European editorial office.
I look forward to my term as an editor for the next 5 years with readiness to invest the time and effort together with all of the partners mentioned above. We will endeavor to achieve our goals so that JPGN will continue flourishing and so researchers, basic and clinical alike, will be proud to publish in the journal and the readers will enjoy high-quality, informative and up-to-date scientific material.