The year is progressing well, despite the challenges and we are heading in the right direction. As we move forward I would like to encourage everyone to think about three words â€“ communication, motivation and responsibility. Communication is a vital aspect towards supporting motivation amongst our staff to promote ownership and responsibility while carrying out our duties.2017 has provided some highlights. On behalf of staff and management I congratulate two of the Instituteâ€™s staff who have received their PhDs – Dr Livingstone Tavul and Dr Janet Gare (the first national female). We thank our former Director Professor Peter Siba for believing in capacity building. This has opened the way for the PNGIMR staff to pursue further studies in health and medical research within PNG and abroad. To our PNG National scientists who have completed their studies and for those who are still doing their studies. I encourage you all to strive for the best in your careers, and to be leaders in the field of medical and health research in Papua New Guinea (PNG). We have a good management team in place that is ensuring the Institute functions normally. The Council is yet to appoint a permanent Director and the Deputy Director of CASS and management to appoint an HR Manager but this is being worked on. In the spirit of team work I would like to encourage the PNGIMR staff to stand together and work towards organizing a successful 50th Anniversary celebration for the Institute in August 2018. Since 1968 this Institute has been a pioneer in the field of research so as to improve the health status of Papua New Guineans. As we work towards celebrating our 50th Anniversary let us look forward and ask ourselves what the PNGIMR can become 50 years from now. That dream starts today in all that we do together as staff of the PNGIMR.