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President's Message

April 2, 2018

Dear SRI Colleagues,

I would like to begin by thanking you all for allowing me this unique opportunity to serve as your President. I am very honored and enthusiastic for the year to come and to witness the growth of our Society.

I would first like to thank my predecessor, Dr. Sandy Davidge for her excellent work over the last year. She has provided a great foundation on which I will continue to build. SRI has seen numerous new initiatives over the last few years from the multiple new grants offered, the opportunity for meeting attendees to receive travel awards, and even the Mentor-in-a-Cloud program, which allows Career Development opportunities for our In Training Members. With these great programs being not only established, but also proven successful, it only makes me that much more excited for my year to ensure continuity and growth.

While I will continue to vigorously support the initiatives of Dr. Sandy Davidge, and Dr. Yoel Sadovsky, there are additional issues that I would like to focus on during the coming year. One of these is the renegotiation of the SRI journal contract. The SRI Leadership does not take this process lightly, and we will be exploring all options to make a decision that is most responsible, and beneficial for our membership.

Additionally, over the next year, we will be discussing the next international SRI Annual Meeting. As you are all aware, we will be traveling to Paris in 2019, and are hoping to return to an international meeting again in 2023. SRI Leadership will be analyzing past meeting data to make an informed decision on where our next Annual Scientific Meeting will take place. We will also be determining an appropriate frequency for our Annual Meetings being held at an international location.

Furthermore, I will be addressing the issue of how to reshape our finances to ensure the sustainability of our Society, our Annual Meeting and our many and various initiatives in order to fulfil our mission. This will be done in concert with ideas and initiatives from our increasingly successful development committee under the guidance of Dr. Les Myatt and Debra Hangsterfer.

Finally, as we continue to push agendas and make decisions on behalf of the SRI membership, we wish to ensure that all of these decisions are infused with your ideas and supported by you. During my time as President, it will be important that all decisions made will benefit our membership, as well as the longevity of the Society. We will be working in the most transparent ways possible, and welcome any questions or opinions.

I want to take this opportunity to extend my sincerest invitation for you to join us in Paris (recently voted as the #1 travel destination by Trip Advisor) for the 2019 Annual Meeting.  It is shaping up to be a great program, and we are thrilled to begin sharing more details with you.

Again, thank you for this opportunity, and I am looking forward to the year ahead.

Sincerely,

Murray Mitchell, DPhil, DSc
SRI President, 2018-2019