Development Committee

development committee


The Development Committee is involved in/promotes initiatives related to fundraising, development, sponsorship, external grant funding and related external/corporate funding. The Development Committee will assist in developing relationships that benefit SRI and its members, in order to promote meaningful relationships and bring in additional funding to SRI via sponsorships and external education grants, as well as individual/planned giving.

Committee Members

Chair: John Challis, OC, PhD, FRCOG, FRS- University of Toronto
Laxmi Baxi, MD- Columbia University
Jonathan Cherry- March of Dimes
Hilary Critchley, MD, DSc- University of Edinburgh
Lou Muglia, MD, PhD- Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Amy Murtha, MD (DEI Representative), Rutgers RWJ Medical School
Stephen Lye, PhD- University of Toronto
Jerome Strauss, MD- University of Pennsylvania
Thomas Zollner, MD- Bayer AG
Staff liaison: Leah Miller

Composition and Appointment

In addition to the Chair, the ideal size for this committee would be 7-10 members. Most of the work of the Development Committee is conducted via email/phone, with bi-monthly virtual conference calls throughout the year. The committee may also meet in-person at the Annual Meeting.


  • Participate in group discussions and communicate via email as needed to inform discussions and complete committee tasks
  • Collaborate with the SRI Program Committee to find appropriate supporters for the Mini Symposia and lunches as necessary at the Annual Meeting
  • Develop recommendations for programs and strategies aimed at supporting younger generations

Development Committee’s Work

SRI Foundation ($2.5M goal by 75th Anniversary)
Annual Meeting Fundraising such as Mini Symposia supporters
Partnerships between SRI and other companies
Annual giving campaigns for SRI Membership

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