I am delighted to report that we received almost 850 abstracts for the 2024 Annual Meeting in Vancouver! This is outstanding and I want to thank all of those who submitted their work for our meeting. If you were unable to make the deadline, there will be opportunity to submit a Late Breaking abstract (Deadline: January 12, 2024). Importantly, the top Late Breaking abstracts can also be selected for oral presentation.
I am also pleased to share the second Presidents Distinguished Lecturer, Tracy L. Bale, PhD. Professor Bale is the Anschutz Foundation Endowed Chair in Women's Integrated Mental and Physical Health Research at the Ludeman Center and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado. An amazing program is being developed under the leadership of Professor Dino Giussani and we urge you to look at the latest program updates. Registration for the meeting is in full swing. We encourage underrepresented colleagues, to consider applying to our reduced registration fee program.
We continue to build our international linkages. In late September, SRI supported a webinar, Reproductive Sciences in Chile, hosted by SRI’s Global Outreach Committee. The outstanding webinar was well-attended and featured four excellent Chilean speakers. If you were not able to attend, I encourage you to watch the recording. The next webinar, Reproductive Sciences in Australia, will take place the first half of 2024; watch your email for more details.
You may recall that two SRI-Task Forces were formed to support the development of a brand-new SRI website, and to develop strategies to capture and utilize data to support SRI strategic planning. Both have been very active, and we look forward to updating our membership further, in due course. Our other committees have been busy supporting our Societies vision and mission.
Finally, I wish to once again congratulate Professor Sarah England, PhD, on her election into the National Academy of Medicine! This is a well-deserved recognition. Many thanks to the SoAR Committee for supporting the nomination of our members for these prestigious awards!
As always, if you have news you would like to see highlighted regarding you or a colleague, please reach out to the SRI Staff.
Stephen G. Matthews, PhD
SRI President, 2023-2024