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President's Message

March 1, 2021

Dear SRI Colleagues,

February was a very productive and exciting month for the SRI. Thanks to many hours of effort from Drs. Burd, Seli, and Rueda, the SRI council, and in communication with SRI staff and outside vendors, we have made the decision to offer a virtual option for participation in the 2021 SRI Annual Meeting

This exciting development will allow all persons who are unable to travel due to travel restricts or health concerns to participate, share science, exchange ideas and engage in warm collegial interactions. Thus, we are planning the first ever ‘HYBRID’ SRI MEETING! 

Currently in the US, COVID-19 immunizations are occurring at a brisk rate and infections are plummeting. Models predict that by this summer the situation is likely to support an in-person meeting option for those who are interested. Assuming these trends continue, SRI remains optimistic about an in-person meeting this July.

Let me take this opportunity to mention a few important details. We will offer reduced meeting registration fees this year, and the same fee for either virtual or in-person participation. Detailed information on fees can be found on the SRI website. If you have the opportunity, SRI strongly supports and encourages COVID-19 vaccination. At the meeting, SRI will abide by local guidance in effect. We will assist attendees by taking extra measures, such as distancing and masking to ensure a safe meeting. 

Whether you choose to attend in-person or virtually, the 2021 HYBRID SRI Annual Meeting will feature cutting-edge science from around the world. Despite the pandemic, the submitted abstracts are exceptional! 

SRI is delighted to announce the 2021 President’s Distinguished Lecturers. SRI is honored to have these renowned scientists share inspirational stories of scientific discovery. 

  • Dr. Joan Steitz is the 2018 recipient of the Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science for her RNA discoveries and advocacy for women who work in science. Dr. Steitz will speak about her exciting research on RNA. 
  • Dr. Gregg L. Semenza, who received the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability, will deliver a talk about his research on hypoxia. SRI is pleased to host the March of Dimes ‘Richard B. Johnston, Jr., MD’ Developmental Biology Prize.
  • Dr. Susan Fisher is recipient of this distinguished prize and will speak on her research on the human placenta and its role in preeclampsia. These fields of investigation have obvious and immense importance to reproduction and we are excited to have these outstanding scientists share their knowledge with attendees. 

As we close out Black History Month and enter into March, which is Women’s History Month, we take this opportunity to recognize and celebrate the women within our Society and those in the past that have helped shape our profession. SRI is working with ACOG and other organizations on its Collective Action Addressing Racism. SRI members are engaged in the Recognition Sub-Group and have issued a statement and made a commitment to address systemic racism not only in these months, but throughout the year. That statement is included in the current issue of 1st Alert. Let me also take this opportunity to refer you to Vice President Neal-Perry’s message!

I look forward to sharing more details about the Annual Meeting as they become available.

Best wishes,

Jim Segars, MD
SRI President, 2019-2021

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