May 1, 2019
As I mentioned in my previous President’s Message, your SRI leadership will be gathering soon to reexamine our SRI Strategic Plan. Please know that your responses to the membership survey will be read and evaluated by the leadership, and your views will help guide the society into the future. I thank you most sincerely for your time to complete this survey, and appreciate your continued dedication to our organization!
This past week I was reminded of the special nature of our organization. The NIH held a workshop organized by Drs. Lisa Halvorson and Goli Samimi. The focus was benign to malignant transformation in gynecologic tissues. The participants included gynecologic pathologists, basic scientists, translational scientists, clinicians, epidemiologists, ethicists, gynecologic oncologists, reproductive endocrinologists, geneticists, female pelvic medicine specialists, clinical trialists, gynecologists, obstetricians, and trainees. The science was compelling. What struck me was the engaging discussion and the different perspectives diverse team members brought to a specific question in the field of reproduction. Like a mini-SRI meeting, individuals with training in different disciplines in reproduction provided enlightenment to the research through a face-to-face meeting with exchange of ideas. Such interactions are the essence of SRI membership!
Membership in SRI has many benefits. As I am sure you have seen in your email inbox, and repeated now again in 1st Alert, one benefit exclusively for SRI Member’s viewership are the SRI Hot Topics videos. This is a video series featuring content on PCOS, Endometriosis, Preterm Birth and Preeclampsia. These presentations in these videos were all produced by SRI Members. We are thrilled with the outcome of this project, and hope that you find the videos both useful and informative. At the end of each video, there is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts on the video series as well as offer any additional topics/speakers that you think may be interesting for future educational videos. I encourage you to take the opportunity to listen and watch these exceptional presentations. The videos were supported by an educational grant from Pfizer, Inc.
As you are aware, the SRI Foundation was launched at the Annual Meeting in Paris. Many have contributed and I want to thank you for your support of the SRI Foundation. The SRI Foundation will support an increase in travel grants, additional educational opportunities, and critical mentorship initiatives. As you renew your membership dues this year, please join your colleagues in support of the SRI Foundation. The simple process of “rounding up” your membership dues is an easy way to donate. Should you need any assistance with this process, please contact the SRI Staff who will be happy to help.
I’ll look forward to updating you on the progress next month. Best wishes for May!
Jim Segars, MD
SRI President, 2019-2020