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President's Message

February 3, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

We are little over a month away from the 2020 Annual Meeting. As details come together and we are finalizing initiatives started during the past year, I am thrilled to share some updates with you.

First, I want to remind everyone that for the first time the 2020 Annual Meeting of the SRI will host the prestigious March of Dimes Developmental Biology Prize. The recipient will not be announced until March 12th at the annual meeting. As the excitement builds as to who the recipient will be, I hope you will plan to attend this renowned lecture. We will be sharing the name of the recipient as soon as possible.

Second, the quality of the submitted abstracts at the 2020 Annual Meeting is outstanding. Once again, the program committee has done a stupendous job with symposia organization and meeting sessions.  The science, speakers, and opportunities for interaction with colleagues have never been better.

In addition to the 2020 Annual Meeting, there have been many developments for SRI on the business side of our organization. One of these is an updated strategic plan prepared by SRI leadership. Over the last several months, leadership has taken a hard look at the SRI strategic plan, and critically questioned how best to serve members and our meeting attendees now, and in the future. SRI leadership identified nine different domains or areas of the Society which require our attention, or are critical to the work of our organization and its mission. Within these domains, various internal and external societal and cultural influences were identified, and these were labeled as “drivers” that might influence the mission and future of our society. An example of a driver is recent advances in technology; the SRI needs to be responsive to our increasingly tech-savvy membership as new technologies and platforms become available.

Very soon, we will share a draft of the updated strategic plan with you for your input, comments, suggestions and feedback. While a lot of time and thought went into this document, its success depends on your input! Each domain contains an action plan detailing goals, actions to be taken by members, committees, volunteers and staff, and timelines for accomplishing the objectives. This is an extremely important initiative, and we depend on feedback from the membership at large to make this a success. Please keep an eye on your inbox in the coming weeks.

The leadership and staff will incorporate your suggestions and the new strategic plan will be presented at the Annual Meeting. I look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!

Best wishes in the New Year,


Jim Segars, MD
SRI President, 2019-2020