November 2, 2020
I hope that you are staying safe and healthy as the pandemic evolves. In the northern hemisphere, a resurgence of COVID-19 is posing considerable concern for many countries, while other countries have made outstanding success to limit viral spread. Fortunately, there is promise that an effective vaccine will become available in a few months, which will allow our society to convene again in-person. Though virtual meetings have met with success, the SRI leadership remains optimistic for an in-person meeting next July because virtual gatherings cannot match the interactions and fellowship with colleagues committed to research in reproduction.
In this message, there are several developments regarding the Annual Meeting and other opportunities that the society would like to bring to your attention. Soon, a call for mini-symposia proposals for the 2022 Annual Meeting will be sent to SRI membership. This is one of the greatest opportunities for members to involve themselves in the Annual Meeting programming. Over the years, these sessions have become a highlight of our Annual Meeting, so please submit your creative proposals.
Another exciting initiative is the new “Virtual Connection Corners” events. These events will be hosted and organized by the In Training Member Committee and will be available without cost to any In Training Member of SRI. These events will provide a unique opportunity for trainees to connect with mid-career and senior SRI members between Annual Meetings, especially during the pandemic. Please spread the word and encourage your trainees to maintain their SRI membership so they can participate!
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Drs. Ayman Al-Hendy and Sarah England who represented SRI at the Women’s First Research Coalition (WFRC) “Virtual Hill Day.” Drs. Al-Hendy and England met virtually with three different state-representatives to advocate for reproductive health specifically in the United States. Their experience with the offices or Roy Blunt (R-MO), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) who all expressed their support of the NIH and women’s health research. In addition, Drs. Murray Mitchell and Steve Matthews have begun steps to launch an international coalition of organizations to support reproductive research, an initiative that will foster interest and similar conversations around the world. Interested international members may wish to contact the SRI for opportunities and information regarding advocacy on behalf of reproductive science.
Please continue to stay safe and healthy!
Jim Segars, MD
SRI President, 2019-2021