For many of us, summer is in full swing, but I know that you are already thinking about the fantastic abstracts that you and your teams are planning to submit to SRI for presentation at the 2024 meeting. We are very excited about welcoming our members and guests to Vancouver in March next year. Drs. Dino Giussani (Program Director) and Bo Rueda (Program Committee Chair) together with the Program Committee and the SRI Office have been working hard to develop an exciting program around our theme ‘Supporting Healthy Life Course Trajectories’. Many of you are aware of the popular Mini Symposia, that take place during the SRI Annual Meeting. These symposia are SRI Member driven, and allow our membership to submit topic ideas related to the theme of the meeting, as well as suggested speakers. This year we received outstanding submissions, and the task of selecting 12, was difficult. Topics range from artificial Intelligence, advanced imaging technologies, influence of father’s health on infant outcomes, impact of environmental toxins, brain health, nanotubes and mitochondria, and many more. As speakers and details are confirmed, you will find the full titles and talks listed on the SRI 2024 Annual Meeting website. Please check out all the attendee resources including the ability to book your hotel room now, a discount provided by Air Canada, and Visa information. Should you require a Visa letter, please contact SRI Staff, as soon as possible.
Many other things have been happening in addition to the planning of SRI 2024. We have created a Task Force to oversee the creation of a new dynamic and interactive SRI website. We have also struck a Task Force on Analytics Strategy to facilitate and automate analysis and reporting of SRI-related data. This will ensure that SRI is collecting key data, and more importantly, using this information to support key strategic decisions of the society. Both Task Forces will report to Council at the end of the year, and I look forward to updating membership on their progress in the New Year. Our goal is to have a new website in place by the Vancouver meeting.
I also draw your attention to an SRI Webinar led by SRI’s Global Outreach Committee that will highlight Reproductive Sciences in Chile. The webinar on September 26 (10:00am Eastern Standard Time), will feature four Chilean speakers, and be free for SRI members. Watch for registration to open in the coming days.
For those of you who are SRI Members, you should have received dues renewal notifications for the 2023-2024 year. I strongly encourage you to renew your membership by September, so that you can register at a discount for the Annual Meeting. For those of you who are not members, I encourage you to join and enjoy the benefits of our Society. Please watch for SRI 2024 registration to open in the coming months.
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