September 3, 2019
Thanks to the hard work of the Program Committee and SRI staff, I am pleased to let you know that the 2020 Annual Meeting in Vancouver will be a vibrant program featuring exciting cutting-edge science! This year there will be several new innovations at the Annual Meeting.
The first involves the mini-symposia sessions. We have scheduled 12 mini-symposia throughout the Annual Meeting on topics ranging from stem cell therapy to updates on diagnostics for preterm birth. These sessions feature world renowned experts and offer participants an efficient and effective approach to acquire the latest and freshest science in the field of reproduction.
Also, in addition to other honors, awards and recognition at the meeting, this year the SRI will host the 2020 March of Dimes Developmental Biology Prize Presentation and Lecture. This award is a very prestigious accolade given to a scientist who has profoundly advanced the science that underlies our understanding of pregnancy, parturition and prenatal development. The 2020 award winner will not be announced until weeks before the Annual Meeting, but we are delighted the inaugural event will take place at the Annual Meeting in Vancouver. The lecture will take place Thursday, March 12th at 8:10am and I hope you will make plans to attend this important event.
In Vancouver, the FEATLES will make their first Canadian debut as these talented SRI musicians continue their international tour to the enjoyment of rave fans. Connection Corners and mid-Career gatherings will continue to provide opportunities for interaction, collaboration and sharing of ideas with researchers from around the world. The Program Committee has incorporated the suggestions of members and attendees to improve and enhance many events at the Annual Meeting.
In closing, I want to personally thank everyone, SRI members, individuals, and organizations that have contributed to the new SRI foundation. Support of the SRI foundation is critical for the advancement of reproductive science and the mission of our society. Let’s all work together to “pay-it-forward” and help to make the future brighter for the next generation of reproductive scientists and investigators.
Jim Segars, MD
SRI President, 2019-2020