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President's Message

March 1, 2019

Dear SRI Colleagues,

We are now just a few days away from the start of the 66th Annual Scientific Meeting and we have some last minute updates. First, we have had a change in the President’s Distinguished Lecturer on Friday, March 15th. Dr. Robin Lovell-Badge FRS will now be speaking on“Sex, Desert Islands, and a Question of Balance.”

Dr. Lovell-Badge is of course famous for his discovery, along with Peter Goodfellow of the SRY gene on the Y-chromosome that is the determinant of sex in mammals. They shared the 1995 Louis Jeantet Prize for Medicine for their discovery.

We are thrilled to have Dr. Lovell-Badge join our program, and are looking forward to his talk.

Additionally, I would like to remind all of our members to join us in Paris for the Annual Business Meeting on Friday, March 15th. All members are invited to attend to learn more about the past year of the Society, as well as some interesting facts about the 2019-2020 year including the new additions to the SRI Leadership team. There are some materials for your review prior to the Business Meeting which can all be found in the Members Only section of the website.

There is much to look forward to in the years to come for SRI. With the addition of a developing countries membership dues rate, changes in Reproductive Sciences, and heading back to Canada for the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting, I am thrilled to see how the Society continues to grow and witness the dedication of those who continue to propel it.

On a personal note, it has been a privilege to serve as your President this past year. I am indebted to the staff of EDI and members of Council who have worked tirelessly to progress the mission and activities of the Society. We have, I believe, achieved a great deal during the last year. Hopefully, you can hear about them at the Annual Business Meeting. In challenging times we have addressed a number of key issues and set the Society on a trajectory for both stability and growth in the coming years. This has been achieved by judicious fiscal management plus far reaching initiatives, in particular the development of the SRI Foundation. We have also established for the first time position statements on incredibly important issues to us all. Finally, we have negotiated a new publishing contract that proves to be most beneficial to our membership as well as the SRI Financials. These have been issues that have concerned me greatly over my 37 years as a member of the Society.

I look forward to seeing you in Paris.

Sincerely,


Murray Mitchell, DPhil, DSc
SRI President, 2018-2019

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