SRI 2022 Annual Meeting Summary
The 69th Annual Meeting of the Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI) occurred March 15-19, 2022 in Denver, CO with a theme of, “Navigating the Future for Reproductive Science”. We welcomed over 775 attendees in-person!
TuesdayMarch 15th we welcomed back the in-person Grant Writing Clinic, Career Development Workshops and Mentor-in-a-Cloud session. The Career Development Workshops sessions included invaluable talks by Dr. Nicole Schmidt from BayerAG in Germany, a panelist discussion on The new PI Survival Kit - I got my big grant: Now what do I do?, Advocacy and Community Participatory Research by Dr. Erica March, University of Michiga and Dr. William Catherino from Uniformed Services University shared, “Tenure promotions: Decoding the faculty handbook”. Closing out the workshops, Dr. Les Myatt led Grant Writing 101: How is the Reviewer Thinking? (Mock Study Section) with panelists Drs. Anumba, Laughlin-Tommaso, Aagaard and Suter. A job well done to the Career Development Committee for organizing a fantastic day.
The Mid-Career Session titled, “Pathways to Senior Leadership: When You Get To The Top, How Do You Balance, was moderated by Drs. Molly Moravek and Dilly Anumba. Participants were able to hear opinions on challenges getting to a chair position, how to achieve work-life balance and mentoring suggestions from Drs. Hugh Taylor, Sarah Berga, Richard E. Leach and Amy Murtha.
Nearly 380 attendees attended five satellite meetings covering the topics of Fetal Physiology, Endometrium, Ovarian Biology, Placenta and a Joint Satellite - Myometrium/Parturition/PREBIC on Wednesday, March 16th.
Wednesday night many attendees reunited for the first time in two years at the Welcome Reception. New attendees also networked and toasted to the return of in-person meetings.
Shaughnessy Naughton, President of 314 Action addressed a full house Thursday morning. Attendees enjoyed her Out of the Lab, Into Public Office lecture.
Shaughnessy Naughton’s lecture was followed by the President's New Investigator Plenary, supported by the Past Presidents’ Fund, and was co-moderated by SRI President, Dr. Nanette Santoro and immediate Past President Dr. James Segars.
(Not pictured: Tsukasa Takahashi, University of Western Australia)
The first Poster Session followed, as attendees viewed over 200 posters in-person.
The afternoon opened with three concurrent Lunch & Learn symposia, titled, “Race, Racism, and Reproductive Health - Rewriting the Narrative”, “How To Build a Successful Research Environment in Reproduction” and “The Potential of the Oral GnRH Antagonist: a Personalized Approach for Women with Uterine Fibroids”. Afternoon Concurrent Oral Presentations sessions kept attendees busy with interesting abstract talks.
To close the evening, the In Training Member Committee hosted a successful Connection Corners event. Table topics included but were not limited to, Reaching New Heights in Reproductive Research, Junior Faculty Survival Guide, Advice from Journal Editors, and Career Development Skills Away From the Bench. Thank you to all the table mentors!
Friday morning opened with Dr. Nanette Segars introducing Dr. Elizabeth Swisher, Professor within the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UW Medicine in Seattle Washington. Dr. Swisher spoke to SRI about, “Improving therapy for advanced ovarian cancer: a surgeon’s journey towards personalized medicine”.
Following Dr. Swisher’s lecture, attendees headed to the second and final poster session of the meeting as well as morning Concurrent Oral Presentations. Congratulations to all abstract submitters that were selected for oral presentations.
Over lunch, attendees participated in either the Editor Roundtable featuring 5 editor panelists from a variety of journals or the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Forum titled, “Celebrating Women in Science and Leadership” moderated by Genevieve S. Neal-Perry, MD, PhD, SRI’s Vice President for Diversity and Structural Change.
Concurrent Mini Symposia II and Concurrent Oral Presentations III completed an outstanding afternoon.
Closing out the scientific program for the the day, Dr. Nanette Santoro presented the President’s Achievement Award to Dr. Dineo Khabele of Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Gerson Weiss was honored with the SRI Mentorship Award. Dr. Sarah England of Washington University in St. Louis received with the DeCherney Society Lifetime Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Scientist Award was presented to Dr. Kunle Odunsi of UChicago Medicine The Co-Editors-in-Cheif of SRI's official journal Reproductive Sciencces, Dr. Ayman Al-Hendy of University of Chicago and Dr. Seung-Yup Ku of Seoul National University Hospital presented the Rogerio A. Lobo Award to co-authors Drs. Jessica St. Laurent and Kevin Elias.
2022 also brought the band back together! SRI’s member formed band The Featles treated ticket holders to one of the best dance parties we have witnessed in a long time!
Saturday morning SRI members met for the SRI Business Meeting summarizing the last year’s activities, future projects in the pipeline and Dr. Nanette Santoro handing over of the gavel to Dr. Carole Mendelson, the 2022-2023 SRI President.
The 69th Annual Scientific Meeting closed with 2 impressive hot topic oral presentations, and the awards ceremony. Congratulations to the awardees of the President’s Presenters awards, Giorgio Pardi awards, the Laxmi Baxi Awards, the Thomas McDonald Award, the Gerson Weiss Award, Early Career Investigator Awards, Chinese Program Travel Awards, and outstanding poster presenters.
The Society thanks 2021-2022 President Nanette Santoro for her leadership this year!
We look forward to seeing you in Brisbane for the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting, March 21-25, 2023.
SRI would like to thank its 2022 Annual Meeting Supporters and Exhibitors:
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
EMD Serono, Inc.
Janssen Research & Development, LLC
Supported in part by March of Dimes Grant No. 4-FY22-0010
Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition
Myovant Sciences and Pfizer Inc.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)/ Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Myovant Sciences and Pfizer Inc.
Colorado Fetal Care Center