In Training

SRI provides an ideal forum for young investigators to present the results of their research endeavors, in both oral and poster format, to a wide audience of peers and established colleagues, it generates an environment where critical but informal feedback is fostered, where collaborative partnerships are made, and where networking and interaction flourishes.

In Training Members are a crucial part of the Society, and during the 2013 Strategic Planning Retreat, it was determined that a stronger emphasis be put on In Training Members. Currently, various ideas and plans are being discussed and implemented in order to create a Society which focuses on its younger members. Stay tuned as these plans and ideas progress!

Meet Your In Training Member Committee!

Floor Spaans, PhD
University of Alberta
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I am currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. I obtained my PhD degree in 2014 at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. My current focus in reproductive research is on the role of placental circulating factors on development of vascular dysfunction in preeclampsia. I would like to contribute to the ITMC by enhancing the focus on young investigators within the SRI. I would like to get young investigators involved in their society, to assist them in expanding their network, and to explore their future (scientific) career paths. I am also looking forward to getting to know my fellow early career scientists!

Emiel Post Uiterweer, MD, PhD
University M.C. Utrecht
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In my research I seek to understand how the anatomical organization and developmental plasticity of the uterus influences its immunological and inflammatory properties, with implications for reproductive and women’s health. Currently I serve as ad hoc Board Member and Co-Chair of the ITMC, leading several exciting new initiatives to facilitate interaction and mentorship among trainees in reproductive research. I like to share experiences with colleagues around the globe, so let’s get connected!

Panicos Shangaris, MD, BAO, MSc
University College London
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I am a trainee in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in London. My PhD is on “Can we treat congenital blood disorder by transplantation of stem cells, gene therapy to the fetus” and I am currently writing up my thesis. My focus in reproductive research is fetal stem cells and prenatal gene therapy. Through the ITMC committee, I would like to inspire early career investigators to join the SRI, share their ideas, collaborate and progress through research not only during the academic meeting but throughout the year.

Alison S. Care, PhD
University of Adelaide

I am an NHMRC CJ Martin Research Fellow at the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide, Australia. My research investigates maternal immune regulation of vascular adaptations that occur during pregnancy, with a particular focus on uterine artery function and placental development. I also study the effects of a complicated pregnancy on the long-term cardiovascular health of offspring (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease), as well as the impact on maternal health post-partum. As a part of the ITMC, I look forward to working with SRI’s new investigators to help them get the most out of their membership.


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