2014 SGI 61st Annual Scientific Meeting


                  March 26 - 29, 2014
                      Florence, Italy

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The SGI-Pardi President's Distinguished Scientist Award
An award is made annually to a senior member of the society who has made significant and lasting contributions to the society and to scientific research in reproductive medicine.  The recipient is selected by the President with the advice of officers and other members.  Past awardees include: Nicholas S. Assali (1982); Willard M. Allen (1983); Edward H.G. Hon (1984); Donald H. Barron (1985); James T. Bradbury and Leon Chesley (1986); Louis Helllman and Elizabeth Ramsey (1987); Jack A. Pritchard (1988); Kenneth J. Ryan (1989); Paul C. MacDonald (1990); Giacomo Meschia (1991); Samuel S.C. Yen (1992); Robert B. Jaffe (1993); Daniel R. Mishell, Jr. (1994); Paul G. McDonough (1995); Lawrence D. Longo (1996); Pentti K. Siiteri (1997); Edward J. Quilligan (1998); Orlando J. Miller (1999); Howard W. Jones, Jr. (2000); Georgeanna Seegar Jones (2000); James R. Scott (2000); Robert K. Creasy (2000); Frederick P. Zuspan (2001); Joe Leigh Simpson (2002); Frederick Naftolin (2003; Luigi Mastroianni, Jr. (2004); Maria Delivoria-Papadopoulous (2005); Jerome F. Strauss, III (2006); D. Michael Nelson (2007); Linda C. Giudice (2008); John R.G. Challis (2009); Guatam Chaudhuri (2010); James M. Roberts (2011); Peter Nathanielsz (2012); this year's award recipient is Charles J. Lockwood.

The SGI-Pardi President's Distinguished Scientist Award is generously funded with a grant from the Giorgio Pardi Foundation.

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The President's Achievement Award
An award is made annually to a junior member of the society whose record in scientific investigation is outstanding and assures a continued productive career in research.  The recipient is selected by the President with the advice of officers and other members.  Past awardees include: Gary D. Hodgen (1983); Evan R. Simpson (1984); John R.G. Challis (1985); Joe Leigh Simpson (1986); A.H. DeCherney (1987); Aaron J.W. Hsueh (1988); Eli Y. Adashi (1989); Jerome F. Strauss (1990); Murray D. Mitchell (1991); Roberto Romero (1992); Maria Delivoria-Papadopoulos (1993); Robert Schenken and M. Linette Casey (1994); Rogerio A. Lobo (1995); Linda C. Giudice (1996); Stephen J. Lye (1997); Deborah J. Anderson (1998); Mark I. Evans (1999); Ricardo Azziz (2000); Sarah L. Berga (2000); Richard S. Legro (2000); Katherine D. Wenstrom (2001); Serdar Bulun (2002); Sandra Davidge (2003); Yoel Sadovsky (2004); Phillip Baker (2005); Sam Mesiano (2006); Kelle Moley (2007); Hugh Taylor (2008); Fiona Lyall and Jane Norman (2009); Marilyn Cipolla (2010); Lisa M. Halvorson (2011); Stephen Matthews (2012); this year's award recipient is Caroline Gargett.


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The Frederick Naftolin Award for Mentorship
This award was established in 2003 to recognize the contributions of a member of the society to training and career development of investigators in the field of reproductive and women's health.  The award is named in honor of Dr. Naftolin, a former President of the society and past recipient of the President's Distinguished Scientist Award.  Dr. Naftolin a staunch advocate for creating a mechanism for the society to celebrate outstanding service to our scientific community through excellence in mentoring.  The award was endowed by generous contributions from members or the society.  Dr. Naftolin's colleagues and trainees.  The awardee is selected by Council in consultation with the Past President's and members of the society.  The first recipient of this award was Lawrence D. Longo (2004) followed by: Edward J. Quilligan (2005); Mortimer Levitz (2006); Philip J. DiSaia (2007) and James Roberts (2008); B.C.J.M. Fauser (2009); Louis Peeters (2010); James C. Rose (2011); John R.G. Challis (2012); this year's award recipient is Joan Hunt.

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The Rogerio A. Lobo Award
This award was established in 2007 to recognize the most outstanding contribution to Reproductive Sciences by a member of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation. The award is named in honor of Dr. Lobo, a former President of the society and former Editor in Chief of the Journal of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (JSGI) which is now Reproductive Sciences. The first recipients of this award were: Michael G. Ross and Omid Khorram (2008); Joan S. Hunt (2009); Carolyn Y. Muller (2010); Linda C. Giudice (2011); Nasser Chegini (2012); this year's award recipient is Kelle Moley.


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The Laxmi Baxi Award was established in 2013 and will be awarded to PhD individuals only who are either graduate students still in training or postdoctoral fellows within 5 years of their PhD degree.  Two $2,000 travel awards will be given to the top abstracts in basic reproductive science and in translational reproductive science.  The awardees will receive a certificate and a check and they will be honored at the SGI annual meeting.  This award by a generous, long-standing member of SGI, Dr. Laxmi Baxi, was created to encourage young PhD trainees to present their research at our meeting.  

 

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The Thomas McDonald Foundation Travel Award
This award was established in 2014 by friends of Thomas McDonald to commemorate his life and contributions to many aspects of biology especially brain and endocrine development.  The award is given to the submission by an early stage investigator either oral or poster, that the selectors feel would best have interested Dr. McDonald.  The award recipient will be presented with a check and a certificate at the SGI Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony.

 

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The Pfizer President's Presenter's Award
The Pfizer President's Presenter's Award (formerly, Wyeth) was established in 1996 to recognize the 25 most meritorious abstracts (either poster or oral presentation) submitted by individuals still in training.  Fellows and those in both pre and post-doctoral training are eligible to receive the award which, has been generously funded by Pfizer.  The 25 awardees will receive a certificate, check and they and their training directors will be honored at a luncheon during the SGI annual meeting.  The society has always sought a means by which to encourage young investigators to present their research at our meeting.  We anticipate the Pfizer President's Presenter's Award will result in the submission of more and better abstracts by the very people who need encouragement to consider a research career. A list of awardees can be found on the SGI web site each year.


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The Giorgio Pardi Foundation President's Presenter's Awards: The Giorgio Pardi Foundation (FGP) President’s Presenter’s Awards will give a check in the amount of $3,000 to the winner of the SGI-Pardi Distinguished Scientist Award.  Additionally, the Giorgio Pardi Foundation will recognize the four best abstracts for oral presentation in the President's New Investigator Plenary Session presented by junior researchers still in training.  The scope of the awards is to recognize their effort and to support further research.  The Giorgio Pardi Foundation has generously funded all of the awards.  A committee will select the four presentations.  Each awardee will receive a certificate and a check for $1,500.  Finally, The Giorgio Pardi Foundation will give 5 "Giorgio Pardi Travel Awards" for $600.00 each to 5 young, worthy investigators from Italian Universities to assist them with travel to the 2014 SGI Annual Meeting in Florence, Italy.  To receive the awards, all 10-award winners will have to send their curriculum vitae and a photo to the SGI office in Annapolis, Maryland prior to the meeting.  This information will be published on the Giorgio Pardi Foundation website and, they need to be registered on the free network FGPRICERCA website of the Giorgio Pardi Foundation: www.fgpricerca.net.

For more information about the Fondazione Giorgio Pardi Please visit their website: http://www.fondazionegiorgiopardi.it/en/

 
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The SGI Poster Awards:  These awards were initiated at the 2010 SGI Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.  Two senior investigators will be discussing/judging posters presented by Investigators-In-Training.  The Poster Presenter will summarize their work in 2-3 minutes, followed by questions from the poster discussants/judges, maximum time frame 7-8 minutes.  It is crucial for the presenter to be at his/her poster at the beginning of the poster session and remain there throughout the entire poster session.  If the presenter is not at his/her poster when the discussants/judges arrive, the poster will not be judged and the presenter will not be eligible for a prize.  The most important task of the poster discussants is to provide the presenter with valuable feedback on their work, the discussants/judges will score your poster with emphasis on the presentation.  The scores will be used to award the 20 Best Investigator-In-Training Poster Presentations.  The awards will be presented at a ceremony at the SGI Annual Meeting.

 
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