2014 SGI 61st Annual Scientific Meeting

                  March 26 - 29, 2014
                      Florence, Italy

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Sandra A. Carson, MD,

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Monday Februrary 11th 2013 marked the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the Center for Perinatal Biology, Loma Linda University by Dr Lawrence D Longo MD. In attendance were a large number of alumni trainees of the center from around the world including Japan, Uruguay, the Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland together with a veritable who's who of perinatal biologists who gathered to celebrate Dr Longo's remarkable achievements. Including Dr Longo, 6 past Presidents of SGI were in attendance. In addition to his SGI Presidency Dr Longo has been honored as President's Distinguished Scientist and he was the first recipient of the Naftolin Award for Excellence in Mentoring. Dr Longo's work has been continuously funded by NIH since 1964. From its inception the Center for Perinatal Biology has trained 135 graduate students, 176 postdoctoral fellows from over 20 countries and 212 medical students in research. The research performed has generated 1448 publications over the past 4 decades and has been supported by $135 million of extramural funding.

A special celebration for a truly remarkable man.

Top Row From Left: Edward J. Quilligan (SGI Past President, 1970); Frederick Naftolin (SGI Past President, 1992); Les Myatt (SGI Past President, 2010)

Bottom Row From Left: John Challis (SGI Past President, 2003); Roy M. Pitkin (SGI Past President, 1986); Lawrence D. Longo (SGI Past President, 1983)


Felice Petraglia, M.D. - January, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Felice Petraglia (2009 SGI Past President) on his new 3-year term as Editor-in-Chief of Human Reproduction Update, the top journal in both the ISI-Thompson lists of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. 


After nearly four decades at the helm of the Center for Perinatal Biology in Loma Linda University, Dr. Lawrence D. Longo, M.D., has decided to focus attention on research and step aside as Director. Dr. Longo will continue to build upon an exceptional and outstanding contribution in maternal and fetal physiology, which over the past 44 years includes well over 300 peer-reviewed publications, 17 books, as well as the education of thousands of Medical students and hundreds of research trainees. Past President of Society for Gynecologic Investigation (1982-1983), Dr. Longo was a recipient of the SGI-Pardi Distinguished Scientist Award in 1996, and the first recipient of the Frederick Naftolin Award in 2004.  Dr. Longo has served on multiple scientific peer review committees for the National Institutes of Health and other agencies.  Principal Investigator of a Program Project Grant funded by NICHD for over 20 years, Dr. Longo has been continuously funded by NIH R01s for over 40 years. A founding organizer of the nationally outstanding NIH-funded Reproductive Scientist Development Program, Dr. Longo has helped promote the academic research careers of many outstanding clinicians.  Dr. Longo will continue to pioneer studies in developmental physiology with innovative research on the regulatory mechanisms of developmental origins of adult disease and through scholarly activities related to the history of medicine. 


The leadership responsibilities in the Center for Perinatal Biology at Loma Linda University will be assumed for an interim period by Dr. Lubo Zhang, Ph.D., a faculty member of the School of Medicine Basic Sciences since 1993.  Dr. Zhang is recognized as an outstanding academician and investigator.  From 2007 to 2008, Dr. Zhang was the President of the Western Pharmacology Society. Dr. Zhang is a long-term member of SGI and currently serves the scientific community as a member of NIH Pregnancy and Neonatology Study Section.

2012 Pfizer Award Recipients
2011 Pfizer Award Recipients  
2009 Pfizer (formerly Wyeth) Award Recipients
2008 Pfizer (formerly Wyeth) Award Recipients

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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.  As of 2012, this award is generously sponsored by the Giorgio Pardi Foundation in honor of Professor Giorgio Pardi, a distinguished former member of the SGI.  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); Gautam Chaudhuri (2010); James M. Roberts (2011); this year's award recipient is Peter Nathanielsz.

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


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); this year's award recipient is Stephen Matthews.


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); this year's award recipient is John Challis.


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); this year's award recipient is Nasser Chegini.

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The Pfizer (formerly Wyeth) President's Presenter's Award

The Pfizer President's Presenter's Award 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 Pharmaceuticals.  The 25 awardees will receive a certificate, a 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.

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 $1,000 each to 5 young, worthy investigators from Italian Universities to assist them with travel to the 2013 SGI Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.  To receive the awards, all 10-award winners will have to send their curriculum vitae and a photo, which 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/


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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