Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SSR 2017 SSR Golden Anniversary 5K “Fun Run/Walk for Reproductive Fitness”

Don't miss the SSR 2017 SSR Golden Anniversary 5K “Fun Run/Walk for Reproductive Fitness” on Sunday, 16 July, 5:30–7:00 am (go here to register).
This 5K course will begin and end at the Smithsonian National Zoo, a short 10-minute walk from the Marriott Wardman Park. It will follow a scenic route through the zoo’s paths and animal exhibits. From 5:30–6:00 am, runners and walkers will meet (and late-comers can register) at the starting line, near the entrance to the zoo. At 6:00 am, participants will begin the 5K circuit.
If you are unable to run but would like to support the run, consider contributing to the 2017 SSR Golden Anniversary 5K “Fun Run/Walk for Reproductive Fitness” fund. Donations to this fund support the support the Larry Ewing Memorial Trainee Travel Fund (LEMTTF).

#SSR2017 Annual Meeting Reminders

1. Early-bird registration deadline - 26 May 2017
2. Emerging Technologies Workshop registration

1. Early-Bird Registration Deadline

The early registration deadline for SSR 2017 is 26 May 2017

After this date, all registration categories, with the exception of SSR Emeritus Members, will increase by $100.

Information and link to registration:

SSR members who have not yet renewed their membership for 2017 have the opportunity to do so during online registration for the annual meeting.
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If you want to become an SSR member in order to qualify for member-rate meeting registration, please send in your meeting registration form WITH your membership application.

Your registration will be considered to be on-time for early-bird rates if we receive both registration and payment by 26 May. We will process new membership applications as quickly as possible, in the order they are received.

Information on becoming a new member:

2. SSR 2017 Pre-Meeting Technology Workshop Registration
"New and Emerging Technologies Transform Reproductive Health Care" 12-13 July 2017

SSR members who wish to attend both the SSR 2017 Annual Meeting and the Technology Workshop may register via either the printable or online registration forms:

Individuals who wish to attend ONLY the Technology Workshop should register at the following link:

More information about the Technology Workshop can be found at:


Friday, May 12, 2017

Don't miss the exciting events happening before #SSR2017!

SSR 2017 - Pre-Meeting and Meeting events on Wednesday & Thursday, 12-13 July

The Opening Ceremony of the SSR Annual Meeting is on 13 July, Thursday afternoon at 4:00 pm.

NOTE: Five special events and sessions that you should consider attending begin before the main meeting launches: You may have to travel earlier and book your rooms earlier in order to attend these early events:

1.  NIH Personal Grant Feedback (Trainee-only)
2.  Technologies Workshop: "New and Emerging Technologies Transform Reproductive Health Care"
3.  ASAS-SSR Triennial Reproductive Symposium
4.  Trainee Forum "Becoming an Effective Reviewer: A Means to Enhance Your Scientific
5.  Poster Flash Talks

1.  Wednesday 12 July  ****************************************************

TRAINEE-ONLY EVENT: Off-site at NIH: Personalized Feedback on Your Grant. This special trainee-only event will be held Wednesday afternoon, 12 July, from 1pm-5pm. Note that this event will be held on the NIH campus and, though complimentary, you must register by 1 June 2017. Go here for more information about speakers and the scope of this trainee-only event:  http://www.ssr.org/17Trainees#NIH

2.  Wednesday 12 July  ****************************************************
TECHNOLOGIES WORKSHOP: "New and Emerging Technologies Transform Reproductive Health Care." Starting Wednesday, 12 July, at 5pm and running all day Thursday until the start of the opening ceremony, an informal educational workshop showcasing technologies and products produced by Industry partners will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, adjacent to the Marriott. This event will present an excellent opportunity to expand and enhance your knowledge of newly developed and tested techniques, the applications of these techniques in diverse fields, and provide opportunities to collaborate and network with colleagues in academia and industry. Don't forget to register for this special event when you register for SSR! http://www.ssr.org/17Events#TechWorkshop

3.  Thursday 13 July  ****************************************************

ASAS-SSR TRIENNIAL REPRODUCTION SYMPOSIUM: SSR is excited to partner with ASAS this year which, conveniently, is holding its annual meeting in Baltimore immediately prior to SSR's in DC. Because ASAS's Triennial Reproduction Symposium coincides with SSR's 50th Anniversary, this symposium will be held Thursday, 13 July, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. Invited and oral talks, as well as poster presentations will be selected from both meetings. http://www.ssr.org/17ASAS-SSR

4.  Thursday 13 July  ****************************************************

TRAINEE FORUM: Thursday morning, 13 July, from 10:30 am to 12:15 pm, plan to attend this year's Trainee Forum: "Becoming an Effective Reviewer: A Means to Enhance Your Scientific Writing." Learn about peer review of both manuscripts and grants and how this process improves your own science writing.  http://www.ssr.org/17Trainees#Forum

5.  Thursday 13 July  ****************************************************

POSTER FLASH TALKS: The Program Chairs encourage all meeting participants to attend the Flash Talk sessions at the very start of the meeting, 1:45 pm to 3:15 pm, on Thursday, 13 July, immediately prior to the official Opening Ceremony. Presenters giving a Flash Talk will also be attending their posters during the final Poster Session of the meeting on Sunday, 16 July, 3:30-5:00 pm. Poster Flash Talk Presentation upload information will be posted on the SSR web site soon; check www.ssr.org/17Presentations

Please be sure to arrive in time to attend the Flash Talks, as these sessions will be a great introduction to the scientific breadth of our meeting.


We hope you will arrive early to DC to take advantage of one or more of these pre-meeting events.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Attractions near DC

For those planning to vacation before or after the meeting, there is an abundance of things to see and do within a few hours’ drive of the District.

If interested in a trip to the beach, Ocean City, MD, and Virginia Beach are family friendly, with great sand, small waves, and lifeguards near developed areas. There are plenty of hotels and restaurants in these areas. Both areas have other activities for children (carnival rides, mini-golf, wax museums) and adults (golfing, entertainment venues, craft shows, nightlife) when you decide to leave the beach. Before your visit, check their websites for special events like surfing competitions, runs from 5Ks to marathons, wine and beer tastings, and headliner concerts. Just a few minutes’ drive south of Ocean City are Chincoteague Island and Assateague Island National Seashore on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. In addition to secluded beaches, you can learn about wild ponies and have your children read the classic book “Misty of Chincoteague” by Marguerite Henry before or during your visit.

Four of the first five US presidents were from Virginia, and their historic residences are all within a few hours’ drive of Washington. Nearest is Mount Vernon, home of George Washington. A couple hours southwest of DC are Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s estate, and Ash Lawn-Highland, that of James Monroe, both located in Charlottesville; James Madison’s home, Montpelier, can be found in Montpelier Station.

Plan to spend at least 2 days in southeastern Virginia’s Historic Triangle. Colonial Williamsburg is a well-restored colonial town (the largest of its kind in the US), with reenactors enjoying daily life, demonstrating trades and crafts, debating the issues of their day, and chatting with visitors. The City of Williamsburg caters to tourists, with numerous hotel and dining options. Jamestown is both a museum and an active archeological dig site—constantly changing and great for kids. The town and harbor of Yorktown played a key role in US history. The Visitor Center provides a quick and informative introduction to the site. The walking tour of the battlefield and town is an easy, informative, and beautiful stroll.

Short hikes to difficult climbs are available along the historic Appalachian Trail, about an hour and a half west of DC. Trail hikes within the boundaries of Shenandoah National Park have good access and parking. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park (i.e., the C&O Canal) offers 185 miles of hiking, history and adventure. The town of Harpers Ferry, at the intersection of two major rivers in West Virginia, figured in several significant conflicts in US history. It is among the most interesting historical sites in the area. Plus, the scenery is dramatic and beautiful!

What do Stalacpipe Organ, Frozen Fountain, Diamond Cascade, Groom of the Gods, Fresh Bacon Slices, Fairyland Lake, Turkey Wing, and the Colossal Dome Room have in common? They are all features found in numerous caverns within 2–4 hours’ drive from Washington. Luray Caverns is the largest system of caverns east of the Mississippi and is developed sufficiently to be accessible for young children and folks with limited mobility. Others nearby include Shenandoah Caverns, Grand Caverns, and Endless Caverns.

Civil War buffs may know that over 60% of the Civil War battles were fought in the state of Virginia, and many others were fought near the nation’s capital. Among these historic sites and monuments are: Gettysburg National Battlefield in Gettysburg, PA; Manassas National Battlefield, site of the 1st and 2nd Battles of Bull Run in Manassas, VA; Antietam National Battlefield and the Pry House Field Hospital Museum, both in Sharpsburg, MD; and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and the Monocacy National Battlefield, both in Frederick, MD.

Places to Eat Recommended by Your Local Colleagues

A favorite place for an excellent, inexpensive, and quick meal in the DC area is Teaism. The Asian-inspired menu has unique and delicious items for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack. Vegetarian, low-fat, and organic options are available to please most palates, but also go for the amazing selection of teas that pair equally well with a meal or a sinfully good cookie in the middle of the afternoon.

Located in Woodley Park is Nando’s Peri-Peri, a popular international restaurant chain. Other DC restaurant favorites include Georgia Brown’s, serving southern cuisine at 950 15th St. NW, near McPherson Square; Capital City Brewing Company at 1100 New York Ave. NW, near Metro Center; and the Dubliner Restaurant at 4 F St. NW, near the historic Union Station. Jaleo  in Bethesda and Penn Quarter are easily accessible by Metro. A DC original and favorite is Busboy and Poets, which takes a little more effort to reach, but several locations are accessible by Metro followed by a short walk.

Favorite museum cafes are the Mitsum Cafe at the National Museum of the American Indian and the Pavilion Cafe at the Sculpture Garden, both easily accessible by Metro. The museum shop in the National Museum of the American Indian also has great gifts for those who want to take home something uniquely American.
For Italian cuisine, two local favorites are Filomena Ristorante at 1063 Wisconsin Ave. NW in the heart of Georgetown, and Ristorante La Perla at 2600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW on the eastern side of Georgetown near Foggy Bottom. Filomena’s almost always requires reservations, and for large groups, reservations are typically needed several days in advance; La Perla may be more amenable to walk-in service.

Craft beer and wine enthusiasts may wish to visit Maryland Wine Trails, Maryland Brew Trails, Virginia Wine Trails, Loudoun Wine Clusters, Virginia Beer Trails, or the Loudoun Ale Trail. Virginia is among the 5 leading states in the US for commercial wine production, with much of that production centered in Loudon County just west of Dulles Airport. As with much of the nation, the craft beer industry is exploding in both Maryland and Virginia.

Thursday, April 27, 2017


(Photo courtesy of ForestWander Nature Photography.)
#SSR2017 Program Chairs encourage all attendees to attend the Flash Talk sessions at the very start of the meeting, 1:45 pm to 3:15 pm on Thursday, 13 July, immediately prior to the official Opening Ceremony. Presenters giving a Flash Talk will also be attending their posters during the final Poster Session of the meeting on Sunday, 16 July, 3:30-5:00 pm. Please make sure to arrive in time to attend the Flash Talks as these sessions will be a great introduction to the scientific breadth that our meeting has to offer.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Places to see in DC!

National Gallery of the Arts
Capital Building

Cherry Blossoms and the
Washington Monument

Lincoln Memorial

Smithsonian Castle

National Museum of African
American History and Culture