Welcome to the new RSDP Website!
This past year, 2013, was a major milestone for the RSDP on several fronts. In addition to celebrating our 25th year, the founding Director, Dr. Robert Jaffe, stepped down and I have assumed this position after applying in response to an NICHD RFA. The grant moved to Washington University in St. Louis as of July 1, 2013. In addition, Maro Minasi retired and Amanda Heflin has taken her position as Program Administrator. The transition has been fairly smooth, and we thank both NICHD and USCF for their efforts to make this work.
We now have funds from NICHD to cover 3 RSDP scholars a year for five years. However, we continue to fund some Phase II scholars from generous contributions from ACOG, ABOG, BWF, March of Dimes, ASRM and SGI. We are also in the process of acquiring additional funds from our generous contributors to start a Seed Fund grant project, as well as travel monies for current scholars to attend and present their work at the SGI meeting this year. I am also happy to announce for the first time in several years, the RSDP will be hosting a Forum for Scholars to speak this year! We are restarting the tradition this March, and three scholars will be presenting. They are Amanda Kallen (Phase I), Erin Wolff (former Scholar) and Tom Musci (the VERY first RSDP Scholar)! We are extremely happy to be able to hold this event with the generous support of the BWF and SGI. I hope as many of you as possible will attend.
Also at SGI this year in Florence, Italy, I will preside as the president and I have the honor of awarding two most prestigious Investigator awards to two people very close to the RSDP. Dr. Carole Mendelson is my choice for the SGI-Pardi President's Distinguished Scientist Award, given to a senior member of the society who has made significant and lasting contributions to the society and to scientific research in reproductive medicine. Carole is a dedicated member of the RSDP community. She has served as the Chair of the Selection Committee for over 10 years and has tirelessly worked to make the RSDP the outstanding program that it is. She also is an exceptional scientist and most deserving of this award. Dr. Anil Sood is my choice for the SGI President's Achievement Award, an award made annually to a member of the society whose record in scientific investigation is outstanding and assures a continued productive career in research. Anil is a former RSDP Scholar and has been going to SGI since the mid-1990s. He has made several seminal contributions to the field of reproductive science, specifically in the area of ovarian cancer research. Please help me in congratulating Carole and Anil!! Both will be speaking at SGI in March 2014!!
We are looking forward to continued success of the RSDP program. I invite you to explore our website and to contact the RSDP office if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions regarding our program.
Kelle H. Moley, M.D.