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Dear SFP fellows and colleagues,

As December marks the culmination of the year's activities, I write to provide you with a brief synopsis of SFP's 2010 accomplishments:

At the center of our mission is the annual Request for Proposals, and this year we allocated nearly $1.2 million to our fellows for research in family planning and abortion. (Read the study abstracts.) In addition, the SFP board has established the funding priorities for the 2011 RFP. To be eligible for grant funding in the 2011 cycle, non-fellows must apply online by January 31, 2011 and be approved for fellowship.

Another essential element of our program to provide academic leadership and education to the field is the development of clinical guidelines. In 2010, we published two new guidelines in Contraception, SFP's official journal. The first guideline is Use of the Mirena LNG-IUS and Paragard CuT380A intrauterine devices in nulliparous women, and the second one is Induction of fetal demise before abortion. Both guidelines have been downloaded by hundreds of practitioners so far, reinforcing the board and the Scientific Committee's selection of these topics. Look for new guidelines in early 2011 on 1) prevention of infection after induced abortion; and 2) labor induction abortion in the 2nd trimester.

In September, SFP convened our annual meeting in Atlanta where we managed the scientific abstracts program that resulted in the presentation of 21 oral abstracts and 102 posters, the most ever presented at Reproductive Health. Additionally, two awards were presented for the top oral abstracts. Miriam Cremer, MD, MPH, was selected for the Outstanding Researcher Award for her presentation, Contraceptive and pregnancy outcomes: a randomized controlled trial of immediate versus delayed post-abortal Copper T 380A IUD insertion after 2nd trimester abortions. Carolyn Sufrin, MD, MA, received the Outstanding Researcher in Training Award for her study, Comparison of the incidence of pelvic inflammatory disease in intrauterine device users by Gonorrhea and Chlamydia screening strategies.

The call for scientific abstracts for our 2011 annual meeting, to be held in association with the newly formed North American Forum on Family Planning, opened on December 1st and will close on March 18th at 11:59 pm EST. SFP is partnering with Planned Parenthood Federation of America to produce the Forum, which will be the preeminent conference next year on family planning research and practice. Further, SFP will manage the scientific abstracts program for the Forum, as well as collaborate with our partners to develop the conference content and select faculty. The meeting will be held in Washington, DC on October 22-24.

I want to sincerely thank all of our fellows, volunteers, and colleagues who participated in and contributed so much to SFP's activities this year. We appreciate your dedication to our unique mission and the expertise you contribute to the field of family planning. Indeed, we are fortunate to close 2010 with more than 250 fellows and many more colleagues and supporters.

Finally, if you wish to make a year-end, tax-deductible contribution, you may designate how those funds are allocated to our programs. On behalf of the board and staff, I want to thank you for your consideration. Best wishes for 2011!

With warm regards,

Susan Higginbotham signature