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Dear SFP fellows and supporters,

In this edition of the SFP News, I want to alert you to the Society’s specific sessions and activities at this year’s scientific meeting in Atlanta.

We are delighted to provide our fellows with another pre-conference career development seminar, entitled How to Write Grants. The topic of grant writing was highly rated as a career development opportunity in last year’s junior fellows’ survey, and this seminar was designed by the SFP Junior Fellows Committee, chaired by Tessa Madden, MD, MPH.

Faculty for this session include Melissa Gilliam, MD, MPH; Jeff Peipert, MD, MPH; Tracy Weitz, PhD, MPA; and Alison Edelman, MD, MPH. We will present information on grants available, best practices in grant writing, common mistakes in applying for a SFP grant, and how to write scientific abstracts.

While this session is designed for junior researchers, all SFP fellows are welcome to attend. At $60 for SFP fellows only, this pre-conference session is a tremendous value, so please register if you haven’t already. (Wednesday, September 22nd from 2-5 pm).

On Thursday, the 23rd, the annual SFP Awards presentations will take place in a general conference plenary session from 2-3:30 pm. Carolyn L. Westhoff, MD, MSc, will be honored with the SFP Lifetime Achievement Award, and she will present “Changing Clinical Protocols to Improve Patient-Centered Care: Breaking the Rules.” Herbert B. Peterson, MD, will receive the Allan Rosenfield Award for Lifetime Contributions to International Family Planning, and he will present “Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: The Impact of Population and Family Planning.”

Also on Thursday, SFP will hold our annual business meeting from 5 until 6:15, and the highlight of the meeting will be presentations by our 2008 grantees. Please join us for those research updates and for reports on SFP activities. We will hold a reception in honor of this year’s awardees once the meeting adjourns, and dinner for SFP fellows and guests will follow immediately afterwards.

SFP is the lead partner for scientific abstracts at Reproductive Health 2010, and I am pleased to inform you that 21 oral abstracts will be presented in plenary sessions on Thursday and Friday, and there will be 102 posters on display in the exhibit hall. Please join us for the award announcements at the end of the last plenary session on Friday afternoon. Additionally, plan to talk with researchers who will be with their posters during the Poster and Awards Reception from 4:30 until 6 pm on Friday.

SFP is also hosting a reception for the Mentor Project participants on Friday, September 24th from 6-7 pm. Please join us for networking opportunities and to connect in a social setting even if you have not yet been assigned as a mentor or mentee.

The SFP-sponsored plenary session, How Research Guides Clinical Practice, will be held from 8:45 until 10:15 am on Saturday the 25th. This panel presentation was developed by the newly formed SFP Education Committee, chaired by Bryna Harwood, MD, MSc. The session will provide an overview of how clinical guidelines are developed from the scientific literature, as well as the relationship between research and clinical practice utilizing examples of current evidence-based guidelines. Panelists include Alison Edelman, MD, MPH; Matt Reeves, MD, MPH; Emily Godfrey, MD; and Eleanor Drey, MD, EdM.

Lastly, speaking of clinical guidelines, we are pleased to announce the publication of our most recent guideline, Induction of Fetal Demise before Abortion. This guideline was developed by Drs. Eleanor Drey and Justin Diedrich and was reviewed and approved by the SFP board of directors.

I look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

Warm regards,

Susan Higginbotham signature

P.S. If you haven’t voted already or if you are a new SFP member, please vote on the SFP board slate and bylaws revisions prior to the annual meeting. You have until September 16, 2010 at 7 pm EDT to vote. Please let me know if you need additional information.