SSR 2015 Special Events and Optional Items

In addition to the scientific program, a variety of educational and social events will be available to Meeting participants.

Opening Reception

Thursday, 18 June, 7:00–8:30 p.m. (Free for registrants, $15 for each guest; ticket includes 1 free drink ticket).
Puerto Rico Convention Center, Level 3, Terrace and Lobby.

Celebrate the kick-off of the SSR’s 48th Annual Meeting by attending the Opening Reception, on the third level Terrace of the Puerto Rico Convention Center, with a wonderful view of Old San Juan, the San Juan Bay, and the Atlantic Shoreline. Admission is part of the registration fee, and includes one complimentary drink ticket for the event. Cash bars will be on hand. Tickets for guests are $15.

NIH Mock Study Section for Grant Proposal Peer Review

Thursday, 18 June, 10:00 a.m.–noon (Free, but you must pre-register for this event).
Puerto Rico Convention Center, Level 2, Room 208.

SSR is offering a Mock Study Section for Grant Proposal Peer Review at the 2015 Annual Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. At 10:00 am, Susan Taymans, Ph.D., Louis DePaolo, Ph.D., and Gary Hunnicutt, Ph.D., will host a mock grant review study section to familiarize attendees with the NIH grant review process. Dr. Taymans is a Program Director in the Fertility and Infertility Branch of NICHD, and Co-Chair of NICHD’s Training Policy Committee. Dr. DePaolo is the Chief of the Fertility and Infertility Branch of NICHD. Dr. Hunnicutt is the Scientific Review Officer of the Cellular, Molecular and Integrative Reproduction (CMIR) study section in the NIH Center for Scientific Review. “Study section members” will be chosen from the audience to participate in voting on the applications along with the reviewers. This event is open to both Trainees and early-stage independent investigators.

Are you interested in serving on the review panel? In addition to the experienced reviewers in mock study sections for the workshop, a limited number of trainees will be offered an opportunity to serve on the panel. If you are interested, please send a statement of interest to Annie Newell-Fugate or Jenna Haverfield, and include a description of your area(s) of expertise, so that your interest can be aligned with the applications in the mock review.

NIH Policy Seminar: Updates in NIH Policy

Friday, 19 June, noon–12:45 p.m. (Free, but you must pre-register for this event).
​Puerto Rico Convention Center, Level 1, Room 103.

We are pleased to announce that Thaddeus Schug, Ph.D., of the Population Health Branch of NIEHS, will be joining Susan Taymans, Ph.D., and Louis DePaolo, Ph.D., of the Fertility and Infertility Branch of NICHD, in this session to update you on NIH policies that will affect your grant submissions, including the new policy allowing repeated re-submissions of grant applications, changes to the K99/R00 mechanism, the wider availability of training mechanisms, and the programmatic priorities of the NICHD and NIEHS. Please join us to learn about these new policies and get answers to your questions about other NIH policies.

Diversity Committee Lunch Symposium

Friday, 19 June, noon–1:30 p.m. (Symposium: Free to registrants; Lunch: $10, purchased at registration).
Speaker supported by FASEB-MARC through a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health T36-GM08637.
Puerto Rico Convention Center, Level 1, Room 101.

Speaker: Genevieve S. Neal-Perry, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, USA). "Maternal Vitamin D Deficiency Programs Hypothalamic–Pituitary Dysfunction and Subfertility in Affected Female Offspring."

The symposium is open to all registrants; however, lunch will be provided only for those who have purchased a lunch ticket at registration.

Trainee Forum

Friday, 19 June, 7:00–9:00 p.m. (Free, trainee registrants only, must pre-register.) SOLD OUT.
Puerto Rico Convention Center, Level 2, Rooms 208 and 209.

From 7:00–9:00 p.m., two concurrent Trainee Forums will take place, entitled “The Science of Grantsmanship Around the Globe.” One will cover research grant applications, and the other will focus on fellowship grant applications. Scientists from around the globe will speak about grant funding mechanisms particular to their region­—the application processes, selection criteria, and the general funding environment. Light food and a beverage will be provided as part of the forum. The event is free, but you must pre-register for the forum at the time you register for the Annual Meeting because a ticket will be required to enter either forum.

Trainee Mixer

Friday, 19 June, 9:00–11:00 p.m. ($10, trainee registrants only, must pre-register.) SOLD OUT.
Puerto Rico Convention Center, Level 3, Terrace.

From 9:00–11:00 p.m., following the Trainee Forum, a Trainee Mixer will be held, providing attendees the chance to unwind and socialize. The cost of $10 includes light snacks and two drink tickets, which can be used to obtain beer, wine, or soda at the cash bars. You must pre-register for this event at the time you register for the Annual Meeting; a ticket (separate from the Trainee Forum ticket) will be required to enter the Trainee Mixer.

Trainee–Mentor Luncheon

Saturday, 20 June, noon–1:30 p.m. ($15, trainee registrants only).
Puerto Rico Convention Center, Level 3, Ballroom B.

The Trainee/Mentor Luncheon is for trainee registrants only; participation is limited to 175 trainees. The luncheon provides trainee participants with the opportunity to talk to an SSR scientist about careers and science during a catered lunch. Attendees may submit their preferences for mentors to eat lunch with using the Mentor Choice form; a list of all mentors attending, along with short biographical sketches, is available here. Please see the Trainee Information page for a more detailed description. 

Fun Run 2015 (proceeds benefit the LEMTTF)

Sunday, 21 June, 6:00–7:30 a.m. (pre-registrants: $30 [includes T-shirt]; on-site registrants: $15 [no T-shirt]).
Supported by GENES Fertility Institute.

The 2015 SSR Fun Run/Walk will start in front of the Parque del Tercer Milenio, next to the Sixto Escobar Stadium, and follow a scenic route near the Atlantic Ocean shoreline, down to Fort San Cristóba in Old San Juan, and back. From 6:00–6:15 a.m., runners and walkers will meet (and late-comers can register) at the starting line. At 6:30 a.m., participants will begin the 5 km circuit. Please see the Fun Run flyer for complete event information.

Heritage Luncheon

Sunday, 21 June, noon–1:30 p.m. ($25 for non-trainees; $10 for trainee registrants).
Puerto Rico Convention Center, Level 2, Room 202.

The SSR Heritage Committee is hosting a luncheon and talk by Dr. Ryuzo Yanagimachi, who will be honoring the late Dr. M.C. Chang. Dr. Chang helped to revolutionize birth control through his involvement in developing “the pill,” and conducted ground-breaking research proving the viability of in vitro fertilization. He published nearly 350 articles in scientific journals and was a member of the Society for the Study of Reproduction. Dr. Yanagimachi worked as a post-doctoral student with Dr. Chang at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. A special invitation is extended to Trainees to attend this luncheon at a discounted rate of $10.00.

Sunset Reception

Sunday, 21 June, 6:30–9:00 p.m. ($15).
Caribe Hilton Hotel.

The traditional SSR Barbecue and Dance takes a new direction this year, in the form of a “Sunset Reception,” which will be held at the Caribe Hilton Hotel. Shuttles will take SSR guests from the convention center and Sheraton Hotel to the event, where attendees will enjoy a rich selection of hors d’oeuvres, including traditional Puerto Rican fare. Each person will receive two drink tickets for wine, beer, or soda; a cash bar will be available for additional/other drink purchases. There will be no dance, however attendees will be able to relax and unwind on the Hilton’s private beach at sunset, accompanied by background music and beautiful views of the ocean and Old San Juan.

Men's t-shirtWomen's t-shirtT-Shirt Sale

Supported by Revista Puertorriqueña de Medicina y Salud Pública (Puerto Rican Journal of Medicine and Public Health).

2015 Annual Meeting t-shirts will be available for $17 each in both female and unisex adult styles (small to XXL). Proceeds from sales of the shirts provides much-needed funding for the Larry Ewing Memorial Trainee Travel Fund (LEMTTF). Created by local student artists, the shirt design depicts the Tainos Supreme Goddess of fertility, “Atabey.” The Taino were one of the major indigenous peoples of Puerto Rico.