About SSR

Board of Directors

SSR is managed by a Board of Directors consisting of the Executive Council, six Directors, and two Trainee Representatives elected by a ballot of the Regular Members of the Society. The SSR Bylaws detail each position's responsibilities and term of office. The Board of Directors meets twice each year: once at the Annual Meeting and once midwinter.


The role of each Officer is described in Article X of the Bylaws. The Officers meet twice each year: once at the Annual Meeting and once midwinter.


Committees give SSR members an opportunity to become involved with decisions that directly impact SSR and its direction. SSR currently has 12 standing committees and three ad hoc committees.


These documents include a historical record of SSR Officers and Board and Committee membership, U.S. government-mandated documentation, and guidance documents developed by the Society for internal use.


An interactive events calendar including every important SSR deadline, plus the dates of other reproductive sciences meetings.

Press Releases

Official announcements about exciting new BOR research or important policy changes.

Reproductive Science & Policy Resources

SSR position statements, articles, websites, databases, and other materials curated by the Public Affairs Committee.

Horizons in Bioscience / Organs-on-a-Chip New content in Science Policy and Advocacy Resources:
Horizons in Bioscience / Organs-on-a-Chip
Enhancing Research Reproducibility New content in Research Reproducibility:
Enhancing Research Reproducibility
Animal Research Is Regulated and Saves Lives New content in Fact Sheets:
Animal Research Is Regulated and Saves Lives

News & Updates Blog

This is your source for the latest SSR news regarding the annual meeting.

Social Media

A summary of the latest posts on SSR's Facebook page and Twitter account.

Articles for SSR

Biology of Reproduction

Biology of Reproduction (BOR) is the official journal of the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) and publishes original research on a broad range of topics in the field of reproductive biology, as well as minireviews on topics of current importance or controversy. With an impact factor of 3.471 (5-year impact factor: 3.768; ISI 2015 JCR Science Edition, June 2016), BOR is consistently one of the most highly cited journals publishing original research in the field of reproductive biology.

In January 2017, BOR will be published by Oxford University Press. As always, readers can browse current or past issues, find and save relevant articles, or subscribe to contents alerts (registration or sign-in is required). However, the new platform will offer readers and authors many expanded features and services including article-level altmetrics data.

In addition to a new journal site, BOR also launched a new submission and review site, using Editorial Manager. Click here to access the new manuscript processing system.

SSR Documentary

In July 2004, this 44-minute documentary was produced by Patricia Hoyer, Ph.D., and Craig Highberger during the 37th Annual Meeting at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Featuring interviews with many of the individuals responsible for SSR's creation, this is history laced with poignant memories and spiced with humor. In their own words, these remarkable men and women bring our history to life—starting, incidentally, with the contentious debate over what to name the new organization. This documentary does justice to SSR's well-deserved reputation for enhancing the scope and integrity of reproductive research.

SSR Newsletter

The SSR Newsletter is published every February, June, and October by the Public Affairs Committee. Volumes 3–34 (1986–2017) are available online in PDF format.


Videos of many presentations at SSR meetings from 2011 through 2017 are also available on this site. 


SSR and/or its journal, Biology of Reproduction, maintain membership in the following organizations.

Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)

ALPSP was formed in 1972 with 24 society members. Today, it has more than 315 member organizations in 39 countries and is the largest international trade association for scholarly and professional publishers. ALPSP provides information, education, representation, cooperative initiatives, and guidelines for good practice.


A not-for-profit joint venture between the world's leading scholarly publishers and research libraries whose mission is to build a sustainable, geographically distributed dark archive with which to ensure the long-term survival of web-based scholarly publications for the benefit of the greater global research community.

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

A forum for editors and publishers of peer-reviewed journals to discuss all aspects of publication ethics. COPE also advises editors on how to handle cases of research and publication misconduct. One of the current Editors-in-Chief of Biology of Reproduction serves as the SSR's representative to COPE.

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

FASEB is the nation's largest coalition of biomedical researchers, representing 23 scientific societies and more than 100,000 researchers from around the world. FASEB is recognized as the policy voice of biological and biomedical researchers.


Set up by the World Health Organization together with major publishers, the HINARI Programme enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature. More than 7,500 information resources are available to health institutions in 105 countries, areas, and territories benefiting many thousands of health workers and researchers, and in turn, contributing to improved world health.

Independent Scholarly Publishers Group (ISPG)

A coalition of independent publishers of high-impact journals and related academic content, hosted on the HighWire platform, which promotes, markets to, and negotiates with library consortia, hospitals, and other organizations around the world.

National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR)

The only national, non-profit organization dedicated solely to advocating sound public policy that recognizes the vital role of laboratory animals in biomedical research, higher education, and product safety assessment. Communications from NABR are received by the chair of the Animal Ethics Subcommittee of the Publications Committee, and by the Executive Director.

National Postdoctoral Association

A member-driven, non-profit organization that provides a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars. As a Sustaining Member of the NPA, SSR may name up to five individuals who may join the NPA for free as affiliate members. Affiliate members are entitled to free subscriptions and access to members-only web content.

Sister Societies and Affiliated Organizations

American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)

Founded in 1944, ASRM is an organization devoted to advancing knowledge and expertise in reproductive medicine and biology, with a particular focus on infertility. Collaborative activities include Annual Meeting exchange lectures (SSR Researcher and ASRM Distinguished Research Scientist), and sponsorship of the CME program at SSR's Annual Meeting.

Australian Society for Reproductive Biology (SRB)

Founded in 1968, SRB fosters and promotes basic and applied research in reproduction, fertility, and development directed towards improving health, agriculture, and conservation. Collaborative activities include an Affiliate member relationship with SSR, and co-sponsoring the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd World Congress of Reproductive Biology.

Chinese Society for Reproductive Biology (CSRB)

Collaborative activities include co-sponsoring the 2nd and 3rd World Congress of Reproductive Biology.

European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE)

Founded in 1985​, ESHRE promotes interest in, and understanding of, reproductive biology and medicine through facilitating research and subsequent dissemination of research findings in human reproduction and embryology to the general public, scientists, clinicians, and patient associations. ESHRE also works to inform politicians and policy makers throughout Europe. Collaborative activities include co-sponsoring the ​2nd World Congress of Reproductive Biology.

International Congress on Animal Reproduction (ICAR)

Founded in 1948 and formerly known as the International Congress on Animal Reproduction and Artificial Insemination, ICAR is a non-profit international organization focused on organizing conferences on Animal Reproduction. ICAR holds a major conference every 4 years in various countries around the world. Collaborative activities include ​SSR's selection of a speaker and funding that speaker's participation in ICAR.

Korean Society for Animal Reproduction (KSAR)

Founded in 1975, KSAR holds academic meetings, publishes research results and other materials, and executes international cooperation for advancing academic researches, with the goals of promoting academic research and understanding in the field of animal reproduction, and developing and exchanging its related technologies. Collaborative activities include co-sponsoring the ​2nd and 3rd World Congress of Reproductive Biology​.

Sister Societies

The Sister Societies is the name given to a group of national endocrine-related professional societies that meet in person at least on an annual basis and who correspond regularly (via a listserv housed at The Endocrine Society) to provide a venue permitting discussion of common concerns and possible joint activities on behalf of the field of endocrinology.

Society for Reproduction & Fertility (SRF)

Formed in July 2001 through amalgamation of the Society for the Study of Fertility (SSF) and the Journals of Reproduction and Fertility Ltd (JRF), SRF carries forward the long- standing heritage of the SSF/JRF in being one of the principal scientific societies specializing in reproductive biology, both within the UK and internationally. Collaborative activities include ​Annual Meeting exchange lectures (SSR New Investigator and SRF New Investigator Scientist), and co-sponsoring the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd World Congress of Reproductive Biology.

Society for Reproduction and Development (SRD)

Founded in 1948 and formerly known as the Japanese Society of Animal Reproduction (2009), SRD was established to encourage the study of reproductive biology in wild, domestic, laboratory, and companion animals. Collaborative activities include co-sponsoring the 1st, ​2nd, and 3rd World Congress of Reproductive Biology​.

Society of Reproductive Investigation (SRI)

Founded in 1953, SRI (formerly Society for Gynecologic Investigation) discovers, reviews, reports, and transfers new knowledge through creative research and training, community integration, and partnerships that improve the reproductive health of women everywhere. SRI is taking a leading role in international scientific society innovation and, in so doing, provides a strong voice for issues of women's reproductive health and places them at the global forefront. Collaborative activities include an Annual Meeting exchange lecture/session.

World Congress of Reproductive Biology (WCRB)

The World Congress of Reproductive Biology was established in 2008 to provide a forum for basic and clinical reproductive biologists from all around the globe to meet and exchange cutting edge ideas and research findings. SSR hosted the First World Congress of Reproductive Biology in Kona, Hawaii, in 2008, and provides continued support.

Sustaining Support

The following organizations have provided ongoing support for SSR Awards, Travel Grants and Fellowships, Merit Awards, or SSR accreditation. Please visit each Annual Meeting's Support page for a comprehensive list of funders of that meeting (e.g., 2015 Meeting Support).

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund provides funding for Diversity Committee activities, including Travel Fellowships for Minority Faculty and Students, and Education Outreach Day. Burroughs Wellcome has funded travel fellowships for the 1997–2002 and 2005–2018 Annual Meetings. In 2010, Burroughs Wellcome extended its funding to include support for educational outreach activities.

Cook Medical

Founded in 1963 in Bloomington, Indiana, Cook Medical is dedicated to bold leadership in pioneering innovative medical solutions to enhance patient care worldwide. Cook Medical is the sponsor of the annual Carl G. Hartman Award.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, National Institutes of Health

Provides major funding for the Annual Meeting program through travel support for speakers and trainees (the latter administered through the Larry Ewing Memorial Trainee Travel Fund).


The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)'s MARC (Minority Access to Research Careers) program exemplifies FASEB's commitment to promote diversity in the biomedical and behavioral sciences by continuing to provide programs, activities and resources to support the training and advancement of underrepresented minority students, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, and research scientists. Grants no. T36-GM08059 and T36-GM08637 support the annual FASEB MARC Travel Awards, as well as activities of the Diversity Committee.

Lalor Foundation

Incorporated in Delaware in 1935 under bequests from members of the Lalor family, The Lalor Foundation provides assistance and encouragement to capable investigators embarking on teaching and research careers in universities and colleges. The program's mission is to support these researchers early in their work so that they can become independently funded in the field of mammalian reproductive biology as related to the regulation of fertility. The Lalor Foundation sponsors the annual Lalor Foundation Merit Awards.

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

An agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) was created through the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. Grant no. 2013-67015-20776 provides "support for speakers presenting research on agriculturally important species and for 10 Travel Merit Awards each year for SSR Trainees who present work relevant to the goals of the USDA AFRI Foundational Program."

General Inquiries

E-mail: ssr@ssr.org
Phone: 703-885-3502
Fax: 703-435-4390


Saima Hedrick
Executive Director
E-mail: executivedirector@ssr.org
Phone: 703-234-4126




Ana Hilton
Program Manager
E-mail: administrator@ssr.org
Phone: 703-234-4121





Rebecca Nadeau
Marketing Manager
E-mail: marketing@ssr.org
Phone: 781-876-8846





Margaret Jamborsky
Meetings Director
E-mail: meetings@ssr.org
Phone: 703-234-4127



Yvette Duron
Meetings Manager
E-mail: meetings2@ssr.org
Phone: 703-234-4108



Lorna Valle
Membership Manager
E-mail: membership@ssr.org
Phone: 703-234-4137


Mailing Address

Society for the Study of Reproduction​
11130 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 350
​Reston, VA  20191