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SMRU Traveling Scholar Awards

The objective of this award is to provide an opportunity for trainees to learn more about the field of male infertility by attending educational activities at the annual Scientific Congress of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Awardees will receive reimbursement of up to $2,350 in travel expenses to attend the Congress.

Awards

  • Registration fee waived for the ASRM Scientific Congress.
  • Registration fee waived for the SMRU Postgraduate Course.
  • Registration fee waived for one Roundtable Luncheon.
  • Registration fee waived for the SMRU banquet.
  • One year membership in ASRM and in SMRU

Eligibility and Application

  • Applicants must be trainees in the field of male infertility, or trainees who are considering entering the field of male infertility. Trainees may include residents, fellows, students, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows.
  • Applicants must be the first author of an abstract submitted to the Male Reproduction and Urology: Traveling Scholars category of the ASRM online abstract submission website.
  • Only one abstract per applicant may be submitted to the Traveling Scholars category. Any applicant submitting more than one abstract to the Traveling Scholars category will be disqualified from consideration for this award. An abstract submitted to this category and not chosen for an award may be selected for presentation in other Male Reproduction and Urology sessions.
  • To receive reimbursement for travel costs, awardees must attend the SMRU Postgraduate Course as well as sessions assigned for on each day of the ASRM Scientific Congress.

Applicants must send

  • an application form,
  • applicant’s curriculum vitae,
  • a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s mentor, and
  • a one page statement of career goals to Susanna Scarbrough: sscarbrough@asrm.org. Instructions on how to upload these items will be included on the Abstract submission website and at the SMRU website: smru.org. Materials uploaded at the abstract submission website must also be emailed to Susanna Scarbrough.

Completed application materials must be received by May 2, 2019.

Prior to submitting an application, applicants and mentors should ensure the applicant’s availability to participate in the SMRU Traveling Scholars Program. Failure of an awardee to present his/her abstract, or failure of an awardee to attend SMRU sponsored activities, without a legitimate medical excuse, will result in penalties to the awardee and/or mentor, including denial of travel reimbursement to the awardee and/or denial of applications from the mentor’s program for a period of two years.

Congratulations to the 2018 Winners

Cappy Rothman, M.D., Chuck Sims, M.D., And The California Cryobank Traveling Scholar Award

This award allows a junior physician or basic science researcher to explore a career in male reproduction and urology. The primary purpose of the award is to stimulate the scientific interests of students, residents, and fellows in the study of male reproduction. The recipient for 2018 is Nannan Thirumavalavan, M.D., who will present abstract O-55 titled “KANK1 PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN GENITOURINARY DEVELOPMENT IN MALE MICE” in the SMRU Traveling Scholars oral abstract session on Monday, October 8, 2018.

SMRU Lipshultz/Lamb Traveling Scholar Award

This award allows a junior physician or basic science researcher to explore a career in male reproduction and urology. The primary purpose of the award is to stimulate the scientific interests of students, residents, and fellows in the study of male reproduction. The recipient for 2018 is Maria Andrade, M.Sc., who will present abstract O-56 titled “ORCHIECTOMY OF THE TESTIS AFFECTED WITH TESTICULAR GERM CELL TUMORS IMPROVES THE MOLECULAR ENVIRONMENT OF THE CONTRALATERAL TESTIS” in the SMRU Traveling Scholars oral abstract session on Monday, October 8, 2018.

MANHATTAN CRYOBANK ENDOWED TRAVELING SCHOLAR AWARD

This award allows a junior physician or basic science researcher to explore a career in male reproduction and urology. The primary purpose of the award is to stimulate the scientific interests of students, residents, and fellows in the study of male reproduction. The recipient for 2018 is John Lee, M.D., who will present abstract O-57 titled “NITROSO-REDOX IMBALANCE AFFECTS AGE-RELATED DECLINE IN MALE REPRODUCTIVE FUNCTION AND CAN BE REVERSED WITH ASCORBATE” in the SMRU Traveling Scholars oral abstract session on Monday, October 8, 2018.

SOCIETY FOR MALE REPRODUCTION AND UROLOGY TRAVELING SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The annual Society for Male Reproduction and Urology Traveling Scholars Program allows a diverse group of young clinical physicians and basic science researchers the opportunity to explore a career in male reproductive medicine. The primary purpose of the program is to stimulate the scientific interests of residents and fellows in the study of male reproduction. Scholars are selected by the SMRU Research Committee based on the scores of their abstracts submitted for the Scientific Congress. The SMRU Traveling Scholars oral abstract session will take place on Monday, October 8, 2018. The following Traveling Scholars will present their research during the session:

  • Joseph Scott Gabrielson, M.D., Ph.D., O-58, “METHYLOME-WIDE ANALYSIS OF TESTICULAR FIBROBLASTS IDENTIFIES NOVEL SITES THAT ARE HYPERMETHYLATED IN MEN WITH IDIOPATHIC NONOBSTRUCTIVE AZOOSPERMIA”
  • Joshua Halpern, M.D., M.S., O-59, “SEMEN PARAMETERS AMONG ADOLESCENT MALES UNDERGOING FERTILITY PRESERVATION IN AN
    INTERNATIONAL COHORT”
  • Ashley Tiegs, M.D., O-60, “TOTAL MOTILE SPERM COUNT TREND OVER TIME ACROSS TWO CONTINENTS: EVALUATION OF SEMEN ANALYSES FROM 119,972 INFERTILE MEN.”

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