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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 ASRM Scientific Congress. Awardees will receive reimbursement of up to $2,350 in travel expenses to attend the Congress, which will be held in Anaheim, CA, October 22-26, 2022.

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 to ASRM and to 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 medical students, residents, fellows, undergraduate students, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows.
  • Applicants must be the first author of an abstract submitted to the Male Reproduction and Urology: Traveling Scholars Sub-category under the Male Reproduction category in the ASRM online abstract submission website.
  • To receive reimbursement for travel costs, awardees must attend the SMRU Pre-Congress Course as well as special interest sessions on each day of the ASRM Scientific Congress.

Applications Must Send the Following

  • an application form,
  • curriculum vitae,
  • letter of recommendation from the trainee’s mentor, and
  • a statement of career goals.
  • A copy of the submitted abstract printed from the “Review and Submit” page from the abstract submission system portal

Applicant must also email all items listed to Megan Miller, SMRU Member Services Administrator (mmiller@asrm.org).

Completed application materials must be received by April 20, 2022.

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. Preference will be given to applicants in their earlier years of training; however, applicants in their senior years of training also will be considered. Applicants not currently in the field of male infertility, but who are considering entering this field, also will be considered. 

Congratulations to the 2021 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 2021 is Kian Asanad, M.D., who will present abstract O-55, “GEOGRAPHICAL DIFFERENCES IN DEMOGRAPHICS AND FERTILITY HISTORIES OF MEN PRESENTING FOR INFERTILITY EVALUATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA: RESULTS FROM THE ANDROLOGY RESEARCH CONSORTIUM” in the SMRU Traveling Scholars oral abstract session on Monday, October 18, 2021.

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 2021 is Raevti Bole, M.D., M.A., who will present abstract O-56, “TOTAL MOTILE SPERM COUNT IS ASSOCIATED WITH ICSI SUCCESS USING SPERM OBTAINED BY TESE”; in the SMRU Traveling Scholars oral abstract session on Monday, October 18, 2021.

Weill Cornell Male Reproductive Surgery and Urology Traveling Fellow 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 2021 is Jasper C Bash, M.D., who will present abstract O-57, “THE EFFECT OF CHRONIC DELTA-9-TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL USE ON MALE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH IN RHESUS MACAQUES” in the SMRU Traveling Scholars oral abstract session on Monday, October 18, 2021

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 fellow 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 18, 2021. The following Traveling Scholars will present their research during the session:
  • Daniel Pelzman, M.D., O-58 “DISTANCE FROM HOSPITAL DOES NOT REDUCE UTILIZATION OF FERTILITY PRESERVATION IN MEN”;

  • Alvaro Santamaria, M.D., O-59 “EFFICACY OF CLOMIPHENE CITRATE IN SUBFERTILE MEN STRATIFIED BY PRE-TREATMENT SEX HORMONE LEVELS AND SPERM CONCENTRATION”;

  • Kajal Khodamoradi, Ph.D., O-60, “ANDROGEN RECEPTOR SIGNALING IN HUMAN CORPUS CAVERNOSUM IS NOT DEPENDENT UPON HALF-LIFE OF TESTOSTERONE THERAPY.”

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