Dear colleagues,

We are now accepting abstract submissions and award nominations/submissions for our 32nd Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 17-18, 2019.

As mentioned in the fall newsletter, we have several exciting opportunities and events this year. First, in response to your feedback, we have new ways in which members can get involved. Details can be found at the end of this email, but opportunities include:

1)      Proposing and chairing a symposium
2)      Proposing and chairing a concurrent contributed session
3)      Proposing and chairing a methods debate
4)      Nominating yourself or someone else to serve on the society’s program committee or communications committee

Also, I am pleased to announce our very first online debate, jointly sponsored with the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER), which will take place on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at noon ET. Mark your calendar!

Who should be in the denominator:
extension of the fetuses at risk approach to postnatal outcomes
featuring
Olga Basso, PhD & KS Joseph, MD PhD
Annual Meeting Abstract Submissions
To submit an abstract for the 32nd Annual Meeting, please visit: https://sper.org/annual-meeting-2/abstract-submission/

The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2019 at 10am ET.
Annual Meeting Symposium Submissions
We plan to hold one member-initiated symposium at the Annual Meeting. To learn more and to submit an idea for consideration, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NN5D56B.
 
The deadline for submissions is January 18, 2019 at 5pm ET.
Annual Meeting Concurrent Contributed Session Submissions
We plan to hold two concurrent contributed sessions at the Annual Meeting. To learn more and to submit an idea for consideration, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NN5D56B.
 
The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2019 at 10am ET.
Annual Meeting Methods Debate Submissions
We plan to hold one methods debate at the Annual Meeting. To learn more and to submit an idea for consideration, please visits: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NN5D56B.
 
The deadline for submissions is January 18, 2019 at 5pm ET.
Communications Committee and Program Committee Nominations
The society is seeking nominations for both the Communications Committee and the Program Committee. Self-nominations are welcomed. To learn more and nominate yourself or someone else, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NG6NG3R.
 
The deadline for nominations is December 16, 2018 at 5pm ET.
Student Prize Paper Award
This competition is open to graduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows, medical residents, research trainees, and clinical fellows. To be eligible for the award, the work must have been completed in the prior year while the applicant was a student or trainee. The paper should represent work in the field of reproductive, perinatal, or pediatric epidemiology.
 
The deadline for submission is Monday, March 4, 2019 at 5 PM ET.
 
Rising Star Award
This award recognizes early to mid-career investigators whose achievements and potential set them on a trajectory to become research leaders in the field of reproductive, perinatal and pediatric epidemiology. Early to mid-career investigators from academia, government, or the private sector are eligible. Candidates should be at the Assistant to Associate Professor rank if in academia (more advanced than post-doctoral fellow, but not at the full professor level) or an equivalent employment status if outside academia.
 
The deadline for submission is Monday, March 4, 2019 at 5 PM ET.
 
For more information, please visit: https://sper.org/sper-awards/rising-star-award/
Heinz Berendes Award
To be eligible for the award, the applicant must have resided outside of the U.S. and Canada at the time the work was conducted. The paper should be focused primarily on a population outside of North America. Developing country work is encouraged, but not required. The paper should represent work in the field of reproductive, perinatal, or pediatric epidemiology.
 
The deadline for submission is Monday, February 4, 2019 at 5 PM ET.
 
For more information, please visit: https://sper.org/sper-awards/heinz-berendes-award/
Mentoring Award
The SPER Mentoring Award recognizes the importance of dedicated and skilled mentors in the development of reproductive, pediatric, and perinatal epidemiologists at all levels. Individuals with an established career from academia, government, or the private sector are eligible. Candidates should be at the Associate Professor rank or above if in academia or at an equivalent senior rank in government agencies or industry.
The deadline for submission is Monday, March 4, 2019 at 5 PM ET.
 
For more information, please visit: https://sper.org/sper-awards/mentoring-award/
Lastly, don’t forget to renew your SPER membership as soon as possible so that you can stay up to date with the latest society news! Plus, follow us on Twitter @ SPER_news or find us on Facebook.
 
All the best,
 
Courtney D. Lynch, PhD MPH
SPER President
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