Our Vision

Connecting, collaborating, and catalyzing the conduct of pediatric research

Specifically SPR works to:

CONNECT: Facilitate active communications among and between researchers

COLLABORATE: Promote research collaborations through mentoring and knowledge sharing

CATALYZE RESEARCH: Advocate for funding and policies supportive of research

Our mission

Creating a network of multi-disciplinary researchers to improve child health

Our Council

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Joel N. Hirschhorn, MD, PhD

President (5/2021)

Boston Children’s Hospital /
Harvard Medical School
Genetics & Endocrinology

<font size="3">Stephanie D. Davis, MD</font>

Stephanie D. Davis, MD

President-elect (5/2022)

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Division of Pulmonology

<font size="3">Beth Tarini, MD</font>

Beth Tarini, MD

Vice President (5/2023)

Children’s National Medical Center
Center for Translational Research

<font size="3">David Hunstad, MD</font>

David Hunstad, MD

Strategy and Operations Officer (5/2022)

Division of Infectious Diseases
Washington University

<font size="3">Constantine Stratakis, MD, DSc</font>

Constantine Stratakis, MD, DSc

Past President (5/2020)

Pediatrics, Endocrinology & Medical Genetics
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

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Michelle Gill, MD, PhD

Ambassador, North American Regionals (5/2022)

Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
UT Southwestern Medical Center

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Hannah C. Glass, MDCM, MAS

Director of Membership (5/2023)

Department of Neurology and Pediatrics
University of California San Francisco

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Cristina M. Alvira, MD

Councilor (5/2021)

Stanford School of Medicine
Critical Care

<font size="3">Sarah C. Armstrong, MD</font>

Sarah C. Armstrong, MD

Councilor (5/2021)

Duke University School of Medicine
General Pediatrics

<font size="3">Todd A. Florin, MD, MSCE</font>

Todd A. Florin, MD, MSCE

Councilor (5/2020)

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Emergency Medicine

<font size="3">Neera Gupta, MD</font>

Neera Gupta, MD

Councilor (5/2020)

Weill Cornell Medical Center
Gastroenterology/Nutrition

<font size="3">Lucas Hoffman, MD, PhD</font>

Lucas Hoffman, MD, PhD

Councilor (5/2020)

University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital
Pulmonology

<font size="3">Roberta Keller, MD</font>

Roberta Keller, MD

Councilor (5/2020)

University of California-San Francisco
Neonatology

<font size="3">Nathalie Maitre, MD</font>

Nathalie Maitre, MD

Councilor (5/2022)

Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Neonatology

<font size="3">Larry W. Markham, MD</font>

Larry W. Markham, MD

Councilor (5/2021)

Indiana University School of Medicine
Cardiology

<font size="3">Jordan S. Orange, MD, PhD</font>

Jordan S. Orange, MD, PhD

Councilor (5/2021)

Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Allergy, Immunology

<font size="3">Prachi Shah, MD</font>

Prachi Shah, MD

Councilor (5/2021)

University of Michigan, CS Mott Children’s Hospital
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

<font size="3">Tamara Simon, MD</font>

Tamara Simon, MD

Councilor (5/2022)

University of Washington
Hospitalist

<font size="3">Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD</font>

Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD

Councilor (5/2020)

University of Minnesota
Hematology/Oncology

Our Past Presidents

2019         Constantine Stratakis
2018         Michelle Gill
2017         Shari Barkin
2016         Brendon Lee
2015         Jake A. Kushner
2014         Steven P. Miller
2013         David A. Ingram
2012         Susan L. Furth
2011         Maria T. Britto
2010         David N. Cornfield
2009         Elena Fuentes-Afflick
2008         Phyllis A. Dennery
2007         Gary L. Freed
2006         Phil W. Shaul
2005         Lisa M. Guay-Woodford
2004         Gail Demmler
2003         Daniel Bernstein
2002         Alan M. Krensky
2001         Ora Pescovitz
2000         Thomas Hazinski
1999         Sam Hawgood
1998         Maureen Andrew
1997         Gary R. Fleisher
1996         Jon S. Abramson
1995         David H. Perlmutter
1994         Margaret K. Hostetter
1993         George Lister
1992         Larry J. Shapiro
1991         Steve Kohl
1990         Alan H. Jobe
1989         Harvey J. Cohen

1988         Robert P. Kelch
1987         Russell W. Chesney
1986         Laurence A. Boxer
1985         Thomas F. Boat
1984         John D. Johnson
1983         Ralph D. Feigin
1982         Joseph B. Warshaw
1981         Richard B. Johnston, Jr.
1980         Joseph A. Bellanti
1979         Joe Anne Brasel
1978         Frank A. Oski
1977         Frederick C. Battaglia
1976         Charles R. Scriver
1975         Robert E. Greenberg
1974         Charles A. Alford, Jr.
1973         Mary Ellen Avery
1972         Madison S. Spach
1971         William L. Nyhan
1970         William B. Weil, Jr.
1969         Floyd W. Denny, Jr.
1968         Norman Kretchmer
1967         Irving Schulman
1966         Robert E. Cooke
1965         Wallace W. McCrory
1964         Clark D. West
1963         Lytt I. Gardner
1962         Frederick C. Robbins
1961         Gilbert B. Forbes
1960         Henry L. Barnett
1959         Sydney S. Gellis

1958         Edward L. Pratt
1957         William M. Wallace
1956         Wolf Zuelzer
1955         Charles A. Janeway
1954         Harold E. Harrison
1953         Robert F. Ward
1952         Horace L. Hodes
1951         Harry H. Gordon
1950         Francis F. Schwentker
1949         Sidney Farber
1948         Donovan J. McCune
1947         Mitchell I. Rubin
1946         Edward M. Bridge
1945         No mtg. because of war
1944         Joseph A. Johnson
1943         No mtg. because of war
1942         George M. Guest
1941         A. Ashley Weech
1940         Daniel C. Darrow
1939         L Emmett Holt
1938         Samuel Z. Levine
1937         Francis Scott Smyth
1936         Charles F. McKhann
1935         Joseph A. Stokes, Jr.
1934         Rustin McIntosh
1933         Bengt Hamilton
1932         L.A. Hoague
1931         James Gamble
1930         James Gamble
1929         James Gamble

Our Bylaws | Policies

Current Bylaws

The Society for Pediatric Research was founded in 1929 and incorporated in 1963.  The provisions of these Bylaws (the “Bylaws”) are amended and expanded from those as amended and approved by the Society in 2019.

Current Policies

Our Committees | Workgroups

Advocacy Committee

Mandate:

  • Provide leadership in child advocacy through government and public forums for issues related to the SPR Mission: Creating a Network of Multi-Disciplinary Researchers to Improve Child Health.

Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Recommend public and governmental priorities for advocacy.
  • Advocate for prioritized issues in partnership with other agencies and societies.
  • Communicate effectively with Council and membership regarding advocacy activities.

Co-Chairs:
Joyce Javier
Shetal Shah

Communications Committee

Mandate:

  • To focus on redesign of website/app and to communicate to members via social media postings.

Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Website improvements.
  • Other forms of communication with members.
  • Communicate with outside entities including press (link with PAS, AAP, etc).
  • Communicate with specialty-based pediatric organizations.

Co-Chairs:
Faizah Bhatti
Mark Hicar

Finance Committee

Mandate:

  • To ensure SPR possesses the financial resources to sustain its mission statement; SPR operates with sound stewardship of its resources; partners with the Pediatric Research Foundation to grow the financial resources with which to execute its missions.

Chair:
David Hunstad

Mentoring Committee

Objective:

  • Expanding mentoring opportunities to reach more SPR members.

Co-Chairs:
Katie Forster
Larry Markham

Perspectives Committee

Objective:

  • Linking SPR members to Junior Members to write SPR perspectives briefs on cutting edge research methods or content.

Co-Chairs:
Todd Florin
Katie Forster

Click below to submit a Perspectives From SPR review article to appear in Pediatric Research.


Diversity Workgroup

Objective:

  • To enhance the diversity of SPR membership.

Lead:
Maureen Su

PAS Content Workgroup

Objectives:

  • Identify and select sessions for the PAS Meeting that represent the best science and are of interest to the membership.
  • Identify a topic through the membership survey of value to members, and proactively invite a group of scientists to submit symposium and/or workshop proposals on this topic.

Lead:
Courtney Wusthoff

Frequently Asked Questions

General Society Questions

About SPR

What is the SPR mission?

Creating a network of multi-disciplinary researchers to improve child health.

How is the SPR mission translated into action?

  • We provide and promote activities that strengthen the pediatric research community, with a strong focus on supporting the pediatric physician-scientist pipeline.
  • We specifically provide:
    • programming for the PAS meeting.
    • career opportunities (mentoring, advocacy, editorial writing).
    • advocacy on medical system issues that affect our members’ ability to do research (funding, credentialing, regulations).
  • We provide a community for students and professionals actively engaged in pediatric research.

Relationships to Other Organizations

How is SPR related to APS?

  • SPR and the American Pediatric Society (APS) are two distinct, selective academic societies with related missions.
  • SPR is specifically focused on creating and supporting a network of multidisciplinary researchers in child health, while APS engages distinguished leaders in pediatrics to shape the future of the field more broadly.
  • The two societies share administrative functions in their Central Office in The Woodlands, TX.

How is SPR related to the regional SPRs (Eastern, Mid-West, Southern, Western)?

  • The regional SPRs are not formally part of SPR and have separate administration, membership and meetings.
  • SPR works closely with the leadership of each regional SPR to promote our common goals, enhance our meetings and events, and encourage regional members to apply for SPR membership.
  • Efforts to enhance these relationships are a current focus for SPR.

How is SPR related to AAP?

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics is a large pediatric organization whose mission is to attain optimal physical and mental health for children across the United States.
  • Its membership includes academic and private pediatricians and other professionals and providers. Its activities focus on promoting optimal clinical care, providing pediatric education to its members and the public, and doing research to inform national pediatric priorities, practice and policy.
  • SPR works collaboratively with AAP on multiple projects relevant to our membership, particularly on advocacy issues.

How is SPR related to the ABP?

  • The American Board of Pediatrics is one of the 24 certifying boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties. The ABP is the certifying organization for pediatrics and pediatric subspecialties, and certification provides assurance to the public that a general pediatrician or pediatric subspecialist has successfully completed accredited training and fulfilled continuous evaluation requirements.
  • The ABP selects a member of SPR to serve on their Board of Directors.

How is SPR related to FOPO?

  • The Federation of Pediatric Organizations (FOPO) is an umbrella organization made up of the leadership of the AAP, ABP, APS, SPR, the American Pediatric Association (APA, an organization of academic general pediatricians), the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC) and the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD).
  • FOPO aims to promote pediatric health by providing a forum in which the member organizations can discuss issues in pediatric health and the practice of pediatrics and build relationships to accomplish shared goals.
  • The winner of the Joseph W. St. Geme, Leadership Award, presented to a role model of pediatric leadership each year at PAS, is selected by the member organizations at the winter FOPO meeting.

How is SPR related to IPRF?

  • SPR is a partner in the International Pediatric Research Foundation, a non-profit organization that oversees the management of our journal, Pediatric Research.
  • IPRF has 8 board members 2 from SPR, 2 from APS and 4 from the European Society for Pediatric Research.
  • Starting in 2016, IPRF distributes a portion of the profits from the journal to each member society.

How is SPR related to Pediatric Research?

  • Pediatric Research is the official publication of SPR, APS, and the European SPR. A subscription to the journal is a benefit of active membership in SPR.
  • SPR encourages its members to publish in Pediatric Research. The journal publishes perspectives from SPR, as well as original papers, invited reviews, and commentaries on pediatric research topics.
  • Pediatric Research invites SPR members to engage in the review process.
  • To enhance the journal’s connection to the three societies’ missions, Pediatric Research is developing programs to engage early-stage investigators the editorial process and putting in place a reward system for reviewers.

Relationship to PAS

What is the role of SPR at PAS?

  • SPR is one of the societies that participates in the annual Pediatric Academic Societies meeting.
  • SPR helps make PAS the leading event for academic pediatrics and child health research.
  • SPR helps to choose scientific content for the meeting by selecting specific topics for presentation and by selecting members to serve on the PAS Program Committee.
  • SPR offers members important opportunities at the PAS Meeting including a Presidential Scientific Plenary session designed specifically for members and featuring outstanding scientific talks, a complimentary SPR awards luncheon, and special science showcase and reception that highlights leading talent from each SPR Regional society.

How are SPR-sponsored PAS symposium or workshops chosen?

  • SPR-sponsored symposia and workshops are chosen from submitted proposals by the SPR Content Committee.
  • Members of the SPR Content Committee may work together to develop proposals.

How do I get appointed to the PAS Program Committee?

  • SPR representatives on the PAS Program Committee include the SPR President, President-elect, Strategy & Operations Officer, Strategy & Operations Officer- elect (in transition years) and other SPR members recommended by the SPR Council who have needed content expertise (e.g. neonatal neurology, cardiology).

How do I get selected to review abstracts or moderate PAS sessions?

  • As an SPR member, you will receive an email each summer asking you to volunteer to serve as an abstract reviewer, session moderator and/or poster facilitator. Please sign up!
  • The PAS Program Committee will make assignments in their areas of expertise. Current members can be found here.

SPR Membership

Why should I join SPR?

  • Being a member of SPR is a recognized honor in academic pediatrics, requiring nomination by academic peers and leaders and recognition of one’s role as an independent, productive child health researcher.
  • As a diverse, innovative group of people, SPR actively promotes the development of physician-scientists, honors outstanding achievements through several awards programs, advocates for child health research and gives its members representation in other national organizations (AAMC, FASEB) and in Washington, DC.
  • Opportunities to serve as abstract reviewer, session moderator or discussant at PAS Meeting.
  • Propose concepts for scientific sessions, workshops and special interest groups at PAS Meeting.
  • Serve on SPR Council, committees and work groups and vote in SPR elections.
  • Encourage fellows to apply for membership in the SPR Junior Section.
  • Subscription to Pediatric Research, the SPR journal.
  • Access to online membership directory and web-based tools.

What are the categories of SPR membership?

Visit the SPR Membership page for information.

How many members does SPR have?

  • As of 2018, there are over 4000 SPR members.

Who makes decisions about membership applications?

  • The Director of Membership does a preliminary review of all applications and assigns two Council Members to provide a full review of each file. At Fall Council (Oct/Nov), nominations are presented and voted on.
  • Detailed discussions generally focus on nominations where there is disagreement about eligibility, concern about independence or research program leadership or unusual career circumstances.
  • Decisions by the Council are considered final.

How does SPR address diversity in pediatric research?

  • SPR values diversity and inclusion within the SPR membership and in pediatric research. There is strong evidence that diversity improves outcomes, so initiatives promoting diversity and inclusion enhance pediatric research as a whole.
  • SPR seeks to increase diversity and inclusion through research, training awards, and active mentoring of young investigators.
  • SPR members are active in researching how child health is affected by disparities in race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status.

Why should SPR Junior membership be encouraged?

  • The goal of the SPR Junior Section is to promote networking and the development of child health researcher to maintain the physician-scientist pipeline for the future of pediatric health.
  • The Junior Section activities focus on career transitions from trainee to faculty, professional networking, recognition through awards and travel grants, mentorship programs and advocacy training.
  • These opportunities are provided free of charge and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • The Junior Section is led by a President and a President-elect who are currently in fellowship. Together, they work with the SPR leadership to manage and enhance the Junior Section.
  • The call for President-elect applications occurs each July.

What does SPR do with the dues that I pay?

  • The SPR uses its income to support initiatives that fit its mission focused on research in pediatrics. These include mentoring programs such as the Young Investigator Coaching Program, support for the Junior Section of the SPR, and support for a variety of research awards.
  • The SPR also contributes to advocacy groups and participates in advocacy activities focused on research including membership with FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) and the Pediatric Policy Council (PPC).
  • Recently, the SPR has set aside money to enhance our ability to help our membership communicate and network with a goal of delivering information and tools to make a career in pediatric research easier.

Why do I need to pay both SPR and APS dues if I belong to both groups?

  • Although SPR and APS have a close working relationship with frequent collaborations, they are separate organizations with distinct missions. They maintain separate finances, and they use their resources to fund independent initiatives.
  • SPR is focused on research and careers in child health research, while APS is focused on leadership in academic pediatrics.

How do I get the most out of my membership at PAS? Between PAS meetings?

  • At PAS meeting:
    • Attend the SPR Presidential Scientific Plenary and Awards, SPR-sponsored Invited Science Sessions and SPR-sponsored Workshops designed to meet the needs of SPR members based on survey results.
    • Network at SPR events and use the SPR research “Research Help Desk”.
    • Nominate a researcher for an award and cheer when they win (or win an award yourself!) see our awards.
    • Participate by moderating a session or facilitating discussion (remember to volunteer when you get that email invitation from PAS!).
    • Take advantage of discounted registration for new members.
  • Between PAS meetings:
    • Stay tuned with the SPR website and other social media (LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter).
    • Get involved by joining a workgroup or committee; see current groups.
    • Read the SPR Pulse to see recent highlights and activities related to SPR on our news page.
    • Read our journal and contribute to Pediatric Research, SPR’s official journal.

Participation in SPR

How do I join a SPR committee or working group?

  • Each year, email notification is sent out describing SPR committees (long-term groups focused on broad SPR missions) and SPR workgroups (temporary groups formed to specifically address an active issue in a targeted, time- limited manner) and requesting volunteers.
  • Information on current committees and groups is found here: http://www.societyforpediatricresearch.org/about/#committees
  • Awards Committee volunteers are requested. A diverse group of members with relevant expertise is selected by the Executive Council to serve.
  • Each committee has a Chair and Co-Chair, one of whom is also a Council member so that there is clear communication with SPR Chairs and Co-chairs are selected by the Council. Volunteers are welcome and should contact the current Chair of the group or the SPR Central Office.
  • Committees and workgroups strive to have Active and Junior Members participate.
  • There are a limited number of positions on each committee, and Chairs are expected to appoint a diverse membership from those who volunteer, while balancing expertise and sub-specialty representation.
  • Most committees and working groups have phone calls every 1 -2 months and may meet in person annually at PAS.

What is SPR Council and how do I join?

  • The SPR Council is responsible for managing and administering the affairs of SPR. These responsibilities include but are not limited to reviewing membership applications, serving on and leading workgroups and committees, reviewing finances, developing and maintaining relationships with other national organizations, with NIH and with political representatives.
  • Two full Council meetings are held annually: Fall Council (late Oct/early Nov) and Spring Council (late April/early May on the Friday preceding the annual PAS meeting). Additional phone meetings are held throughout the year.
  • Non-officer members of the Council are elected by Active Members to staggered three-year terms.
  • Requests for Council nominees are sent out yearly. Given the 3-year staggered terms, only some areas of representation are eligible in any given year.
  • Nominees are reviewed by the SPR Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee reaches out to potential nominees needed in specific areas and review and volunteer. The goal of the committee is to provide nominees that will produce a balanced Council with representation from pediatric subspecialties (reflecting our membership), geographic regions, gender and racial identities, and types of research (basic, clinical, translational).
  • The slate of nominees is presented to SPR Council. Once approved, final nominees are notified.
  • Active Members vote for nominees via email ballot.
  • Elected Council Members start their positions at the next Spring Council meeting.

What are the SPR Officer positions that comprise the SPR Executive Council?

  • The SPR officers are President, President-elect, Vice President, immediate Past-President, Director of Strategic Operations (formerly called Secretary-Treasurer), Ambassador, North American Regionals, Director of Membership (formerly called Membership Secretary) and Directors-elect of Strategic Operations and Membership in the years these positions are transitioning.
  • Nominees for officer positions are reviewed by the Nominating Committee. Previous service on SPR Council is not required, but evidence of active engagement with SPR is highly encouraged.
  • A Vice-President is elected on a yearly basis. This position starts the four-year sequence of presidential leadership.
  • Directors of Strategic Operation and of Membership are elected for staggered five-year terms. These officers provide continuity on SPR Council for many years and a one-year training period is provided when a new Director is elected.
  • Officer positions are significant volunteer time commitments that provide leadership experience, close interaction with other mid-career physician-scientist leaders across pediatric specialties, and national opportunities for program building and advocacy.

If I have suggestions or more questions, whom do I contact?

Contact or Suggestions Information

Members may share ideas with SPR leadership via staff in the central office  (info@societyforpediatricresearch.org or call 346.980.9710) or contact individuals on the SPR Executive Council.

Membership Structure Changes-May 2019

Senior Members

What changed?

The Senior Member category was eliminated as of May 1, 2019. All Senior Members in good standing as of October 1, 2018, will be transitioned to Active Member status and will hold Active Member privileges. Members who transition from Senior to Active Member status under this policy will not have a change in dues during this transition.

Why did you change this membership category?

This change responds to member requests to better reflect the diversity of career paths of our membership and to enable mid- and late-career members to remain engaged by acting as leaders and mentors within the society, nominating new members, and voting in elections.

I’m a Senior Member. What will happen to my membership and dues?

SPR Senior Members in good standing as of October 1, 2018 will automatically be transitioned to Active Member. There will be no change in dues for Senior Members during this transition.

I am a Senior Member. Will my benefits change in any way?

Yes! Individuals transitioning from Senior to Active Member status will have the benefits afforded to Active Members, including:

  • May nominate or second a nomination of any new member or awardee.
  • May vote in any duly called SPR election.
  • Consistent with SPR policies regarding Officer and Council positions, may serve as duly elected Officer or Council member.
  • Receive all SPR communications to members.
  • May participate in all duly announced SPR member events.
  • May participate in SPR Committees or similar groups, as approved by Council.
  • Senior Members transitioned to Active Member status may, for an additional fee, subscribe to society’s journal, Pediatric Research.

I am a Senior Member. What will happen to my dues?

Dues for SPR Senior Members transitioned to Active Member status under this plan will remain unchanged during this transition.

I am an Active Member and I just turned 55. What will happen to my dues?

SPR Active Members, regardless of age, will continue to be assessed dues of the Active Membership category.

I belong to APS and SPR. Do I need to pay dues to both societies?

Yes, dues for APS and SPR are separate.

I would prefer a different policy. What can I do?

Policy changes are approved by a vote of SPR Council. We encourage Active Members to communicate with Council, to vote in the Council elections, and/or request nomination for Council.

Affiliate Members

What changed?

The Affiliate Member category was eliminated as of May 1, 2019. All Affiliate Members have the opportunity to apply for automatic transition to Active Member status by December 31, 2020. Affiliate Members who transition to Active Member status will be assessed Active Member dues.

Why did you change this membership category?

This change was made to simplify the SPR membership structure and in response to reduced need for the Affiliate Member status.

I am an Affiliate Member. What will happen to my dues?

SPR Affiliate Members may request an automatic transition to Active Membership status at any time until December 31, 2020, by contacting info@societyforpediatricresearch.org. Individuals who transition to Active Member status will be assessed Active Member dues.

I am an Affiliate Member but I’m over 55. Will my dues be at the rate of current Senior Members or current Active Members?

Affiliate members who transition to Active Member status will be assessed Active Member dues.

I am an Affiliate Member and I forgot to request Active Member status. What can I do to become an Active Member?

Affiliate Members that request a transition to Active Member status after December 31, 2020, must be nominated via the Call for Applications (open from late May – July each year) and subject to a vote by Council.

Can I wait until the last minute to transition to Active Member to minimize dues?

Yes! We understand that the increase in dues may be prohibitive for some and so are giving time for members to budget for the increase.

I am an SPR Affiliate Member by virtue of my EuroSPR Membership. If I change to Active Member status, do I need to pay dues to both organizations and subscribe to the journal twice?

Dues for EuroSPR and SPR are separate. SPR dues invoices will include the required fee to subscribe to the journal, Pediatric Research.

Emeritus Members

What changed?

The age determination for Emeritus Members is eliminated. SPR Active Members may transition to Emeritus Member status by notifying SPR that they have retired. SPR Active Members may also request Emeritus status due to other circumstances, subject to approval by SPR Council on a case-by-case basis.

Why did you change this membership category?

This change was made to reflect the diversity of career paths of our membership and to encourage late career members who are still actively engaged in pediatric research to remain engaged by acting as mentors within the society and nominating new members.

I am an Emeritus Member but I am not yet retired. What will happen to my membership status?

Current Emeritus Members who are not yet retired may choose to remain Emeritus or transition back to Active Member status and be assessed dues at the Active Member level.

I am a Senior Member and was supposed to transition to Emeritus this year due to turning 65. What happens to my status and dues?

Transition to Emeritus status is no longer required at age 65. All Senior Members in good standing as of October 1, 2018, will be transitioned to Active Member status. Dues will remain unchanged during this transition. Upon retirement, any Active Member may request transition to Emeritus status.

I was looking forward to Emeritus Member status when I turn 65, but I’m not planning on retiring until I’m 70. What can I do?

Council will accept special requests for transition to Emeritus Member status, and, subject to approval by Council, may make exceptions to Emeritus status requirements on a case-by-case basis.

Junior Members

What changed?

The Junior Member eligibility has been expanded to six years following completion of fellowship.

Why did you update this membership category?

This change aims to ensure that there is no gap in SPR engagement between Junior Member status and reaching Active Member status. Faculty who demonstrate a recent track record of independent, hypothesis driven work that was initiated after fellowship or other training period can be nominated for Active Membership during the annual Call for Membership Nominations as soon as they meet eligibility criteria.

What are the dues for Junior Members?

Junior Members are not assessed dues.

When should I transition from Junior to Active Member?

Faculty who demonstrate a recent track record of independent, hypothesis driven work that was initiated after fellowship or other training period can be nominated for Active Membership during the annual Call for Membership Nominations as soon as they meet eligibility criteria.

Why should I transition from Junior to Active Member?

There are many benefits afforded to Active Members including:

  • May nominate or second a nomination of any new member or awardee.
  • May vote in any duly called SPR election.
  • Consistent with SPR policies regarding Officer and Council positions, may serve as duly elected Officer or Council Member.
  • Receive all SPR communications to members.
  • May participate in all duly announced SPR member events.
  • May participate on SPR Committees or similar groups, as approved by Council.
  • Subscription to the society journal, Pediatric Research, with additional SPR member privileges as determined by the journal.

General Change Questions

I would prefer different policies. What can I do?

Policy changes are approved by a vote of SPR Council. We encourage Active Members to communicate with Council, to vote in Council elections, and/or express interest in nomination for Council.

Why were there age criteria anyway?

The age criteria can be traced to the earliest days of SPR, which was originally established by early career pediatric researchers to provide a more open forum for research presentation, in contrast to societies led by more senior pediatric researchers who held only closed research meetings. The maximum age for Active Member status was increased previously, first from 45 to 50 years and then to 55 years, reflecting the increasing length of time required to become an independent physician-scientist.

Polling of SPR members and Council reveal differing views on age requirement criteria. Advantages cited are having an organization that represents early- to mid-stage pediatric researchers who are actively “in the trenches” and maintaining a leadership council that reflects this career stage. Disadvantages cited are the loss of participation of senior research leaders eager to continue engagement and the arbitrary nature of age limits.

Will SPR remain a society focused on early academic careers in pediatric research?

Yes! SPR is committed to fostering the careers of pediatric researchers, especially those at the early- and mid-career stages.

SPR Events General Yearly Calendar

General Calendar (may vary slightly by year)

General calendar for yearly SPR events (may vary slightly by year):

PAS Meeting  late April/early May
Council Candidate Nominations Due July
Election for Junior Section Leadership July
Call for Standing Committees and Workgroups July
Call for Awards Committees July
Membership Nominations Due Aug/Sept
PAS Call for Scholarly Sessions & Ancillary Events Aug/Oct
PAS Call for Workshops/SIGS Aug/Oct
PAS Call for Volunteers Sept/Oct
PAS Call for Abstracts Oct/Jan
SPR Annual Dues Due Oct
Award Nominations for Next PAS Meeting Nov
Young Investigator Coaching Program Application Due Nov
Physician-Scientist Bridging Award Applications Due Dec/Jan
Election for Council and Executive Council Members Jan/Feb