What it Means to be an SPR Member

The Society for Pediatric Research encourages and supports pediatric research endeavors by creating a network of multidisciplinary researchers to improve child health. Collaboration among SPR members creates meaningful progress for the future of children’s health.

Active Members are independent researchers that have been nominated and seconded by SPR members and approved by SPR Council conducting ongoing hypothesis-driven research in a field related to pediatrics. Emeritus Members are SPR Active Members that have retired and elected to transition to Emeritus status. Junior Members are clinical or research fellows, postdoctoral students, and early career faculty pursuing research careers in a field related to pediatrics.

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In 2019, SPR revised its membership criteria in response to member feedback and increased diversity of physician-scientist career paths by eliminating the Senior and Affiliate member types, and by removing age criteria.

SPR’s Call for New Active Members occurs each year from mid-May to late July.

Benefits of Membership

Research and Presentation Forum

SPR is the founding organization of the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting (PAS), the premier North American scholarly child health meeting. This annual gathering of 8,000 child health professionals is a forum for research presentation and discussion that is highly relevant to SPR members’ research endeavors. Each year, SPR members contribute original and invited science to the program, and serve on key committees to shape the PAS Meeting.

Honoring Physician-Scientists

Each year, SPR honors the outstanding achievements of members through a prestigious awards program and complimentary member luncheon, which occurs on Monday at the PAS Meeting.

Advocacy for Child Health Research

The SPR works through the Pediatric Policy Council (PPC) and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) to ensure that lawmakers understand the value of of dedicating resources for pediatric research. Through these channels, SPR member advocacy has helped achieve year over year growth in NIH funds available to support research, as well as important protection of Medicare payments to hospitals and institutions where SPR Members conduct their research.

Developing Physician-Scientists

SPR offers strategic and practical support for physican-scientist members. Active Members serve as mentors to fellows and junior faculty through SPR Junior Member Section and the Young Investigator Coaching Program, providing career development guidance. SPR offers early stage investigators special support through the K-Club grant-writing course and via the Physician Scientist Award: Bridging to Success grant. SPR Active Members host international fellows through the Japan Pediatric Society (JPS) Fellow Exchange Program, expanding SPR’s network of pediatric researchers beyond North America.

Additional Benefits

Membership Categories

Active Members

Active Member nominations are accepted each year from mid-May to late-July for individuals who are engaged in ongoing, independent, hypothesis-driven research related to pediatrics. New SPR members typically hold a faculty appointment at the mid/late assistant or early associate level and have a track record of independent work as demonstrated through original science manuscripts published from work that was initiated after training was complete. Nominees must hold an advanced degree, such as MD, PhD, DO, PharmD, MPH, or MA/MS. Age limits for Active Membership were eliminated in 2019. We encourage nomination of underrepresented minorities to help ensure a diverse and inclusive multidisciplinary network of researchers dedicated to improving child health.

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Membership Classification Policy

Senior Members

This category was eliminated in 2019. Existing Senior Members have been transitioned to Active Membership with no change in membership dues during this transition. Effective May 2019 these members may vote in SPR elections and initiate or second new member nominations.

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Senior Transition Policy

Membership Classification Policy

Affiliate Members

This category was eliminated in 2019. Existing Affiliate Members may choose to automatically transition to Active Member status until December 31, 2020. Upon request, the transition to Active Member will be immediately approved and all privileges and dues of Active Members will be applicable. 

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Affiliate Transition Policy

Membership Classification Policy

Junior Members

Junior Membership nomination is open to fellows who are currently enrolled in an academic fellowship or postdoctoral program related to pediatrics or child health, as well as early career faculty in their first six years after fellowship. Junior Members may self-nominate year round and are not assessed membership dues. Junior Members who have transitioned to faculty and published work initiated after fellowship may be eligible for nomination to the Active Member category and are encouraged to apply during the annual Call for Nominations. Visit the SPR Junior Section for additional details.

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Membership Classification Policy

Emeritus Members

This category was modified in 2019. 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.

See policy below for details:

Membership Classification Policy