(Philadelphia, PA) - Jerome F. Strauss III, MD, PhD, founding Director of the Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, will be installed today as President of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI).

Strauss, the Luigi Mastroianni Jr. Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is also Associate Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

"My agenda for the next year as president of SGI will be to ensure the vitality of this prominent, learned society at a time of great opportunity, but also a time when federal and foundation funding for research may be in jeopardy. I will also work to expand the participation of the international community in the society," he said. "This is in keeping with my interest in international health and new national initiatives to invest in research on global health issues."

The SGI is a nonprofit, international scientific organization working to promote excellence in the fields of obstetrics, gynecology, reproductive medicine, and gynecologic oncology. It has approximately 1,000 members, all of whom are elected in recognition of their significant contributions in research related to women's health. Strauss was elected president of SGI for the 2003 term two years ago, and last year served as president-elect. He is slated to be installed president today during the society's annual meeting at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Throughout his career, Strauss has been the recipient of numerous awards, honors and appointments. He also has served as an elected officer or member of various national and international organizations, including the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and he currently serves as a member of the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council of the National Institutes of Health. He is the recipient of the Research Award from the Society for the Study of Reproduction; the Transatlantic Medal of the British Endocrine Society; and the President's Achievement Award from the Society of Gynecologic Investigation.

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