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Here are just a few things on our must-read/listen/watch list:
● Virtual Symposia on Contraceptive Discovery: On July 21, July 28, and August 4, the Society for the Study of Reproduction will host a three-part symposium series focused on cutting edge research in contraceptive development, including drug discovery, drug delivery, and more.
● ICFP "Not Without FP Forum" Report: The Not Without Family Planning (FP) Forum Event Report is now available for viewing and sharing. The report breaks down the program, impact, and reach of the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP)'s first-ever virtual Not Without FP Forum, held February 2-3, 2021.
● Meaningful Youth Engagement in HCD & ASRH: The HCDExchange community came together in early July to co-create a statement on Meaningful Youth Engagement in the field of human-centered design and adolescent sexual and reproductive health. The recording of this discussion is now available and the statement will be finalized and made public on August 3.
● Conducting Clinical Trials During the COVID-19 Pandemic: In case you missed it, authors from FHI 360’s clinical operations team took a closer look at the challenges and lessons learned while conducting clinical trials during COVID-19. This post was also recently featured on FHI 360’s R&E Search for Evidence blog.
● The Future of Birth Control on NPR: Drs. Diana Blithe and Mitchell Creinin and Ms. Saundra Pelletier joined NPR’s 1A for a discussion about the future of contraceptives and what the next 60 years could bring.
● Structure of a Mammalian Sperm Cation Channel Complex: The assembly and organization details of the "CatSpermasome" presented in this Nature publication lay the foundation for the development of CatSper-related male contraceptives.
For more updates in the world of contraceptive R&D and family planning, follow these projects or groups on social media:
● SEMA Reproductive Health: A new global partnership working to transform sexual and reproductive health product markets so people around the world can control their health and futures.
● Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR): An association of scientists and physicians from 50 countries around the world founded to promote the study of reproduction by fostering interdisciplinary communication among scientists, holding conferences, and publishing meritorious studies.