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This Month's Updates:
 ●   Our Top Three Posts from 2021
 ●   Emerging Leaders in Contraceptive Technology Innovation
 ●   CTI Exchange Favorites: What to Read, Listen to, & Watch 

Our Three Top Posts from 2021

Four Things to Know About Decolonization for Contraceptive R&D
The Contraceptive Technology Innovation (CTI) Exchange's top blog post from 2021 addresses a topic that is top-of-mind for many global health practitioners: decolonization. This post from Shana Abraham, a student at Duke University and former FHI 360 intern, provides a foundation for those wanting to understand and work towards decolonizing contraceptive R&D. Read it here

A Conversation with Contraceptive R&D Leaders
This year the CTI Exchange launched a YouTube channel to curate content and share vlogs, interviews, and event recordings. Our most viewed video was a conversation between two leaders in the field, Dr. Laneta Dorflinger of FHI 360 and Dr. Mark Barone of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation about the future of contraceptive R&D and how we can design and develop new contraceptive methods that they will be acceptable, accessible, and affordable to the populations we are trying to serve. Watch their full conversation here

Dissemination of the Contraceptive-Induced Menstrual Changes (CIMC) Global Research and Learning Agenda
The post that drew the most attention and interactions this year on Twitter was an announcement for the dissemination of the Contraceptive-Induced Menstrual Change Global Research and Learning Agenda (RLA). Access the full RLA here

Emerging Leaders in Contraceptive Technology Innovation

January is National Mentoring month! This year, the CTI Exchange is launching a virtual mentorship program called Emerging Leaders in Contraceptive Technology Innovation. If you are a graduate student or young professional (within 5 years of finishing graduate school), interested in reproductive health and biology, and would like to explore contraceptive R&D as a possible career path, this opportunity may be of interest to you.

During this six-month period, you will be matched up with a leading researcher in the field of contraceptive R&D, and you will meet with them for guided discussions once a month which will help you better understand the field of contraceptive technology and make contacts and connections within the field. You will also meet with all participants and their mentors for three virtual “learning sessions” which will provide the chance to network with prominent researchers and learn about the newest innovations in the field of contraceptive technology. Applications for this program are due February 7 and you can access more information and submit your application here. Please spread the word about this exciting opportunity or contact with any questions.

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CTI Exchange Favorites

What We Are Reading, Listening to and Watching this Month

Here are just a few things on our must-read/listen/watch list:

 ●  Updated Couple Years Protection: Couple years of protection (CYP) is an indicator used to monitor progress, measure performance, and make assumptions about contraceptive coverage. FHI 360 and Avenir Health with support from USAID recently updated the CYP factors. Read more here

●  The Male Contraceptive Initiative launched a Non-hormonal, Reversible Male Contraception (NHRMC) Target Database, which is the result of an extensive audit of scientific publications and other resources and will be a “living” database. Learn more about this amazing new resource here

●  The Contraceptive Infertility Target Database (CITDBase) is a curation of public databases for the purpose of providing a list of human reproductive system/tissue specific contraceptive targets for investigators working in the field. Learn more here.

●  The Appeal and Potential of On-Demand Contraceptive Options: Learn about the appeal and potential of on-demand contraceptive options and how the range of this type of family planning method is expanding in a new blog cross-posted from PSI Impact and written by Ashley Jackson and Léonce Dossou. 

●  National Institutes of Health (NIH) Educational Resources: Being able to explain what we do as contraceptive researchers is key. The NIH has useful resources that can help you explain complex topics, including this one about "Understanding Clinical Studies".


Follow and Share the CTI Exchange!

The CTI Exchange is a platform intended to grow the global contraceptive R&D ecosystem through collaboration and knowledge sharing. The platform is coordinated by FHI 360 with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the Contraceptive Technology Innovation Initiative. If you would like to receive updates, please sign up here. Input from our partners is essential to ensure the CTI Exchange offers the most up-to-date content and resources to readers. We encourage contributions to our blog, as well as submission of news items for our announcements section and content for our resource library. Reach out to us via email (, follow us on Twitter, connect with us on LinkedIn, and subscribe to our YouTube channel to view past webinars and access a curated list of some of our favorite videos, conferences, lectures, and more!


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