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Apr. 1,  2010

Two Emory OBGYN Doctors Named to Lead the Society for Gynecologic Investigation

News Article ImageSarah L. Berga, MD, Chair, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Sarah L. Berga, MD, the James Robert McCord Professor and Chair, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine, has been elected president-nominee (2010-2011) of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI) during the organization's annual March meeting in Orlando. She will then become president-elect (2011-2012), followed by president of the SGI (2012-2013).

Also at the March meeting, Robert N. Taylor, MD, PhD, the Leach-Hendee Professor and Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, at Emory, transitioned from president-elect to president of the SGI, beginning his new one-year term.

The mission of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation is "science in the service of women's health" and in support of that mission, annually holds the an international forum for showcasing cutting-edge investigation in women's reproduction and reproductive health. The SGI was formed in 1953 and currently has more than 1,200 members representing over 34 countries. One-third of its members are basic scientists and two-thirds are clinical investigators-physicians.

Robert Taylor
Robert N. Taylor, MD, PhD,
Vice-Chair for Research,
Department of Gynecology
and Obstetrics

"It is quite an honor for two Emory faculty members to be at the helm of this prestigious society," says Berga. "Dr. Taylor's strong commitment to research will greatly support his role as president of the society this year. I look forward to my new role as president-nominee, continuing to advocate for translating discovery into clinical therapeutics that promote women's health and reproductive science."

Tayor says, "Having been a member of this society for more than 20 years, I am privileged to lead this research-based organization which promises to optimize women's reproductive health across the globe. Dr. Berga's rich knowledge and expertise in reproductive medicine also will be instrumental in moving this society forward."

About Dr. Berga:

Berga's research focuses on understanding the impact of psychogenic and metabolic stresses upon the reproductive system and as a cause of infertility. She is funded by the National Institutes of Health to study the neuromodulation of hypothalamic GnRH release by stressors in women and in female monkeys. Another research focus is elucidating the genesis of the aberrant GnRH drive responsible for anovulation in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.

In addition, she was an investigator for the Women's Health Initiative, the NIH-funded, multi-center trial that investigated the impact of good nutrition and hormone replacement therapy upon the health of menopausal women. She has served on various NIH study sections since 1993. Berga also is active clinically in treating couples with infertility, women with endocrine disorders and menopausal women.

About Dr. Taylor:

Taylor's research focuses on the cellular and molecular biology of endometriosis, embryonic implantation and preeclampsia. He and his research team have established unique cell culture models to evaluate the roles of nuclear receptors and cytokines in the proliferation and vascularization of reproductive tissues. These insights have led to the identification of novel therapeutic targets and potential medications.

Taylor is an internationally recognized physician-scientist with more than 120 peer-review publications. He sits on key executive committees, including the NIH Reproductive Scientist Development Program and the World Endometriosis Society. He previously chaired the NIH Integrative and Clinical Endocrinology and Reproduction study section and serves on several NIH Women's Reproductive Health Research advisory boards.


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