Greetings from the Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer! This is our first newsletter since Dr. Shari Goldfarb has been elected to serve as Chair of the Scientific Network. It is an exciting time for Dr. Goldfarb, and we congratulate her both on her election to this new leadership role as well on the birth of her second son. We are thrilled to see what Dr. Goldfarb will bring to her role and to the future directions for the Network!
We want to thank Dr. Jeanne Carter for the incredible work she has done over the past two years in her role as Chair of the Network. Dr. Carter will continue to serve on the leadership team as Immediate Past Chair. We are grateful to have her continued leadership as we move into this exciting next phase in the growth and development of the Network.
We also congratulate Dr. Sharon Bober, who is our new Chair Elect. Dr. Anuja Jhingran continues her role as Treasurer, and I am excited to join the leadership team in the role of Vice Chair/Secretary.
The Conference Planning Committee is hard at work planning the 7th Conference of the Scientific Network. Read more about the conference and our pre-conference CME Course in this Newsletter and mark your calendar to join us at Ohio State University in November!
There are so many ways to become involved with the Network. First and foremost, we hope you will join us in our efforts to promote sexual well-being in women and girls affected by cancer by becoming a member
or renewing your membership
if you have not already done so for 2019. In addition to joining us for our conference, you can also assist us in our efforts by spreading the word about the Network at other conferences you attend. Thank you for making the Network what we are!
This is an exciting time to be a part of the Network. Sexual function is being recognized as a critical health issue warranting greater attention by funders at the national level. For instance, a study published in February, 2019, in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute
assessed research grants funded in 2016 by the National Institutes of Health on cancer survivors, and identified sexual dysfunction in cancer survivors as a specific key research area warranting greater attention. I am encouraged by the fact that the NIH recognizes the importance of funding research studies that can help address this critical health problem...and excited by the prospect that we at the Network will be here to make this research happen!