Testosterone is the main male hormone and plays a significant role in a man’s health and wellbeing. Sometimes, men develop testosterone deficiency (TD) (or male hypogonadism), which can be caused by advancing age, medications (opioids), genetic disorders, obesity, and comorbid conditions like metabolic syndrome which can affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis resulting in decreased testosterone production. TD often results in reduced libido, fatigue, depression, sexual dysfunction, body composition changes like increased body fat and/or muscle mass loss, and bone density changes, but symptomology varies from person to person.
Current non-invasive treatments for erectile dysfunction (ED) include oral medications, intracavernosal injections, and vacuum-assisted devices. Though these therapies work well for many, a subset of patients have contraindications or are unsatisfied with these options. Restorative therapies for ED are a new frontier of treatments focused on regenerating diseased tissue and providing a potential “cure” for ED.
The SMSNA is proud to announce and congratulate Scott Lundy, MD, PhD, for receiving the Urology Care Foundation's Research Scholars Award for 2021. Dr. Lundy's study, titled “The Role of the Seminal Microbiome in Men with Symptomatic Varicocele,” will be conducted at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation under the mentorship of Charis Eng, MD, PhD and Sarah Vij, MD. He will perform comprehensive seminal microbiome analysis in men with varicocele and compare them to paternity-proven pain-free controls to better demonstrate the association between dysbiosis and varicocele. Using machine learning, he will next identify specific microbiome characteristics which may predispose men with varicocele to developing pain, subfertility, or hypogonadism. Finally, he will assess the seminal microbiome before and after varicocelectomy and identify which preoperative microbiome features correspond to treatment success or failure. If successful, this study may identify a new paradigm underlying the pathophysiology of varicocele and explain why only a subset of men develop symptoms.
Ariel Gustavo Scafuri, MD, PhD, FACS, FECSM, IF, board-certified urologist and obstetrician-gynecologist and a full Professor of Anatomy at Federal University of Ceará, Medical School, Ceará, Brazil passed away due to complications from COVID-19. He was an SMSNA member, served on both the Membership and Social Media Committees, as well as a member of ISSM and ISSWSH, and was passionate about sexual health and medicine. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.
The SMSNA Board of Directors is shocked and dismayed by the recent shootings and senseless loss of life at massage parlors in the Atlanta Area on March 16, 2021. We express our solidarity and support for the Asian-American community and our sympathy for the victims, their friends, and their families. We furthermore express our conviction that individuals who work in massage parlors are entitled to dignity, respect, and safe working conditions. Reports have indicated that the alleged shooter suffers from fixations pertaining to sexual expression which may have contributed to the tragic events of that day. As clinicians and researchers concerned with sexual wellness, we work with individuals who are affected with sexual fixations to help overcome them. The SMSNA rejects any notion that such fixations justify or excuse any form of violence.
SMSNA through its support of the SSMR 2021 Men's Health Travelling Fellowship Program, taking place during the AUA Annual Meeting September 10-13, 2021 in Las Vegas, encourages Residents in training in the field of sexual medicine and male fertility medicine to apply for a Fellowship by May 1, 2021.
The SMSNA will be hosting its first virtual Journal Club on Tuesday, February 23 at 8:00 pm EST. Organized by the Educational Projects committee, this webinar will cover the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on men's sexual health through the discussion and review of 2 journal articles. Visit our webinar page to learn more and register online for free. Read more.
The SMSNA has joined the AUA and several other organizations in a recent letter to President Joe Biden highlighting the “inequity of access to screening and treatment for prostate cancer among underserved and minority groups.”
Read the full letter here.
The SMSNA relies on its members to volunteer their time, knowledge, and enthusiasm to carry out our mission to promote, encourage and support the highest standards of practice, research, education, and ethics in the study of anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment of human sexual function and dysfunction. If you are interested in becoming more involved with the SMSNA and contributing to the field of sexual medicine, we encourage you to apply for a spot in one of the committees.
Applications will be accepted through November 15, 2020.
Current SMSNA members only will be considered for placement on SMSNA committees.
Members added to a SMSNA committee as a result from this call will begin their term on January 1, 2021. The length of the term is specific to each committee.
To apply for a committee position, please complete the form linked below by November 15. You will be asked to provide the following in your application:
- Your name, area of practice, credentials, and affiliation
- Which committee you are applying to
- A current CV/resume
- A brief statement of interest explaining why you are interested in serving on the committee, including any relevant experience you have to the work of the committee
The above items must all be received by November 1 for your application to be considered complete. Only complete applications will be forwarded to Committee Chairs for consideration.
If you are interested in being part of a Network of Experts to supplement existing knowledge and expertise within the FDA towards the mutual goals of having more innovative, safe, and effective sexual medicine products on the market, please complete the form below.
The FDA may ask SMSNA to refer an expert. SMSNA will review the Network of Experts and may identify an expert to refer to the FDA. Once a referral is made, the FDA may directly reach out to the expert. Please note, experts will be providing services to FDA on a gratuitous basis. The SMSNA will not provide any compensation.
Accepting Applications Now through September 30, 2020!
Funding is available for graduate or medical students, residents in graduate medical education training programs, and post-doctoral/post-residency fellows for research conducted June 1, 2021 – May 32, 2022.
Because sexual medicine is a multi-disciplinary field and sex impacts almost every aspect of human endeavor in some way, we encourage applications from aspiring researchers representing diverse backgrounds including but not limited to urology, psychology, psychiatry, gynecology, internal medicine, geriatrics, public health, physiology, genetics, molecular biology, social work, and law.