by: ASRM Office of Public Affairs
Published in ASRM Press Release
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF FERTILITY SOCIETIES 21st WORLD CONGRESS ON FERTILITY AND STERILITY AND THE 69th ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE
ASRM Announces Awards
- Distinguished Researcher Award goes to Robert J. Norman, MD, Director of The Robinson Institute and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Adelaide, South Australia
- Ira and Ester Rosenwaks New Investigator Award goes to Nathan R. Treff, PhD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of Rutgers University and Director of Molecular Biology Research at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey.
- Suheil J. Muasher, MD, Distinguished Service Award goes to Judith F. Daar, JD, Professor of Law at the Whittier Law School, Whittier College, Costa Mesa, California.
Boston, MA--The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) today announced the winners of the three highest individual awards of the Society.
The Distinguished Researcher Award is given to a scientist with a long record of important scientific achievement in the field of reproductive medicine. The 2013 recipient is Robert J. Norman, MD, the Director of The Robinson Institute and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. He also serves as President of the Asia Pacific Initiative for Reproduction (ASPIRE). Professor Norman is a subspecialist in both reproductive medicine and endocrine biochemistry. His research focuses on factors affecting fertility and links to the early origins of disease, which has led to his introduction of innovative lifestyle programs to combat the adverse effects of obesity on fertility and pregnancy complications. As a clinical investigator he has bridged the gap between basic research and clinical translation, leading the development of new technologies and transforming clinical practice. He has fostered continued excellence in Australian researchers through the development of educational programs and clinical opportunities for students, as well as through his supervision of more postgraduate students, clinical and scientific fellows than any other Australian mentor. He has published more than 400 publications.
Nathan R. Treff, Ph.D., has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Ira and Ester Rosenwaks New Investigator Award. This award recognizes a member of ASRM who has made outstanding contributions to clinical or basic research in reproductive sciences published within 10 years after completing research or clinical training and initiating an independent career as an investigator. Dr. Treff received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Washington State University and pursued postdoctoral training at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the Serono Research Institute. He currently is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of Rutgers University and Director of Molecular Biology Research at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey. Dr Treff's laboratory has developed assays that detect aneuploidy on single cells, polar bodies, and trophectoderm, and has provided support to the clinical studies that validated the predictive value of these assays in prognosticating human embryonic reproductive competence. He has worked extensively to develop DNA fingerprinting, which has allowed assessment of the safety of embryo biopsy and the impact of oocyte vitrification technologies that are critical for understanding the implications of many fertility preservation strategies. In the seven years since completing his training, Dr. Treff has published 52 peer-reviewed articles and been awarded four patents.
The 2013 Suheil J. Muasher, MD, Distinguished Service Award goes to Judith F. Daar, J.D., Professor of Law at the Whittier Law School of Whittier College, Costa Mesa, California. Professor Daar is renowned for her seminal compendium of case law in reproductive medicine and law. She has served as a liaison between the Association of American Law Schools and ASRM and has been a prolific contributor to the ASRM Ethics Committee. Professor Daar holds a joint appointment at the law school and the UCI School of Medicine. In 2012, she was elected to the American Law Institute. In 2005, Daar became Chair of the Association of American Law School’s Section on Law, Medicine and Health Care, and in 2006 she was named to the Board of Directors of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics. She was elected President of ASLME in 2009 and re-elected for a second term in 2010. In 2007, she was appointed to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies, Committee on Informed Consent in ART, an interdisciplinary group of physicians and attorneys charged with drafting a model informed consent document for patients undergoing in vitro fertilization.
“ASRM is pleased to honor these individuals and to recognize the remarkable contributions each has made to the field of reproductive medicine. We applaud their distinguished work,” said ASRM President Linda Giudice, MD, PhD.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, founded in 1944, is an organization of more than 7,000 physicians, researchers, nurses, technicians and other professionals dedicated to advancing knowledge and expertise in reproductive biology. Affiliated societies include the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the Society of Reproductive Surgeons and the Society of Reproductive Biologists and Technologists.