Advancing reproductive health: Inaugural Salamonsen Lecture and CRH Reproductive Health Symposium

Hudson Institute’s inaugural ‘Salamonsen Lecture’, held in honour of Professor Lois Salamonsen, and CRH Reproductive Health Symposium will be held on October 30.

The lecture will be delivered by Professor Yoel Sadovsky, Executive Director of the Magee-Women’s Research Institute, USA. An extraordinary mind in the field of placental biology, Prof Sadovsky is a distinguished Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. His current research focuses on placental microRNA, extracellular vesicles and placental lipidomics.

The Salamonsen Lecture will be followed by the CRH Reproductive Health Symposium including national speakers Associate Professor Louise Hull, Dr Kirsten Palmer, Dr Tu’uhevaha Kaitu’u-Lino, Dr Peter Stanton, Professor Sarah Robertson, Professor Mark Hedger and Dr Stacey Ellery. There will also be a rapid fire ‘Lightning Session’ featuring some of Australia’s best up-and-coming researchers.

Scientists are invited to register for the Salamonsen Lecture and CRH Reproductive Health Symposium. Register

Outstanding contribution – Professor Lois Salamonsen

Women’s reproductive health expert and former head of Hudson Institute’s Centre for Reproductive Health, Prof Salamonsen has made outstanding contributions to science over the last 30 years, and continues to do so with her work in endometrial biology.

Prof Salamonsen’s work addresses immense global challenges. She has pioneered new approaches to developing non-hormonal contraceptives and increasing the acceptability of existing long acting contraceptives, which are urgently needed to stem world population growth and ultimately reduce poverty. Her work has greatly enhanced our understanding of menstruation and a number of gynaecological conditions. Her research has also discovered novel mechanisms underpinning embryo – maternal cross-talk which is critical for embryo implantation, and is delivering new translational concepts to alleviate uterine infertility and increase IVF success rate to help infertile couples world-wide.

“What happens during the early reproductive processes can affect the health of that individual for the rest of their life. This is therefore key to a healthy population,” Prof Salamonsen said.

In recognition of her contribution to reproductive health, she was elected into the prestigious Australian Academy of Science in 2017. Prof Salamonsen has been an incredible innovator in reproductive research, both in Australia and globally, and it is fitting that we honour her with this named lecture.