Professor Kate Loveland receives International Scientist Award

Professor Kate Loveland has been named the 2018 recipient of the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) Fuller W. Bazer International Scientist Award.

Prof Loveland is an international leader in male reproductive health research. She is Head of the Centre for Reproductive Health at Hudson Institute and Head of Postgraduate Studies, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health.

“I am grateful for Dr. Bazer’s vision in creating an award within the SSR that promotes recognition of international scientists and highlights the importance of postgraduate student training for our discipline,” Prof Loveland says.

“I am extremely honoured to be the first recipient of this award, which serves as a highly visible reminder that the SSR values the breadth and depth of its international membership.”

Prof Loveland’s research has provided important insights into cell biological and signalling mechanisms that determine male germline fate and reproductive health, including demonstrating the roles of activin in testis development.

As Head of Postgraduate Studies, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, she is passionate about providing support for more than 200 postgraduate students. She has directly supervised degree completions by 17 PhD, 11 Masters and 19 Honours students and trained five postdoctoral fellows. She has held several leadership positions in the SSR, including most recently as the 2017 Annual Meeting Program Co-Chair and Director (2013-1016).

Prof Loveland is also the Monash University Academic Leader of an International Research Training Group with Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany in which over 30 PhD and Medical students are being trained in the Molecular Pathogenesis of Male Reproductive Disorders.

Prof Loveland will be presented with the award at the SSR 2018 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. As part of the award, Prof Loveland will receive a prize of US$500 and a travel imbursement of US$2500.

The award recognises an outstanding international scientist who has demonstrated excellence in research and graduate education at an institution outside of North America, and who demonstrates outstanding potential for leading and directing scientific research overseas.

The award is named after Fuller W. Bazer, a highly awarded American animal scientist, renowned for his contributions to understanding embryo-maternal signalling in livestock species.

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