School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Society for Reproduction and Fertility Lecture

This years' Society for Reproduction and Fertility (SRF) Sex in Three Cities Lectures, entitled 'Bonking baby boomers & the future of sex', will be delivered by Professor R John Aitken.

The Nottingham Lecture, which is FREE and open to all, will be given on Friday, 14 March 2014, at 6:00pm in The University of Nottingham Medical School, Lecture Theatre A1.

Professor John Aitken

John Aitken’s research career began with a PhD in reproductive biology from the University of Cambridge under the supervision of RV Short.

Following post-doctoral positions at the Institute of Animal Genetics, University of Edinburgh and the University of Bordeaux, he accepted an invitation to join the World Health Organization in Geneva, where he managed two WHO task forces within the Human Reproduction Unit dealing with different aspects of contraception.

In 1977, he joined the Medical Research Council’s Reproductive Biology Unit, University of Edinburgh, to establish a research group in gamete biology with clinical outreach into male infertility.

In 1992, John was awarded an Honorary Professorship within the Faculty of Medicine of Edinburgh University and 1998 he received an DSc degree from the University of Cambridge in recognition of his research contributions to gamete biology. In the same year he moved to the University of Newcastle, NSW, as Chair of Biological Sciences and, later, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Biotechnology and Development.

He is currently Laureate Professor of Biological Sciences, Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Health and Medicine and Co-Director of the Priority Research Centre in Reproductive Science. His main areas of interest focus on infertility and fertility regulation, particularly in the male. He has published over 500 research articles and book chapters which have received over 16,000 citations, the highest in his immediate field. John is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Australian Academy of Science. In 2012 he was named as the New South Wales Scientist-of-the-Year.

A review from Professor Aitkens lecture has been published in the February issue of Reproduction. Please click on the following link to access it.

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