Awards

The Pioneer Award

The Pioneer in Reproduction Research Leadership Award is awarded by the Board of Scientific Counselors of the Frontiers in Reproduction Program, as a consensus of the Board and Faculty, to an outstanding scientist who has pioneered pathways of exploration in reproduction research. It signifies a tangible measure of peer-respect for the opening of new research directions that significantly advanced knowledge in the Reproductive Sciences and, in particular, the global impact of the scientist’s research program on supporting the research training and career development of young scholars who will themselves seek to define even newer frontiers. Starting in 2007, the keynote address given by the recipient of the Pioneer Award during the Annual FIR Symposium was named “The Mike McClure Pioneer Lecture” to honor and acknowledge the contributions that Dr. McClure has made to the Reproductive Sciences in general and FIR in particular.

The Beacon Award

The Beacon Award is awarded by the Board of Scientific Counselors of the Frontiers in Reproduction Research Program, as a consensus of the Board and Faculty, to an individual who has served as an outstanding source of enlightenment and guidance to the national reproductive sciences communities’ Frontier’s in Reproduction (FIR) Research Program. Furthermore, this award acknowledges the efforts made by the recipient in advancing young scholars’ research careers in the field of reproductive sciences research, and establishes him or her as a nationally valued source of illumination and guidance – a Beacon – in the development of research careers in the reproductive sciences. The award signifies a tangible measure of peer- scientist respect for the international impact of the individuals support for the research training and career development of young scholars seeking to go forth and define new frontiers in reproduction research.

The Distinguished Alumni Award

This award was established in 2005 and is presented in alternating years by the FIR Board and Course Directors in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of Reproductive Biology and Medicine made by a former FIR student. This individual also delivers a lecture at the FIR symposium.

The Anita Payne/SSR Scholarship

The Anita Payne Scholarship was established in 2012 by SSR to help support the cost of travel and participation in FIR of a current trainee member of SSR admitted to FIR.

Pioneer Awardees

1998
Ralph Brinster, M.D., Ph.D. The University of Pennsylvania
Anne McClaren, D.Phil. Cambridge University

1999
M. Azim Surani, Ph.D. Cambridge University

2000
Janet Rossant, Ph.D. Samuel Lumenfeld Research Institute

2001
Alan H. Handyside, Ph.D. The University of Leeds

2002
Allen Enders, Ph.D. University of California at Davis

2003
JoAnne Richards, Ph.D. Baylor College of Medicine

2004
Mary Ellen Avery, Ph.D. Harvard University
Michael E. McClure, Ph.D. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Jerome F. Strauss III, M.D., Ph.D. The University of Pennsylvania

2005
Bert W. O’Malley, M.D. Baylor College of Medicine

2006
William F. Crowley, M.D. Massachusetts General Hospital

2007
John Eppig, Ph.D. The Jackson Laboratory

Neena Schwartz, Ph.D Northwestern University

2008
Mario Ascoli, Ph.D. The University of Iowa

2009
Jay Cross, Ph.D. University of Calgary

2010
David Page, Ph.D. Massachussetts Institute of Technology

2011
Richard R. Behringer, Ph.D. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

2012
Ryuzo Yanagimachi, D.Sc. University of Hawaii

2013
Susan Fisher, Ph.D. University of California, San Francisco

2014
Blanche Capel, Ph.D. Duke University

2015
Marco Conti, M.D. University of California at San Francisco

2016
Richard Schultz, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

2017
Laurinda Jaffe, Ph.D. University of Connecticut Health Sciences Ctr

Beacon Awardees

1998
Michael E. McClure, Ph.D. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

1999
Christopher Payne, Oregon Health Sciences University

2000
Martin Ionescu-Pioggia, Ph.D. Burroughs Wellcome Fund

2001
Jerome F. Strauss III, M.D., Ph.D. The University of Pennsylvania

2002
Sheldon J. Segal, Ph.D. The Population Council

2003
Gerald Schatten, Ph.D. The University of Pittsburgh
Joan S. Hunt, Ph.D. The University of Kansas Medical Center
Kelly E. Mayo, Ph.D. Northwestern University

2004
Martha B. Peterson, Marine Biological Laboratory
Herbert Luther, Marine Biological Laboratory
Rudi Rottnefusser, Zeiss

2005
Asgerally Fazleabas, Ph.D. The University of Illinois at Chicago

2006
John Biggers, D.Sc., Ph.D.Harvard University

2008
Mike Griswold, Ph.D. Washington State University

2009
John H. Nilson, Ph.D. Washington State University
Koji Yoshinaga, Ph.D. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

2010
Pat Hunt, Ph.D. Washington State University
Rolly Simpson, Burrougsh Wellcome Fund

2011
Jeffery A. Bowen, Ph.D. Bridgewater State University

2012
Francesco DeMayo, Ph.D. Baylor College of Medicine
Ken Korach, Ph.D. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

2013
Teresa Woodruff, Ph.D. Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
David Albertini, Ph.D. University of Kansas Medical Center

2014
Lois Salomonsen, Ph.D Prince Henry’s Institute

2015
Charles Lockwood, M.D., University of Souther Florida Morsani College of Medicine

2016
Robert Rebar, M.D. Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

2017
Sally Camper, Ph.D. University of Michigan

Distinguished Alumni Awardees

2005
Lisa Halvorson, M.D. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, FIR98

2008
Holly A. Lavoie, Ph.D. University of South Carolina, FIR01

2009
Kristina Adams Waldorf, M.D. University of Washington, FIR03

2011
Errol Norwitz, M.D. Tufts University School of Medicine, FIR03

2013
Kevin Sinclair, Ds.C., Ph.D University of Nottingham, FIR01

2015
Joao Ramalho-Santos, Ph.D. University of Coimbra, FIR98

2017
Melissa J. Perry, ScD., M.H.S. George Washington University, FIR03

Anita Payne/SSR Awardees

2012
Yosi Aisen, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

2013
Raquel Gonzalez Herrero, D.V.M., Ph.D. University of Calgary

2014
Rasmani Hazra, Ph.D. University of Sydney

2015
Alisa Suen, B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2016
Sophea Heng, B.S. Hudson Institute of Medical Research

2017
Andrew Kelleher, B.S., University of Missouri