David Barker Medal

SOCIETY AWARDS PROF BARKERThis is the DOHaD Society’s highest honour, awarded every two years to a scientist who has made an outstanding contribution to the scientific development and broader leadership of the DOHaD field. Past distinguished awardees include:

Medals are awarded at the Society World Congress, where the medal winner delivers a plenary lecture.

Nominations can be put forward by any DOHaD member. They should check that the person is willing to be nominated and should use the special nomination form available here.

Nominations submitted in any other format will not be accepted

Please send nominations the DOHaD office dohad@mrc.soton.ac.uk

Selection will be by DOHaD Council

2017 WINNER

This year Matthew W Gillman, MD has been awarded the David Barker Medal.

Dr Gillman joined the National Institutes of Health in July 2016 as the inaugural director of the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program. ECHO’s mission is to enhance the health of children for generations to come. A nationwide research program in the United States of America, ECHO aims to conduct impactful observational and intervention studies to assess the effects of a broad array of early environmental influences on child health and development.

Dr Gillman came to NIH from Harvard Medical School where he was a professor of population medicine and director of the Obesity Prevention Program and a professor of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. His medical and research training is in the fields of pediatrics, internal medicine, and epidemiology. He has extensive experience leading the types of clinical and population-based studies that ECHO comprises, having served as an investigator on several large, high-profile studies across the life span. His primary research contributions include identifying, quantifying, and improving early developmental risk factors for chronic disease, and promoting rational approaches to cardiovascular risk factor screening among youth.

Dr Gillman won mentoring awards at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, and has served in several national and international leadership positions, including on the United States Preventive Services Task Force and for the International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. His clinical experience includes primary care for children and adults, and preventive cardiology among children.

 


 

Nick Hales Award

Nick Hales

This award, in memory of the late Professor Nick Hales, and also given every two years, is for ayoung and emerging investigator who is a DOHaD member and has made an outstanding scientific contribution to the DOHaD field. Past “rising starts” include:

Awards are handed out at the Society World Congress, where the medal winner delivers a plenary lecture.

Nominations can be put forward by any DOHaD member. They should check that the person is willing to be nominated and should use the special nomination form available here.

Nominations submitted in any other format will not be accepted

Please send nominations to the DOHaD office dohad@mrc.soton.ac.uk

Selection will be by DOHaD Council

2017 WINNER

This year Prof Dino Giussani has been awarded the Nick Hales Award.

Professor Giussani graduated with a first class BSc (Hons) Physiology at Royal Holloway of the University of London and Doctor of Philosophy at University College London under the mentorship of Professor Mark Hanson. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Universidad de Chile with Professor Anibal Llanos and at Cornell University with Professor Peter Nathanielsz, before taking up a tenured Lectureship at the University of Cambridge in 1996, where he has been since. He was promoted to Reader in 2004 and to full Professor in 2011. He also holds a Professorial Fellowship at Gonville & Caius College in Cambridge, where he is Director of Studies in Medicine. In 2016, he received the ScD degree from the University of Cambridge. Professor Giussani is the current President of The Fetal & Neonatal Physiological Society. He has secured over £13 M in grant funding, published over 170 full papers and his research has won 15 international prizes including: The Lister Institute Prize, The Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, The Netherlands Wim Schellekens 2007 Prize, the 2009, 2012, 2013 Lang-Pardi Foundation Awards, The 2015 David Barker Memorial Lecture at Oregon Health Sciences University, USA and The 2015 Sir Peter Tizard Lecture from The Neonatal Society. He is Reviewing Editor for The Journal of Physiology, Section Editor for Pediatric Research and for the American Journal of Physiology.

 Dino serves on the DOHAD Council and the DOHAD Scientific Programme Committee. His current programmes of research use an integrative approach at the whole animal, isolated organ, cellular and molecular levels to determine the role of fetal oxygenation and reactive oxygen species in cardiovascular development, and in setting an increased risk of cardiovascular disease in later life and across generations. In 2017, he was awarded an honorary Fellowship by the Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (FRCOG) in recognition of the contribution of his research to the wellbeing of women and their children.

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