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 officedohad@mrc.soton.ac.uk

Selection will be by DOHaD Council

2015 WINNER

john challis

This year the distinguished Professor John Challis has been awarded the David Barker Medal. John commenced his position as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Health and Medical Research in February 2014 for a two-year period.  His role is to provide academic leadership in driving the institution and its collaborators, particularly in Western Australia, to increase the WA share of the National Health and Medical Research funding, and medical and health sciences funding from all other sources.  Effective 1 September 2015, John commenced as Executive Director for the Western Australian Health Translation Network (WAHTN).

John also holds the title of University Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, and Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia and at Simon Fraser University. He is Principal of LHC, Life Health Consulting, based in Vancouver BC.

John completed his training at the Universities of Cambridge, University of California, San Diego and Harvard Medical School and held a junior research fellowship at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, before moving to McGill University, Montreal, Canada. More recently he served as Chair of the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto, and later as Vice President Research and Associate Provost of that University.  He was the inaugural Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health and served as President and CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research In Vancouver BC.  Author of more than 500 peer review papers and chapters, he has trained more than 100 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and held in excess of $25 million peer reviewed research funding.  He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Institute of Biology, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada.

 


 

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 officedohad@mrc.soton.ac.uk

Selection will be by DOHaD Council

2015 WINNER

Deb Sloboda

This year Dr Deborah Sloboda has been Awarded the Nick Hales Award. Deb graduate from the University of Guelph, Canada with a BSc in 1994, and completed an MSc at the University of Western Ontario before beginning doctoral work at the University of Toronto with Professor John Challis. It was here that her focus on the developmental programming really began, investigating the impact of synthetic glucocorticoid exposure on fetal hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal development and metabolic function. After completing her PhD in 2001, she went on to continue this line of research as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Western Australia, in Perth Australia. Here, she carried out sheep studies investigating the long-term impacts of antenatal glucocorticoid exposure on the HPA and metabolic axes, showing that repetitive exposure had negative outcomes on offspring up to 3 years of age. During her time in Perth, Deb began also to investigate the role of the intrauterine environment on reproductive function. Using the Western Australian Birth Cohort dataset, she and her colleagues showed that pre- and postnatal growth interacted to affect the onset of menarche in girls (JCEM, 2007), and henceforth published >10 papers outlining the relationship between the early life environment and reproductive outcomes. Deb was recruited to the Liggins Institute in 2006 where, with the guidance of Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, and an outstanding collaboration with Dr Mark Vickers, she continued her investigation of the role of the early life environment on ovarian function, publishing a number of papers illustrating the maternal nutritional history dictates reproductive outcomes. Now an Associate Professor at McMaster University Canada, Deb continues her work on the early life origins of reproductive aging. Here she has taken advantage of the outstanding facilities and academic leadership in microbiology to explore a new avenue, how the gut microbiome may influence maternal metabolic adaptation to pregnancy. Deb is an Associate Editor for the Journal of DOHaD, and has been the Secretary of the International DOHaD Society since 2012.

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