Distinguished Andrologist Award
This is the highest award of the Society, presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the progress of Andrology.
The ASA Awards Committee asks for nominations each year in July. Only ASA members are allowed to nominate individuals for this award. The deadline to submit nominations to the Awards Committee is late August/early September.
2021 AWARD RECIPIENT
R. John Aitken, PhD
University of Newcastle
In addition to his extensive publications revealing the role of oxidative stress in the etiology of defective sperm function, he has made fundamental discoveries relating to other aspects of sperm cell biology. With colleagues Brett Nixon and Mark Baker, Dr. Aitken has unravelled novel pathways involved in both sperm viability and sperm-egg recognition. Dr. Aitken was also instrumental in promoting the use of proteomics as a tool to understand the fundamentals of sperm biology, publishing the first extensive proteomic inventories for human, rat and mouse spermatozoa that have been used as a resource by the field for several years. With colleague Zamira Gibb, Dr. Aitken has extended his research into domestic animals, developing novel methods for the selection, assessment and long-term storage of equine and bovine spermatozoa that are now being commercialized by the German veterinary company, Minitübe.
Dr. Aitken ’s individual research contributions are presented in over 650 books, book chapters and journal articles that have been cited around 50,000 times, generating an h-index of 115, with his top cited articles referenced over 1000 times. He has built a Priority Research Centre in Reproductive Science at the University of Newcastle that has a strong focus on Andrology and mentored a new generation of scientists with a committed interest in this field. Dr. Aitken has personally supervised 43 PhD students (9 current) and brought in more than $50 million in research funding. With colleagues from the University of Queensland, University of Melbourne and Monash University he also established and Directed an ARC Centre of Excellence in Biotechnology and Development that, again, had a strong emphasis on andrology.
Dr. Aitken has served our discipline as President of the International Society of Andrology, as a member of the editorial boards of several andrology journals (Journal of Andrology, Asian Journal of Andrology, Basic and Clinical Andrology) and as Chair of a WHO task force dealing with male fertility regulation – a theme that continues today through an international network of collaborations involving companies and funding agencies working in this area including Eudaemon, Ferring Pharmaceuticals and the Found Animals Foundation.
He is a member of several prestigious learned societies such as the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.
In recognition of his exceptional scientific contributions to the field of Andrology, outstanding leadership in the ASA and broader scientific community, and commitment to advancement of science in male reproductive health, the American Society of Andrology is pleased to award its highest honor, the Distinguished Andrologist Award to Dr. John Aitken.
- 2021 R. John Aitken, PhD
- 2020 Vassilios Papadopoulos
2019Terry T. Turner 2018John McCarrey 2017Masaru Okabe 2016Barry T. Hinton 2015Deborah A. O’Brien 2014Gail Prins 2013Christina Wang 2012Erwin Goldberg 2011Barry Zirkin 2010Dolores Lamb 2009William Bremner 2008Bernard Robaire 2007Eberhard Nieschlag 2006Norman Hecht 2005Mitch Eddy 2004Ronald Swerdloff 2003David M. de Kretser 2002Geoffrey Malcolm Hasting Waites 2001Frank S. French 2000Bayard T. Storey 1999Richard D. Amelar 1998Ryuzo Yanagimachi 1997Brian P. Setchell 1996J. Michael Bedford 1995Rupert P. Amann 1994Richard J. Sherins 1993Anna Steinberger 1992C. Wayne Bardin 1991Philip Troen 1990Marie-Claire Orgebin-Crist 1989C. Alvin Paulsen 1988Yves W. Clermont 1987Emil Steinberger 1986Alfred D. Jost 1985Robert H. Foote 1984Mortimer B. Lipsett 1983Kristen B.D. Eik-Nes 1982Eugenia Rosemberg 1981Alexander Albert 1980John MacLeod 1979Thaddeus Mann 1978Robert S. Hotchkiss 1977Robert E. Mancini 1976Roy O. Greep and M.C. Chang