Distinguished Service Award


This award is bestowed annually to recognize an individual who has provided distinguished service to The American Society of Andrology. The recipient must have been a member of the Society for at least ten (10) years, must have no direct affiliation with the organizational sponsors of the award; and must have served the Society in at least three (3) of the following categories: (1) Chair of Standing Committee; (2) Member of Board of Directors; (3) Editor of Journal of Andrology; (4) Chair of Annual Meeting; (5) Officer of Society.


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 Distinguished Service Award

Patricia S. Cuasnicu, PhD
Instituto de Biologia y Medicina Experimental


Patricia S. Cuasnicu, Ph.D, is Director of the Laboratory on Molecular Mechanisms of Fertilization at the Institute of Biology and Experimental Medicine (IBYME) in Argentina. Dr Cuasnicú obtained her PhD degree in Biological Chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1983 and after that she obtained Fogarty International Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health (US) to conduct postdoctoral studies at Cornell University- Medical Center in New York with Dr. Bedford. In 1987, she returned to Argentina to establish her own laboratory at the Institute of Biology and Experimental Medicine in Buenos Aires where she has been studying the molecular mechanisms of sperm maturation in the epididymis. She has mentored around 55 students, has 90 publications in the field, 300 presentations and 65 invitations at international meetings. Her research on the role of cysteine-rich proteins in sperm physiology has produced ground-breaking results as testified by numerous publications in high-impact journals.

Dr Cuasnicú has a long history of service inside and outside of the ASA. She was a member of the Steering Committee of the Task Force on Male Fertility of the WHO (1989-1995), was a member of the Technical and Advisory Committee of CONRAD, Washington, USA (1995 – 2008) and has been Executive Director of PLISSER (Latino American Program of Research in Sexual and Reproductive Health since 2009.

Since 2003, she has served as Chair of the International Liaison Committee and Program Committee of ASA. In this role, she organized the International Lecture session and through her own initiative, persistence, and hard work, she obtained continuous external funding from the Lalor Foundation and the International Society of Andrology. With these funds, she institutionalized in our society the “International Travel Awards”, which have been essential to ensure the participation of prominent international researchers in our Society and the participation of trainees from all over the world. Additionally, she was an elected member of the ASA Executive Board of Directors from 2006 to 2009. She is also a strong advocate of the role that women scientists play in this Society and chaired the Women in Andrology Committee in 2009–2010. She has also served as an Editorial Board member of Andrology (1998-2000, 2012–2015), Associate Editor of the Journal of Andrology (2000-2011), and Associate Editor of Andrology (2015-present).

In recognition of her extraordinary service to the American Society of Andrology, and to the field of Andrology in general, her dedication to and exceptional leadership of the Andrology journal, and her strong commitment to training the next generation of Andrologists, the American Society of Andrology is pleased to present the Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Patricia Cuasnicu.

Award Recepients

  • 2021 Patricia S. Cuasnicu, PhD
  • 2020 Douglas T. Carrell, Ph.D., H.C.L.D.
  • 2019 Wylie C. Hembree, MD
  • 2018 Rudi Ansbacher, MD
  • 2017 Janice P Evans, PhD
  • 2016 Donna L. Vogel, MD, PhD
  • 2015 Steve M Schrader, PhD
  • 2014 Susan Rothmann, PhD, HCLD
  • 2013 Rex A. Hess, MS, MD
  • 2012 Terry Brown
  • 2011 Christina Wang
  • 2010 Joel Marmar
  • 2009 Erwin Goldberg
  • 2008 Matt Hardy
  • 2007 Sally Perreault Darney
  • 2006 Barry Zirkin
  • 2005 Barry T. Hinton
  • 2004 J. Lisa Tenover
  • 2003 Arnold M. Belker
  • 2002 Terry T. Turner
  • 2001 Gail S. Prins
  • 2000 Bernard Robaire
  • 1999 David W. Hamilton
  • 1998 Rupert P. Amann
  • 1997 Marie-Claire Orgebin-Crist
  • 1996 Philip Troen
  • 1995 Andrzej Bartke
  • 1994 C. Alvin Paulsen