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Endocrine Abstracts (2006) 12

European Journal of Endocrinology Prize Lecture



S Hillier, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom Abstract

Steve Hillier is Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of Edinburgh, where he has directed infertility laboratory services at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and undertaken research at the Centre for Reproductive Biology for over 20 years. Previously (1982–1985), working with Robert (now Lord) Winston, he established the in vitro fertilisation laboratory that produced the first 100 test-tube babies at the Hammersmith Hospital, London. His research priority is ovarian endocrinology with translation to infertility and, currently, ovarian cancer. His outputs include the discovery of intraovarian mechanisms influencing ovulation rate in women, allowing the design of safer and more effective clinical ovarian stimulation protocols. This has resulted in over 200 scientific publications (145 on PubMed), including Scientific Essentials of Reproductive Medicine (Eds S G Hillier, H D Kitchener & J P Nielson. London: W.B. Saunders 1996), which received the 1996 medical textbook of the year prize from the Society of Authors and the Royal Society of Medicine. External activities include founder membership of the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (1990–1996) and 16 years of uninterrupted service to the Society for Endocrinology as Council Member (1988–1990), Programme Secretary (1990–1993), General Secretary (1993–1996), Chairman (1996–1999) and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Endocrinology (2000–2004).

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