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Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine Announces 2013 Award Recipients

June 28 , 2013
by: ASRM Office of Public Affairs
Published in ASRM Bulletin Volume 15, Number 22

The Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine has announced this year’s recipients of its Research Grant in Reproductive Medicine and its Young Investigator’s Achievement Award.

  • Sergio Oehninger, MD, PhD, a repeat recipient of the award, received the Research Grant for his project, “Identification of biomarkers of human embryo developmental potential in IVF.”   

Dr. Oehninger is a Professor in the Department of OB/GYN and Urology at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed his medical training at the University of the Republic, Uruguay, his Master of Science degree in physiology at Rutgers University in New Jersey and his PhD at the University of Stellenbosch in Capetown, South Africa. Dr. Oehninger is the Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine. He is Vice Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at EVMS. Dr. Oehninger has numerous publications in the areas of assisted reproductive technologies, IVF–ICSI, sperm function tests, and male infertility.

  • Luke Simon, PhD received the Young Investigators Achievement Award for his project, “Micro-Electrophoresis: A novel approach to select mature and genetically fit sperm.”

Dr. Simon is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Andrology and IVF Laboratory of the School of Medicine, University of Utah.  He completed his Masters in Biotechnology at the University of Madras, India in 2005 with a specialization in DNA fingerprinting. He worked as an Instructor and Research Assistant at University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India during which he explored various types of DNA markers to identify inter- and intra-species variations. In 2007, Dr. Simon received the Queens International Scholarship and joined the Centre for Public Health at Queen’s University Belfast as a doctoral research fellow. In April 2011, Dr. Simon joined the Andrology team at University of Utah. His research interests are principally focused on sperm function, sperm DNA damage, protamine and the effects of oxidative stress on male fertility.

Linda Giudice, PD, PhD, President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, said “Through their foundation, Howard and the late Georgeanna Jones continue to promote innovation in a field in which they themselves were pioneers.  We congratulate Drs. Oehninger and Simon on their awards.”


The Jones Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing scientific and medical research in the field of reproductive medicine. The foundation seeks to find solutions to infertility and improve reproductive health by funding vital research and advancing public and professional discourse to shape the bioethics of reproductive medicine. 

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