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Ira And Ester Rosenwaks New Investigator Award

(supported by an endowment from Zev Rosenwaks, M.D.)

This award recognizes a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine who has made outstanding contributions to clinical or basic research in reproductive sciences published within ten (10) years after receiving a doctoral degree or completing residency/postdoctoral/fellowship training. The recipient will have made original research contributions that significantly impact the field independently of his or her mentors. Other factors to be considered in making the award will include conceptual breakthrough, the significance of the research to allied fields of investigation, and development of new and innovative clinical or research methodologies.

Nominations may be submitted by members of the Society to awards@asrm.org by June 3, 2022.

Nominations must include:

  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae,
  • A summary of research accomplishments in the field of reproductive medicine,
  • Letters of support from at least two (2) senior members of the Society and/or scientific collaborators attesting to the originality and significance of the work..

The recipient will be selected by the Executive Committee. Previous nominees will be considered. The recipient will be recognized as the Ira and Ester Rosenwaks New Investigator Awardee by presentation of a plaque at the ASRM Scientific Congress & Expo.

In addition, the recipient will be provided with free registration for the Scientific Congress in the year of the award, airfare/travel expenses up to $500, and up to $600 for two days hotel accommodations in the ASRM hotel room block, meals and ground transportation.


Congratulations to the 2021 Ira and Ester Rosenwaks New Investigator Award Recipient

Amanda N. Kallen, M.D., has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Ira and Ester Rosenwaks New Investigator Award. This award recognizes a member of ASRM who has made outstanding contributions to clinical or basic research in reproductive sciences published within 10 years after completing research or clinical training and initiating an independent career as an investigator.

Dr. Amanda N. Kallen is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Yale School of Medicine in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and a physician-scientist in the Yale Reproductive Sciences Division. Dr. Kallen’s current research program aims to improve our understanding of the regulatory mechanisms underlying reproductive aging in the mammalian ovary. During her REI fellowship, Dr. Kallen was awarded a position in the NICHD’s Reproductive Scientist Development Program (RSDP), a prestigious mentored career development program designed to develop academic reproductive physician-scientists equipped with the skills to address important problems in obstetrics and gynecology. She completed her RSDP training in the laboratory of her mentor, Dr. Yingqun Huang. Dr. Kallen is currently the PI of an NIH/NICHD-funded R01 which investigates noncoding RNA (ncRNA)-mediated regulation of ovarian follicular quantity and quality, a novel and understudied area of ovarian aging, which received an Impact Score of 10 (1st percentile). Dr. Kallen is also funded by the 2020 Global Consortium for Reproductive Longevity and Equality Junior Scholar Award for her work on ovarian aging. Her work was recognized by the Endocrine Society as one of the "Top Endocrine Discoveries of 2017”, and she received the 2019 American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Research Grant as well as the 2020 Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI) “Early Career Investigator” Award. Dr. Kallen has published in leading scientific journals, including a first-author publication in Molecular Cell cited nearly 600 times demonstrating that the ncRNA H19 is a molecular “sponge” for the micro RNA let-7. Dr. Kallen previously served on the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Executive Board as the Junior Fellow Chair, and currently is the Associate Editor for Fertility & Sterility Reviews.

Previous recipients of the Ira and Ester Rosenwaks New Investigator Award:

2021 Amanda N. Kallen, M.D
2020 Ranjith Ramasamy, M.D.
2019 Samuel Zev Williams, M.D., Ph.D.
2018 Michael L. Eisenberg, M.D.
2017 Helen G. Tempest, Ph.D.
2016 Marla E. Lujan, Ph.D.
2015 Erica E. Marsh, M.D.
2014 Jorge E. Chavarro, M.D., Sc.D.
2013 Nathan R. Treff, Ph.D.
2012 Clarisa R. Gracia, M.D., M.S.C.E.
2011 Lubna Pal, M.B.B.S., M.S.
2010 Ayman Al-Hendy, M.D., Ph.D.
2009 Emre Seli, M.D.
2008 William H. Catherino, M.D., Ph.D.
2007 Elizabeth A. McGee, M.D.
2006 Anuja Dokras, M.D., Ph.D.

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