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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 research@asrm.org by June 3, 2020.

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.

Previous recipients of the Ira and Ester Rosenwaks New Investigator Award:
2006 Anuja Dokras, M.D., Ph.D.
2007 Elizabeth A. McGee, M.D.
2008 William H. Catherino, M.D., Ph.D.
2009 Emre Seli, M.D.
2010 Ayman Al-Hendy, M.D., Ph.D.
2011 Lubna Pal, M.B.B.S., M.S.
2012 Clarisa R. Gracia, M.D., M.S.C.E.
2013 Nathan R. Treff, Ph.D.
2014 Jorge E. Chavarro, M.D., Sc.D.
2015 Erica E. Marsh, M.D.
2016 Marla E. Lujan, Ph.D.
2017 Helen G. Tempest, Ph.D.
2018 Michael L. Eisenberg, M.D.
2018 Samuel Zev Williams, M.D., Ph.D.


Congratulations to the 2019 Winner

Rosenwaks WinnerZev Williams, M.D., Ph.D. has been selected as the 2019 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. Williams is the Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and the Wendy D. Havens Associate Professor of Women’s Health at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). His research focuses on the development and implementation of novel technologies and approaches to understand, diagnose and treat disease related to reproductive medicine with a goal of making genetic testing and monitoring of pregnancy faster, safer and more accessible. With NIH funding support, he and his team have been instrumental in developing methods for automated isolation of placental RNA from circulation, genetic analysis of archived products of conception following miscarriage and, most recently, short-read nanopore sequencing. These efforts are helping to advance the technology that allows rapid and low-cost sequencing of clinical samples from embryo biopsy, chorionic villus samples and amniocentesis samples.

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