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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, 2019.

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.


Congratulations to the 2018 Winner

Rosenwaks WinnerMichael L. Eisenberg, M.D., has been selected as the 2018 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. Eisenberg is an Associate Professor and Director of the Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Program in the Department of Urology and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine in California. He obtained his B.A. from Rice University in Houston, his M.D. from Yale (where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholar), then trained at the University of Southern California for his surgical internship and urology/surgery residency. He completed his fellowship in male reproduction and surgery in the Department of Urology at Baylor College of Medicine. 

Dr. Eisenberg was awarded the first Arnold Belker Award from the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (affiliated with the American Urological Association) in recognition of his active research achievements. During that time, he examined the genetic factors that predispose both male infertility and cancer, identifying various relationships between lifestyle issues and erectile dysfunction, semen quality and mortality, and declining sperm counts. Dr. Eisenberg received an ASRM grant to investigate the association between somatic and reproductive health for which he demonstrated how a man’s current health impacts his reproductive health. His work has demonstrated higher risks of cancer and mortality in men with lower semen quality. In addition, he has been the first to demonstrate that male infertility is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes which has enormous implications for the field and the couples we help. He is currently a contributor on a National Institute of Aging R01 grant, studying disease, disability, and death in an aging workforce. He serves as a mentor on a Sexual Medicine Society of North America grant, is a contributor for an NICHD R01 grant studying a preconception cohort, and most recently served as a co-investigator on an NICHD R21 grant to study the feasibility of semen collection in a web-based preconception cohort study. Authoring more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, his seminal paper on paternal age in the United States examined more than 160 million births over the past 40 years, the first paternal-level analysis of birth trends in the US over time.

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