UNR Med’s Dr. Yan honored with 2018 SSR Research Award

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2018 SSR Research Award Winner Wei Yan, M.D., Ph.D.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Professor Wei Yan, M.D., Ph.D., has received the 2018 Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) Research Award. This award honors the SSR member who has conducted and published outstanding research over the previous six years with significant breadth, depth of analysis and originality who also exhibits strong leadership and willingness to share his research experience. Dr. Yan’s recognition speaks to his dedication to reproductive biology and UNR Med’s commitment to supporting innovative investigators and bolsters medical education and research opportunities available to our students.

Humbled by the recognition of his career in research, Yan said, “As one of the highest honors that a reproductive biologist can receive, this award not only recognizes the impact of my research, but it also puts UNR Med on the map as the home institution for high caliber biomedical research.”

Yan’s research focuses on how sperm and eggs are produced and how the quality of sperm and eggs affects embryonic and fetal development and contributes to the health of prospective offspring. He is interested in how poor sperm and egg quality caused by environmental exposure, an unhealthy diet or a lack of exercise could serve as the origin of many adult onset diseases in offspring, including numerous cancers, Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. He refers to this novel concept as the “gamete origin of health and disease” (GOHaD).

As the 2018 SSR Research Award recipient, Yan will present on this novel concept and the rest of his work at the 51st SSR Annual Meeting, “Pathways to discovery: Signals for reproduction, development and longevity” in New Orleans, July 10-13, 2018, as well as during the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, October 6-10, 2018.

Founded in 1967, SSR works to “advance scientific knowledge by promoting outstanding research and training in [the] reproductive sciences and to protect and preserve human and animal reproductive health.” The Society is an association of scientists and physicians from all over the world with interests ranging from basic or applied research to clinical practice. SSR members have made significant contributions to the field, including stem cell biology, transgenesis, infertility treatments, contraception, pregnancy health, treatments of reproductive system cancers and more.

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