Jackson's John Eppig to receive top award from Society for the Study of Reproduction

Date: April 27, 2010
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Bar Harbor, Maine -- Jackson Laboratory Professor John Eppig, a pioneer in the field of reproductive biology, was chosen as the 2010 recipient of the Carl G. Hartman Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR).

The Society's president informed Eppig of the award in a letter. John H. Nilson, Ph.D., director of the School of Molecular Biosciences at Washington State University, wrote, "You richly deserve this recognition for your many outstanding conributions to our understanding of oocyte maturation and interaction with cumulus cells. SSR is also most grateful to you for your generous and dedicated service to the Society throughout your career."

The formal presentation of the award will take place at the SSR's annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wisc., on Friday, July 30.

"I am stunned, excited, and honored to receive the Carl G. Hartman Award," Eppig said. "It is a great privilege to join the ranks of the distinguished previous recipients. My thanks to the SSR, not only for recognizing my research in this way, but also for being a pillar of my professional career. Many outstanding scientists are members of the SSR; my colleagues in reproduction research at The Jackson Laboratory and I have learned much from them and thoroughly enjoy their friendship."

He added, "I also thank the postdoctoral trainees, research associates and research assistants who have worked in my lab over the last 35 years. Achieving this award would have been impossible without their curiosity, smarts, dedication and tolerant understanding."

Eppig joined The Jackson Laboratory in 1975 and is now a professor in the areas of developmental and reproductive biology, or, as he sometimes jocularly puts it, "a below-the-waist reproductive biologist" -- studying the sex cells themselves, in contrast with "above-the-waist" colleagues who study hormones and neural pathways. His research successes include achieving the first complete in vitro development of mammalian oocytes into a complete organism, the famous mouse known as "Eggbert."

Eppig's many other honors include the prestigious Pioneer in Reproduction Research Lectureship Award from the Frontiers in Reproduction Research Program.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif. Its mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing human diseases, and to enable research and education for the global biomedical community.

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