Sperm expert praised at Sheffield

Sheffield scientist Dr Allan Pacey is honoured for his outstanding contribution to pioneering fertility research

A world-leading fertility expert from the University of Sheffield has been made a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in recognition of his pioneering research into male fertility over the past 20 years.

Dr Allan Pacey, from the University’s Department of Human Metabolism, was also praised for his substantial contribution to the public understanding of reproductive medicine, which has helped him to become an internationally renowned fertility expert.

In addition to the impact of his research Allan, who recently hosted an event with Dr Dawn Harper presenter of the Channel Four series Embarrassing Bodies, is also well known for his work on various film and television programmes including: Britain’s Secret Code Breaker (2011), Donor Unknown (2011), The Great Sperm Race (2009) and Make me a Baby (2004).

Dr Pacey joined the University of Sheffield in 1992 as a postdoctoral scientist and was appointed as Lecturer in 1997 and Senior Lecturer in 2001.

He is now the Academic Lead for the Unit of Reproductive and Developmental Medicine, based in the Jessop Wing.

During his career Dr Pacey has written more than 120 papers on ground breaking research into many aspects of male fertility including how sperm function inside the human body, the impact of sexually transmitted infections, such as Chlamydia, on sperm, and fertility issues in men diagnosed with cancer (oncofertility).

Dr David Richmond, the current President of the RCOG said: “We are delighted to make this award to Dr Pacey in recognition of his contribution to the science of Reproductive Medicine and the impact his work has had on Wellbeing of Women. He joins a roll call of other distinguished scientists from around the world and it is a pleasure to welcome him to the College as a Fellow.”

Previous scientist fellowship winners include Professor Sir Robert Edwards, the pioneering scientist from the University of Cambridge who developed the technique of in vitro fertilisation which led to the birth of the first so-called ‘test-tube baby’ Louise Brown in 1976.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: ‘This award not only recognises Allan’s outstanding contribution to research in his field of male reproduction but also his hard work to improve the public’s awareness and understanding of reproductive medicine.

“Allan has been instrumental in inspiring our students and young researchers to communicate their pioneering work with the local and global community by founding our popular science communications course. I would like to congratulate him on this prestigious accolade and wish him every success with his ground breaking research.’



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