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Biographical entry Trounson, Alan Osborne

Occupation
Medical scientist

Summary

Alan Trounson is a renowned embryologist who pioneered the technique of successful freezing and thawing human embryos. He is Scientific Director of Monash IVF which he founded and was part of the team who produced Australia's first 'test-tube baby' (1980). Tounson acquired his skill of embryo transfer while under taking a three year postdoctoral post at the Agricultural Research Council's Unit of Reproductive Physiology and Biochemistry in Cambridge, UK. He is Professor and Personal Chair in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Director of the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories at Monash University in Clayton, Victoria. He was also a Deputy Head of the Monash Institute of Reproduction and Development (now the Monash Institute of Medical Research).

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Events

1974
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Sydney
1974 - 1976
Career position - Dalgety International Research Fellowship at the Agricultural Research Council's Unit of Reproductive Physiology and Biochemistry in Cambridge, UK
1977 -
Career position - Joined the Monash's research team at the Queen Victoria Medical Centre
1983
Career position - First frozen embryo baby born in Australia
1985
Career position - Director of the Centre for Early Human Development at Monash University
1990 - ?
Career position - Deputy Director of the Institute of Reproduction and Development
1991 -
Career position - Personal Chair at Monash University
1991 -
Career position - Professor and Personal Chair in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University
1994
Award - Wellcome (Australia) Medal received
1994
Award - Patrick Steptoe Memorial Medal received from the British Fertility Society
1995
Award - Benjamin Henry Sheares Medal received from the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society, Singapore.
2004
Award - Bertarelli Foundation Award in Reproductive Health

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Leeton, John, 'Historical Review: the early history of IVF in Australia and its contribution to the world (1970–1990)*', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol. 44, 2004, p. 495. Details

Online Resources

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