Jerome F. Strauss, M.D., Ph.D., accepted the 2017 Arnaldo Bruno Prize for Gynaecology, one of the highest international honors conferred by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.
In Rome on June 15, Jerome F. Strauss, M.D., Ph.D., was awarded the 2017 Arnaldo Bruno Prize for Gynaecology. The award is one of the highest international honors conferred by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and was presented at its closing ceremony of the academic year.
The oldest scientific academy worldwide, the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei was founded in 1603 and counts Galileo among its earliest members. Since 1992, the academy has served as the scientific consultant to the president of the Italian Republic. Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella, was in attendance at the June 15 ceremony, and Strauss had the opportunity to meet him beforehand.
“In science, you don’t expect to be honored with awards and prizes,” Strauss says. “But to be recognized by a scientific academy with the stature and longevity of the Accademia is undeniably exhilarating. I’ll remember this day and especially the setting – the Accademia building is beautiful, filled with art and, of course, history.”
Similar to the National Academy of Science in the U.S., the Italian academy promotes and disseminates scientific knowledge, conducts research and publishes reports and opinions that guide public authorities. It also awards prizes for literature, music, physics and mathematics among other disciplines, and in that way has a larger scope, much like the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The Arnaldo Bruno Prize was created in 2001 in memory of the Italian gynecologist, Arnaldo Bruno. Past winners are distinguished investigators and clinicians from around the world.
A professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Strauss has authored more than 300 original scientific articles and holds 12 issued U.S. patents for discoveries and therapeutics. He is senior editor of Yen and Jaffe’s “Reproductive Endocrinology,” the major textbook in the field of reproductive medicine. He was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (now called the National Academy of Medicine) of the National Academies of Science at age 47, and chaired two committees that issued reports on contraceptive development and the state of ovarian cancer research. Strauss also served as a member of the Discovery Expert Group for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and chaired the Board of Scientific Counselors of the NIH’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
“Our congratulations to Dr. Strauss on this remarkable recognition,” says Peter F. Buckley, M.D., Dean of Medicine. “We are fortunate that Dr. Strauss is leading such a stellar funded research program in developmental biology and endocrinology at VCU.”
By Erin Lucero