Professor Richard Sharpe from Edinburgh will give this year’s Setchell Lecture at the AGM on Friday 24th June in London.
Richard Sharpe is based in the MRC/University Centre for Reproductive Health in Edinburgh where he has led a research programme on developmental disorders of (mainly male) reproductive health. He is a Professor in Edinburgh University’s College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine. His expertise and research interests cover sexual development/ masculinisation and puberty (and disorders thereof), fetal programming, endocrinology, the effects of lifestyle (smoking, obesity, diet, use of personal care products), drugs and environmental chemical exposures on reproductive development and function.
Recent results have led to a major new interest in the effects of such factors on epigenetic changes in fetal gonads, especially in fetal germ cells. He is increasingly interested in the inter-relationships between reproductive health and wider aspects of health in relation to diet, obesity, inflammation and aging. He also has a particular interest in the public communication of science and has given talks at all of the major science festivals in the UK as well as at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in the USA. He has served on numerous advisory bodies in Europe and elsewhere. He is currently a Deputy Editor of Human Reproduction. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has published >360 papers and has an H index of 85 (Google).