Dr. Terry Nett, Associate Dean in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, is the 2009 recipient of the Carl G. Hartman Award, the highest honor awarded by the Society for the Study of Reproduction. Dr. Nett received the award in July at the Society’s annual meeting in Pittsburgh, Penn.
The Carl G. Hartman Award is given in recognition of a career devoted to excellence in research and scholarly activities. The award is sponsored by a grant from Cook Medical.
“Dr. Nett has played an important role in the development of the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory, as well as been a mentor to fellow researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and a leader in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for the last 35 years,” said Dr. Lance Perryman, Dean of the College. “We congratulate Dr. Nett on his achievements and this well-deserved honor from the Society for the Study of Reproduction.”
Dr. Nett’s research is focused on developing a better understanding of factors that regulate the hormones that control reproduction, particularly follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone. One of the primary goals of his research is to develop a treatment that can permanently eliminate function of gonadotrophs (including FSH and LH) without affecting other cells in the anterior pituitary gland. Such a treatment would have a variety of uses ranging from non-lethal control of wild animal populations to treatment of hormone-dependent cancers in humans.