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Donald H. Barron Lecture Series

Dr. Donald H. Barron

Dr. Donald H. Barron

About the Donald H. Barron Lecture Series

To honor Donald Henry Barron, each semester one invited speaker of the Perinatal and Reproductive Biology Group Seminar Series is designated the Donald Henry Barron Lecturer. Professor Donald Henry Barron was born on a farm in Flandreau, South Dakota, on April 9, 1905. He received the B.A. degree in Chemistry from Carleton College in 1928, the M.S. degree in Botany from Iowa State College in 1929, the Ph.D. degree from Yale University in 1932 and an honorary M.A. degree from Cambridge University in 1936.Professor Barron’s contributions to fetal-placental physiology were numerous and for these contributions Dr. Barron and Sir Joseph Barcroft together are considered the “Fathers of Fetal-Placental Physiology.” Professor Barron was a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and has been referred to as the “Father of Scientific Obstetrics.” After a distinguished career as a biologist, anatomist, neurophysiologist, and fetal-placental physiologist at Cambridge University (1932-1940), University of Missouri (1940-1943), and Yale University (1945-1969), Professor Barron was named Professor Emeritus at Yale University. In July 1969, Professor Barron moved to the University of Florida to occupy the J. Wayne Reitz Chair in Reproductive Biology and Medicine; there he began his second career.

At that time, many UF faculty and students benefited from Professor Barron’s counsel daily. He was an exceptional example of how, through collaboration, scientists may educate one another in the principles of Perinatal and Reproductive Biology, and make significant contributions to the group through research and teaching. There was and always will be a profound respect for Professor Donald H. Barron and the acknowledgement of his central role in the development of the intellectual climate and spirit of collaborative research that is the hallmark of the University of Florida Perinatal and Reproductive Biology Group.


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Past D. H. Barron Lecturers

Fuller W. Bazer, Regents Fellow, Distinguished Professor and O. D. Butler Chairholder, Physiology of Reproduction, Department of Animal Science,   Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
The Many Faces of Interferon Tau
February 25, 2015

Yoel Sadovsky, Director, Magee-Women’s Research Institute, Elsie Hilliard Hillman Chair of Women’s Health Research, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Magee-Women’s Research Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Unique Function and Transport of Placental TrophomiRs
October 8th, 2014

Teresa Woodruff, Institute for Women’s Health Research, Northwestern University 
Oncofertility: Translation in multiple dimensions
February 27, 2013

Leslie Myatt, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Texas San Antonio
Sexual Dimorphism in the Placenta in Response to Obesogenic and Inflammatory Environments
April 4, 2012

Thomas Spencer, Department of Animal Sciences, Texas A&M University
Conceptus-Endometrial Interactions: Problems, Insights, and Potential Solutions
March 23, 2011

Jon Oatley, Assistant Professor, Center for Reproductive Biology and Health, Department of Dairy and Animal Science, Pennsylvania State University 
Mice and Men and Bulls: The Study of Germline Stem Cell Biology in Biomedical Sciences and Animal Agriculture
March 31, 2010

Russ Anthony, Hill Professor of Biotechnology, Colorado State University
Intrauterine Growth Restriction: What We Can Learn From Animal Models
April 22, 2009

S. Ananth Karumanchi, Associate Professor of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Harvard Medical School. 
Novel Therapeutic Approach for Preeclampsia
November 12, 2008

Thomas (Tod) Hansen, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Director, Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory, Colorado State University
Maternal and Fetal Response to Fetal Persistent Infection with BVDV
April 2, 2008

Steven P. Ford, University of Wyoming
Maternal Nutrition and Programming of Placental, Fetal and Postnatal Development
March 21, 2007

Frank F. (Skip) Bartol, Auburn University
Uterine Development and Endometrial Programming
September 14, 2005

Ryuzo Yanagimachi, University of Hawaii
From Normal Fertilization to Cloning: My Research Path
February 19, 2003

James E. Kinder, Ohio State University
Role of Episodic Luteinizing Hormone Pulses in Regulation of Ovarian Function in Cattle
September 29, 1999

Peter Nathanielsz, Cornell University
Life in the Womb: The Origin of Health and Disease
March 31, 1999

Harold D. Hafs, Rutgers University
Insemination of Cattle Without Estrous Synchronization
February 10, 1999

Mordechai Shemesh, Kimron Veterinary Institute, Israel
Biotechnology of Gene Insertion in the Bovine Embryo
April 22, 1998

Michael Roberts, University of Missouri
Trophoblast Gene Expression
April 2, 1997

John J. Eppig, Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine
How and Why Oocytes Control the Development of Granulosa Cells
November 12, 1997

William H. Telfer, University of Pennsylvania
Turning Vitellogenesis On and Off in Insects
January 22, 1997

Fuller W. Bazer, Texas A&M University
A Mechanism for Interferon Tau Suppression of the Luteolytic Mechanism in Sheep
April 24, 1996

Michael F. Smith, University of Missouri
Local Regulators of Corpus Luteum Function
January 31, 1996

Daniel Linzer, Northwestern University
Stimulation and Inhibition of Angiogenesis by Placental Proteins
January 17, 1996

Robert Collier, Monsanto
Biological Effects of Placental Lactogen in Cattle
January 10, 1996

Jim Lauderdale, Pharmacia & Upjohn, Inc.
Societal Issues Critical to the Advancement of Molecular and Cell Biology and Animal Production
December 6, 1995

Anna-Rita Fuchs, Cornell University Medical School
Oxytocin and Oxytocin Receptors in the Female Reproductive System
November 15, 1995

Gerald Lincoln, MRC Reproductive Biology Unit, Edinburg, Scotland
How Animals Time the Mating Season
November 8, 1995

Ronald D. Randel, Texas A&M University
Dietary Sympathomimetic Amines: Influence on Endocrine and Reproductive Function in Ruminant Animals
April 12, 1995

William Hansel, Louisiana State University
The Role of Lipoxygenase Products of Arachidonic Acid Metabolism in Bovine Corpus Luteum Regression
March 22, 1995

James J. Ireland, Michigan State University
The Role of the Inhibin Family of Proteins in Reproduction
February 22, 1995

Graham Burrell, Lincoln University, New Zealand
Endocrine Studies on Reproductive and Antler Cycles of Red Deer Stags
February 8, 1995

Anthony M. Perks, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Lung Liquid Secretion and Re-absorption in the Fetus and Newborn
November 30, 1994