The Society wishes to congratulate Professor David de Kretser on his appointment as the next Governor of Victoria, Australia's second most populous State.
President of the ISA from 1985 to 1990, David is internationally renowned for his contribution to the field of reproductive medicine spanning over 40 years.
David's career began at Monash University in 1965 and then he received training in Seattle with Dr C. Alvin Paulsen in the late 1960's. He returned to the Department of Anatomy, Monash University that he later chaired for 15 years. In 1990, he established with Professor Alan Trounson the Monash Institute of Reproduction and Development (now known as the Monash Institute of Medical Research). After his retirement as director of MIMR, David has continued at Monash as Associate Dean of Biotechnology Development in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.
With more than 500 scientific papers to his credit, David's medical research has focused on male infertility. His most recognized work has been in the area of physiology of spermatogenesis, ultrastructure of germ cells and sperm pathology in male infertility. David's contributions to the international research effort to purify, identify and characterize the hormones (especially inhibin) that regulate reproductive functions, are well known.
David has been able to successfully marry his scientific interest with his clinical work, allowing him to focus his research on clinically relevant areas in andrology. David's leadership, foresight and creative mind have led to his achievements as a world-renowned scientist, clinician, and an academic. Over his years at Monash, David has supervised a large number of students and mentored many international fellows.
Highly regarded scientific societies have recognized David for his contribution to medical science, including the American Society of Andrology, the International Academy of Human Reproduction, the Australian Academy of Science, and the Australian Society of Reproductive Biology. In 2004, he was awarded the Robert H Williams Distinguished Leadership award from the US Endocrine Society, that recognizes individuals who have made a major contribution to the field of endocrinology.
Recognizing the need to promote andrology in the public domain, David conceived, established and became founding Director of Andrology Australia in 1999, a unique program supported by the Australian Government that promotes better community and health professional education in male reproductive health.
The position of Governor requires extensive interaction with the community. With David's involvement in public health and the numerous community and professional education seminars he has given, this role will come easily to him.
David was born in Sri Lanka and his family emigrated to Australia when he was 9 years old. David has observed that his appointment to the position of Governor of Victoria is also evidence of progress in the development of Australia's multicultural society in which all people can aspire to high office.
The ISA is proud that a scientist and academic of the calibre and distinction of David has been appointed to this important role. This is recognition not only of David's personal qualities, but also of the significance of scientific research. David's experience in the scientific and medical fields, coupled with his extensive community ties, will stand him in excellent stead for the challenges of his new, exciting role as Governor of Victoria.
We extend our warmest congratulations and best wishes for the future to David and his wife, Jan.
On behalf of all ISA officers and officials, and the immediate past-president,
Rob McLachlan, Secretary
J. Anton Grootegoed, President