UNMC researcher leads national organization

February 21, 2018

Image with caption: John S. Davis, Ph.D.

John S. Davis, Ph.D.

UNMC's John S. Davis, Ph.D., is president of the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR), the national organization for scientists, trainees and other professionals doing basic and applied research in reproductive sciences.

Dr. Davis will cap his one-year term as president by organizing the 51st Annual Meeting July 10-13 in New Orleans, which is expected to draw upwards of 1,200 people from 30 countries.

"It's an honor to serve the SSR as president," Dr. Davis said. "The national leadership role allows us to promote the best new science in order for our members to capitalize on the latest developments and identify innovative approaches to advance their research programs and provide new approaches to improve human and animal fertility. This also helps us to recruit graduate students and postdocs as well as to make key connections with investigators from around the globe."

A member of the organization for 30-plus years, Dr. Davis said, "serving as president brings recognition to UNMC directly, but also to UNL (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), where we have great collaborators like Andrea Cupp and Jennifer Wood in the animal science department."

UNL's Andrea Cupp, Ph.D., is the society's vice-president elect. Both Drs. Davis and Cupp collaborate on several projects, funded by the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Veterans Administration and the University of Nebraska Foundation. Their collaborative research examines the female reproductive system to understand how hormones affect metabolic activity and steroid production in the ovaries, as well as how pituitary hormones change during puberty and their effects on fertility. Dr. Davis also has projects that focus on female aging and osteoporosis also funded by National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Davis serves as professor of the UNMC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and director of research and development for the Olson Center for Women's Health. He also is a senior research career scientist at the Omaha VA hospital. Dr. Cupp is the Omtvedt Professor of Animal Science in the UNL Department of Animal Science. Drs. Davis and Cupp met over 20 years ago and, prior to both being in Nebraska, interacted at SSR meetings.

Founded in 1967, SSR is an association of scientists and physicians interested in research in reproduction. Some are engaged in basic or applied research, while others perform clinical practice, but all are dedicated to advancing knowledge of reproductive processes in animals and in humans.


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Debbie Vierregger
February 21, 2018 at 1:59 PM


Darcy Brougham
February 21, 2018 at 1:58 PM

Congratulations, Dr. Davis! Well deserved!

Babu Guda
February 21, 2018 at 10:54 AM

John, Congratulations !

Karuna Rasineni
February 21, 2018 at 10:16 AM

Congratulations Dr. Davis!

Huangui Xiong
February 21, 2018 at 9:05 AM

Congratulations, John!

Rick Blum
February 21, 2018 at 8:42 AM

John, we are proud to have you in Ob/gyn! Congrats again on the honor!

February 21, 2018 at 7:40 AM

Congratulations Dr. Davis. When can Omaha host SSR again in the future?