David de Kretser award honours a lifetime of achievement

Professor David de Kretser

The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences presented the David de Kretser Lifetime Achievement Award to Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor David de Kretser on Friday.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution — nationally and internationally — to human health and wellbeing.

Dean of Monash’s Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Professor Christina Mitchell, said: “Professor David de Kretser, with his many accolades and significant contribution to the field of male fertility, is an inspiration to so many of us in our careers as researchers. He has set an example through his diligence and his discipline throughout his career.”

“David has displayed a determination that is a requirement not only in the laboratory, but also needed to deal with the bureaucracy that has become so integral to the world of the contemporary researcher”, Professor Mitchell said.

Professor de Kretser’s links with the Faculty date back to 1969 when he received his MD from Monash. As a reproductive endocrinologist, his academic career at Monash University has included appointments as Professor of Anatomy, the founding Director of the Monash Institute of Medical Research and the Associate Dean for Biotechnology Development. In 2003, he was named a Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor.

He served as the 28th Governor of Victoria from 2006 to 2011 and is a Companion of the Order of Australia. He resumed his research career at Monash University in April 2011.