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Penn veterinarian Ralph Brinster awarded National Medal of Science
Date:9/27/2011

itary service, Brinster enrolled in Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine.

He spent the next 50 years researching various aspects of the human and animal germline, most recently including spermatogonial stem cells, which could be used to restore fertility to men undergoing cancer treatments.

"I am incredibly proud of Ralph," Joan C. Hendricks, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine, said. "He is undoubtedly the top veterinary scientist in the world, especially if you consider his sustained excellence and demonstrated brilliance over at least five decades, and he is one of the top biomedical scientists anywhere. Penn Vet is thrilled that we are able to count Dr. Brinster as one of our own brilliant scientists."

Brinster is the first veterinarian and one of the few scientists from an agricultural background to win the National Medal of Science, joining the ranks of Nobel Prize laureates Norman Borlaug and Barbara McClintock.

"Penn has been an incredible place to work; it's like a family with an extremely supportive environment," Brinster said. "I was very surprised and honored to receive this award, and it is well-deserved recognition for the Veterinary School, Penn and the entire field of genetics."


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Contact: Evan Lerner
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University of Pennsylvania
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