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Horacio Croxatto, MD

Recipient, SFP 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

Carole Joffe, PhDDr. Horacio Croxatto is one of the world’s leading experts in the use of progestins in contraception. He currently serves as Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine and Innovating Science at the Universidad Andres Bello in Chile; he is also a Professor on the Faculty of Medicine there. Prior to joining the Universidad in 2012, Dr. Croxatto served for six years on the Faculty of Chemistry and Biology at the Universidad de Santiago de Chile. Before that, from 1977-2006, he was Professor and then Senior Research Associate in the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. In 2006, however, his defense of emergency contraception and the morning after pill led to his expulsion from that institution.

Dr. Croxatto received his medical degree from the Universidad Católica de Chile in 1961. His postdoctoral work included an NIH Fellowship for training in Neuroendocrinology, followed by a Population Council Fellowship for research in Reproductive Endocrinology.

Dr. Croxatto’s research interests include basic and applied aspects of reproductive physiology and fertility regulation with particular emphasis in gamete transport, lactational infertility, contraceptive delivery systems and mode of action of contraceptive methods. He has published over 200 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and over 50 book chapters by invitation, participated in the presentation of 27 patents, and presented several hundred abstracts at national and international conferences.

Dr. Croxatto was the co-founder and, from 1985-2008, President of the Chilean Institute for Reproductive Medicine. From 1984-1987, he was Vice-President of Asociación Latinoamericana de Investigadores en Reproducción Humana (ALIRH). He has served on the editorial board for Contraception since 1984. In 1999, he was awarded the Presidential Chair in Sciences of the Chilean Government. In 2002, he received the Grand Lodge Masonry of Chile nomination for outstanding contribution to freedom of conscience and thinking. He is an Honorary Member of the Asociación Médica Argentina de Anticoncepción and was designated Honorary Professor at both the Universidad de Chile and the Universidad de Valparaiso. In 2011, he was awarded the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ICEC) Felicia Stewart Lifetime Achievement Award.

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