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Paul Van Look, MD, PhD

2008 Allan Rosenfield Award for
Lifetime Contributions to International Family Planning

Paul Van Look, MD, PhDDr. Paul Van Look is Director of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organization. He has traveled extensively in the developing countries and has been an adviser to governments on a wide range of sexual and reproductive health issues. He has been an invited speaker at many international meetings and has authored or co-authored numerous articles, review papers and book chapters in the areas of animal and human reproductive endocrinology, infertility and medically assisted conception, and fertility regulation.

Dr. Van Look is a member of several professional organizations in the fields of endocrinology and obstetrics and gynaecology and was made an Honorary Consultant of China’s State Family Planning Commission, an Honorary Life Member of the Indian Society for the Study of Reproduction of Fertility, an Honorary Member of the Hungarian Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and a Fellow (ad eundem) of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (UK). In 2000, he was awarded the Ferenc Szont·gh Memorial Medal by the Hungarian Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and, in 2005, he received the degree of doctor honoris causa of the University of Szeged, Hungary. In 2009, he will be honoured by the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics with the FIGO Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Van Look is an Associate Editor of Contraception and a member of the Advisory Editorial Board of Reproductive Health Matters. He represents the World Health Organization as adviser to several international bodies, including the Board of Directors of the Concept Foundation and the International Medical Advisory Panel of the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Dr. Van Look holds a medical degree from the University of Ghent (Belgium), a Ph.D. in reproductive endocrinology from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and is a qualified obstetrician/gynaecologist after training at, among others, the University of Leiden (the Netherlands).

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