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Emeritus Professor Claire Wathes: Retirement Symposium

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This symposium will be an opportunity to share Claire's research interests on the occasion of her retirement.

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Claire graduated with a first class degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Birmingham then studied for a PhD in dairy cow fertility at the University of Nottingham. Following 2 years’ experience as a postdoctoral scientist at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge, she moved to the Department of Anatomy at the University of Bristol from 1979-1990 first as a lecturer, then as a Reader, being awarded a DSc in 1990. She then returned to the Babraham Institute as a project leader for 4 years before taking up her post as Professor of Veterinary Reproduction at the Royal Veterinary College in 1994. Here she became the first female professor to be appointed to any UK veterinary school. During her 26 years at the RVC she has held many positions of responsibility including Head of the Reproduction Group, Chair of the Graduate School Committee and member of Council. She has also served on a number of external bodies including the BBSRC Animal Science Committee, the Horserace Betting Levy Board Advisory Committee and she chaired the steering committee for ARK-Genomics from its establishment by BBSRC at the Roslin Institute. She was awarded the Research Medal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) in 2006 and the Marshall Medal of the Society for Reproduction and Fertility in 2015. She is a Fellow of the RASE, an Honorary member of the British Society for Animal Science and a Council member and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. She has published over 200 research papers and over 60 reviews in the general area of farm animal reproduction with a current h-index of 53.

The main focus of her research has been on farm animal reproduction. She has over 40 years experience of investigating the causes of infertility in dairy cows. One aspect has been to understand the metabolic signals which influence fertility, which then led to an interest in aspects of growth and development in heifers which affect their performance as an adult. More recently her work has expanded to include the additional effects of both genotype and disease. She has also worked extensively on various aspects of ovarian function, early pregnancy and placental development in both cattle and sheep.

This symposium provides an opportunity to share her research interests. Click here for full programme. In the morning she will be joined by a few of the many scientists from the RVC, the UK and abroad with whom she has had the good fortune to collaborate over the years. They will be speaking on topics relating to dairy cow fertility and management and also equine fertility. During her career to date she has been the main or co-supervisor for 34 excellent PhD students. A number of them will be joining us for the symposium and in the afternoon some will be talking about how their PhD projects, all relating to reproduction in dairy cows and sheep, have since provided a stepping stone to a wide variety of careers in universities, industry or the charity sector.

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