Professor Christopher Chen (pictured above)

UQ's global contributions to reproductive medicine will continue for generations to come thanks to a generous endowment from alumnus Professor Christopher Chen.

Professor Christopher Chen, who received a Doctor of Medicine from UQ in 2009, is considered an IVF pioneer and the “father of human egg freezing”, having published a groundbreaking paper detailing the first successful attempt at deep freezing and thawing a female egg cell, resulting in a successful pregnancy.

Chen is also renowned for achieving the world’s first in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) triplet pregnancy.

His $10.5 million endowment will contribute towards advanced research into reproductive medicine by way of the first fully funded Chair of Reproductive Medicine within the University’s Faculty Of Health Sciences.

“Reproductive medicine is such an exciting and fast-moving area at the moment, combining cutting-edge clinical techniques built on the latest biologic discoveries.

“Great advances are in play, resulting from knowledge in implantation, epigenetics, cryopreservation, genomics and stem cells.

“Professor Chen’s prescience and vision will allow us to attract a world-leading clinical scientist in this field, a real fillip for The University, for Queensland, and for infertile couples everywhere,” he said.

After the announcement of his donation, Chen said, “My greatest hope is that the Chair will be able to expand upon the research I began over 30 years ago, and achieve medical advances that will benefit the University, academia and all mankind.”