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Kyle Orwig received the Distinguished Researcher Award from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine

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Kyle Orwig, professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences in the School of Medicine, was awarded the Distinguished Researcher Award from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) for his outstanding contributions to the field through clinical or basic reproduction research published over the last decade. 

He will be recognized for this achievement during the president’s gala and opening ceremony of the ASRM 2022 Scientific Congress on Monday, Oct. 24, in Anaheim, California, and present during the 2023 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction.

Orwig was recruited to join Magee-Womens Research Institute and Pitt as a tenure track professor in 2003 following his postdoctoral and junior faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied stem cells and spermatogenesis, or sperm cell development.

Orwig directs the UPMC Fertility Preservation Program and the UPMC Magee Center for Reproduction and Transplantation. His research lab focuses on germ lineage development, stem cells, fertility and infertility, and treatment of the latter. Located in the Magee-Women Research Institute and Magee-Womens Hospital, the Orwig Lab has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Sylvia Bernassoli Fund (started by a Magee-Womens Hospital nurse who donated a substantial portion of her retirement savings to support infertility research), the Richard King Mellon Foundation and others.

Orwig currently serves as an ASRM Research Institute Advisory Committee Chair and has had work published more than 100 times in a leading biomedical database.