Dr. Ralph Brinster (UP '60) of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has been inducted into the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Hall of Honor. The ceremony took place Sept. 22 on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Md.
The Richard King Mellon Professor of Reproductive Physiology at Penn, Dr. Brinster was the only veterinarian among the 15 honored scientists. The Hall of Fame recognizes scientists supported by the institute for exceptional contributions to advancing knowledge and improving maternal and child health.
Dr. Brinster was honored "for discovering a method for in vitro culture of animal embryos that opened new possibilities in reproductive biology, and pioneering the use of new techniques in developmental biology and molecular genetics to produce transgenic animals, a key technology in advancing the genetic revolution."
He has been on the Penn veterinary school faculty for 39 years.