Rex Scaramuzzi

B.Ag Sc, Hons (Univ. Sydney, 1965); PhD Animal Science (Univ. Sydney, 1969), Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Physiology, Royal Veterinary College, London

Rex Scaramuzzi was an active researcher for 45 years (1965 - 2010) and published over 220 peer-reviewed papers during this time.  His postdoctoral activities included research at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology, Shrewsbury MA, USA (1968-1970), within the Department of Anatomy at UCLA (1970-1972) and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1972).  He since held positions within the MRC Unit of Reproductive Biology, Edinburgh (1972-1975) and the CSIRO Division of Animal Production, Prospect, NSW (1975-1993).  From 1993-2010, He was Professor of Veterinary Physiology at the London Royal Veterinary College (1993-2010) and was Marie Curie Professor at L'Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Nouzilly, France (2007-2010).  During his career, Rex has made seminal advances in the understanding of hormonal control of oestrus behaviour, control of the LH surge, neuroendcrine control of ovulation, the mechanism of luteolysis in ruminants, regulation of ovulation rate by immuno-neutralization, hormonal regulation of folliculogenesis, nutritional regulation of ovarian function and control of follicular angiogenesis.  From 2000, he expanded his research area to investigating cervical physiology, hormonal control of the cervical prostaglandin system and trans-cervical insemination in sheep.  Rex has also worked on sustainable systems for controlling reproduction in small ruminants, including focus feeding strategies for optimum rates of reproduction, socio-sexual signals and the synchronisation of oestrus, strategies for using photoperiod to achieve optimum rates of reproduction and nutritional interactions with photoperiod and socio-sexual signals that affect reproduction.  Rex was a member of SRB from 1976-1994, was SRB Newsletter editor from 1978-1980 and President from 1992-1994.