Paul Fowler

Professor Fowler received his BSc Hons and PhD in Zoology at the University of Aberdeen. He later moved to Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Aberdeen, to work on ovarian hormones and antiprogesterones. In 2000 he moved to the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen as a Professor of Translational Medical Sciences and is currently the Director of the Institute of Medical Sciences in the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition at Aberdeen.. Professor Fowler has spent much of his career working on elucidating mechanisms in the regulation of reproduction and has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and editorials. At each stage he has made contributions in the use of technologies to answer reproductive questions, including: remote telemetry of body-testis temperature differentials, MRI analysis of body composition and mammary gland, phage library and protein purification techniques to investigate reproductive proteins and proteomic and microarray techniques to study fetal development and endometriosis. Since the turn of the century, his research has focused on the effects of environmental exposures and endocrine disruption on fetal development and subsequent health in both human and animal models. His group is one of the few to work on the normal first and second trimester human fetus and uses maternal smoking as a model to understand how adverse in-utero environment disturbs fetal development in our own species.

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Move over testosterone, another hormone is also vital for making boys – and it doesn’t come from the testes

Often the first question parents are asked after the birth of their child is “congratulations, girl or boy?”. For parents of one in 2,000 to 4,000 births, however, there is not an easy answer. This is when the baby has ‘ambiguous’ genitalia, where it is not clear which sex they...

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