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Professor and Director, Centre for Neuroendocrinology, University of Pretoria

Professor Robert (Bob) Millar grew up in Zimbabwe and studied Zoology, Botany and Chemistry at the University of the former Rhodesia and Nyasaland. He then obtained a master’s degree in Biochemistry in London and a PhD in reproductive biology in Liverpool before moving into human biomedical research at the University of Cape Town where he became Professor ad hominem and directed four MRC Units. For twelve years he served as Director of the prestigious MRC Human Reproductive Sciences Unit at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and in 2011 he joined the University of Pretoria to take up the Directorship of the Mammal Research Institute. He stepped aside from this position in 2016 to take up his current role as Director of the Centre for Neuroendocrinology, in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Prof Millar is also Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town, and is a Research Fellow at the Centre of Integrative Physiology at the University of Edinburgh and Emeritus Professor at the University of St Andrews. His research spans a wide spectrum including comparative reproductive biology and physiology, modular biology of receptor function, drug development and “first in man” clinical research.

Professor Millar is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, not least the Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship which is widely considered to be the premier award for research on the African continent. Recently, he was also recipient of the John F Herschel Medal, (the highest award of the Royal Society of South Africa) and the MRC South Africa Platinum Medal.

He has published over 400 peer reviewed articles which have been cited over 20,000 times and has a H-index of over 70.


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    Professor and Director, Centre for Neuroendocrinology, University of Pretoria