Professor Allan Pacey Recognised in New Years Honours List

Professor Allan Pacey

Professor Allan Pacey, from the Academic Unit of Reproductive and Developmental Medicine within the Department of Oncology and Metabolism and Head of Andrology for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was recognised in the annual list for his services to reproductive medicine.

Allan joined the University of Sheffield in 1992 as a postdoctoral scientist and he was appointed as Lecturer in 1997, Senior Lecturer in 2001 and made a Professor of Andrology in 2014.

During his career, he has written 137 papers on ground breaking research into many aspects of male fertility.  These have included how sperm function inside the human body; the impact of sexually transmitted infections on sperm, such as Chlamydia; and fertility issues in men diagnosed with cancer (oncofertility).

In 2014, he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in recognition of his pioneering research into male fertility over the past 20 years.

In addition to the impact of his research, Professor Pacey is also well known for his work on various film and television programmes including: Britain’s Secret Code Breaker (2011), Donor Unknown (2011), The Great Sperm Race (2009) and Make me a Baby (2004).

He said: “When I received the letter, it was a complete surprise and I was shaking with shock. I needed to have a sit down and compose myself before I could speak. It came completely out of the blue and I was just humbled that people had taken the time and trouble to nominate me.”

He added: “There are two rewarding parts of what I do. With regard to my teaching and research, I really like to take students on a journey and get them to see the wonders of reproductive medicine. It is a fascinating area of science, medicine and ethics that students really enjoy. If I have managed to influence just one student to consider a career in this area, then it will have been worth it.

“The second is the work I do with men with cancer who are facing difficult decisions about their fertility. I’ve seen some of the men regularly over the past 20 years and to see them finally become fathers, either with or without our help, is really rewarding. There can be both joy and tears sometimes.”