The Beginning

Educational Path

Career Path

Academic Focus

Research Synopsis

Recent Highlights

A Word About Shepherds

Special Thanks

Career Path

Positions Held

Medical Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Manitoba      1975-1976
Health Sciences (endocrinology)

Professor in the Department of Animal Science
University of Manitoba      1977-1980
McGill University (tenured  '83)      1981-1994

Adjunct appointment (research) in Health Sciences
University of Manitoba      1977-1980
McGill University      1981-1994


Postdoctoral Years

I was fortunate to receive a two-year Fellowship to work with Dr. Borden Howland, an endocrinologist in Health Sciences (Faculty of Dentistry). While in his laboratory, I was exposed to different ideas and ways of doing research. We pursued answers to more probing questions pertaining to the endocrine regulation of seasonal changes in testicular function in the ram. We began to examine the role of photoperiod in driving LH and FSH secretion (pituitary hormones that stimulate the testes) and of testosterone and estrogen (testicular hormones) in "feeding back" and moderating gonadotropin secretion (see Scientific Articles 39, 40, 45, 51 and 56).

After more than 12 years of university education and training, my career dreams and vision would finally start being fulfilled in 1977 when I accepted a professorial position at the University of Manitoba. I am indebted to all of my former supervisors for providing the kind of mentoring and training opportunities that enabled me to develop a successful program of my own. They also gave me a greater sense of the rights, privileges and obligations that come with graduate degrees and academic appointments.

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Andrology
  • International Goat Association
  • Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship
  • Society for the Study of Reproduction

Photograph courtesy of Laura

Photograph courtesy of Laura

2008 L. Sanford. Email