ASP Legacy Award Recipients

The ASP Legacy Award Search Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of a Legacy Award:

  • Dr. Julienne Rutherford, University of Illinois, Chicago - 2013

Project: The role of placental morphology and physiology in fetal brain.

At the time of her Legacy Award, Dr. Rutherford was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women, Children and Family Health Science in the College of Nursing, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology, at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is now Associate Professor and Associate Department Head of hte Department of Women, Children, and Family Health Science. Her work with the intraunterine environments of primates made her a perfect fit for this award, which has allowed her to pursue novel directions incorporating advanced techniques and knowledge in neuroscience. With the support of this award she can continue to investigate links between placental function, and brain development. Click here to view Dr. Rutherford's description of her research and plans for this award.

  • Dr. Amanda Dettmer, Laboratory of Comparative Ethology, NICHD, Bethesda, MD - 2015 

Project: From Bowel to Brain: Studying Gut Microbiota Integrity and Chronic HPA Axis Activity in Rhesus Monkeys Across Development.

At the time of her Legacy Award, Dr. Dettmer was a postdoctoral trainee at NICHD in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Suomi. She is now an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Child Study Center. Her research focuses on the theme of “risk and resilience." She will use the ASP Legacy Award to learn techniques to assess the quantity and diversity of intestinal microbiota, and use these techniques to study the associations between gut microbiota integrity and HPA axis activity in rhesus monkeys across the first year of life. Amanda gave the Legacy Award Address at the 2018 meeting in San Antonio, TX, about her training experience and preliminary research results. Her first publication emanating from this study was published in April 2019 in the American Journal of Primatology: "A descriptive analysis of gut microbiota composition in differentially reared infant rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) across the first 6 months of life."