Council Commentary

The Population Council and its International Committee for Contraception Research (ICCR) pay tribute to C. Wayne Bardin

C. Wayne Bardin, one of the "giants" in the field of endocrinology who contributed to the world’s knowledge base of reproductive physiology, and developed unique methods of contraception and clinical care  of patients with reproductive challenges died October 10, 2019.  The Population Council and its International Committee for Contraception Research (ICCR) recognize his legacy of scientific contributions and service to the Endocrine Community.  

Read the full tribute here.

Dr. Bardin was Director of the Population Council’s Center for Biomedical Research and Chair of the International Committee for Contraception Research from 1978 - 1996. During that time, he inspired many scientists and led the research and development of several pioneering methods of contraception including the intradermal implant to provide contraception for 3 to 5 years and the intra-uterine devices, which are used today.  Dr. Bardin also initiated the acquisition and synthesis of Nestorone a novel progestin that is now being used in the contraceptive vaginal system recently approved by the FDA.

Dr. Bardin excelled at mentoring young investigators and directing their research in a manner which had a high probability of success. He trained or mentored more than 50 outstanding individuals over time. He was attentive to the high quality of their work and publications and helped in their career development.

During his career, Dr. Bardin published more than 500 manuscripts and chapters in textbooks. He is recognized as a key leader in endocrinology in a period spanning more than four decades.

He served as President of the Endocrine Society, President of the American Society of Andrology and received numerous awards including membership in the Institute of Medicine, awardee of Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of Caen, France; the University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France; and the University of Helsinki, Finland; Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland.