About Dr Steve Assinder

We hope to achieve better health options for men with prostate disease.

Dr Steve Assinder is head of the Andrology Research Group, Bosch Institute, and Lecturer in Physiology, School of Medical Sciences.

My research expertise is in prostate disease and reproductive physiology of the male. I have headed my own research group since 2001, employing three full-time research fellows and supervising 8 postgraduate students. In that period significant contributions in the following areas have been made:

  1. My work in the prostate has confirmed the long held hypothesis that the increasing ratio of estrogen:androgen that occurs with ageing drives the development of benign prostatic hyperplasia. It has highlighted the importance of stromal/epithelial cell interactions in this process (King et al. 2006). Work in identifying prognostic markers of prostate cancer has led to a full patent application.
  2. My research into oxytocin, has shown it is associated with prostate disease and suggests that this hormone could be targeted to novel therapies of benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer (Assinder et al. 2004; Assinder and Nicholson 2004; Whittington et al. 2004).
  3. I have demonstrated that dietary phytoestrogens reduce adult male rat fertility. This work is the first to demonstrate acute effects of phytoestrogens in the adult male (Glover and Assinder, 2006; Assinder et al. 2007). This work is published in leading journals in their field. My research findings have been presented at national and international conferences. My research expertise has led to two invited book chapters, an invitation to chair a symposium at the International Congress of Andrology (Seoul, 2005), and to present my research in an oral communication at that meeting, and to present at the Endocrine Society of Australia/Society for Reproductive Biology joint symposium on Endocrine Disruption. I am regularly invited to review grant applications by agencies in New Zealand and the UK, and to referee manuscripts for scientific journals. I am actively involved in several professional societies and was on the scientific programme committee of MedSci Congress 2006.

Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Dr Assinder's publicatons, please visit his Sydney Medical School profile page.