A new center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis aims to bring together a cadre of faculty members to conduct basic, translational and clinical research focused on reproductive health. The center, one of only a handful of medical-school based facilities focused on reproductive health, will encourage collaboration in research on issues such as the Zika virus and pregnancy, infertility, labor, preterm birth and urinary tract infections.
The Center for Reproductive Health Sciences will address important clinical problems and train scientists from around the world in obstetrics/gynecology, women’s infectious diseases, and men’s and women’s reproductive health. Scientists also will explore means of bringing to the field personalized medicine, the objective of which is to identify variations in diseases and develop personalized treatment based on those variations. To that end, the researchers will develop animal models of reproductive health disorders, analyze tissue samples, and collect human tissue and fluid samples from throughout a woman’s life cycle.
“The center is a great step forward for research on women’s reproductive health at Washington University,” said George Macones, MD, the Mitchell and Elaine Yanow Professor and head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “This expanded center will bring diverse investigators together with the aim of improving women’s health and will further solidify Washington University as one of the lead research institutions in this field.”
The center will be led by director Kelle Moley, MD, the James P. Crane Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Moley is one of a handful of people in the world studying how maternal obesity as well as type 1 and type 2 diabetes affect reproduction, specifically the process of oocyte maturation, embryo development and implantation in mouse models.
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