The Cooperative Research Partnerships to Promote Workforce Diversity in the Reproductive Sciences (CPDR) Program was established to support multiple Principal Investigator partnerships between full-time faculty at Minority- Serving Institutions (MSIs) and faculty at institutions with established basic, clinical, or translational reproductive science research programs. The Fertility and Infertility (FI) Branch, formerly the Reproductive Sciences Branch, anticipates that this program will: foster the development of competitive reproductive science research programs at MSIs; support collaborations among faculty at MSIs and faculty at institutions with established reproductive science research programs; and provide opportunities for a diverse cadre of undergraduate students to participate in research, with the intent of stimulating their interest in pursuing careers in the reproductive sciences.
Research and training supported under the CPDR Program encompasses basic, clinical, and translational research that is designed to enhance our understanding of normal reproduction and reproductive pathophysiology, as well as enable the development of more effective strategies for the diagnosis, management, and prevention of conditions that compromise reproductive health, with the ultimate goal of promoting a better quality of life for all individuals. Topics may include:
The FI Branch awarded two partnerships (four awards) in 2010: