Is Human Fecundity Changing?

September 10–11, 2015


Division of Intramural Population Health Research (DIPHR), Division of Extramural Research, and Office of the Director, NICHD


NIH Main Campus, Natcher Building (Building 45), Bethesda, Maryland


Global evidence suggests that human fecundity is declining, possibly as a result of environmental influences such as diet, sedentary lifestyle, pollution, and climate change. Fecundity impairments in men and women are reported to increase the risk of adult onset diseases and carry possible trans-generational risks. This body of emerging evidence underscores the many implications of human fecundity for health, more globally.

At this workshop, experts from a range of fields will examine current scientific evidence on the determinants of fecundity, secular patterns and trends, and the broader implications of fecundity for health. Workshop participants will discuss global patterns of human fecundity, substantive and methodologic challenges underlying such studies, and promising designs and methods for future study.

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Dr. Germaine Buck Louis, DIPHR, NICHD
Phone: 301-496-6155

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