Reproductive Medicine Infertility

This program area, directed by Dr. Esther Eisenberg, supports research on the etiology and pathophysiology of diseases and disorders that cause human infertility and impaired fecundity, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, idiopathic hypothalamic hypogonadism (IHH), and other causes of infertility, as well as clinical studies of new therapeutic interventions and ways to optimize current treatment strategies including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) for management of infertility.

In addition, analysis of the potential long-term health and developmental outcomes of children born out of medically assisted reproduction as they grow into adolescence and adulthood form an important aspect of this program. The program encourages investigators to study the causal links between reproductive technologies and overall health and quality of life of the offspring.

Major areas of interest include clinical research that explores the influence of underlying diseases, nutrition, and environment on fertility, studies to characterize the adolescent reproductive transition, and studies of new and effective methods for diagnosis, management, and prevention of infertility.

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