ScienceChallenge 2: Optimizing Medically Assisted Reproductive Treatment to Infertile Couples
The aim of this challenge is to improve, expand, and simplify the treatment of infertile couples. More specifically, the focus lies on improving and personalizing current treatments, optimizing laboratory protocols, and innovating novel assisted reproductive technologies.
It has been estimated that the world population would stabilize around 10 billion people because family size is naturally reduced to two children when the likelihood of survival of the offspring is good. However, this prediction assumes that families aim to have 2 to 3 children which is not the case anymore. At present, many couples end up with only one or no children at all for various reasons. One prominent cause is that the couples delay childbearing to an older female age, and that many of these couples will need fertility treatment to obtain children due to a low ovarian reserve. This development is especially prominent in the Nordic countries as well as in China, Japan, and the far east in general, and some countries around the Mediterranean Sea. Failure to maintain the population size in large parts of the world will lead to societies of large numbers of old people who will be unable to contribute to the financial wealth of the society. Therefore, the need to improve, expand, and simplify infertility services herein personalize reproductive medicine, reducing the cost worldwide is an urgent and important matter.
Anja Bisgaard Pinborg
Henriette Svarre Nielsen