Fostering the next generation of researchers is vital to meet the future demands of managing and preventing infertility problems. In 2015-18 ReproUnion supported 24 research projects.
On the 10th of March, ReproUnion researchers, Nina Mørup and Kristian Almstrup published a review article in the prominent journal Nature Reviews Urology. The authors summarise how microRNAs can be potential new markers of testicular cancer.
One of the highlights for ReproUnion in 2019 was the renewal of the patient mobility agreement between the Capital Region of Denmark and Region Skåne. This will enable more patients to receive specialized reproductive treatment across the Danish/Swedish border.
Regional Chairmen and Deans in Lund, Malmö and Copenhagen stand behind ReproUnion in this opinion article, which Dagens Medicin in Sweden published in December 2019. It,highlights the concerning infertility statistics, as well as the need to continue involving new collaboration partners to address prevention and develop new reproductive treatments. Click on to read the full article (in Swedish).
FEPOS investigates the possible causes between male infertility and what was passed on at the fetal stage, by paring samples from mothers and their sons. Data from 100.000 mothers originates from the Danish National Birth Cohort and since 2017 FEPOS has collected biological samples and data from 1000 sons.
ReproUnion 2.0 marks the beginning of a new research and innovation paradigm within reproductive medicine in Greater Copenhagen. With seven signatures on the formal agreement, the partnership stands ready to continuously use the regional innovation force, international collaboration partners, and the triple-helix structure as leverage in its effort to solve five major global reproductive challenges, which are of great individual and social concern.
The seminar on the 11th of November featured regional and international speakers within reproductive medicine. Professors involved in ReproUnion presented the five challenges they work with in the project. This includes the ReproUnion Infertility Cohort and Biobank, which is a collaboration between the three challenge groups, working to improve human male fertility; optimize medically assisted reproductive treatment and prevent infertility-related morbidity.
In November, ReproUnion had invited international colleagues from the EU and the US, to discuss collaboration and to attend a weekend-workshop on funding opportunities for the ReproUnion Infertility Cohort and Biobank.
Something is stopping us from creating the families we claim to desire. But what? This opinion piece in the New York Times gets well around the declining fertility rates and the topic of fertility awareness. The article brings examples from Denmark and quotes Dr. Søren Ziebe, ReproUnion Challenge 5.
The 4th European Conference on Preconception Health and Care gathered close to 200 delegates, when it was held at Rigshospitalet end of September 2019. The conference addressed fertility awareness, family building and the latest research when it comes to the challenges the society and health professionals face concerning reproduction and health before and after pregnancy.