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End of June 2019 the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) held their 35th annual meeting in Vienna with 12.000 registered participants. The footprint of ReproUnion 1.0. was evident when listening to six Post docs/Ph.Ds presenting their findings from studies funded by ReproUnion during the project period 2015-2018.
At the General Assembly in June ReproUnion’s management announced that Jens Sønksen had stepped down from his role as Chairman at the end of the first accounting period in ReproUnion 2.0. In recent years, Jens Sønksen has become increasingly busy – in 2017 he was elected Adjunct Secretary General for the European Association of Urology (EAU). Jens Sønksen shares a few perspectives on the ReproUnion collaboration.
Dr Sasha Stormlund not only impressed the audience but also received ESHRE’s Clinical Science Award for her oral presentation showing that success rates after freezing all embryos for later transfer is no better than with fresh transfers. The study was carried out with funding from ReproUnion 1.0.
Preliminary results from a large population study based on the Danish National Birth Cohort has found that paternal smoking is associated with lower total sperm counts and sperm concentrations. The study was carried out with funding from ReproUnion 1.0 and the results were presented by at the 35th Annual Meeting of ESHRE in Vienna end of June.
The large cohort study confirms small added obstetric risk from transfer of longer developed embryos in IVF and questions if blastocyst transfer should still be encouraged at IVF clinics. Dr Anne Lærke Spangmose presented the results on the first morning of the 35th Annual Meeting of ESHRE in Vienna.
In June Lunds University announced the results of this nation-wide register study, which was published in PLOS Medicine and has been co-funded by ReproUnion.
In May ReproUnion co-organised the Life Cycle Symposium at Lund University where Anders Nyboe Andersen, professor at the Fertility Clinic, Rigshospitalet, presented results from the ReproUnion Fertility Counselling activities under the above heading. In a panel discussion with local politicians, Gilbert Tribo and Anna Mannfalk, the presenters discussed how to turn around the fertility trend and encourage healthy reproduction.
Anja Pinborg has received a 5-year Clinical Distinguished Investigator grant of DKK 8 million from the Novo Nordisk Foundation to realize the project Health in Childhood Following Assisted Reproductive Technology (HiCART).
An op-ed in the Danish newspaper Politiken is highlighting important societal problems which will arise as a consequence of delayed childbearing to older ages and the risk of infertility and involuntary childlessness as a result thereof.