US University to research reproductive health

The National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) has awarded the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University, New York, a $7.5 million (£5.1 million) grant to establish a Specialised Cooperative Centre Program in Reproduction and Infertility Research.

Once complete, the centre – which will be one of 13 across the US – will focus upon diseases relating to the female reproductive tract including menstrual disorders, endometriosis and infertility.

Jeffrey W Pollard, professor of developmental and molecular biology and of obstetrics and gynaecology at Yeshiva University, will lead the new centre.

He claims that the grant will allow researchers to launch new studies into reproductive biology.

Dr Pollard commented: "Research in reproductive biology has profoundly and positively influenced women’s health in the last few decades. More recently, the new technologies have enabled us to make great strides in understanding the basic biology of fertility and reproduction in animal models."

He said the studies will have implications for the health of women in general, but reproductive health in particular.

Last week, the New Zealand College of Midwives called for increased financial support for maternal and newborn health professionals.

The college said it welcomed any data that assists in the development of care practices.ADNFCR-2094-ID-19087214-ADNFCR