- The University of Edinburgh
The Centre for Reproductive Health philosophy.
Reproduction is a fundamental feature of all life, essential for the continuation of our species. Reproductive success – the birth of a baby that will enjoy a long, healthy life – is a complex multistep process requiring production of sufficient numbers of viable gametes, fertilisation, implantation in a ‘receptive’ uterus, formation of a placenta that can sustain and nurture the baby and delivery at full term. Pregnancy complications can have profound life- long impacts on individuals. Tissues within the reproductive systems of both men and women are prone to development of disorders that have a huge impact on individuals, their families and impose large costs on health care systems.
Health disorders being investigated in the Centre include infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, heavy periods, endometriosis, fibroids, testicular and endometrial cancer and pre-term birth.
Core to the philosophy of the Centre is a strong integration between basic and clinical studies underpinned by joint grants and co-supervision of trainees.
This ensures we maintain a robust research framework within which mechanistic insights into normal and abnormal tissue function can be translated for patient benefit.
The Centre is based within the Queen's Medical Research Institute located on the Little France Campus in Edinburgh – this environment provides an unrivaled opportunity for training, effective outreach, and knowledge exchange.
Researchers within the Centre benefit from access to state-of-the art core facilities.