Focus on Reproduction January 2016
Featured in this issue
- The maturity of in vitro maturation
- The dilemmas of sperm banking
- Reproductive genetics: 2015 in review
- The science of stimulation with Frank Broekmans
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Apply for ESHRE's 2016 research grant
In 2016, ESHRE will award 2 Research Grants: a grant of 50.000 euro and a grant of 150.000 euro. The grants will be awarded to projects that will run for up to 3 years.
The theme for the call for proposals in 2016 is “endometrial receptivity”.
Applicants can submit their proposal up to 1 April 2016 (23.59 CET).
Rapid developments in gene editing
A short report published on the ESHRE website in March last year noted calls for a moratorium on genome engineering in reproductive cells.(1) The calls were made in advance of studies on the modification of DNA in human embryos. One commentary urged: "In our view, genome editing in human embryos using current technologies could have unpredictable effects on future generations . . . Such research could be exploited for non-therapeutic modifications."(2)
Since then, the techniques of genome editing have moved on at remarkable speed, highlighted most recently with the application from a UK group for a research licence to use the gene editing system of CRISPR to identify and understand the single genes involved in early embryo development.(3) By using this technique the group (from the Francis Crick Institute in London) plans to knock out up to four genes in a fertilised oocyte while still at the single-cell stage to determine their role in early embryonic human development. Read more>
Guideline on the management of premature ovarian insufficiency
The guideline development group is proud to announce that this new guideline is now available on the ESHRE website.
You can read the guideline and find all available details on this page.
ESHRE certification programmes for ART nurses/midwives: apply by 12 February 2016
The ESHRE certification programmes aim to certify competence and to develop a formal recognition for ART professionals.
The application form for ART nurses/midwives wishing to take part in the exam in Helsinki (2016) will be available until 12 February 2016.
The website provides information for applicants regarding timelines, tracks, application forms, log books, curriculum, and sample exams papers.
This year, a new application platform will be launched and will aim to improve candidates' experience during the online application process.
Human Reproduction : Editor's Highlight
Prof. Hans Evers, Editor-in-Chief of Human Reproduction casts an eye on the January 2016 issue and choses his own highlight.
This month's highlight is based on the paper of Barbara Luke et al. : Assisted reproductive technology use and outcomes among women with a history of cancer.
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