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A platform for the generation of human gametes in vitro

Objective

According to the World Health Organization, infertility is a medical condition that affects up to 14% of couples under reproductive age. The increase in infertility has led to the exponential rise in the use of assisted reproduction as a route for conceiving a baby, currently representing 1.5% of children born in Europe. Although multiple factors may contribute to infertility, the limited availability of human gametes for its study restricts the capacity of researchers in establishing the causes of this decline. To address this limitation, a talented Fellow with background in physiology of reproduction will join a leading laboratory in developmental biology to conduct multidisciplinary research aimed at developing a platform for the generation of human gametes in the laboratory. A combination of state-of-the-art tools in genomics and cell biology will be used to gain new understanding of how gamete precursors form in vivo, and this knowledge will be used to develop culture systems to generate gametes in vitro. These approaches will equip the Fellow with comprehensive new skills essential for fulfilling these objectives. The transfer of knowledge builds on the host’s expertise in animal biotechnology, the provision of interdisciplinary training in human stem cell differentiation by collaborators, and on the Fellow’s knowledge of reproductive biology. The output of the project will address key societal challenges for the EU in the areas of Health, demographic change and well-being and will contribute to the expansion of the network of experts in biotechnology.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/cell biology
  • /medical and health sciences/medical biotechnology/cells technologies/stem cells
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/developmental biology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/reproductive biology
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/embryology
  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/physiology

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-IF-EF-ST - Standard EF

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 183 454,80