March 20, 2009 (BRONX, NY) The National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health has awarded Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University a $7.5 million grant to establish a Specialized Cooperative Center Program in Reproduction and Infertility Research (SCCPIR).One of only 13 such centers in the country and the only one in New York State, the new center will focus on a wide range of diseases of the female reproductive tract, including menstrual disorders, endometriosis, and infertility.
"The grant will allow us to launch new studies of reproductive biology and to position Einstein as the focus of such studies for the entire state," says Jeffrey W. Pollard, Ph.D., professor of developmental and molecular biology and of obstetrics & gynecology and women's health, who will be leading the new center.
Created in 1997, the SCCPIR program promotes interactions among basic and clinical scientists. The goal is to translate breakthroughs in fundamental understanding of key reproductive processes into clinical practice, and promptly address in the laboratory questions that arise in the clinic. The centers also serve as national resources for training and developing the careers of new scientists who choose to pursue research in high priority areas of reproduction and infertility research.
Einstein's SCCPIR will concentrate on basic studies of endometrial biology and reproductive neuroendocrinology, with a particular emphasis on the reproductive health needs of the local Bronx community. (A complete list of the studies appears below.) "Research in reproductive biology has profoundly and positively influenced women's health in the last few decades," says Dr. Pollard. "More recently, the new technologies have enabled us to make great strides in understanding the basic biology of fertility and reproduction in animal models. This funding will help us determine whether the same biochemical
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