Theme Preconception and Conception

The desire to have children is a fundamental driving force for all species. AR&D offers novel medical treatments and evaluates whether they are truly of benefit, investigating how to best counsel couples, evaluating how novel genetic and reproductive techniques are viewed by medical professionals, and how these should be ethically weighed and implemented. AR&D also studies the spermatogenesis process, oogenesis and the earliest stages of embryo development and translates this into new therapies.

AR&D provides optimal care for people who have difficulty conceiving. Our prediction models provide accurate and reliable prognoses for medical help. Thus, we stand for optimal evidence-based shared decision-making. AR&D does not only offer novel medical treatments but we also evaluate whether they are truly of benefit for our patients.

AR&D investigates how to best counsel couples who are confronted with a high risk of serious genetic diseases in their future children, and to provide them with options for autonomous reproductive choice. We evaluate how medical professionals and other stakeholders view novel genetic and reproductive techniques and how innovative techniques should be ethically weighed and implemented. Within AR&D, we also study the process of spermatogenesis and oogenesis and the earliest stages of embryo development from fertilization to implantation and translate this knowledge to new therapies.

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