Focus on Reproduction May 2015
Jan Kremer on putting patients centre stage
The future of fertility counselling
What patient organisations can do
Clare Lewis-Jones on the benefits of getting together
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Human Reproduction : Editor's Highlight
Prof. Hans Evers, Editor-in-Chief of Human Reproduction casts an eye on the May 2015 issue and choses his own highlight.
Improving patient-centredness in partnership with female patients: a cluster RCT in fertility care
Aleida Huppelschoten, Willianne Nelen, Gert Westert, Ron van Golde, Eddy Adang and Jan Kremer
Guideline on psychosocial care in infertility and MAR is published
"Routine psychosocial care in infertility and medically assisted reproduction – A guide for fertility staff"
is the new ESHRE guideline developed by the psychology guideline development group.
The guideline development group is proud to announce that the new guideline is now available on the ESHRE website.
You can read the guideline and find all available details on this page.
Pesticides in fruit and vegetables linked to semen quality
The first study to investigate the relationship between eating fruit and vegetables containing pesticide residues and the quality of men’s semen has shown a link with lower sperm counts and percentages of normally-formed sperm.
The study, which is published online today (Tuesday) in Human Reproduction, one of the world’s leading reproductive medicine journals, shows that men who ate the highest amount of fruit and vegetables with high levels of pesticide residue had a 49% lower sperm count and a 32% lower percentage of normally-formed sperm than men who consumed the least amount. An accompanying editorial says the findings have important implications for human health.
Calls for a ban on genome engineering in reproductive cells
In advance of studies thought to involve the modification of DNA in human embryos, experts in genome-editing technology have called for a moratorium in any research which aims to modify the human germline. Describing such work as "dangerous and ethically unacceptable", they write: " 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."
They add that genomic editing of human non-reproductive cells - using the same basic technology - aims to repair or eliminate a mutation underlying a monogenic disease.
UK to allow mitochondrial donation
The UK is poised to become the world's first country to allow clinical trials of mitochondrial donation in couples known to be at high risk of passing on mitochondrial diseases to their children. The move follows a vote in the UK's lower Parliament (the House of Commons) which approved the measure by a considerable majority; if the measure now succeeds in passing the House of Lords and meeting the regulatory requirements of the HFEA, the first trials could begin towards the end of this year. The trials are likely to be at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research at Newcastle University, under the direction of Professor Doug Turnbull, which would need to apply for a research license from the HFEA.
The possibilities of preventing the transmission of mitochondrial diseases (which are said to affect around 2500 women in Britain) has already been the subject of a favourable public consultation by the HFEA.
ESHRE’s first research grant has been awarded to a project designed to prevent the loss of female fertility during cancer treatment.
The grant - of €150,000 - will fund researchers at the Universities of Edinburgh and Rome Tor Vergata, led by Professor Norah Spears, to test the viability of tyrosine kinase inhibitors
in protecting the ovary from chemotherapyinduced damage. The project will use a novel ovarian culture system allowing highthroughput and rapid quantitative analysis.
MyESHRE is launched
MyESHRE, a new feature of the ESHRE website, has been developed for all ESHRE members and those interested in ESHRE activities. It is your personalised online area where your can manage your private and membership information.
The MyESHRE area will also allow you to download your invoices, confirmation letters, and other relevant personal documents. You will also be able to manage your subscriptions, announcements and ESHRE Update.
You can access your MyESHRE area with this link
(also clickable from the homepage of the ESHRE website).
To login in to your MyESHRE area you will need your ESHRE credentials that you can always retrieve from here