The main goals of the research theme Fertility Interventions are to evaluate current and novel techniques of infertility treatment on (cost-) effectiveness and long-term safety for mothers and their offspring.
The so-called “Barker hypothesis” stresses the significance of fetal development for the future health of offspring. Slowly, emphasis is shifting to even earlier events during and before conception, such as the potential effects of fertility treatment.
Current research on pregnancy complications and children follow-up in women diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) takes place in collaboration with two other Dutch academic hospitals: Erasmus MC, Rotterdam (Prof. Laven) and Free University Amsterdam (Prof. Lambalk). For infertility trials, collaboration exists within a large Dutch consortium of collaborating centers (headed by Prof. Mol, Academic Medical Center Amsterdam). Moreover, the development of the infrastructure for long-term follow-up of offspring of IVF treatment takes place in strong collaboration with all fertility clinics in the Netherlands, the Netherlands Cancer Center and the Free University Medical Center, both in Amsterdam.
Medical Center, both in Amsterdam. Furthermore, there are many longstanding collaborations with international partners like with Prof. Tarlatzis, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, GR; Prof. Hughes, University Ontario, CA. Collaborations on periconception and pregnancy exist with Prof. Macklon, Univ. Southampton, UK; Prof Petraglia, Univ. of Siena, IT; Collaboration on ovarian function and infertility are with Prof. Bouchard, Hospital St Antoine, Paris, FR; Prof. Hsueh, Stanford Univ., California, USA.