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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Recent and emerging reproductive biology research in Australia and New Zealand: highlights from the Society for Reproductive Biology Annual Meeting, 2017

M. J. Bertoldo A , P. H. Andraweera B , E. G. Bromfield C , F. L. Cousins D , L. A. Lindsay E , P. Paiva F , S. L. Regan G , R. D. Rose B H and L. K. Akison I J K
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A Fertility and Research Centre, School of Women’s and Children’s Health, The University of New South Wales, Wallace Wurth Building, Randwick, NSW 2052, Australia.

B Adelaide Medical School and Robinson Research Institute, The University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia.

C Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science, The University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia.

D The Ritchie Centre, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, 27–31 Wright Street, Clayton, Vic. 3141, Australia.

E School of Medical Sciences (Anatomy and Histology), The University of Sydney, Anderson Stuart Building, F13, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.

F Gynaecology Research Centre, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal Women’s Hospital, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic. 3010, Australia.

G Stem Cell and Cancer Biology Laboratory, School of Biomedical Sciences, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, WA 6102, Australia.

H Fertility SA, St. Andrews Hospital, South Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia.

I School of Biomedical Sciences, Sir William MacGregor Building, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Qld 4072, Australia.

J Child Health Research Centre, Centre for Children’s Health Research, The University of Queensland, South Brisbane, Qld 4101, Australia.

K Corresponding author. Email: l.akison@uq.edu.au

Reproduction, Fertility and Development - https://doi.org/10.1071/RD17445
Submitted: 24 October 2017  Accepted: 9 December 2017   Published online: 31 January 2018

Abstract

Research in reproductive science is essential to promote new developments in reproductive health and medicine, agriculture and conservation. The Society for Reproductive Biology (SRB) 2017 conference held in Perth (WA, Australia) provided a valuable update on current research programs in Australia and New Zealand. This conference review delivers a dedicated summary of significant questions, emerging concepts and innovative technologies presented in the symposia. This research demonstrates significant advances in the identification of precursors for a healthy pregnancy, birth and child, and discusses how these factors can influence disease risk. A key theme included preconception parental health and its effect on gametogenesis, embryo and fetal development and placental function. In addition, the perturbation of key developmental checkpoints was shown to contribute to a variety of pathological states that have the capacity to affect health and fertility. Importantly, the symposia discussed in this review emphasised the role of reproductive biology as a conduit for understanding the transmission of non-communicable diseases, such as metabolic disorders and cancers. The research presented at SRB 2017 has revealed key findings that have the prospect to change not only the fertility of the present generation, but also the health and reproductive capacity of future generations.

Additional keywords: assisted reproductive technology, fertility, fetal programming, gamete, gestation, implantation, placenta, preterm birth.


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