Sep. 22, 1998 The University of Maryland School of Medicine's Center for Studies in Reproduction has been chosen as the site for a Specialized Cooperative Centers Program in Reproduction Research. One of only four centers funded nationwide this year, the new center is supported by a five-year, $3.6 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health.
The NIH grant will fund four reproduction research projects and a supportive core laboratory focusing on the effects of steroid hormones in regulating pituitary, ovarian and uterine function and their impact on fertility. Nine faculty members from five departments will serve as principal and co-investigators for the research.
Based in the laboratories of the Center for Studies in Reproduction, the specialized research program will take a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to the study of female reproductive biology. Its aim is to bridge the gap between basic laboratory research and clinical medicine, to speed transfer of scientific knowledge from animal models to humans.
The cooperative centers program will form a national network that fosters research excellence with the ultimate goal of improving human reproductive health.
Director of the center is Eugene D. Albrecht, PhD, professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences and of physiology.
Other principal investigators for the new cooperative centers program include three faculty from the University of Maryland School of Medicine: Karen A. Gregerson, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics and physiology; Gloria E. Hoffman, PhD, professor of anatomy and neurobiology; Robert D. Koos, PhD, professor and director of the graduate program in physiology; and Gerald Pepe, PhD, Eastern Virginia Medical School.
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