Jena University Hospital and Friedrich Schiller University Jena proudly announce the establishment of the Jena Center for Early Pregnancy and Reproductive Health (CEPRE), a dynamic interdisciplinary initiative aimed at fostering innovative research in women's reproductive health and early pregnancy.
This pioneering center, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research with an initial investment of more than two million euros for a three-year period, offers a unique platform for young clinicians, medical scientists, and ethicists to explore critical aspects of reproductive medicine.
The CEPRE junior scientist center in Jena deals scientifically, clinically, and ethically with early pregnancy and reproductive health.
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Addressing knowledge gaps in reproductive medicine
While modern reproductive medicine provides hope and solutions for couples facing fertility challenges, there are still many unexplored facets in this field. Medical, psychological, ethical, and social dimensions of reproductive health and early pregnancy continue to pose intriguing questions. CEPRE has been established to bridge these knowledge gaps by encouraging rigorous research and interdisciplinary collaboration.
CEPRE stands out for its commitment to nurturing young talents in the realm of reproductive science. According to Prof. Udo Markert, spokesperson for CEPRE and head of the Placenta Lab at the Department of Obstetrics at Jena University Hospital, "Our center concentrates on empowering young researchers to implement their unique project ideas across various domains of reproductive science, supporting them on their journey toward scientific independence."
A multifaceted approach to research
CEPRE's research landscape comprises eight distinct research groups, each dedicated to a specific subproject. At University Hospital, young life scientists will investigate cell processes in the endometrium, explore the interaction between the placenta and the embryo during early pregnancy, and delve into the intricate dynamics of cardiovascular regulation in both mother and child.
In clinical projects, young physicians will examine the microbiome in reproductive organs, establish connections between maternal health and placental function, and explore the effects of prenatal administration of stress hormones on lung maturation in children. The research program also encompasses projects in bioinformatics and ethical and legal aspects, all hosted by Jena University. The call for project proposals has been published, and the selection process is expected to conclude in the spring.
A pathway to excellence
Beyond research opportunities and mentorship in their respective working groups, CEPRE offers a comprehensive qualification program that includes technical and soft skills courses, research stays, and participation in conferences. Prof. Markert articulates the center's ultimate goal, stating, "We aspire to empower young researchers to lead their own research groups. Following a successful second funding phase, they should be well-equipped to meet the criteria for professorship and drive forward our field of research."
CEPRE is poised to make substantial contributions to the advancement of reproductive medicine and women's health while nurturing the growth of the next generation of scientific leaders in the field.
MEDICA-tradefair.com; Source: Jena University Hospital