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

M. J. Bertoldo, P. H. Andraweera, E. G. Bromfield, F. L. Cousins, L. A. Lindsay, P. Paiva, S. L. Regan, R. D. Rose, L. K. Akison

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1049-1054
Number of pages6
JournalReproduction, Fertility and Development
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • assisted reproductive technology
  • fertility
  • fetal programming
  • gamete
  • gestation
  • implantation
  • placenta
  • preterm birth

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