Infertility and Fertility: For Researchers and Health Care Providers
The NICHD supports several networks and resources that advance research on various topics related to infertility:
- Specialized Cooperative Centers Program in Reproduction and Infertility Research (SCCPIR) is a national network of research-based centers promoting multidisciplinary interactions between basic and clinical scientists interested in establishing high quality translational research programs in the reproductive sciences.
- The Jackson Laboratory site on reproductive genomics describes ongoing research efforts to create a mouse model for infertility through random chemical mutagenesis.
- The Reproductive Medicine Network (RMN) carries out large, multicenter clinical trials of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for male and female infertility and reproductive diseases and disorders. The Network is funded through the NICHD's Fertility and Infertility Branch and comprises seven research sites and a data-coordinating center.
- The Stillbirth Collaborative Research Network, funded through the NICHD Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch, seeks to understand the causes of stillbirth, improve stillbirth reporting, and develop preventive interventions for the condition.
- Funded in part by NICHD and the NIH Common Fund, the Oncofertility Consortium at Northwestern University is a national, interdisciplinary initiative designed to explore the reproductive future of cancer survivors. The Consortium represents a nationwide, interdisciplinary, and interprofessional network of medical specialists, scientists, and scholars who are exploring the relationships between health, disease, survivorship, and fertility preservation in young cancer patients. Their work and its findings may also extend to patients who have been diagnosed with other serious diseases and who must undergo fertility-threatening treatments.
Annual reports of divisions and branches of the NICHD describe the research and training they support. Examples include the following:
A service offered by the National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus contains links to current research in infertility, including financial issues, clinical trials, genetics, and journal articles. It also contains a section on the latest news on infertility.
- American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
ACOG provides information on management of women's health issues and offers practice bulletins.
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
In 2012, ASRM released guidelines (PDF - 124 KB) for female infertility patients.
- American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
AAFP compiled the key recommendations for practice when treating infertility.
Please note: Links to organizations and information included on this page do not indicate endorsement from the NICHD, NIH, or HHS.
Last Updated Date: 03/22/2013
Last Reviewed Date: 07/02/2013