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Reproductive Health

Reproductive HealthReproductive health: improving fertility, preserving species, and preventing unwanted pregnancies.

More than six billion people populate the planet—millions of whom lack access to adequate health care. Resources in developing countries are becoming scarcer, leading to increased malnutrition, child mortality and the spread of disease. And in industrialized nations, infertility is rising and biodiversity is shrinking at an alarming rate.

It is no wonder reproductive health is a primary global concern.

Researchers at the ONPRC are pioneering ways in which we can treat infertility and create safer, more effective contraceptives. We are advancing assisted reproductive technologies that will help families overcome infertility, and developing early detection mechanisms that can help prevent pregnancy-related disorders. Our heightened understanding also helps conservationists create new contraceptive and breeding strategies to preserve species on the brink of extinction.

Reproductive research is a primary mission of the ONPRC and our success hinges on the study of primate anatomy and physiology. Because of their considerable similarities to humans, including menstrual cycles and neonatal development, we can unravel  the mysteries of reproductive systems and address the critical issues of reproductive health.