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Implantation of the Human Embryo: Research Lines and Models

From the Implantation Research Network ‘Fruitful’ Bischof P.a · Aplin J.D.b · Bentin-Ley U.f · Brannstrom M.g · Casslen B.h · Castrillo J.L.j · Classen-Linke I.m · Critchley H.O.D.c · Devoto L.p · D’Hooghe T.q, r · Horcajadas J.A.k · Groothuis P.s · Ivell R.u · Pongrantz I.i · Macklon N.S.t · Sharkey A.d · Vicovac L.v · White J.O.e · Winterhager E.n · von Wolff M.o · Simon C.l · Stavreus-Evers A.i
aUniversity of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland; bUniversity of Manchester, Manchester, cUniversity of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, dUniversity of Cambridge, Cambridge, and eThe School of Medicine, Swansea University, Swansea, Wales, UK; fFertility Clinic, Holbaek Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark; gSahlgrenska Academy at Göteborg University, Göteborg, hUniversity Hospital, Lund, and iKarolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; jCenter of Molecular Biology, CSIC-UAM, Madrid, kIVI Foundation, Valencia, and lValencia University, Valencia, Spain; mUniversity of Aachen, Aachen, nUniversity Hospital Essen, Essen, and oUniversity of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany; pUniversity of Chile, Santiago, Chile;qUniversity Hospital Leuven, Leuven, Belgium; rInstitute of Primate Research, Nairobi, Kenya; sUniversity Hospital Maastricht, Maastricht, and tUniversity of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands; uUniversity of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia; vUniversity of Belgrade, INEP, Zemun, Serbia and Montenegro Gynecol Obstet Invest 2006;62:206–216 (DOI:10.1159/000094005)


Infertility is an increasing problem all over the world, and it has been estimated that 10–15% of couples in fertile age have fertility problems. Likewise induced unsafe abortion is a serious threat to women’s health. Despite advances made in assisted reproduction techniques, little progress has been made in increasing the success rate during fertility treatment. This document describes a wide range of projects carried out to increase the understanding in the field of embryo implantation research. The ‘Fruitful’ research network was created to encourage collaborations within the consortium and to describe our different research potentials to granting agencies or private sponsors.


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