The essence of life is to reproduce. All beings share the fact that our parents successfully generated gametes, we ourselves went through all steps of embryonic and fetal development and our mother successfully sustained pregnancy and gave birth to a young neonate destined to grow up to become a fully developed adult. At the same time we are most vulnerable in the early stages of our development from preimplantation embryo up until the early stages of child development. The Research Theme Reproduction & Development (R&D) aims to improve health by performing ground-breaking preclinical and clinical research using different disciplinary approaches in both the AMC and the VUmc.

How are gametes generated? Which genetic and environmental factors control embryonic and fetal development and how do these factors contribute to health later in life? How do specific organs and anatomical structures develop in utero? How do we best help couples that experience difficulty conceiving and couples that are faced with complications early or late during pregnancy? How do we best counsel patients about reproductive decisions when they are faced with genetic disorders, abnormal fetal development or very premature birth? These are just a few examples of the vital elements and decisions to make in the very earliest stages of our lives. This is Reproduction and Development.

Amsterdam Reproduction and Development

The AMC researchers on reproduction and development collaborate with their VUmc colleagues within the research institute Amsterdam Reproduction and Development. Amsterdam Reproduction and Development is one of the eight AMC – VUmc research institutes. These institutes bring together opinion leading academic research in the field of Health & Life Sciences developed in the Amsterdam Region.