In accordance with the Cairo definition we view 'Reproductive Health' as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive system, and to its functions and processes’.
It is our ambition that our research contributes to the improvement of reproductive health, not only in the Amsterdam region and in the Netherlands, but worldwide. We aim to integrate research with patient care as well as education and teaching.
The research within the theme ‘Reproductive Health’ has four sub themes:
- Reproductive Biology;
- Early origins of health and disease;
- Sexual health;
- Evidence based care
We perform translational research in the field of reproductive biology, with a specific focus on spermatogenesis & stem cells, preimplantation embryo development and early gestation. We aim to contribute to the unravelling of the early origins of health and disease by researching preconceptional, intrauterine and perinatal conditions and their relationship with health in postnatal life. We also aim to improve the health of women and their infants by creating and implementing knowledge on the best forms of care in reproductive medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology. We do this by looking at clinical outcomes, quality of life, patients’ preferences and costs of care. In the subtheme sexual health we study the underlying central and peripheral mechanisms of male and female sexual response, including gender differences in sexual motivation and the experience
of sexual arousal.
The Centre for Gynaecological Oncology (CGOA), is strongly linked with Division E and the AMC research theme Oncology. The research focus of this Centre in the AMC is:
- Prediction of treatment outcome in ovarian carcinoma by gene profiling and by new diagnostic workups.