Washington DC – The American Society for Reproductive Medicine today announced its 2019 ASRM Research Grants. The grants provide funds in amounts of $10,000 to $50,000 to foster the development of innovative research, to facilitate the research endeavors of new investigators, and to provide bridge funding for projects that advance the Society’s mission. Proposals from junior faculty, particularly those in their first three years of faculty appointment, received priority in the competitive review by the ASRM Research Committee.
The following are projects funded by the 2019 ASRM Research Grants:
- Joseph M. Letourneau, M.D., University of Utah Oncofertility Program, “Effect of Alkylating Agent Chemotherapy on the Uterus of Young Adult Cancer Survivors: Exploring the Uterus as a New Frontier for Fertility Preservation,” $46,078
- Eve Feinberg, M.D./Elaine Cheung, Ph.D. (co-PI’s), Northwestern University, “Characterizing Fertility Concerns among Women in Academic Medicine and Evaluating the Economic Impact of Fertility Preservation for Deferred Reproduction,” $50,000
- Lynae M. Brayboy, M.D., FACOG., Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, “Dysfunctional MDR-1 disrupts mitochondrial homeostasis in the oocyte and ovary,” $40,000
- Amanda Kallen, M.D., Yale University School of Medicine, “Novel, Noncoding-RNA-Mediated Mechanisms for Regulation of Follicular Quantity and Quality,” $50,000
KY Cha Award in Stem Cell Technology
(supported by an endowment from the Asia-Pacific Biomedical Research Foundation)
Gustavo Mostoslavsky, M.D., Ph.D., has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the KY Cha Award in Stem Cell Technology. This award, which carries a $20,000 research grant, is given competitively by ASRM to provide start-up funds to initiate an innovative research project in regenerative medicine and stem cell technology. A research project in which the applicant is the primary investigator is the essential core of the grant. Selection is based primarily on the scientific merit of the proposal and the qualifications of the applicant.
Dr. Mostoslavsky is Associate Professor of Medicine and Microbiology at Boston University School of Medicine. The subject of his Award research is “Embryonic Stem Cell Modeling of Intestinal Differentiation.” Dr. Mostoslavsky received his MD from the University of Tucuman in Argentina and his PhD from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. His longstanding interest in basic science and regenerative medicine brought him to Harvard Medical School to pursue postdoctoral studies with stem cells and gene therapy. In 2008, Dr. Mostoslavsky established a laboratory at Boston University to study human biology in normal and disease states through the use of stem cells in general and pluripotent stem cells. His main research interests are stem cells, disease modeling, regenerative medicine, gene correction and use of lentiviral vectors as tools for gene transfer. Dr. Mostoslavsky is a founder and Co-Director of the Boston University Center for Regenerative Medicine.
Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Research Grant
The SREI 2019 Research Grant provides funds of $40,000 to foster the development of innovative research, to facilitate the research endeavors of new investigators, and to provide bridge funding for projects that advance the Society’s mission. Proposals from junior faculty, particularly those in their first three years of faculty appointment, receive priority in the competitive review by the ASRM Research Committee. The 2019 SREI Research Grant was awarded to Rachel Weinerman, M.D., FACOG, Case Western Reserve University, for her project titled, “Impact of repeated blastocyst vitrification and trophectoderm biopsy on embryonic gene expression and embryonic development in a mouse model.”
“ASRM is thrilled to be able to support these excellent research projects. We have a long history of supporting outstanding science in reproductive medicine and are pleased we are able to continue that tradition this year.” Said Peter Schlegel M.D., President of ASRM.
ASRM Research Institute Update
In October 2018 ASRM announced the creation of the ASRM Research Institute, with funding of $10 million over the next five years. The response has been stunning, with over 40 grant applicants in the initial funding cycle alone. The ASRM Research Committee is currently evaluating the proposals and is on schedule to announce the first awards in October.
“We are overwhelmed by the response to the first round of grant funding for the ASRM Research Institute. Clearly there is great interest and many excellent proposals. Now we face the challenge of choosing among these terrific applications.” Said Christos Coutifaris, M.D. Ph.D., Chair of the ASRM Research Committee.
The ASRM 75th Anniversary Gala will be held in Philadelphia on October 13, 2019. All proceeds from the Gala go to the ASRM Research Institute.