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SCIENTIA SINICA Vitae, Volume 47, Issue 7: 689-701(2017) https://doi.org/10.1360/N052017-00144

Fertility and reproductive health: the challenges and strategies in reproductive medicine—A summary of the 170th “Shuangqing Forum”

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  • ReceivedMay 26, 2017
  • AcceptedJun 12, 2017
  • PublishedJul 16, 2017

Abstract

Reproductive health has been one of the most important topics in the area of population and heath, which deeply affects the economic and social development around the world and therefore is of universal concern. Currently, the fertility and reproductive health of human beings is seriously affected by gradually increased childbearing age, environment pollution, social stress, life style alteration, etc. In China, the “Second-Child” policy is also bringing new challenge for human reproductive health. To meet the challenge, the Department of Medical Science, Department of Information Science, Department of Chemical Science, Department of Life science, and Department of Policy in National Natural Science Foundation of China jointly hosted the 170th “Shuangqing Forum” focusing on “Fertility and reproductive health” on Dec 1–2, 2016. More than 40 experts in the fields of reproductive biology, reproductive medicine, reproductive engineering, genetics, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, chemistry, imaging, and epidemiology were invited to attend the forum. The participants conducted full and in-depth discussion on five topics including “reproductive engineering and stem cells”, “germcell development and maturation”, “embryonic implantation and pregnancy maintain”, “fetal development and offspring health”, and “new technology in reproductive medicine”. The key scientific questions and major research directions in the field were subsequently summarized. This article reports the contents and scientific questions discussed in the forum, aiming to promote the development of the related areas.


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