UNR Lab Gets Big Grant to Study Reproductive Health

About 9% of men and nearly 11% of women of reproductive age in the United States have experienced fertility problems, according to the National Institutes of Health. In one-third of infertile couples, men are the source of the infertility. A research team at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine has just gotten a $7 million grant award from the Fertility and Infertility Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to fund a new National Center for Translational Research in Reproduction and Infertility (NCTRI), making UNR Med one of only eight such centers in the country. The $7 million will fund a new and major long-term study of men’s reproductive health in Dr. Wei Yan’s lab, which investigates how sperm quality affects health and disease susceptibility in offspring.