Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Research in Male Reproduction
Director / Head:
Professor Sabine Kliesch
Centre of Reproductive Medicine and Andrology
Westfalischen Wilhelms University
(49-251) 835 60 97
(49-251) 835 60 93
Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- Research and development. To conduct research of national and international relevance on male fertility, in terms of assisted reproduction, regulation of fertility, contraception, male reproductive health, epidemiology of male (in)fertility, gonadal and hormonal disorders, complications in sexual differentiation and/or development, diseases and complaints of ageing men and develop respective treatment modalities.
- Technical support. To act as a research resource to the WHO, to interpret results of studies carried out elsewhere, to advise on the selection of methods in the programme, to help in the adaptation of technology, to train research workers in human reproduction from Germany and abroad (with emphasis on training in andrology), to provide consultants to the Department of Reproductive Health and Research and other Centres in the network of Collaborating Centres for Research in Human Reproduction.
- Networking and partnerships. To collaborate in multi-centre clinical trials designed to assess the safety, efficacy and acceptability of existing and new fertility regulating agents, especially male contraceptive methods, within the framework of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research. To build and support international networks for fertility preservation using stem cells or tissues.
- Advocacy. To promote WHO standards for semen analysis among Andrology laboratories in countries by running semen analysis courses; to propagate evidence-based reproductive medicine for andrology and infertility; to make the public aware of male contraceptives via meetings, newspapers, magazines, books, handbooks and guidelines.
- Norms and standards. To provide quality control programmes of semen analysis within German-speaking and other countries in Europe.
- Education: Capacity building in form of cooperation with other centers active in Andrology and also supporting facilities in Latin America and Africa, especially regarding Sexuality and Fertility.
- Reproductive health (excluding HIV/AIDS)
Types of activity:
- Product development (guidelines; manual; methodologies; etc.)
- Organization of events (e.g. conferences; summits)
3.1.4 - Research undertaken and evidence generated and synthesized for designing key interventions in maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, and other conditions and issues linked to it
3.1.3 - Countries enabled to implement and monitor effective interventions to cover unmet needs in sexual and reproductive health
3.1.6 - Research undertaken and research capacity strengthened for sexual and reproductive health, including in family planning, maternal and perinatal health, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections, preventing unsafe abortion, infertility, sexual health, female genital mutilation, violence against women, and sexual and reproductive health in humanitarian settings
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Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
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