The CS Mott Center for Human Growth and Development will hold an open house on June 9 – News from the School of Medicine

The CS Mott Center for Human Growth and Development at Wayne State University School of Medicine will host an open house on June 9, kicking off a year-long celebration of 50 years of research and training in approaches personalized medical treatment and care that improves the health of women, men and children in Detroit and around the world.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the center’s basic and gynecological cancer research and take part in tours of the establishment’s laboratories to discover the cutting-edge research in progress, during the open house at 5 p.m. at 7:30 p.m.

The event, which includes a rolling dinner and goodie bags, will feature remarks from Dean Wael Sakr, MD; Stephen Lanier, Ph.D., WSU vice president for research; Stanley Berry, MD, acting chair of obstetrics and gynecology; and Gil Mor, MD, Ph.D., John M. Malone Jr., MD, Endowed President and Scientific Director of the CS Mott Center.

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The centre, which opened in 1973, is an internationally renowned research facility established to promote research training relating to women’s and children’s health, with a focus on reproductive biology, immunology , oncology, toxicology and prenatal medicine. Its scientists integrate basic, translational and clinical research with the goal of improving women’s health.

Gil Mor, MD, Ph.D.

Located at 275 E. Hancock in Detroit, the center championed a lifespan perspective to reproductive health and an ecological approach to growth, development, and well-being. Its faculty is committed to a personalized approach to medical treatment and care. The main mission of the Mott Center is to promote basic and clinical biomedical research on reproduction and development. It offers an integrated doctoral program integrating the teaching, research and physical resources of the Department of Physiology and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The program offers interdisciplinary doctoral training in reproductive sciences.

The center was renovated during a five-phase reconstruction from 2001 to 2008. In addition to the laboratories and offices of individual obstetrics and gynecology researchers, the center houses the research laboratories of the Perinatology Research Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Reproductive Biology and Medicine Branch Implantation Laboratory, NICHD Intramural Research Division, Wayne State University Genomics Facility, a bioinformatics center and a systems biology section. It also contains one of the clinical research areas of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The center, in conjunction with the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, also created the Ovarian Cancer Research Interest Group. The group seeks to bring together scientists and doctors working in the field to merge the individual expertise of each researcher in order to quickly find solutions to deal with the disease.

Dr Mor said the centre’s researchers “believe that nurturing begins in the womb, as there are distinct developmental consequences to the stresses experienced during pregnancy…. The impact of health disparities, genetics, and environmental factors such as pollution and socio-economic stresses disproportionately affect the programming of fetal development, which not only impacts health and well-being. -being of the baby, but can also perpetuate transgenerational diseases in future generations. Our pregnancy and preterm birth research program examines pregnancy-specific triggers that impact the developmental programming of the disease in adults and designs therapies to target and prevent abnormal outcomes with the goal of stopping the self-perpetuating cycle of transgenerational disease progression that begins in utero. ”

Recent findings from Mott Center researchers include:

A new technique for measuring the age of male sperm has the potential to predict success and the time it takes to get pregnant, according to a recently published study by researchers at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Zinc supplements for men and women trying to conceive naturally or through assisted reproduction during the COVID-19 pandemic may prevent mitochondrial damage in young eggs and sperm, as well as boost immunity against the virus that causes the COVID-19.

A new collaborative study published by a research team from Wayne State University School of Medicine, CReATe Fertility Center and University of Massachusetts Amherst provides the first in-depth examination of the human sperm microbiome using RNA sequencing with sensitivity sufficient to identify contamination and pathogenic bacterial colonization.

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