Steiner receives NICHD award for clinical site inclusion

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health has awarded approximately $1.3 million, over the next five years, to Anne Steiner, an assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), to join the Cooperative Mulitcenter Reproductive Medicine Network (RMN).

UNC joins six other universities with RMN sites that follow the same research protocols to achieve great enrollment and results than might be found in a one-site study.

Per the NIH, the purpose of the network is, ” …to conduct clinical studies to investigate problems in reproductive medicine including female and male infertility, gynecologic and male reproductive system diseases and disorders that impact fertility, problems in andrology and endocrinology affecting reproduction.”

Current RMN studies include:

  • A clinical trial to assess the efficacy of several medications designed to help women with polycystic ovary syndrome conceive and deliver a healthy baby;
  • A study to determine a level of oxygen in culture media that improves live birth rates in couples undergoing in vitro fertilization;
  • A clinical trial to identify a medication that stimulates the ovaries of women who have unexplained infertility but regular ovulation, and that enables the women to have successful pregnancies while keeping the rate of multiple pregnancies low; and
  • A study of the pregnancy and developmental outcomes babies born in RMN clinical trials.

The RMN Steering Committee makes decisions on all current and future trials within the network.

At UNC, Steiner will be joined by co-investigators Steven L. Young, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility; Matt Coward, assistant professors in the Department of Urology; and Amy H. Herring, professor of Biostatistics.

As part of the cooperative agreement, Steiner will receive up to $250,000 a year for five years for personnel and infrastructure to implement clinical protocols.

Further information about RMN may be found on the NICHD website.

The Center for Women’s Health Research at UNC (CWHR) assisted Steiner with the research proposal submission and will now support her through the administration of the awarded funds.

The mission of CWHR is to improve women’s health through research by focusing on diseases, disorders and conditions that affect women only, women predominately, and/or women differently than men. Current areas of research targeted by the Center include perinatal health, cancers affecting women, obesity, diabetes, women’s cardiovascular health, women’s mental health and substance abuse. CWHR provides support from proposal submission through award administration while providing team building and career development resources.

Research reported in this publication was supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U10HD077844. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.