Research on Male Fertility Regulation
The WHO Research Group on Methods for the Regulation of Male Fertil-
ity is supporting studies to develop new, safe, effective and re-
versible methods of contraception for men.
As part of this initiative, the Research Group wishes to promote re-
search on the molecular and cellular aspects of spermatogenesis/
spermiogenesis, and acquisition of sperm fertilising capacity. The
purpose of these studies will be to identify potential new targets
for fertility regulation. Some of the research areas that have been
- spermatogenesis and spermiogenesis,
- acrosome and flagellar formation,
- other unique properties of developing spermatids and spermatozoa.
In considering basic research opportunities in male fertility regula-
tion, the following criteria should be considered:
- feasibility of subsequent development of a contraceptive product,
- specificity of hypothesised mode of action,
- duration of effect and reversibility,
- possible/expected side-effects,
- expected acceptability to potential users.
Thus, such research should not only identify important events in the
processes, but also how focussed research at the cellular and molecu-
lar levels might lead to development of new methods of contraception
for use by men.
Investigators working in the above areas are invited to submit out-
line proposals clearly indicating the relevance of the proposed stud-
ies to the identification and development of new leads for male con-
traceptive development. Full proposals will be solicited from those
investigators whose outline proposals are considered appropriate by a
sub-committee of the Research Group. Scientists from developing coun-
tries are encouraged to participate.
The applications or enquiries should be sent to:
Research Area on Methods for the Regulation of Male Fertility/Male
Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in
World Health Organization
CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland
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