Helena Åkerud- Reproductive Medicine

The research group studies the reasons behind infertility, with the main goal to be able to help more involuntarily childless couples to have a baby.

Our research focuses on reproductive medicine, i.e. diagnosis and treatment of infertility. We are interested in molecular mechanisms that regulate the development of a fertilized egg into an embryo, implantation of the embryo in the uterus and development of the placenta. The clinical outcomes when these processes are not regulated properly are infertility, repeated miscarriages and complications during pregnancy, such as intrauterine growth retardation and preeclampsia.

Our research is translational and we have close collaborations with different clinics in Sweden and abroad working with women´s health. Within these networks, patients with diagnoses of interest are included and embryos, blood or tissue samples (mainly uterus and placenta), are collected in biobanks.

By performing basal research on this material we aim to get new insights about the different diagnoses studied. Increased understanding of important molecular mechanisms will hopefully provide us with the possibilities to develop new diagnostic tools and therapies within the field of assisted reproduction.