Mission of the Center for Reproductive Sciences (CRS)
The Center for Reproductive Sciences (CRS) is an Organized Research Unit of the University of California at San Francisco, founded in 1977. The Center brings together a multidisciplinary group of basic researchers and physician scientists who have joined forces to coordinate basic and translational research in reproductive physiology and pathophysiology. Currently, 19 basic researchers and 6 physician scientists are affiliated with the Center. The faculty utilizes state of the art techniques to promote our knowledge of reproductive processes and to improve our understanding and, ultimately, the treatment of reproductive disorders.
The mission of the Center is three fold:
- Promote high quality, cutting edge research in the field of reproductive sciences;
- Facilitate the transfer of concepts developed in the laboratory to clinical applications;
- Provide an integrated and multidisciplinary training program for future leaders in the field of reproductive sciences.
CRS research activities are conducted within several different departments and programs throughout the UCSF campus, including the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, the Department of Pediatrics, the Department of Urology, the Department of Anatomy and Physiology, the Department of Biochemistry, the General Clinical Research Center, the Cancer Center, and the Institute of Regeneration Medicine. Molecular, cellular and genetic approaches are used to address fundamental aspects of reproductive sciences and to facilitate translation to the clinics. Each member is dedicated to ethical scientific discoveries.
The senior members of the CRS act as mentors for scholars in several University-based training activities including the Programs in Biological Sciences (PIBS) and Biomedical Sciences (BMS), the Molecular Medicine Program, and three national NIH training programs; The Medical Scientist Training Program, the Reproductive Scientist Development Program, and the Women’s Reproductive Health Research Career Development Center.
This knowledge disseminates to the clinical and research community for training of new generations of scientists and clinicians in order to improve human reproductive health.