A CNC research team receives international financing for the study of female (in)fertility

A study that seeks to understand the effects of industrial contaminants on female infertility, for, in the future, measures regarding the prevention and mitigation of its nefarious effects are taken. This study is led by Renata Tavares, CNC researcher, who received this financing from LabEx DRIIHM (Dispositif de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les Interactions Hommes-Milieux).

It is the second consecutive financing – on a total of 30 thousand euros – that this French institution, which is composed by 13 observatories focused on the Man-Environment Observation worldwide, gives to this CNC research team for infertility studies.

It is known that the increasing risk of industrial contaminants exposure has a severe effect on population fertility which are susceptible to them, and this study, with a 2-year duration, will focus on the evaluation of the reproductive potential of women who live and/or work in Estarreja, a city on the district of Aveiro, which comprises the second biggest chemical complex, and, it was already described the occurrence of contamination incidents by heavy metals.

“Considering the increase of exposure risk due to the industrial growth, observed over the past decades, it is paramount to evaluate the reproductive potential of workers/inhabitants of strongly industrialized regions, especially if there is any type of local history of contamination, such as Estarreja”, refers researcher Renata Tavares.

“With the information obtained from this project, we want t understand whether the female reproductive potential in this area is affected, as it will help to understand if it will be necessary to monitor other similar places in Portugal. This project could also highlight the need for implementation of more urgent measures for the decrease of contamination/pollution in Portugal, as well as worldwide”, adds.

The CNC researcher also mentions that this project will also contribute to “the discovery of new action mechanisms of these contaminants, and help the development of long term strategies to attenuate/treat female infertility”.

Other than Renata Tavares, CNC researchers Ana Paula Sousa, João Ramalho-Santos, Maria Inês Alfaiate, Maria Soares, and Teresa Almeida-Santos also participate in the project.

Credits: Cristina Pinto, João Cardoso & Renata Tavares

Financiado por Fundos FEDER através do Programa Operacional Factores de Competitividade – COMPETE 2020 e por Fundos Nacionais através da FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia no âmbito do projecto Estratégico com referência atribuida pelo COMPETE: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007440

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