Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Welcome at the Research Unit

Basic aims

The design and validation of new culture systems for ovarian follicles and unripe egg cells. This research project hopes to establish practical, applicable strategies for fertility clinics.

Core motivation

  • Fundamental research into in-vitro culture systems for ovarian follicles and egg cells and fundamental mechanistic research into the effects of xenobiotic substances upon in vitro egg cell development
  • Fundamental and pre-clinical research into in-vitro maturation of unripe egg cells from small antral follicles
  • Clinical activities: 1) cryopreservation of gonadal tissue for female patients to avoid sterility, or with other words, preservation of fertility during cancer treatment 2) in vitro maturation (IVM) of oocytes from small follicles


Follicle Biology Unit • ©2012 • http://fobi.vub.ac.be
VUB • Faculty of Medicine & Pharmacy • Laarbeeklaan 103 • B-1090 Brussel, Belgium
Tel: +32 (0)2 477 50 50 • Fax: +32 (0)2 477 50 60 • Sandra.DeSchaepdryver@uzbrussel.be
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