Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Review Papers

1. Smitz J, Cortvrindt R. Oocyte in-vitro maturation and follicle culture: current clinical achievements and future directions. Hum Reprod. 1999 Sep;14 Suppl 1:145-61. Review.

2. Cortvrindt R, Smitz J. In vitro follicle growth: achievements in mammalian species. Reprod Domest Anim. 2001 Feb;36(1):3-9. Review.

3. Reynaud K, Nogueira D, Cortvrindt R, Kurzawa R, Smitz J. Confocal microscopy: principles and applications to the field of reproductive biology. Folia Histochem Cytobiol. 2001;39(2):75-85. Review.

4. Smitz J, Nogueira D, Albano C, Cortvrindt R, Devroey P. Improving in vitro maturation of oocytes in the human taking lessons from experiences in animal species. Reprod Domest Anim. 2001 Feb;36(1):11-7. Review.

5. Cortvrindt R, Smitz J. Follicle culture in reproductive toxicology: a tool for in-vitro testing of ovarian function?. Hum Reprod Update. 2002 May-Jun;8(3):243-54. Review.

6. Smitz J, Cortvrindt R. The earliest stages of folliculogenesis in vitro. Reproduction. 2002 Feb;123(2):185-202. Review.

7. Adriaens I, Smitz J, Jacquet P. The current knowledge on radiosensitivity of ovarian follicle development stages. Hum Reprod Update. 2009 May-Jun;15(3):359-77. Review.

8. Smitz J, Dolmans MM, Donnez J, Fortune JE, Hovatta O, Jewgenow K, Picton HM, Plancha C, Shea LD, Stouffer RL, Telfer EE, Woodruff TK, Zelinski MB. Current achievements and future research directions in ovarian tissue culture, in vitro follicle development and transplantation: implications for fertility preservation. Hum Reprod Update. 2010 Jul-Aug;16(4):395-414. Review.

9. Smitz JE, Thompson JG, Gilchrist RB. The promise of in vitro maturation in assisted reproduction and fertility preservation. Semin Reprod Med. 2011 Jan;29(1):24-37. Review.

10. Sánchez F, Smitz J. Molecular control of oogenesis. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2012 Dec;1822(12):1896-912. Review.

11. Anckaert E, De Rycke M, Smitz J. Culture of oocytes and risk of imprinting defects. Hum Reprod Update. 2012 Oct 10. [Epub ahead of print]


1. Nogueira D, Romero S, Vanhoutte L, De Matos D, Smitz J. Oocyte in vitro maturation. Textbook of Assisted Reproductive Techniques, Laboratory and Clinical Perspectives (third edition), edited by Gardner D, Weissman A, Howles C, Shoham Z; Informa healthcare 2009.

2. Romero S, Sanfilippo S, Smitz J. The Quest for Oogenesis (Folliculogenesis) In Vitro. Oogenesis (first edition), edited by Coticchio G, Albertini D & De Santis L; Springer 2013.

3. Sanfilippo S, Romero S, Smitz J. Etat des lieux de la folliculogenèse in vitro. Préservation de la fertilité (first edition), edited by Grynberg M & Frydman R; Editions ESKA 2013.


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