Initially LRB was part of the Finsen Laboratory at The Finsen Institute, but in 1983 it moved to University Hospital of Copenhagen and became integrated in the Juliane Marie Center for Women, Children and Reproduction. Laboratory of Reproductive Biology is the only place in Denmark that focuses entirely on basic and translational science within reproductive biology. Moreover, our research has always focussed on clinical research and activities in reproduction with the particular aim to implement new laboratory techniques in fertility treatment. From 1959 until 1980 the laboratory was headed by Dr. Hannah Peters, from 1980 and until 2009 by Prof. Anne Grete Byskov and from 2009 by Prof. Claus Yding Andersen.
We started out the laboratory part of IVF treatment in Denmark in the mid-eighties and continued that work for a decade. During the last twelve years the laboratory has gained international recognition for our well-established and successful program for cryopreservation of ovarian tissue for fertility preservation. Scientists from all over the world visit our laboratory to learn the Danish cryopreservation protocol for human ovarian tissue, in order to establish and improve their own fertility preserving facility.
We are a small laboratory headed by two senior scientists that encompass PhD students, research assistants and master students. Over the years many people have been educated in our laboratory and a long list of people have completed their Doctor of Sciences or their PhD studies here. A continued educational effort to pre- and postgraduate medical and science students is also of high priority.
Present areas of clinical activities and research
- Gonadal sex differentiation
- Oocyte and follicle growth and development
- Ovarian endocrinology
- Human embryonic stem cells
- Milieu and reproduction
- Cryopreservation of human testicular tissue
- Culture of human ovarian and testicular tissue