This module aims to provide a scientific and clinical understanding of the biology of human embryo implantation, establishment of pregnancy, early pregnancy and embryo development. The module will provide insight into problems with reproduction that manifest clinically. Human reproduction will be studied in light of underlying scientific understanding and clinical evidence at the forefront of research in this area.
Topics covered in the course include: -Structure and function of reproductive system. -Human embryo formation and growth. -Implantation of embryo including: Communication between embryo and endometrium, species-specific signalling pathways -Diagnosis of embryonic and maternal factors. -Causes and potential treatments for reproductive failure during implantation and early pregnancy, including: Recurrent implantation failure, endometrial scratch. biochemical pregnancy, clinical miscarriage. -Multiple pregnancy. -Factors affecting the evidence base for clinical care in reproduction.