In 1989, faculty at both WSU and the University of Idaho interested in Reproductive Biology research started meeting regularly to discuss specific research projects and promote interactions among investigators. A training program, using existing graduate programs, was initiated to assist in the recruitment of graduate and postdoctoral trainees interested in reproductive biology research. The number of investigators and the level of interest of several of the colleges increased and an organized unit was formed in 1996. This was assisted with the recruitment of Dr. Michael K. Skinner to WSU to organize and direct the Center. In 1999 a Washington State line item budget was obtained to support the Center
1) To foster research of the highest quality and promote collaborative interactions among Center members.
2) To enhance opportunities for extramural funding with emphasis on multi-investigator grants.
3) To enhance the training and education programs of advanced undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellows with an interest in the biology of reproduction.
1) Workshop meetings on a regular basis for students, fellows, and faculty to present and discuss specific research projects to obtain feedback, guidance, and promote interactions between investigators.
2) Seminar program for formal presentations by outside and in-house speakers to be provided on a regular basis.
3) Yearly retreat for all faculty, students, fellows, and advisory boards involved in the Center. This involves research presentations to promote interactions and collaborations.
4) Develop and maintain Core Laboratories that provide centralized services to Center Members.
Relationship to other Units on Campus
The Center for Reproductive Biology is an inter-departmental program involving over fifteen departments and seven colleges. In addition, the Center also involves investigators at both Washington State University and the University of Idaho. This is an organized research unit that integrates the investigators throughout the universities.
Reproductive Biology Definition/Scope
The broadest definition possible is used for Reproductive Biology and research associated with the Center. In mammals, any process involved or related to reproduction including neuroendocrine control, gonadal function, gamete biology, fertilization, implantation, pregnancy, reproductive tract biology, reproductive disease (e.g. breast cancer), and fertility. In addition, reproduction in non-mammalian species and plants are considered. The current faculty have areas of interest from domestic animal and human reproduction to fish and plant reproduction. The diversity of the research areas is a strength of the Center and fosters collaborations not previously considered.